Why Snap-N-Lock Insulated Aluminum Roof Panels are the Best Choice

Why Snap-N-Lock Insulated Aluminum Roof Panels are the Best Choice

At Dulando Screen & Awning, we take pride in building custom screen enclosures, pool enclosures and sunrooms that are made to delight today and for years to come. Getting that result demands expert design, exacting craftsmanship, and quality materials. That’s why we use Snap-N-Lock insulated aluminum roof panels from Structall as a roofing option for our structures. They’re the best choice for many reasons.

Why We Love Snap-N-Lock Insulated Aluminum Roof Panels

Aluminum insulated panels may not be as familiar as other materials like wood and shingles, but they deliver exceptional results. When you discover their outstanding qualities, you’ll understand why we recommend Structall Snap-N-Lock panels.


Snap-N-Lock panels contain structure, insulation, and a single, multitasking piece moisture barrier. That’s an incredible value. You save on the purchase of additional materials and the time and labor it would take to fabricate and install them.


Snap-N-Lock insulated aluminum roof panels are solid while being relatively lightweight. They’re roughly half the weight of a comparable wood/shingle roof. As a result, less structural support is necessary to hold the roof in place. That offers greater design freedom and can help keep material costs lower. Plus, installation is quicker and easier since there’s no need for heavy equipment to maneuver these insulated roof panels.


Florida is famous for its storms. Structall’s insulated panels deliver incredible strength. They do an excellent job of standing up to the windy weather, intense storms, and hurricanes that can make life in the Sunshine State interesting at times.


Aluminum roof panels have a natural pest resistance. The materials made from aren’t a potential food source, so pests don’t find them appealing. In contrast, keeping termites, carpenter ants, and other pests away from wooden structures is a constant battle.


As their name suggests, Structall Snap-N-Lock insulated aluminum roof panels snap and lock together. A sealant applied during installation creates a weather-tight connection. Using wood products might raise worries about mold, mildew, or rot. However, there’s no reason for concern with these insulated patio roof panels.


If you’re looking for fuel for a cheery campfire, wood is a perfect pick. It burns easily. That thought isn’t as comforting when you’re contemplating construction materials. Snap-N-Lock panels have high fire resistance. Therefore, these aluminum roofing panels are safer for your family and property.


All the components of Structall’s insulated roof panels can be easily recycled into equally valuable products. That means there’s very little waste from these products after their lifecycle is complete. With certain plywood, you must worry that the chemical gasses used in the manufacturing process will be discharged into the surrounding area. That means the plywood used in your project could be emitting formaldehyde into the air. Thankfully, that’s not a concern with Structall’s aluminum insulated panels.

Choose Snap-N-Lock Aluminum Insulated Roof Panels

Are you ready to enhance your outdoor living space with a covered patio or Florida room? Dulando Screen & Awning has you covered. Our team of experts can help you create the optimal design for a new screen room or sunroom for your space and budget. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request an appointment for a free in-home design consultation.

The Difference Between Carport Awnings and Carport Canopies

The Difference Between Carport Awnings and Carport Canopies

When customers reach out to Dulando Screen & Awning about a carport, they have a decision to make. Should they opt for a carport awning or a carport canopy? The defining difference between the two is a matter of attachment, but that’s just the beginning. If you’re trying to choose between carport awnings and carport canopies, you’ll want to dig a little deeper.

Awnings Versus Canopies

As their names make clear, both carport awnings and carport canopies are carports. You’ll find that either of these types of carports are a fantastic way to create a shady, protected space for your vehicle. Parking your car underneath a cover will protect it from the wear and tear of ultraviolet rays and other Florida weather patterns. It will also help to keep the interior of the vehicle cooler, so you’ll be more comfortable when you get inside.

What makes them different? Ultimately, it is a basic architectural difference that separates the carport awning from the carport canopy. Awnings attach to a building. Canopies are freestanding structures. That basic design difference means that each structure has certain advantages and drawbacks.

Carport Awnings – Advantages and Drawbacks

What advantages do awnings offer when they’re used for a carport? Because they’re attached to your home, awnings can be used to create a covered entryway. You’ll be able to enter and exit your vehicle without worrying about the weather. The awning also shades your home. This helps to keep it cooler, which can lower your energy bill.

However, you can’t just tack an awning on anywhere. You have to think about how the addition will impact the look and function of your home. This limits the placement and size of the new feature. After all, you wouldn’t put an awning where there’s no reasonable access point. Nor would you want an awning that creates a strain on your home’s structure or looks out of place beside it.

Carport Canopies –  Benefits and Downsides

Sometimes called carport tent or portable canopies, they do offer a bit more freedom. After all, they’re not tied to a structure, so you have more control over their placement and their size. Canopies can be as big as your space and budget allow.

Canopies do have their downsides. Without a larger structure to shelter and buffer it, it’s more vulnerable when the Sunshine State’s weather turns wicked. Material choice is especially important with a carport canopy.

Material Considerations

There are lots of choices when it comes to materials for both awnings and canopies. Fabric is lightweight and colorful. Unfortunately, most fabrics won’t hold up when exposed to the Florida sun and humidity. They will require frequent replacement. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance material that won’t rip, rust, or fall prey to destructive insects, then aluminum is a better choice. While they might cost a little more, aluminum carports are much more durable, so you are likely to see a better return on your investment.

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If you’re interested in learning more about carport awnings or canopies give us a call. Dulando Screen & Awning can help you design a fantastic carport awning crafted from high-quality aluminum that will enhance your space. Contact us today for a free in-home design consultation.

Patio Awning Debate: Fixed Awning vs. Retractable Awning

Patio Awning Debate: Fixed Awning vs. Retractable Awning

Florida is famous for steamy sunshine and unbearable heat. Even in the coastal areas like New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach. So it’s easy to understand one of the biggest perks of a patio awning. Creating shade for your patio keeps the space cooler and protects from the sun’s harsh, damaging rays. When it comes to awnings for patios, there are two kinds to choose from: fixed awnings and retractable awnings. Which patio awning is better? To decide, consider a few points.

Fixed Awning vs. Retractable Awning Differences

Fixed awnings are also called permanent awnings and stationary awnings. Stationary awnings are aluminum, so they stay put. As a result, they can withstand the wear and tear of the unrelenting weather. Installing fixed awnings can turn patios into outdoor rooms that let you use the space even when the weather is less than perfect. In contrast, retractable awnings often have fabric tops and support structures less reliable than their permanent counterparts. In many cases, you’ll need to bring them in and store them during inclement weather to prevent damage.

Custom fixed awnings can cover patios of virtually any size. Whether it’s a private patio in a backyard or a massive parking lot, it’s possible to build a fixed awning to cover it. Because of their portable, lightweight nature, retractable awnings tend to be limited in size. If you have a small or medium-sized patio that you want to shade, you may be able to find retractable awnings that will stretch to cover it. However, if you have a sizeable patio, your options will likely be limited to fixed awnings.

It should come as no surprise that fixed awnings have a higher price tag than retractable awnings. However, the longer lifespan offsets the higher initial cost. Retractable awnings also vary in costs. Motorized tops tend to be more expensive than those that are manually opened and closed. Similarly, the quality of the material used in the cover can significantly impact both the price and the potential longevity of the awning.

When you install a patio awning, you’d much rather spend your time enjoying it than working to maintain it. Some will argue that a retractable awning is easier to maintain because anything that accumulates on top tends to fall off as you open and close it. Meanwhile, reaching the roof of a fixed awning can require some climbing. Since most fixed awnings in the Sunshine State are aluminum, there is less maintenance. It requires very little work to keep it looking great. A quick rinsing off now and then will probably be all that’s necessary.

Patio Awnings are Essential

Are you interested in enhancing your backyard living spaces with a custom aluminum awning? Reach out to Dulando Screen and Awning. We bring a deep knowledge of patio awning design, an up-to-the-minute understanding of the relevant Florida building codes and local ordinances. Whether you’re in the Orlando area or the Volusia County area that includes New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater or Port Orange, we understand the local ordinances. When you hire Dulando, you also receive a commitment to quality in every job. Contact us today to schedule a free design consultation.

Differences Between Metal Awnings vs. Aluminum Awnings

Differences Between Metal Awnings vs. Aluminum Awnings

If you’ve ever fumbled for your keys in front of an unprotected door in a heavy downpour or had to go back inside from your patio by unrelenting sunbeams, then you understand the value of an awning or patio cover. These simple structures are an effective way to shield people and spaces from both rain and the strong Florida sun. Most non-fabric awnings are made of two types of materials: aluminum, steel. Here in central Florida, the two most common are aluminum and metal. Steel awnings are available, but their popularity is not as strong in central Florida. The terms steel and metal awnings have become interchangeable, but they are different. Let’s look at the differences between metal awnings and aluminum awnings.

Differences Between Metal Awnings and Aluminum Awnings

Even though aluminum is a metal, it has unique qualities that set it apart from the other metals used for awnings. One of the main factors in an aluminum awning is weight. Aluminum is among the lightest metals in the world. That means an aluminum awning will weigh substantially less than a comparable metal one that’s crafted from steel. As a result, an aluminum awning is easier to handle and install than a steel or metal awning. In fact, aluminum awnings can be successfully mounted to almost any exterior material.

Many metals and steel awnings rust, which can present a major problem in Florida’s humid climate. Aluminum doesn’t. While some mild corrosion can occur, that surface change doesn’t weaken the material. Instead, it forms a protective layer that safeguards the material beneath it. As a result, an aluminum awning can provide years of service while requiring little maintenance. What about metal awnings? If you want a steel awning, rust could be a serious hazard. Although treatments like electrostatic painting and powder-coating provide protection from rust, intrusion can occur through chips on these protective layers. The fact is these treatments are no match for aluminum’s inherently corrosion-resistant qualities.  Many Floridians opt for aluminum awnings because of the benefits over steel/metal awnings.

The right finish enhances the look of aluminum or metal and offers some protection from rust, corrosion or discoloration. Aluminum accepts finishes well, so the hardest part of selecting an awning may be choosing your favorite finish. Various finishes are also available for metal. Whichever type of awning you choose, you’ll need to keep an eye on the finish and maintain it as needed.

Curb appeal is always a concern for property owners, so appearances matter when selecting an awning. Normally, the biggest difference in these two types of awnings are either a more modern flare or more traditional. Thanks to their popularity, you’ll find many styles and types of aluminum awnings to choose from. Whether you’re looking for aluminum patio awnings with cutting-edge flare or toppers for doors and windows with neat, tidy lines, you’ll be able to find something appealing. However, some feel that aluminum has a distinctly modern aura. If you agree with that assessment and are seeking a historic feel, you may prefer a metal awning.

A quality metal awning can provide years of faithful service, and its heavier construction may allow it to outlast its aluminum peers. However, that comes at a cost. Generally, metals fluctuate in price and availability.  Aluminum awnings are usually more affordable than metal ones. Typically, when a homeowner is deciding between aluminum or metal awnings, the cost is not one of the factors. It’s usually the other differences stated above. However, if the cost is a factor, then an aluminum awning is an excellent investment that can deliver great value for years.

Additional Reading: Preparing for a Metal Awning

Aluminum Awnings vs. Canvas Awnings
5 Reasons Aluminum Patio Awnings Are a Smart Choice
5 Benefits of Aluminum Awnings for a Patio and Windows
Building a Patio Aluminum Awning to Enhance your Backyard or Deck
Patio Awning Debate: Fixed Awning vs. Retractable Awning

The right awning will enhance the look of your home, increase your outdoor living space, and help you stay cooler and more comfortable. At Dulando Screen & Awning, we offer custom-built awnings and patio awnings crafted from high-quality aluminum. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free in-home design consultation.

How Will You Use Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels?

How Will You Use Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels?

Structall Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels are the perfect building material for patio coverings and other outdoor living projects. How will you use aluminum Snap-N-Lock insulated panels to improve the outdoor living space at your commercial or residential property? There are several smart ways.

Benefits of Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels

Designed by Structall Building System, Snap-N-Lock Panels wrap an energy-efficient foam core in a rolled aluminum skin. Snap-N-Lock Panels feature a patented joint design that simply snaps together to create a waterproof bond, and the panels go together quickly and smoothly. Available in thicknesses ranging from 2 inches to 8 inches and in lengths up to 32 feet, they are the perfect choice for a wide array of applications. Why are these clever aluminum roof panels such a popular choice among both patio contractors and consumers? It’s because of Structall’s unique design and a variety of applications. Structall’s panels:

  • Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels are designed to be energy efficient, so you enjoy more comfort and lower energy bills.
  • Structall created a variety of weather-resistant, low-maintenance finishes.
  • Can be used with their existing finish or topped off with shingles or vinyl siding.
  • Accommodate special features like skylights and fans easily.
  • Eliminate condensation issues while creating a waterproof seal.
  • Allow a variety of roof pitches and floor plans to be achieved.
  • Aluminum is surprisingly affordable and easy to install, which can reduce labor costs.
  • Feature sealant that is applied inside the panel, reducing ultraviolet destruction.
  • Structall Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels can withstand high wind loads when installed properly.
  • Structall undergoes thorough quality checks so that you can use them with confidence.

Uses for Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels

Are you interested in expanding your living space by adding a sunroom? Do you want to transform your patio into a shady escape by installing a patio cover? Would you like to beat the heat by putting in an aluminum carport that will shield your vehicle from the steamy Florida sun? If the idea of any of these projects is on your list, then you will definitely want to take a closer look at these versatile panels from Structall. They are the ideal choice for an amazing assortment of projects, including:

Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels create a bright, polished look that blends beautifully with any type of building style or structure. Structall Building System also produces structural posts and beams, so it is easy to make the project that you’ve been imagining into a reality.

Serving commercial and residential customers in and around the Orlando, FL, area since 1968, Dulando Screen & Awning delights in completing projects of all sizes and scopes. We combine quality materials from trusted suppliers like Structall and Phifer with excellent workmanship, extensive design and product knowledge, expert installations services, and friendly customer service to create structures that will truly enhance your outdoor spaces. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to discuss your ideas with one of our expert designers and request your free estimate.


Types of Patio Covers for your Backyard

Types of Patio Covers for your Backyard

What makes a covered patio a marvelous addition to your backyard landscape? These handy structures offer a shady space to escape from the steamy Florida sun while relaxing alone, entertaining friends or grilling up a tasty meal. With so many different patio covers to choose from, it’s easy to find a style and size that’s perfect for your patio.

Favorite Types of Patio Covers

Aluminum Awnings

When it comes to providing shade, aluminum awnings are porch and aluminum patio covers that get the job done. Structall Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels are highly efficient and relatively inexpensive. These durable awnings shield you and your space from the elements. Extending the amount of time when your patio is a comfortable refuge. Aluminum awnings last for years and require little in the way of maintenance. As a side bonus, homeowners don’t have to waste time worrying about burning or insect damage issues. A custom-built aluminum awning can be designed to shelter practically any size space. The clean, attractive appearance of this type of patio roof is sure to enhance a home’s curb appeal.

Perma-Wood Pergolas From Structall

With their classic lines and incredible flexibility, pergolas are a favorite patio cover that adds warmth and elegance to any landscape. Traditionally, pergolas were made of wood, and the upkeep required to keep them in good repair was quite a commitment.

Today, homeowners can have both the look they love and the convenience of minimal maintenance with Structall’s Perma-Wood Shade Structures. Combining the benefits of wood and aluminum, Perma-Wood offers the look and feel of wood thanks to an embossed surface and the ease of care of aluminum. These pergolas will not warp, rot or crack, and owners never need to stress about painting or termites. Perma-Wood is available in seven designer colors and is finished with high-quality paint that won’t chip or peel. Homeowners also have their choice of various beam and rafter end cuts. Additional options include recessed lighting and a patented gutter guard system.

Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels From Structall

Another intelligent innovation from Structall is Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels. These are perfect for a patio roof. The patio roof is created with a metal skin over a foam core and a patented joint system. These panels deliver impressive strength and offer superior energy efficiency. This feature helps keep the area they shelter significantly cooler. Studies have shown that structures built using Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels can result in an up to 58 percent reduction in heating and cooling costs. The insulation hidden inside these panels can also muffle noises, so the sound of heavy rain or hail hitting the patio cover is less intrusive.

Additional Reading for Patio Covers:

Capable of accommodating a broad range of floor plans, Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels allow you to personalize a roof for your patio with ease. They will support unique options like a ceiling fan or skylight. Structall insulated panels can be used with their existing finish or topped with shingles or vinyl siding. If you decide to build a patio cover using Insulated Panels, let’s go the extra step with a screen enclosure to protect you against the Florida elements.

Are you ready to install a patio cover at your central Florida property? Let the experts at Dulando Screen and Awning help you select the ideal option for your home. Our team of talented designers, skilled fabricators and experienced installers delights in delivering the best for our customers. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to schedule a free in-home design consultation.Save


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