Screen Tents - Protection from the Elements

What to look for, top brands



Screen tents provide a great setting to enjoy the outdoors without being pestered by bugs and insects, they also offer shade relief from the sun. A screen tent is often referred to as a screen house or room, screen lodge or gazebo but they’re all basically a canopy with mesh walls.

Many campers take a screen tent as well as their regular camping tent and use it as a space to prepare, cook and eat meals away from insects but still in an area with plenty of light and ventilation.

Some of the most popular screen (room) tents are those that are big enough to fit a picnic table and chairs, food table, barbeque plus room to move.

If you are looking to purchase, then look for one that uses aluminum or fiberglass poles as these will help to keep it light and compact. It is a good idea to spend a little bit extra for UV protected polyester fabric that is also waterproof in case of the occasional sun shower.

Pop Up House Screens

There is nothing worse than starting your family camping holiday with an argument on how to put the tent up because it has been over a year since you last did it, so check that your model only requires a simple set up that doesn’t take more than a few minutes. Tents that come with color coded poles can help to reduce set up time and some of the pop up screen tents available only take a matter of seconds to assemble.

You don’t have to be camping to enjoy your screen tent; many families set theirs up in the back yard during the summer time to provide an outdoor living or dining space. However, be warned that this style is usually made from summer weight materials so they don’t handle high winds or blowing particularly well.

Screen houses usually cost between $100 to $200 depending on size and the materials used. Some of the popular models include: LL Bean Screen House, Coleman Screen Lodge, Eureka Screen House, Wenzel Screen Gazebos and Paha Que Screen Room.

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