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Top Questions Customers Ask About Pool Enclosures

Top Questions Customers Ask About Pool Enclosures

Our primary job is answering client questions about their screen pool enclosures. Our customers ask a lot of questions, and we are thrilled with each question they ask. Our motto is an informed customer is an awesome customer. At Dulando Screen & Awning, we’re always happy to help educate people by providing user-friendly answers about pool enclosures.  Therefore, we put together this list of top questions about pool enclosures. We hope it helps you in your decision to build a pool enclosure.

Pool Enclosure Questions

Are Screened Pool Enclosures Durable?

A screened enclosure may seem like a rather lightweight structure. However, working with an experienced pool enclosure contractor pays off. These professionals know how to combine the right materials and designs with a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations governing construction in Florida. The result is a screened enclosure that’s built to withstand the stormy and windy weather that roars through the Sunshine State.

Are Permits Necessary for a Pool Enclosure?

The specific requirements for permits will vary depending on your location. However, if you work with Dulando, you don’t need to worry about it. We handle all the permitting. We’ll also assist you in gaining approval from your homeowners’ association. Put our experience to work for you.

Are There Design Options?

Homes come in a wide range of architectural styles, designs, and colors. So do pool enclosures! There is plenty of room for customization when building a screened enclosure.

  • You can opt for a freestanding enclosure or one that connects to your home.
  • You may decide to install one that contains just your pool area or one that extends over your pool and patio.
  • You might prefer a white aluminum frame or choose bronze for the metal.
  • In a similar fashion, you have numerous options when it comes to the type of screening.
  • Some pool screens are darker to prioritize privacy.
  • Others focus on durability or keeping out smaller insects.

If you need something specific, just ask us.

What Factors Impact the Screen Enclosure Cost?

Adding a high-quality swimming pool enclosure can be a fantastic way to boost your property values. However, as with any home improvement, there’s a price tag. What factors impact the cost of this type of project?

  • For starters, the design is a consideration. Simple structures are generally less expensive than more complex enclosures that attach to homes or incorporate special features like textured concrete, vinyl windows or a panoramic screen section surrounding your pool enclosure.
  • Size is also an issue. Larger structures will often be more expensive than comparable structures that are smaller in scale.
  • Finally, the materials that you select for your pool enclosure matter. Choosing specialty materials may raise the initial price tag. However, they may deliver a better value by providing an enclosure that will last longer. Some materials require less maintenance over its lifespan. Others provide a solution to a specific site issue or need.

Dulando Screen & Awning has worked with all kinds of budgets. Let us help you get the pool enclosure you want at a budget you can afford.

Are You Ready for a New Pool Enclosure?

Swimming pool enclosures are popular because they offer so many benefits. These amazing structures allow you to enjoy time and fresh air in your pool while providing welcome protection. The screens offer a gentle barrier that keeps bugs and debris out of your pool area, making your time there more pleasant. This also reduces maintenance since less debris gets into the pool. As a bonus, screens can provide extra security and privacy for your pool area.

When you want to explore the possibilities offered by pool screen enclosures, Dulando Screen & Awning is delighted to help. To ask questions or learn more about our services, reach out to us. If you’re ready to add a pool enclosure to your outdoor living space, contact us to schedule a free in-home design consultation.

Easy Pool Screen Cleaning Hacks for your Pool Enclosure

Easy Pool Screen Cleaning Hacks for your Pool Enclosure

Pool screen enclosures create so much value for homeowners that we want to protect that investment as much as possible. One of their greatest benefits is pool screens provide welcome shade and protection while they keep bugs and debris out. Unfortunately, that very same dirt, debris, and mold can collect on the screens over time. A dirty pool screen cage is unattractive, seems older, and can damage your screens over time. Thankfully, it’s an easy fix. These pool screen cleaning hacks will help.

Pool Screen Cleaning Tips

Brush It Off

Are leaves and debris clinging to the frames and screens of your pool cage? This can contribute to dingy-looking screens and provide fuel for mold growth. To keep your pool screen looking nice, grab a soft brush and gently brush it off from top to bottom. Be sure to work carefully near the upper screens. Whatever ladders you use to reach the top, make sure you have a spotter.

Wash Down the Screen Enclosure

A gentle scrub with the right cleansers and tools can revitalize your screen enclosure. If you are planning a pool enclosure cleaning, you have a few different options:

  • Bleach and water: Bleach can be harsh, so it’s best used sparingly. However, it can be a good choice when you’re trying to eliminate mold, mildew, or algae. If you opt for this route, be sure to dilute. Mix 1 gallon of water with 3 quarts of bleach. Apply cautiously with a long-handled brush. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Vinegar and water: Vinegar is safer for the environment, your skin, and the components of your pool area. It’s also effective against mold and mildew. Use a bucket to mix a solution that’s half vinegar and half warm water. Apply with a long-handled brush. When you’re finished, you may either rinse or leave the solution to dry.
  • Soap and water: Mix dish detergent with warm water. Scrub gently with a long-handled brush. Rinse thoroughly.

Do Both Sides of the Screen

When cleaning a pool cage, people often overlook the inside of their screens. While the outside of the screens may be exposed to more grime, both the interior and exterior will benefit from a good pool cage cleaning.  We recommend cleaning the inside first to remove as much debris as possible. That way when you hose off the outside, there is less debris that falls into your pool area.

It’s Okay to Pressure Wash Screens

Is the thought of manually cleaning the screens of your pool enclosure daunting? Is the pool enclosure too tall to reach with a ladder? Especially in the middle of the pool. If so, then add power. Try using a pressure washer but start with the lowest setting to avoid damaging the screens. You don’t need a fancy pool screen cleaner, just use your pressure washer to keep your pool screen free of debris and mold.

When To Consider Pool Enclosure Screen Replacement

Sometimes, even the best pool screen cleaning isn’t enough to restore your enclosure to its former glory. While these structures tend to last a decade or more when properly maintained, they will eventually fail. If you’re unsure about replacing your pool screens, we’ve written an article about the top 5 signs that you might need a pool enclosure replacement.

For more than half a century, Dulando Screen & Awning has been designing and building custom screen enclosures for our fellow Floridians. We delight in working with our customers to help them discover the solutions that provide the perfect fit for their needs. To schedule a free in-home design consultation for your pool screen enclosure, contact us today.

The Different Types of Patio Screens for your Screen Room

The Different Types of Patio Screens for your Screen Room

In the past, a screen might have been just a simple bunch of crossed wires to look like mesh. Today, high-quality screens can be the basic mesh, but also, so much more. Advances in technology mean that modern screens can offer some serious advantages. With so many different types of patio screens to choose from, how do you know which one is the right choice for your screen room?

At Dulando Screen & Awning, we know that building an exceptional custom screen enclosure requires top-quality materials. When we’re creating screened porches, Florida rooms, patio enclosures, pool enclosures, and other screened rooms, we use products from Phifer Screens. With Phifer, we can provide both superior quality and a wide array of options. Which screening product is right for your patio? It depends on your needs.

pet screens

Phifer Pet Screen

Pets can play rough, especially when they’re excited. Phifer Pet Screen doesn’t flinch. Designed to be seven times stronger than traditional screens, it can take a little roughhousing or the occasional close encounter with claws. Do you have kids who like to run around and not pay attention to their surroundings? Yes, Phifer Pet Screen can also take those hits. That’s why this patio screen is a great choice for households with pets or small children.

TuffScreen Phifer ScreenPhifer TuffScreen®

The perfect choice for panoramic screen rooms, Phifer TuffScreen® Heavy-duty Mesh Screen spans wide spaces easily. With its heavy-duty, vinyl coating, it blocks out insects but leaves your view unobstructed. There is also an upgraded TuffScreen® that can keep out No-SeeUms. As an added bonus, this vinyl-coated screen is ready to resist playful pets and high-spirited children. With a ten-year warranty, you can be sure it’s truly built to last.

BetterVue Phifer ScreenPhifer BetterVue®

Phifer BetterVue® Pool & Patio Screen is another great option for larger openings that require plenty of strength. As the name suggests, it’s designed to provide optical clarity, so you enjoy a better view of your outdoor spaces. You’ll also get 33% more insect protection, 10% more sunlight to warm your water, and 15% more openness so that you can feel the breeze.

Phifer No-see-um Screening

No-see-ums are the most annoying of them all. Are these invisible pests ruining your relaxation? Phifer No-see-um Screening can provide relief. While densely woven to keep out no-see-ums, gnats, sand flies, and other terrors, it allows plenty of ventilation and a nice amount of privacy. These patio screens have been coated with protective vinyl which means, it won’t rust, corrode, or stain.

Phifer Glas-Shield

Phifer Glas-Shield

Also known as Florida glass, these popular patio screens are laminated fiberglass mesh. Many homeowners use Phifer-Glas as a privacy screen. Plus, it does a fantastic job of keeping dust, dirt, and debris out of your pool or enclosure.

Phifer Super Solar Screen

The Florida sun can be brutal for our skin as well as anything else that is outside. Wearing sunscreen and sunglasses is a good start. But did you know that Solar Screen can block up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare. A few other benefits of Phifer Solar Screen is added daytime privacy without sacrificing outward visibility.

SunTex Phifer ScreenPhifer SunTex

If you like the idea of patio screens that keep the sun away, be sure to check out Phifer SunTex. Available in solar screens and sun shades in a variety of colors, this unique woven mesh can keep between 70% and 90% of the sun’s rays away from your space. That can save you money on sunblock and energy.

We hope this provides you with a general understanding of the types of patio screens available for your patio or pool enclosure. If you have additional questions, reach out to Dulando Screen & Awning. We’ll be happy to help choose the screen that is best for your space and your family.

Benefits of a Panoramic Screen Enclosure

Benefits of a Panoramic Screen Enclosure

What’s in a name? With a panoramic screen enclosure, it’s both an explanation and a declaration. Panoramic can mean a wide view, which is the key feature of these enclosures. However, panoramic also means comprehensive or including all the key points, and that’s something that panoramic screen enclosures excel at. These structures provide plenty of advantages.

Whether it’s a Florida room, a lanai, or a screened pool cage, adding a screen enclosure can be a fantastic way to enhance your outdoor living space. The question quickly becomes… Should you opt for the standard style or the panoramic version? Consider the potential benefits of each type of screen enclosure. Hopefully, it will help you make the decision.

Why a Panoramic Screen Enclosure is Amazing

Enjoy an Unfettered View

Let’s start with the obvious advantage of a screen enclosure with a panoramic view. Standard screen enclosures have vertical or horizontal aluminum frames every few feet. Panoramic enclosures are specially engineered to remove these visual intrusions. This delivers an unhampered view that’s ideal when you want to enjoy the kind of gorgeous scenery you find in the Sunshine State. So, if the view is especially important to you, a panoramic screen enclosure is your best bet.

Take Comfort in Solid Construction

With the way that hurricanes and other strong storms tear across Florida, strong construction is crucial. Fortunately, both a standard lanai and a panoramic lanai screens can be built to meet all the necessary standards. When you opt for a panoramic view, we use larger and stronger vertical beams without compromising the strength of the enclosure. This is what allows us to use fewer beams and produce an unobstructed panoramic view.

Keep Outdoor Annoyances Away

You love being outside. You aren’t as fond of sharing your space with leaves, sticks, frogs, and bugs. A quality screen enclosure of any kind can do an excellent job of keeping common outdoor annoyances out of your outdoor rooms. Some types of screening even offer additional bonuses like sun protection or heightened privacy. We make sure that those screens are compatible with your panoramic screen enclosure.

Increase Your Property Value

It’s easy to see the appeal of relaxing in a screened patio or a panoramic pool screen enclosure. As a result, both types of screen enclosures offer an affordable way to boost your home’s curb appeal. Adding either can increase your enjoyment of your property and your property’s value. Can we be so bold as to say that the beautiful panoramic view will also be a selling point of your home?

Delight in a Custom Design

Do you have special features you’d like to incorporate into your new screen enclosure? Our team has been building amazing patio and panoramic pool enclosures with unique features for decades. When you work with a skilled screen enclosure contractor, you’ll be able to choose either a standard or panoramic design.

There are many benefits that overlap between a standard screen enclosure and a panoramic screen enclosure. But an unspoken benefit is you’ll have the admiration of your friends and neighbors as they see your new outdoor space. Panoramic enclosures are still pretty new and are becoming the new go-to screen patio enclosure or pool enclosure method.

Are You Ready for a Panoramic View Screen Enclosure?

Are you ready to transform your outdoor living space with the addition of a screened room or pool enclosure? Whether you’re interested in the standard screen enclosure or prefer the possibilities that a panoramic view screen enclosure offers, turn to Dulando Screen & Awning. We’ve been serving our fellow Floridians for more than half a century, so we understand how to get amazing results. We’re fully licensed and insured and committed to delivering top-quality products that will stand the test of time. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home design consultation.

When is it Time to Rescreen a Pool Enclosure?

When is it Time to Rescreen a Pool Enclosure?

Swimming pool enclosures are wonderful additions to your outdoor living spaces. They help to create a defined look and space for your pool area. They offer privacy and shelter. In addition, they enhance safety and comfort. However, nothing lasts forever, especially in Florida. When is it time to rescreen a pool enclosure? Here are a few signs to watch out for.

Rescreen a Pool Enclosure When:

Your Pool Screens Are Torn

When a few screens are torn is the most obvious sign. A torn screen lets insects and debris in. Depending on the severity of the tear or its location, a screen repair may be possible. However, it may not be the best answer. If the damage is extensive and the pool cage is old or outdated, then, a pool screen replacement may be the better value.

Mold Is an Issue

Florida gets its fair share of humidity. The price we pay for living in our state is mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can damage pool screens and grow on aluminum. They can also be difficult to eradicate. If they’ve latched onto your screens, it might be a good idea to discuss a rescreen. Depending on the damage to the aluminum structure, we can figure out if the pool screen enclosure needs to be replaced.

Damage From Sun or Salt Water Is a Problem

Constant exposure to the Florida sun and saltwater isn’t kind. Metals can corrode under those constant conditions. Choosing properly treated surfaces with protective coatings or other features that allow them to survive and thrive in our humid climate can extend the life of your pool enclosure.

Fascia or Soffit Damage

Most pool enclosures connect to the edge of a house or building. Over time, the connection between the enclosure and the home occasionally leads to slow drainage, which can set the stage for water damage and mold growth along the fascia and soffit. Birds, squirrels, and other pests also find these spaces attractive. Their attempts to nest can damage the fascia and soffit. When these materials have been damaged, repairing them should be done as part of the pool cage rescreening process.

Choosing a Different Screen for your Pool Enclosure

If you’ve had your pool enclosure for a few years and notice that it’s not as effective keeping out Florida state bird, the mosquito, or keeping pets in, there’s a screen for that.  Dulando offers Phifer screens and there are several fantastic options available:

  • Phifer Pet Screen offers enhanced durability. It makes it a great choice for homes with either pets or small children.
  • Phifer Solar Screen provides extra protection from the sun. With the dangers that sun exposure brings to both people and property, a little extra help can be a welcome advantage.
  • Phifer Glass-Shield Privacy Screen won’t block your view of your beautiful backyard. However, it does shield your pool area from prying eyes.
  • Phifer Insect Screen is made from a fine mesh that keeps even tiny insects like Florida’s famous no see ums away. It always ensures that more debris stays outside of your pool enclosure so that the area stays cleaner.

Are you Ready to Rescreen your Pool Enclosure?

If you’re seeing any of these issues with your current pool enclosure, give us a call.  It may be that the structure looks a little tired. Alternately, you may be eager to improve it by installing better technologies. It may be time to repaint the structure or replace the fasteners and hardware. You can trust Dulando Screen & Awning for your rescreen pool enclosure project. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to discuss the possibilities.

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.