Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for this review post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the product company and/or its affiliates in any way.
Life is about spending time with family and friends making memories that will last a lifetime. Pesky intruders, such as wind or bugs, sometimes manage to come along and put a damper on these social gatherings. When that happens, you have several options that are available.
- You can pack everything up and head home.
- You can stick it out and try to ignore the pesky intruder.
- You can move the party indoors.
- You can keep the party going from the comfort of an outdoor screen house.
Does the last option sound good but you aren’t quite sure what an outdoor screen house is? Allow me to help with that!
An outdoor screen house is an enclosure that’s similar to a tent. The only difference is that the screen house doesn’t have a floor panel, which might make overnight stays difficult. You’d be sleeping on the actual ground instead of having something between you and the grass or dirt. On the other hand, a screen house has smaller mesh openings that make it difficult for bugs to invade your space.
Do you want to know if you really need an outdoor screen house? Let’s take a closer look at the Roraima Screen House that I recently tried to use.
The screen house features four sides of mesh screens with a vinyl like fabric and zippers that make entering and exiting the enclosure a breeze. It measures 13 feet by 9 feet by 6.5 feet, which gives you and your guests ample space to comfortably move around inside. The interior floor space is 117 square feet, making it easy for you to add a picnic table or several camping chairs to the enclosure. The roof features a canopy design that is beneficial if you get caught in the rain. That design forces the rain water to run off onto the ground instead of pooling on the roof and weighing the screen house down.
Using the Product
When you first take the product out of the box, you find a vinyl bag with handles and a zipper enclosure. You can easily transport the bag to your vehicle or store it away when it’s not in use as it only weighs approximately 13 pounds. My daughter carried the bag to the backyard and we got to work removing the contents inside. While we were removing everything from the bag, my dog couldn’t help but come inspect our work, mostly because we were in her territory, which is the backyard, and she had to be aware of what was going on!
After several minutes we managed to remove everything from the bag. As you can see from the picture there were a lot of pieces stored inside that small bag. Upon removing the actual screen house from the bag, we found three different sets of black poles stored inside of a smaller black bag. I took a few minutes to read over the directions while my daughter spread the screen house out across the grass. With everything ready to go, we started working on inserting one of the two main roof poles into the top of the screen house. The instructions made this step seem easy. In reality, we found this task to be anything but simple.
First we had to look through all three sets of black poles to find the ones for the roof as nothing is labeled like it is in the instructions. Several minutes later we finally found the roof poles and got to work putting each one together. It was rather easy because the pole sections connect to one another using magnets. I wish that I could say the rest of the assembly process was as easy. Once the pole was put together we tried to insert it into the vinyl sleeve at the top of the screen house. Apparently to make that work we need an elbow connector, which didn’t appear to be a part of the pieces in our collection.
By now the sun was beginning to set and it was getting cold. My daughter wanted to continue searching for the missing piece while I on the other hand was over the project at that point and declared it to be over for the day. As we started packing everything up my daughter found the missing elbow connector and we laughed!
My Final Thoughts
Overall the Roraima Screen House appears to be a quality product. Clearly the initial setup requires an extreme amount of patience and a third set of hands. Vowing to not be defeated by an outdoors product, I told my daughter that we would try to set it up again another day. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, this product would be a great addition to your collection. You can purchase the product here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0732V1WRX
So the answer to my original question depends on whether or not you are an outdoors type of family. If you are then the screen house is a great idea. However, if your not then this product is likely not for you. If you do purchase this product, leave a comment below letting me know if there is an easier way to set up the screen house!