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How To Measure For A Motorized Patio Screen

Welcome to another helpful blog post designed to simplify your home improvement projects! Today, we delve into one of the most sought-after patio additions: motorized patio screens. These screens come with a myriad of benefits such as protection against insects, enhanced privacy and improved sunlight control. But before reaping these rewards, proper measurement is paramount. Missteps in this foundational stage could result in a waste of time, money, and resources. Dive into this comprehensive step-by-step guide that aims to demystify how to measure for a motorized patio screen and transform your outdoor space into a comfortable and stylish living area.

Measuring For  A Patio Screen

What Tools Will I Need to Accurately Measure My Patio for a Motorized Screen?

Installing a motorized patio screen is a great way to block out the sun and enjoy your outdoor living space without the annoyance of bugs and other pests. However, the first step in installing a motorized patio screen is to make sure you measure correctly. To help you measure correctly for your motorized patio screen, here are some essential tools you will need:

  • A tape measure is the most essential tool for measuring a motorized patio screen.
  • A measuring wheel is also useful for larger areas, such as a patio or porch. It helps you quickly measure distances from one point to another.
  • A chalk line is also useful for marking points where the screen will be mounted. A level is essential for making sure the screen is properly aligned.
  • You’ll also need a pencil or marker to mark points
  • If you need to make templates, you may need some cardboard or newspaper.
  • Finally, if you need to measure high walls, you need a ladder.

Once you have gathered all the necessary tools, you can begin measuring for your screen. Make sure to measure each side of the area accurately, accounting for any angles or curves in the walls.

Do I Need to Consider Any Factors Before Measuring, Like Obstructions or Outlets?

If you're considering installing a motorized patio screen, a proper site inspection or survey is essential for ensuring a successful and accurate installation. Some things to pay attention to:

  • To begin, consider any structural constraints such as uneven services, hardware, or other obstructions that may interfere with the measurement.
  • Be sure to include any trim or molding that will affect the width of the opening.
  • Since this is a motorized retractable screen, keep in mind that you have to be aware of obstructions that may be in the way as the screen moves.
  • Don’t forget to take into account any additional space needed for the remote control and other components.
  • You will also need a power source, be sure to see where that will come from, and that the power cord itself won't interfere with the mounting location of the aluminum frame
  • Remember this is a customized product, no patio is a standard size or shape, not only do you have to have everything measured correctly, but you want to make sure it will install correctly

Inside Mount

An inside or undermount is one of the solutions you will use when there is not enough room to install either your motorized screen or tracks on the surface of your home or patio.

  1. Start by measuring the width and height of the opening at multiple points, recording the smallest measurements to ensure the screen will fit into the space
  2. Keep in mind the height of the cassette or headbox of your screen system, as it will reduce the amount of height in your space.
  3. To mount your side tracks, essential for a zipper-tracked or keder patio system, you will need to account for additional material like an L-shaped channel. You will need to measure for this also
  4. Since you will mount to this additional material, you will want to be fairly aggressive with your deduction, at least 1/4" from the narrowest point of the width
  5. Remember to note where power will be supplied from


Outside-surface Mount

Outside or surface-mounted retractable screening is ideal when there is a clear mounting surface on the top and each side of your patio.

  1. Start by measuring the height of the opening.
  2. To the height measurement add at least 11 inches to account for the headbox and hem bar when the motorized patio screen is in the up position or else you will always see it hanging down
  3. Measure the width and be sure to leave enough room for your screen's side tracks so they don't protrude into the opening.
  4. While measuring make sure your surface is plumb and level
  5. Remember to look for the power source for the motor and notate which side to order the motor for your shade to be installed before shipping

How to Choose the Best Motorized Screens Options

Once you have your measurements in hand it is time to consider the other options you need to determine for your new retractable screens.

  • The type of fabric you choose for your patio screen is also important. Polyester, vinyl, and mesh fabrics are all available, and you will need to determine the weight and thickness of the fabric to ensure it can withstand wind and other weather conditions.
  • The type of motor you choose for your motorized patio screen is also important. You can choose between a battery or solar-powered motor, depending on the location and amount of sunlight the screen will be exposed to.
  • You will also need to decide on the type of remote control you want the screen to be operated with. Options include a keypad, smartphone, or voice control.
  • Finally, consider the amount of glare protection you need for the screen. This is especially important if you are using the screen during the day and want to keep the area cool and shaded.

By following these tips, you can measure for the right motorized patio screen for your outdoor space.

Home Automation Options

If you're looking to take your home automation system to the next level, installing a motorized patio screen is a great way to do so. Home automation systems come in a variety of configurations, including wireless, wired, and manual, each with its own pros and cons. Wireless systems are the most convenient and require minimal wiring, whereas wired systems are more complex and require a bit more time and effort to install. Manual systems are the most cost-effective option but require manual operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to consider Any Factors Before Measuring?

You should pay attention to several factors including but not limited to:

  • Obstructions in the mounting location or where the screen operates
  • Location of power
  • Remote or control placement

Is Professional Installation Recommended after Measuring for My Motorized Patio Screen?

When considering a motorized patio screen, you should consider hiring a professional. Exterior motorized shades and screens are heavy and often very difficult to install correctly even for experienced contractors. Not only will the installation be more complete, but the company you hire should also measure the screen for you, as well as present you with all the options mentioned above! Professional installers are experienced in measuring and installing motorized patio screens and shades can advise on the best type of motorized screen to fit your needs and budget.

In addition, professional installers will also be able to provide advice on maintenance and repair of the motorized patio screen, so that you can keep your screen looking and functioning its best. With their expertise, they can diagnose any potential problems and repair them quickly and efficiently.

In other words, for the best results, it is recommended to have a professional measure and install your motorized screen. They will be able to provide advice and guidance on the best product to fit your needs and budget and will ensure that the product is properly and correctly installed. With a professional installer, you can rest assured that your patio screen will be functioning for years to come.What are Some Common Mistakes to Avoid When Measuring for a Patio Screen?

  • Be sure to measure in several locations for both the height and the width, the opening is not likely square
  • Determine whether you should measure for an inside or surface mount not based upon personal preference, but what the situation dictates based upon the opening requirements.
  • Keep in mind the function of the screen you are measuring
  • Always make the appropriate deductions for your measurements.
  • Make sure you have a backup plan, who is your nearest expert or industry contact if it proves harder than you think