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Factors in Determining How Much It Cost to Extend a Lanai

Factors in Determining How Much It Cost to Extend a Lanai

Many Florida homes are built with a lanai underneath the roofline, but they are usually small. Lanais are ideal areas to enjoy the beauty outside without leaving the comforts of home. Lanai patios become a gathering place for so many occasions or just relaxing after work. If your lanai is on the small side, you’ve probably thought of extending it. But how much does it cost to extend a lanai? While pinpointing the exact cost might be difficult, identifying the factors involved in the cost to extend a lanai will help you get a sense of a project’s budget.

Factor 1: The Size of the Project
Many single-family homes come with a postage stamp lanai under the roofline. When homeowners dream of expanding their lanai, it’s important to know how large you want to build a new patio. A bigger project will likely come with a higher price tag. Fortunately, there are many ways that a lanai can be an affordable addition. So even a relatively large expansion can be of great value.

Factor 2: The Roofing
Traditionally, a lanai is tucked under the roofline of the home, so there’s no need to do any work to the roof. But when you extend the lanai, you also need to extend a roofing structure. The two most popular options for roofs are screen or aluminum insulated-panel roofs. Some homeowners are opting for both. That way, they can enjoy the Florida sunshine at times and also be protected from the elements at other times.

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Factor 3: The Patio
An extended patio is common when you’re reimaging your lanai’s floor plan. The material that you choose can have a major impact on its look and your budget. We can pour a new concrete pad to match your existing pad. Stamping and tinting options expand the design possibilities with concrete. However, many homeowners are exploring brick pavers when extending their lanai. Pavers offer even more choices and appealing durability. Plus, the modular nature of pavers makes it easier to make repairs if your lanai’s floor is ever damaged.

Factor 4: The Screen
A primary characteristic of a lanai brings a sense of airiness and openness. However, biting insects like mosquitos, flies, and no-see-ums are a real hazard in Florida, and there’s no need to let them ruin your enjoyment of your lanai. Frankly, screening the space can provide a multitude of benefits. After all, modern screens are technological wonders. Would you like a screen that blocks out the sun’s harmful rays? Are you interested in a screen that could protect your privacy? What if a screen could withstand the activities of pets and children? That’s why we only use Phifer screens. You simply need to choose the right product for your lanai enclosure.

Factor 5: The Contractor
A lanai extension may seem like a fairly simple project, but you definitely want the job done properly. To ensure that it is, choose a trusted contractor with a solid reputation for quality. An experienced contractor can work with you to help you find a custom design that fits your space, your goals, and your budget.

Are you planning to extend a lanai? Reach out to Dulando Screen & Awning to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We take pride in delivering excellent customer service and exceptional results with every project that we complete. We’d be delighted to assist you with your lanai extension.

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.

Multitasking

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.

Lightweight

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.

Strong

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.

Pest-resistant

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.

Moisture-resistant

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.

Fire-resistant

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.

Ecofriendly

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.

Preconstruction Services When Building a Patio Enclosure or Pool Enclosure

Preconstruction Services When Building a Patio Enclosure or Pool Enclosure

Enhancing your outdoor living space with a patio enclosure or pool enclosure has so many benefits. It’s no wonder that you’re eager to get started. When it comes to building a patio enclosure, the work begins before the actual visible construction does. A little planning before you start building will go a long way toward ensuring success and preventing problems. That’s why preconstruction services are so valuable.

What are Preconstruction Services?

Matching the Design and Site

At Dulando Screen & Awning, preconstruction planning is a busy time. The easy part for you is to decide you want a screen enclosure. But our team configures the following:

  • confirms the design layout for your custom structure with precise measurements.
  • Determine the grade of the property to see what impact it might have on the building process. Florida is fairly flat, but it’s important to be sure that your structure has a solid start.
  • Check to see if any plant material needs to be removed or if any other issues need to be addressed.

Obtaining Permits

Securing building permits is a process. It generally requires four to eight weeks. However, longer waits are possible if authorities are busy due to a building boom or a natural disaster like a severe storm or hurricane. Fortunately, you won’t need to worry about the paperwork or hassle involved in permitting. Dulando handles it for you. But patience is required since permitting is outside of the control of your patio contractor.

Ordering Materials

We take pride in building top-notch enclosures that will serve you for years. Our talented team can fabricate and manufacture to client specifications, but we do rely on certain products. We order quality products from trusted suppliers and manufacturers like Phifer and Structall. Our goal is to order materials during the timeline of permitting and installation. It’s a delicate balance.

Scheduling Onsite Construction

Certain pieces of your structure can be prefabricated in our warehouse. Others need to be delivered and installed at your home. Therefore, installers need to be onsite with all the resources and equipment that they require to complete their job smoothly. You should be aware that workers will be on your property to install your new enclosure. Proper scheduling is a vital part of the preconstruction consulting puzzle.

Dealing With Delays

No one likes delays. Unfortunately, they’re sometimes unavoidable when you have a construction project. It could be a problem getting products from a manufacturer or a delay with permitting. An unexpected issue at the job site could set things back while installers work to resolve it. Certain times of year, we are dealing with bad weather. Regardless of the delay, it could wreak havoc on the schedule. While you can point to possible causes for delays, it’s almost impossible to predict who will be unlucky enough to be struck by one. If you’re impacted by a delay, we ask for your patience and understanding. We’ll do our best to resolve the issue in a timely manner without letting it affect the quality of your pool or patio enclosure.

Serving our fellow Floridians continuously since 1968, Dulando Screen & Awning has built our reputation on delivering an excellent product. We work hard to get every job completed in a timely fashion with 100% customer satisfaction. Our preconstruction services help us do that by assisting us in creating a crucial balance between organization and delivery. To learn more about our services or our products, contact us today.

Verification Process When Hiring a Screen Enclosure Company

Verification Process When Hiring a Screen Enclosure Company

If I told you not all screen enclosure companies are created equal, would you agree? After all, countless television shows beam an endless rotation of home improvement adventures, interior design dramas and renovation escapades directly into our living rooms. Chances are, you’ve seen plenty of disasters brought about by poor decisions. Therefore, it’s important to hire the right screen enclosure company. When weighing patio screening companies, the following are the must-haves when doing your due diligence for your new screen enclosure.

Verify That They’re Licensed and Insured
This one is so easy yet too many homeowners choose to overlook it. We’ve never understood why. Any contractor who works at your home or business should be licensed and insured. If they are not, you may find yourself on the hook legally if someone is injured while working on your property or if damage occurs. Regrettably, anyone can put a number on a business card or website and claim to be licensed. Fortunately, Florida makes it easy to find out if a business license is valid. All you need to do is go to MyFloridaLicense.com. As for insurance, patio enclosure companies should carry both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. If you ask your screen enclosure company, they should be willing to provide evidence of their coverage. Dulando Screen & Awning is fully licensed and insured. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our credentials, qualifications or processes.

Consider Their Reputation
A solid reputation is something to be proud of. A company that has built one will want to protect it by continuing to deliver great work. Established screen porch companies will be happy to provide you with references from satisfied customers. Do your due diligence and check them. The Better Business Bureau can also be a great resource. You can verify that they have physical offices, and you may even be able to see some of their work for yourself.

Consider Buying Local
Buying local is a fantastic way to support your area’s economy. It can make it easier to get a sense of a company’s reputation when you see your neighbors leaving reviews.  It’s also more likely that a local screen enclosure company is familiar with the building codes governing in your area. Sometimes municipalities have additional building codes. Only a local company would fully understand those additional requirements to protect you and your investment. Working in the Sunshine State since 1968, Dulando always strives for excellence. We take pride in providing custom enclosures that enhance outdoor living spaces.

Look for Quality Materials
Top-notch design, amazing craftsmanship and excellent service are all important factors, but you won’t get the best results unless top-quality materials are also part of the screen enclosure company’s formula. At Dulando, we insist on quality materials. That’s why we source our materials from industry leaders like Phifer Screens and only top quality aluminum manufacturers.

Provide a Detailed Written Estimate
The more information that is added on the estimate, the better. In addition to the price, make sure you see:

  • Project specs
  • Description of services supplied
  • Additional installation items
  • Timeline of completion
  • Payment schedule
  • Warranty information

Confirm Timing and Permitting
With any construction project, there’s some wiggle room in the schedule. However, there should be a schedule. If a screening contractor can’t give you an idea of when they can get to your job, consider it a red flag. Permitting is a similar tripwire. A contractor should be able to tell you if permits are required for your project and who will be responsible for securing them. At Dulando, we handle permitting so that you don’t have to worry. We will also share with you information as soon as we receive it when the permitting has been approved.

Hire the Best Screen Enclosure Company

By taking these simple steps, you can better protect yourself when looking for a screen enclosure company. The more information you get upfront, the more you can filter out companies who won’t make the cut. If you’re planning a screen enclosure project, discover the Dulando difference. Put our experience to work for you. Schedule a free in-home design consultation today and share with us your vision of your new backyard living area.

Most Popular Types of Patio Enclosures and Which is Best for Your Home

Most Popular Types of Patio Enclosures and Which is Best for Your Home

With so many types of patio enclosures, how do you choose? It’s a process that starts by knowing your options and what would best fit your home and needs, as well as your budget. Here are the top 5 types of patio enclosures to consider.

Lanai Enclosure or Frame in
A lanai enclosure is any outside area with a floor that’s tucked under your home’s roofline and set up as a living space. Since only aluminum frames and screens are needed to enclose the space, a lanai enclosure is generally the easiest and most affordable type of screen room enclosure. If you’re happy with the size and layout of your lanai covering and simply want to create a new outdoor space, this is a great choice.

New Patio Enclosure or Screen Room
What if you don’t have a lanai, porch or patio in your backyard? Create one. This option is more involved and pricier than a frame-in. The price will depend on whether or not you need to pour a new slab, the size and type of roof selected and the amount of screened walls. However, with this option, you’ll have the flexibility to pick the location, size and style that best suits your property, your preferences and your budget.

Patio Extension
If your existing patio is a postage stamp concrete pad and you want more, then this one is for you. Choose a patio extension for your enclosure project. This option allows you to make use of the existing structure without being confined by it. Maybe you want to extend your outdoor area so that only part of it is under a roof. Or maybe you want your patio to still be completely weather-proof but would like your footprint to be larger. This is a great alternative. Extending the slab and/or roof and wrapping everything in top-quality screen can help you to create the screen room of your dreams.

Sunroom Enclosure
What separates a screen room from a sunroom? It’s the type of walls and windows. If you have a porch or lanai already under your roofline, you can simply add a new wall with windows and convert your patio enclosure or existing outdoor space into a sunroom enclosure. With the difference in materials, converting an outdoor space to a sunroom is typically more expensive than a creating frame in or screen room because you’re adding walls and windows instead of screen. However, this option also allows for the space to be climatized. This greatly expands your options to use the space comfortably while adding value to your home.

Sunroom Addition
What if you don’t have a lanai enclosure or even a postage-size concrete pad, but you still want a sunroom? Build it! Adding a sunroom to your home means starting fresh with a new concrete slab and building from the ground up for a sunroom addition. Since you won’t be utilizing existing structures, you’ll need to install the slab or flooring, roof, walls and windows. This raises the project’s price tag, but it also offers plenty of freedom and creative license. You can work with one of our experienced designers to create a custom sunroom that is perfect for your needs and your space.

Today’s patio and porch enclosures come in all shapes and sizes. With a little imagination, top-quality building materials and the assistance of a skilled contractor, you can have a fantastic outdoor room that your family will enjoy for decades. When you’re ready to learn more about the types of patio enclosures, turn to Dulando Screen & Awning. Our experienced team of designers and contractors will be happy to help you explore your options and discover the best type of patio enclosure for your home. Contact us today to request a free in-home design consultation.

Choosing the Best Insect Screen for your Pool or Patio Enclosure

Choosing the Best Insect Screen for your Pool or Patio Enclosure

Some insects bite. Others sting. Many can carry diseases and all of them can be incredibly annoying. If you want to stop bugs from bugging you while you’re spending time in your screened pool or patio enclosure, selecting the right insect screen is a must. At Dulando Screen & Awning, we use high-quality screening from Phifer in every custom enclosure that we build. Which Phifer insect screen best suits your needs?

1. 18 x 14 Fiberglass Mesh Insect Screens
We get it. You want insect screening that will keep out bugs. But what about everything else? A well-designed screen can multitask. Do you need a safety barrier? Is there a lot of activity around your pool? Do nearby trees and shrubs shower your pool or patio area with bits of branches and leaves? Phifer’s 18 x 14 Fiberglass Mesh Insect Screens can provide both necessary filtering and extra strength. Phifer’s mesh insect screen is tight enough to keep most bugs at bay while still allowing sunshine and gentle breezes in. Available in charcoal and silver gray, this product is a popular choice that delivers fantastic value.

2. 20 x 20 No See Um Screens
No see ums may not be a scientific name, but most people who spend time outside will know exactly what they are when you use the term. These tiny pests are an outsize nuisance. Even when they don’t bite, their persistent flutterings can ruin a relaxing afternoon. While an 18 x 14 mesh will deter most insects, no see ums, gnats, sand flies and other little pests can sometimes slip through it. That’s why Phifer offers a 20 x 20 No See Um Screen. This tighter weave has 20 openings into each linear inch of screening. The 20 x 20 mesh is a charcoal colored vinyl-coated glass yarn. The result is a top-quality screen that will not rust, corrode or stain. Plus, it bars the entry of even tiny bugs without impeding your view of the world outside your pool or patio enclosure.

3. TuffScreen® No See Ums
You want a durable, hard-wearing screen that won’t flinch at high winds, active kids or curious pets. You also want to keep no see ums on the outside of your screened pool or patio enclosure. There’s a Phifer screen for that. TuffScreen No See Ums combines enhanced durability with a tight weave. This versatile product is perfect for areas where there’s a risk of rough-housing or rough weather. Is privacy a concern? Then you definitely want TuffScreen® No See Ums insect screen. While it allows you to see out, it’s dense weave and black color make it harder for your neighbors or passersby to see in.

Regardless of the type of patio enclosure you want, Phifer has a screen for it.

If you’re ready to enhance your outdoor living space by wrapping your patio or swimming pool in a custom screen enclosure, reach out to Dulando Screen & Awning. With our award-winning design and installation services, we know a thing or two about crafting custom screen enclosures that will stand the test of time. Our expert team will work with you to create your ideal pool enclosure and walk you through the entire process. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free in-home design consultation.