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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.

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.

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.