It’s undeniable. There is a certain satisfaction that comes with doing it yourself, and it’s hard to put a price tag on that feeling. However, you’ll only experience it as the result of a job well done. When things go wrong, it can be frustrating, expensive and flat-out dangerous. Savvy do-it-yourselfers understand that success requires picking suitable projects. Is building a DIY screen enclosure a task that you can tackle yourself or one best left to the professionals? To find out, ask yourself these questions.
1. Do I have the tools to do the job?
When determining the cost of a patio enclosure, it’s important to factor in the cost of the tools. Especially, if you don’t already have the tools necessary for the job. Quality tools are an expensive investment. When building a DIY screen enclosure, do you have the tools needed to build a screened-in patio or pool enclosure? Some of the tools necessary to complete the job are basic hammer and screwdriver, but then there are specialty tools to apply the screen. Be certain to consider the cost to purchase or rent them when debating whether to do it yourself or call a professional.
2. Can I get the materials necessary?
Home improvement stores offer an array of materials to build a DIY screen enclosure, and the Internet provides access to an even greater variety of products. However, professionals often get discounted rates that are unavailable to the public. Perhaps most importantly, they have a thorough understanding of the products used in their profession. They understand the pros and cons of various materials and what makes them a good choice or a bad idea for a given situation in a way no amateur can hope to match.
3. Do I have the knowledge to complete the job safely?
Before embarking on any do-it-yourself projects, especially potentially risky ones like the installation of a swimming pool enclosure, ask yourself if you truly know how to complete the job safely. Have you thought about permits and issues like underground cables and scaffolding? Can you ensure that the structure is engineered correctly? Are you confident in your skills with the necessary tools? Have you ever seen a screen that was too loose? It’s not attractive.
4. Am I ready to cope with the unexpected?
When it comes to DIY screen rooms, it’s pretty much inevitable that something unexpected will crop up. Are you prepared to deal with it? What will you do if you discover that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew?
5. Can I construct a quality product?
A screen enclosure that’s built properly will last for 10 to 15 years. Will you be happy with the quality of one that you build yourself? It would be a shame to spend hours sweating through the construction of a screened in patio and then be unable to enjoy it because you’re distracted by things that you wish you’d done differently. It’s also worth remembering that professionals can create and manufacture custom designs that are a perfect fit for your space.
6. Will I save money by building a DIY screen enclosure?
The prospect of cutting costs is often a major motivation for doing it yourself, but will you actually save money? There’s more to this calculation than the price of tools and materials. Remember that your time has value. There’s also the matter of a warranty. Professionals can often provide one, but you may find that you’re out of luck if you do the work yourself.
A family-owned and -operated business, Dulando Screen and Awning has been turning backyard dreams into realities since 1968. For high-quality pool, screened in porch and patio screen enclosures and unmatched customer service, contact us today. It will be our pleasure to provide a free estimate.