With the nice weather here I love to spend time outside whenever I can. If I am not working, relaxing in a nice chair reading a book (or Kindle now) is great.
Living in New England the weather often changes daily, or hourly, and sudden storms can spring up. We also have mosquitoes like you would not believe! After hemming and hawing for a few years about building a deck and always changing my mind about the size, location and scope of it I decided that this year I would do something simple. Put up a screen room!
A few years ago my parents got a canopy and they have loved it. It keeps them dry when it rains and it also protects their older deck from the elements. The rage lately has been the 10 X 10 canopies that you buy at a big box store for under $100. I never liked these because they were too small for a get together and they are built to wear out after a few months of use.
I decided to go with the ShelterLogic 10 x 20-Feet Canopy 2- Inch 4-Rib Frame, White Cover as the canopy of choice. This was an upgrade from the 1in frame that was slightly cheaper. My thought was that if it was built bigger it would last longer. To keep the bugs at bay I also purchased the Screen Kit
I purchased them from Amazon (click through to help support the blog) and they were shipped directly from the factory. Within 5 days I had the canopy, screen kit and augers to hold them down.
Project Stats: Installing canopy and screen kit
Time: 2 hours
Value for cost: Medium
Tools Needed: Rubber Mallet, screwdriver
The box arrived, pretty beat up. Luckily no major parts were damaged or anything missing. One thing that was disappointing was the lack of instructions in everything I received. I contacted customer service and they sent me the wrong instructions (1in canopy instead of 2in)
A lot of the welds were also sloppy, and not complete. This seemed to me that they look to cut corners wherever possible to reduce cost and time. Luckily all of the parts are stamped with numbers on them to assist with layout and assembly.
First thing I did was take stock of all the parts to make sure they were there and laid them out where the canopy was to be assembled. If you noticed the lawnmower I did cut the grass very low so I could work and setup after.
The roof frame went up easily with just a few parts put together. I’m surprised that there were no bolts to hold it together, just friction at the connections hold it together. Overall it seems sturdy enough…
The next step was to put the legs on, this step is tricky to do alone, so I would suggest getting a helper for 5 minutes as you have to lift one side up then the other while attaching legs.
While I had Mrs. Geek help my with the legs I did tackle the cover myself. This got a little tricky, but not impossible. Patience was the best help with this. Moving slowly and not pulling too much. If I did it again I would put the cover on before the legs, but I wanted to follow the instructions to the letter.
The cover laid out next to the frame.
I started by feeding a little bit at a time until it would stay unassisted. Then I started to pull the cover a few feet towards the other side and move over a few feet. Before long I was on the other side and done!
The system to attach the cover to the frame is easy, just a few bungees that wrap around the frame. Go around and that is about it!
Putting the screen kit on was also very straight forward. This is simply deciding where you want the door and attaching 50 more bungees…
I was not very impressed with the screen kit. It came with a grommet not installed and a rip in the screen. We will see how good the customer service on this is…
Another factor is that due to the design there are quite a few areas where the screen sags and needs to be tightened daily.
Overall I love having a screened canopy in the back yard. It really adds the functions of a outdoor room without the permanence of building a screen room onto your house. With our situation, and a deck in the next few years, this was a great investment. I have already run power and speakers out to the room. I actually just wrote this post in the room as well!
Score: 7 out of 10 I have some concerns about the construction quality and durability. If I had to do it again I would put up a canopy, but most likely get another brand.