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Top 6 Considerations When Adding a Screen Room

Top 6 Considerations When Adding a Screen Room

You’ve explored the long list of advantages that come with adding a custom screen room to your home. Now, you’re eager to get started on the project. What should you think about when you’re ready to improve your home with a screened porch or screened patio enclosure?

1. How Will You Use the Space?
Picture yourself using your new space. What are you doing? Screen rooms are incredibly versatile. You can use them as a breakfast nook, an entertainment area, a personal retreat, an exercise spot or a playroom for pets or children. When deciding on a design, think about how you hope to use the room. How much space will you need? Are there particular features like electrical outlets, lighting, ceiling fans or skylights that would make time spent there more pleasant?

2. How Will It Connect?
If you’re enclosing an existing porch or patio, you may already have a doorway between the space and your home. If not, where should this entrance be located? What suits your floor plan? How will a new entrance mesh with your outdoor living spaces? Think about how the addition of a screened in porch or patio enclosure might impact traffic flow.

3. Is Privacy a Priority?
Would you like to enjoy your new screen room without worrying about prying eyes or nosy neighbors? Landscaping and other natural features can provide a barrier. Alternately, you can also opt for privacy screening that limits the view of someone on the outside looking in without interfering with your view as you look out. If privacy is a priority, keep that in mind when selecting materials.

4. Is Durability a Concern?
If you want a screened room that will provide years of faithful service, durability is something to consider. This is especially true if you are building a patio enclosure or screened porch that will be frequented by children or pets. Here in the Sunshine State, wind can also be a concern. An experienced screen enclosure contractor can point you toward long-lasting materials that withstand wear and tear without worry and deliver good value.

5. What About Maintenance?
Some materials require more time and effort to maintain than others. Would you rather spend your free time enjoying your new addition or dealing with chores? If you’d prefer a low-maintenance structure, choose materials like aluminum that offers an attractive look and lasting service with minimal maintenance requirements.

6. Why Should You Ask About Insulation?
If a room’s walls are made largely of the screen, why would you ask about insulation? If your new patio enclosure is not under the roof, then maybe consider adding aluminum roof panels to your new screen enclosure. The Florida sun is relentless, but an insulated roof can help to keep the heat out of your screen enclosure. This means that space is more comfortable on hot, humid days. The insulation can also help to soften the sound of precipitation hitting the roof. It’s a great location to install a ceiling fan, too!

Let Dulando Screen & Awning put its award-winning design and installation experience to work for you. Our team includes professional designers, fabricators and installers who will work to build your screen room. We’ll combine our talents to create the custom screen room that is perfect for your needs. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request your free in-home design consultation.

What is the Difference between a Porch, Patio, Verandah & Lanai Enclosure?

What is the Difference between a Porch, Patio, Verandah & Lanai Enclosure?

Surrounding exterior living spaces with screen enclosures can create the perfect mix of inside and out. Are you dreaming of a porch or patio screen enclosure? Would a verandah or lanai enclosure make it easier to enjoy the beauty of the world right outside your door? We’ve heard customers use terms such as porch, patio, verandah and a screen lanai enclosure to describe their backyard area.  But they all have distinct meanings. Which of these backyard structures would you like to enclose and enjoy?

Do you want a Porch, Patio, Verandah or Lanai Enclosure?


What makes a porch a porch? For starters, it’s an exterior structure that’s located in front of a doorway to a home or building. Its floor is level with the building’s internal floor and made of wood, brick, concrete or similar materials. While it sits outside the walls of the main house, it can be enclosed by framing, columns or walls. In addition, there’s a roof or covering that provides shade and shelter in the porch area. Why would you enclose a porch? A screened porch can keep bugs, debris and ultraviolet radiation out. This makes your porch enclosure even more enjoyable and pleasant.


Porches tend to be built even with the building’s ground floor. Patios are built right on the ground itself. A patio is an exterior living space set alongside or near a home, restaurant or other building. A level floor of pavers, brick, stone or concrete creates an open-air room that’s ideal for relaxing, dining or entertaining. Why would you wrap this space as a patio screen enclosure? It lets you continue enjoying the screened patio while simultaneously providing a pleasant degree of shelter and separation.


A verandah is a porch, but not every porch is a verandah. That’s because a verandah is a long porch that extends along one or more sides of a home or building. A verandah is usually under home’s roof and built on the home’s first floor. A verandah is sometimes called a wraparound porch, it’s used for anything from access to entertaining to storage. Screening a verandah adds valuable living space and an ideal spot to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather.


Porches, patios and verandahs get lots of press. If you tell a friend from anywhere in the United States that you’re about to step out onto the patio, they’ll have a fair idea of what you’re planning. However, saying that you’re spending the afternoon lazing around the lanai could cause confusion. That’s because the term “lanai”, which originated in Hawaii, is mainly used in tropical areas, including the Sunshine State, Florida.

What is a lanai?

The word describes an exterior space with a hard-surfaced floor that is typically set up like an outdoor room. In the right circumstances, porches, patios and verandahs could all labeled lanais. Again, a lanai is usually connected to a backdoor of your home and is under the roof line. When you build a lanai addition, you increase the usability of the space in Florida’s climate.

Fortunately, regardless of what you call all these structures; a porch, a patio, a verandah or a lanai enclosure, they all can provide the perfect base for a screen enclosure.

Are you searching for a reliable screen enclosure contractor? Turn to the experts at Dulando Screen & Awning. A family-owned patio builder with a reputation for quality, we’ve been designing and constructing top-notch screen enclosures for over 50 years. Do you want to build a porch, verandah or screen lanai enclosure? We can help. If you don’t have an existing patio, we can start from scratch to build you an enclosed patio.  Whether you want pavers or a concrete slab, we can get the job done beautifully. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to learn more and request a free in-house no-obligation quote.

5 Construction Phases in Building a Patio Enclosure

5 Construction Phases in Building a Patio Enclosure

Do you dream about enhancing your outdoor living space with a custom screen enclosure? It’s fun to look at websites that have screen enclosure ideas, but at some point, construction needs to begin. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare your family and your property. At Dulando Screen & Awning, we’re happy to help you find tons of patio enclosure ideas as well as walk you through every step of your project. When it comes to building a patio enclosure, there are five phases of construction.

1. Preconstruction
When you hire a reputable contractor to build a screen enclosure, the work begins before the actual construction does. After choosing your patio enclosure features that suits your needs and your budget, it’s time to deal with permitting and scheduling the project. In Florida, securing the necessary permits generally takes a month or two. However, if a building boom or the aftermath of a damaging event like a hurricane has the local building authorities hopping, it may take longer. Once the proper paperwork is in hand, then the patio contractor can take over.

2. Site Preparation
In any type of construction, a solid foundation is vital. Site preparation lays the groundwork for that foundation. The details of this phase will be dictated by your circumstances. If your new patio enclosure is not underroof with an existing concrete slab, then we need to create the foundation.  If you’re starting fresh, it may involve removing plant materials, relocating utilities, excavation, leveling and pouring concrete. In many cases, an existing patio can jump-start the process. However, you may need to tear it out and start from scratch if it’s in poor condition. Site preparation typically requires a few days, but the duration of this phase depends on the nature and extent of the work needed.

3. Framing and Fabrication 

building a patio enclosure

During the framing and fabrication phase, your screened in patio begins to take form. At Dulando, we normally tackle this portion of the project at our facility. Our expert patio installers prefabricate the aluminum structures needed for your new enclosure under controlled conditions. This allows us to provide you with a first-rate product and speeds up the actual construction phase. Prefabrication minimizes the inevitable disruption involved in building a patio enclosure. It also saves you time and money.

4. Construction
During the construction phase, the framing, screen and roofing materials are combined by skilled craftsman to build the patio screen enclosure that you’ve been picturing. The size and complexity of the structure and your contractor’s skill and resources both affect the completion time. On average, this phase takes around 5 days. Because we prefabricate portions of the structure before arriving on site, you’ll enjoy more rapid results with Dulando.

5. Finishing 

skylights for a patio enclosure

The right finishing touches can help to make your new screen enclosure a more pleasant place to spend your time. Common choices include installing features like electrical outlets, lighting and ceiling fans. Paver bricks or special trims may also be put into place during this phase. When there are only a few items on the list, the finishing phase may be completed quickly. More extensive lists may add a few days to the project’s timeline to coordinate the upgrades.

At Dulando Screen & Awning, we take pleasure in working with people to create custom screen enclosures that enrich their outdoor living spaces. If you’re interested in building a patio enclosure, we’re here to serve you. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free consultation.

Top Questions During a Patio Enclosure Consultation

Top Questions During a Patio Enclosure Consultation

You’ve decided that it’s the perfect time to enhance your outdoor living space with a patio enclosure. If your goal is to reach out to a few reputable patio contractors, wouldn’t it be nice to know what types of questions they will be asking during your appointment?  Here is our list of the top questions during a patio enclosure consultation that we’ve been known to ask our clients.  Hopefully, this list gives you a few items to consider as you get ready for the meeting.

An effective patio enclosure consultation isn’t an interrogation. It’s a conversation. An experienced patio enclosure contractor will be happy to answer your queries. They will also have questions of their own, and that’s a good thing. After all, your answers will help them create and build the patio enclosure that you want. What is a contractor likely to ask you during a consultation?

How Do You Plan to Use the Patio Enclosure?

  • Are you seeking a quiet refuge or eager to use your screen enclosure to entertain?
  • Will it be a place to dine?
  • Who will use it?
  • Are children or pets likely to be frequent visitors to the space?

Understanding how you plan to use the enclosure allows a contractor to make helpful suggestions regarding the size and placement of the enclosure, the type of materials used to build it, and the features that might make it more comfortable.

Where Will the Patio Enclosure Go?

  • Is the enclosure that you’re dreaming of attached to your home or freestanding?
  • How large will it be?
  • Are you planning to enclose an existing patio? If so, is the existing patio under the roofline?
  • If you have an existing patio under the roofline, do you want to extend it further?  (yes, that’s an option)  See this article.  How A Patio Extension Screen Enclosure Can Increase Your Living Space

To create an effective design and an accurate estimate of its cost, the contractor will need to assess and measure the proposed location.

How Do You Visualize your Patio Enclosure?

Even the most talented contractor cannot build your ideal patio enclosure without first learning what you want. Be prepared to discuss what you like and what you don’t. During a patio enclosure consultation, contractors often bring pictures and samples to make it easier to determine what styles, materials and features suit your personal tastes.  Of course, feel free to show them photos you’ve also found online.

What Are Your Priorities?

  • Are you concerned about energy efficiency?
  • What about privacy?
  • Are low-maintenance materials a plus in your book?
  • Is electricity a necessity?

Exploring what matters most to you gives your contractor a clearer picture of your needs.

How Much Are You Planning to Spend?
Discussing your budget may not be as much fun as exploring design possibilities, but it’s a vital part of the patio enclosure consultation. When you share how much you’re willing to spend, your contractor can give you a realistic idea of what type of enclosure you can afford. More importantly, they can use their expertise to help you get the most value for your dollar.

How Pet Screen is Necessary for a Screen Enclosure if You Have Pets or Kids

How Pet Screen is Necessary for a Screen Enclosure if You Have Pets or Kids

Enclosing your pool or patio with a screen may seem like an obvious decision. However, it’s important to pick the right type of screen for your situation. If you have pets or children, pet screen offers superb durability and other features that are unmatched by standard screens.

Is Pet Screen Worth It?

Long-lasting Strength
The claws and teeth of your cute but ferocious cat are not to be underestimated; standard screens can’t keep up with these sharp implements, especially over time. Regular screens can put up with some damage, but pets are notoriously stubborn. Eventually, they can shred through inferior screens and claw their way to ill-conceived freedom. Pet-proof screen is 7x stronger than the standard screen.

The durability of the framing used in pet resistant screens is important as well. A pet or child with enough strength can push a traditional screen out of its frame, allowing an easy escape. Screens designed with pets in mind are constructed with durable screening material and strengthened frames, allowing them to withstand years of abuse from the most determined pets.

Good Visibility and Airflow
Some homeowners may balk at the idea of putting up thicker screens, believing that these screens will negatively impact their visibility when compared to regular screens. Although the individual strands within a pet resistant screen are thicker, the gaps between the strands are wide enough to see through easily. You’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of beautiful sunlight shining into your enclosed space. The airflow in your enclosed areas also will not be affected; cool breezes will continue to help you feel refreshed.

Keep Pests at Bay
Although the main purpose of pet screens is to keep pets and children inside, they can also keep annoying pests outside and away from your skin. The mesh in pet screens are small, preventing mosquitos and other biting or stinging pests from feasting on you and your family. Not only can pet proof screen keep your dog or cat from clawing its way free, but it is also strong enough to resist gnawing from larger pests, such as squirrels or rats from getting in.

Safety for All
Pet safe screen enclosures improve the safety of your family and your neighbors. Even if your dog is well trained, he can still behave unpredictably when spooked. A strong pet screen will keep your dog enclosed even when he charges at the screen. This same strength is an added benefit if you have young children. With weaker screens, an unattended child could break through your screens quicker than you might expect, especially if there is already a tear in the screen. The strength of your pet screening will prevent a child from getting through the material and wandering off.

Durable Material
The best pet proof screen is Phifer pet screen. To create a tear proof screen, Phifer screens are built from a vinyl-coated polyester that will hold up to regular abuse. The fabric of the screen uses an antimicrobial coating from Microban to prevent the growth of unsightly bacteria and mold. Excessive mold growth can prematurely weaken screens, so this is just one more way that pet screens are designed to last.

Phifer is the Best Pet Screen

If you have pets or young children and want to give them access to your screened patio, durable Phifer pet screens are a necessity. For more information, contact Dulando Screen & Awning today at 407-862-6060 and speak to one of our design consultants for  a free quote.

Aluminum Patio Covers vs. Wood Patio Covers vs. Perma-Wood Patio Covers

Aluminum Patio Covers vs. Wood Patio Covers vs. Perma-Wood Patio Covers

The Florida sunshine is gorgeous, but it can be unforgiving. That’s why many Floridians choose to add a roof to their patios by installing a patio cover. These popular features can keep the space pleasantly shady, reducing both the temperature there and your worries about sunburn. What type of patio roof works best? To find out, you’ll want to explore the pros and cons of the top three patio covers:  aluminum patio covers, wood patio covers and Perma-Wood patio covers.

Aluminum Patio Covers

PROS: Affordable, durable and stylish, aluminum is an option worth considering when you’re interested in installing a covered porch or patio. Lightweight but strong, aluminum naturally resists corrosion and insect damage. Aluminum roof panels won’t crack or warp. Plus, it requires little in the way of maintenance to remain in tip-top condition.

CONS: However, aluminum does tend to conduct and retain heat. As a result, it may not offer as much cooling power as other materials. In addition, many people feel that aluminum lacks wood’s warmth and visual interest.

Wood Patio Covers

When people start discussing patio cover ideas, the use of wood is almost certain to come up. After all, it’s hard to beat the beauty of wood.

PROS: It’s an attractive, sturdy material that lends a natural, timeless feel to a space. Plus, with so many types of wood to choose from such as cedar, the results of using this material are extremely customizable.

CONS: While you can see wood’s appeal, it does have its weaknesses. It’s more vulnerable to damage from common environmental hazards like wind, water, sun and insects than aluminum. It also requires more work to maintain a wood patio cover.

Perma-Wood Patio Covers

What if you want the durability of aluminum and the beauty of wood? It’s possible to enjoy the best of both materials thanks to an innovative product called Perma-Wood.

PROS: An embossed aluminum building product, Perma-Wood is made in the United States. It delivers all the benefits of aluminum and the appealing look of natural wood, so it’s a great choice for patio covers. Available in a wide range of colors and finishes, it can be used to create a custom patio and porch covers of practically any size or shape. Who wants to spend time working on their patio cover when they could be relaxing beneath it? With an Perma-Wood  patio cover, you can get the look you crave without the need to devote hours of your priceless free time to maintenance chores.

CONS:  The only downside is the price.  Perma-Wood typically cost about 25% more than wood, but will last longer and has less maintenance.

Do you find the notion of enhancing your outdoor living space with a covered patio or porch intriguing? Let Dulando Screen & Awning help you explore the possibilities.

Additional Reading:  Aluminum Patio Covers

We’ve been serving Orlando, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and the surrounding areas for 50 years.  We are proud of our reputation for consistently providing both excellent service and top-quality results.

Our expert team will be delighted to create a custom Perma-Wood patio cover that’s a perfect match for your property. With our experienced designers, in-house fabrication capabilities, use of only top-quality materials, and insistence on first-rate customer service, you can expect a positive experience with fantastic results. To learn more about our services or request an estimate, contact us today at 407-862-6060.