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1-1/2 in. Porch Screening System Base Strip

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  • Low maintenance vinyl designed to withstand the elements
  • Highly rated for quality and value (see reviews)
  • Recommended for use with round screen spline
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Product Overview

This Screen Tight 1-1/2 in. Porch Screening System Base Strip features durable, window-grade vinyl that offers a low-maintenance solution for screening your porch. The vinyl is resistant to UV rays and doesn't need painting. The strip is easy to install and replace.
  • Used in this screen tight screening system
  • Low-maintenance window-grade vinyl construction
  • 1-1/2 in. width x 96 in. length
  • UV-resistant
  • Black color
  • Never needs painting
  • No rusty nails and staples or sagging screens
  • Easy to install, repair and replace
  • Perfect for 2 in. x 4 in. or 4 in. x 4 in. porch frame construction
  • Pre-punched slots on 8 in. centers
  • Recommended round screen spline is 11/64 (.175 in.) for fiberglass screening and 5/32 in. (.160 in.) for aluminum screening. Flat, or square spline will not work with this system
  • 5-Year limited warranty

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Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
5 Year Limited Waranty

Questions & Answers


Do they sell the cap in this color? I cant seem to find it anywhere

Asked by Art June 29, 2021

The cap is only available in light colors. I purchase light brown and painted it dark brown to match trim. It looked great at first. Unfortunately, morning sun has caused it to warp and shrink after two years it looks terrible. Not sure if light colors.hold up any better but I do not recommend this product.

What screws should I use for this?

Asked by Alans May 16, 2021

1 inch coated deck screws work great.

I have 2x4s horizontally, but 4x4s vertically. Am I going to be OK installing the 11/2” base on t...

Asked by Lana April 5, 2021

You could use two of the 1-1/2 base on the vertical 4x4s or one of the 3-1/2 on each. The top board that isn’t flush with the rest will be a problem. You are creating a frame for the screen so all four corners and sides need to be aligned in a single plane. You will need to add a board across the top that is inline with the sides and bottom rail. Then you can attach the upper base strip to that.

My porch has pvc railings, how would I install the base strips?

Asked by Lis March 13, 2021

I have never installed this system on vinyl. I would be afraid the screws would not hold The cost of rails is not worth trying to use this product and failing to get the results you want You could contact the manufacturer, but it is doubtful they would recommend it.

Are there corner pieces available? Or do you cut 45's

Asked by Steve March 2, 2021

Steve, thanks for the inquiry. We do not sell corner pieces for our original Screen Tight product.

I ordered us a couple months back what size screws do I need to attach this and kind thank you

Asked by Porch March 1, 2021

Use 1/2 to 1 inch screws. Coated screws are best to prevent rust.

are the base strips supposed to come with screws?

Asked by george November 27, 2020

Ours did not come with fasteners.

I cannot use the Screen tight caps for my porch because a specific green color is required by the...

Asked by KMan October 18, 2020

Yes thin tacks will nail through the base strip. It is flexible, not brittle.

Is there a black cap for the black base?

Asked by Rex August 9, 2020

The caps are available in White, beige, grey and brown. When the cap is installed it covers the base completely.

CAn the cap be painted

Asked by Tommy July 25, 2020

I have never painted any screen tight,but they do make a paint for vinyl siding. I am not sure it will work in this application. Your paint store can help you.

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.5
    out of 184 reviews
  • 87% recommend this product
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do it yourself
I have used Screen Tight System on three different screen rooms. I am DIY’er and not a professional and like this system more each time i use it. First of all, if building new, measure out your span for even post spacing, this will give a professional look to your finished product. Second, if possible keep the with of the screen reasonable to make it easier to handle when working alone. I like to choose a screen width that is about 4” wider than needed, that gives you enough to work the span without having to be perfectly straight. The instructions call for spline size of .175, I use Pet Screen which is much heavier and then i use spline that is .125, fits in the track great. When hanging the screen i first set in place with 4-6 small pieces of spline at the top corners, then i attach both sides then the top and last the bottom. Trim the screen close to the track to make it easier to install the caps. What makes this system great is, when you get to a corner you adjust for wrinkles or sagging by pulling out some spline and pull the screen tighter. This system is permanent and cannot be taken down seaonably, so if that is your goal this will not work for you.
by Cheesehead413
2 people found this helpful
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by HomeDepotCustomer
Easy way to screen large openings...
Easy way to screen large openings
by HomeDepotCustomer
The screen tight system is amazing! So easy to use!...
The screen tight system is amazing! So easy to use! We enclosed our above ground pool using this all the way around. My only complaint about Screen Tight is that the bases come in black but the caps do not. The colors available are pretty light. I had to send the grey back (looks like very light eggshell grey) and got the brown. It is also light (and this was brown not tan) but its the best of the choices for me. I used Phifer Charcoal Fiberglass Screen 18 x 14 Mesh and it looks like a pro did it! We bought the 100 ft rolls of screen and bought the 300 ft rolls of spline because it's way cheaper to buy that way and we needed a lot. Our pool with deck is 25 x 40. Wish I could load more than one image so you could see how good it looks!
by KathyT
2 people found this helpful
what a great product.. used for the first time. ...
what a great product.. used for the first time. hint: used pvc cutters to make my cuts. hint: when putting the spline in start a few inches from the end then go back the other direction to finish.. it is hard to start at the end and go across.
by HomeDepotCustomer
1 person found this helpful
Great way for DIY to install screening
I re-screened my large covered patio with the Screen Tight system. I removed the old screen that was nailed onto the inside of the patio and painted all the bare wood. Next I installed the Screen Tight base strips which are the track that holds the rubber spline that keeps the screen in place. Installing the screen was not difficult (I used Phifer silver-gray fiberglass screen) using the recommended .175" spline that holds the screen in place. Finally I installed the white vinyl cap strips over the base and screen which covers all the attachment screws and the edges of the screen. I used both the 1.5" and 3" sizes of cap to the matching size of base strips. The cap snaps into the track of the base and a light tap with a rubber hammer ensures a tight fit. I am very pleased with how well this screen system works. Easy to install, repair, and looks great. 200% better than the nailed on screen that was originally there and will be easy to replace any individual section of screen if/when needed. This was a rather large DIY job I did alone and was not difficult at all but took a while due to the height of the patio and all the ladder work involved. I would recommend this for anyone interested in doing their own porch screening system. Tips: 1) Don't use drywall screws to attach the base as the mfg suggest, use 3/4" hex-head washer screws along with a magnetic hex driver bit - it will save you much time and dropped screws. 2) Order plenty of screws - you use one every 8" plus additional ones at each ends of each base strip. 3) Order additional pieces of base and cap so you can use continuous lengths of strip rather than piecing together multiple short pieces of base and cap - it will look much better and easier to spline. Enjoy!
by MountainManBill
5 people found this helpful
Maybe OK for small job - poor quality for large job
Used this for a small job but abandoned product when faced with a large job. Several problems. The bottom of the base is not flat even before you screw it down (see pictures). Once you screw it down it bows even more and leaves a large gap at both edges that collect dirt that is difficult to remove. The ends of the stock pieces are not cut even close to square, so you MUST square both ends of each piece of the base and cap before you install or you will end up with very ugly butt joints. As stocked, the barcode labels are applied haphazardly with most pieces having the label pushed down into the spline track. That might seem a small problem, but if you don't spend the extra time to dig the labels out of the spline track you will end up with wrinkles in the splined screen. This product is quick to install once you get the pieces squared but if you want a good quality end job you need a more substantial product.
by captain
2 people found this helpful
Used both 1-1/2” and 3-1/2” strips to redo the back porch. It was fairly easy to install and look...
Used both 1-1/2” and 3-1/2” strips to redo the back porch. It was fairly easy to install and looks nice. I ordered from Home Depot and had them delivered so I could not inspect them before I purchased them {This is not a shipping complaint, its a relevant statement of fact}, the 3-1/2” strips were all deformed (manufacturing issue not damaged) and could not hold the spline, something you wouldn’t notice until after you cut and install it all and try to install the screen (I used the Screen Tight Spline). I had to pul it off, go buy more and re-cut and install, which was fairly annoying. Because I don’t want water getting into the unusable screw holes left behind (because the slots are not consistent across the pieces I couldn’t line the new tracks up with the old screw holes) i had to patch and paint the wood before installing the new tracks. The cost of replacing the bad tracks is not huge but it was inconvenient and despite repeatedly reaching out to HD and to Screen Tight, I got no response from either. If you order or buy from the store, check the gap on the track the full length of the strip as any variation will mean you either cant get the spline in or it wont holds.
by Chet
1 person found this helpful
Used to screen in a porch. Easy to install, just take your time.
Used to screen in a porch. Easy to install, just take your time.
by nicknamenick
This product was easy to install with professional results. Screen Tight made my screened-in porc...
This product was easy to install with professional results. Screen Tight made my screened-in porch looks great!
by Shane
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