Wellington Florida Screen Repair Service, 561-798-3132

Posted by JR on February 26, 2013
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       John has been in business for 15+ years in Wellington Florida.   He repairs screen enclosures. He repairs and replaces screens on swimming pool enclosures, patios, windows, and screened porches.

John’s business is licensed and insured in the state of Florida.

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You may contact John by calling 561-798-3132.

Wellington FL 33414

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Screen Repair Infographic 561-798-3132

Posted by JR on August 18, 2014
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John's Screen Service

Topics on this infographic are explained in more detail in the posts below.
For service in Wellington Florida, call John at 561-798-3132.

What to Do When you Need to Replace BetterVue Screen on Your Patio or Enclosure

Posted by JR on July 08, 2014
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Better View (BetterVue made by Phifer) is a type of screen that is mostly used for window screens. It is very nice to see-through, sort-of like there is nothing there. The strands are thinner so you can see through the screen easier. There is a similar type of screen made by a different company, it is called Clear-View.

Some companies that build screen enclosures did put BetterVue in the total screen enclosure (for a few years). The reason why this screen is not used any longer for screen enclosures is that it tares easily, slips out of the track easier as well as other problems. It also requires a different size of spline (rubber that holds the screen in the track). And most people who repair screens do not have the right size spline, and furthermore, did not even know that a different size spline was needed so they put in a spline that was to small. And the screen came out even easier. Most of the enclosures that BetterVue was put on are in southern Florida (that we know about).

The manufacture stopped making that screen for screen enclosures because of all the problems. BetterVue is still made for window screens.

If you have a screen enclosure that was screened with BetterVue you will eventually need to change to a different type of screen since BetterVue is no longer manufactured. You could call the builder of the enclosure and see if they still have some of that type of screen and will repair it for you. They may charge you a lot more because it is no longer available. (It was the same price as regular screen (18 x 14) when it was available).

Regular screen(18 x14) is a darker screen so it may look like patchwork. 20 x 20 screen (smaller size holes) is darker yet. Gray screen could be an option but it sometimes has a shadow-like effect. There is not really any perfect solution. Maybe, you could convince the builder who built your enclosure to give you a really good deal to totally rescreen your enclosure with some type of screen that is going to be around for a long time (and has been tried and proven) for a screen enclosure.

Good Luck

How to Install a Hurricane-Safe Screen Enclosure and Swimming Pool

Posted by JR on June 09, 2014
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In this video you will see how a screen enclosure is built, how a patio is protected from storms, how the swimming pool runs with less chlorine, and how a child protective screen barrier is placed around your pool.

For pool screen enclosure service in Wellington Florida, call John at 561-798-3132

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What a Warranty Covers When Your Screen Enclosure is Repaired

Posted by JR on May 10, 2014
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Every company has different things that are covered under their warranty. The length of time is usually based on what type of work is done. They usually last from 3 months to 2 years. Warranties usually cover only workmanship (which means the screen will stay in the track under normal ware and tare, and excludes damage done by animals, people and acts of God), and there no warranty for the materials that are used. The warranty is usually automatically voided when a hurricane or tornado or very strong wind has occurred.

Even if the screens are not blown our or torn during a hurricane or tornado, the frame could have been blown from side to side a lot, so as to loosen the screens (and bolts) and may easily come out later. The screen material is usually a synthetic material (called screen cloth). And you would not expect any type of cloth to be covered by a warranty if it is put out in a hurricane or strong wind.

Keep your paperwork from the screen company that says exactly what work was done and what the warranty covers. Remember that a warranty is only as good as the person or company who stands behind it.

One Story vs 2 Story Screen Enclosures

Posted by JR on April 04, 2014
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When you have a two-story house or condo and wish to add a screen enclosure, you will need to decide if you want to have a 2-story or a 1-story enclosure.
Most city, county or local codes do not allow you to build a 2-story screen enclosure on a 1-story house. Many HOAs do not allow 2-story enclosures, even on a 2 story house.

The advantages of a 2-story is that it is very open and if you have a balcony on the second level, the balcony will be inside of the enclosure.

The disadvantages of a 2-story enclosure is that it is a lot more expensive to build and maintain, (30% – 50% more). The screens on the top part of the enclosure get blown out by the wind more often. Also, the enclosure sways and twist in the wind more so the screws on the top beams pop off more often.

Other disadvantages of a 2-story is getting a repair person to repair a screen, or repair anything, on the top part of the enclosure. Only about 20% of the people who repair screen enclosures will repair a 2-story enclosure. It is very expensive as well as difficult to get someone to replace screws on the top portion of the enclosure.

If you already have a 2-story enclosure and need repair, make sure you tell the repair person that you have a 2-story. You will save your time and their time.

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Screen Room Patio Maintenance

Posted by JR on February 27, 2014
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In Florida there are hundreds of swimming pools. Many of the pools have a big screen room around them to keep the bugs and trash out. The screen rooms or screen enclosure, as many people refer to them, are mostly made of an aluminum frame and screen that is attached to the frame.

Screen enclosures require maintenance. When a screen gets a hole or a tear or rip because of wind, or a tree limb falling, a golf ball crashing into the pool you will want to replace that part of the screen. Replace bent or broken frame sections since they can be hazardous.

You want your screen enclosure frame to last as long as possible and look as good as possible. After all, your screen room is an extension of your home living space.

There are some things that you can do to maintain your enclosure, screen room or porch. The following description applies to structures that are made using aluminum and synthetic screen material.

The aluminum frame that is under the roof eves of the house needs a little more attention. While the frame is more protected and thus more stable and secure during high wind events the screen enclosure is constantly affected by nature all the time, 24\7.

The part of the frame attached to the house does not get the free natural cleansing that freestanding pool enclosures get when it rains. If you have a lot of trees or even a fence or hedge near the enclosure, screen room or porch, this will also reduce the natural rain cleaning process.

The screen is attached to the aluminum frame so it collects small amounts of water vapors, mists, salts, chlorides, minute chemicals and dirt from the air and this may not be washed away by the rain. The deposits are captured and collected by the screen and this material congeals. This is a slow process but it damages the frame by eating away at the aluminum.

The frame should be cleaned every year. To do this all you need is a water hose with no attachments. At slow volumes or minimal pressures place the water hose on the frame directly over the rubber tubing and gently rinse the debris away.

The deposits mainly collect on the horizontal frame also known as the chair rail. The best time to clean the frame is after a very long hard rain as the deposits are softer at that time and are easier to wash out.

There are exceptions to these rules of thumb. If someone has pressure cleaned your home or roof and used chlorine or bleach then the entire frame should be cleaned in this manner.
Even very old screen frames can be somewhat renewed with this intervention.

For service in Wellington FL call John at 561-798-3132

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What Type of Screen do You Need?

Posted by JR on January 20, 2014
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There are many types of screen.  The kind that you use is determined by what you want to do or what problem you want to solve.

The screen for porches and pool enclosures comes in 2 colors, gray and charcoal (black). Charcoal color screen is used the majority of the time.

Most screen is defined by the number of strands per square inch. Example, 18X14 has 18 strands one way and 14 strands the other way. 20×20 screen has 20 strands one way and 20 strands running the other way.  There is also 18×16, 20×30,  30×30 and 40×40 screen.  The screen that is most often used on screen enclosures patios and porches in Florida is 18×14. 18×16 is mostly used to screen windows.

Better View (BetterVue) is another type of screen (the strands are thinner so you can see through the screen easier). It is used mostly for windows. 
The reason why this is not used for screen enclosures is that it tares easily, slips out of the track easier as well as other problems. The manufacture stopped making that screen for screen enclosures because of all the problems. Refer to another post on this site for more details. “What to Do When you Need to Replace BetterVue Screen on Your Patio or Enclosure”

Pet screen is stronger and has thicker strands but the strands are further apart than the 18×14 screen. SunTex 80 is also a thick screen and is often used for pets and the strands are closer together than regular pet screen, which helps to keep more bugs out.

Florida Glass is a screen that has been laminated with plastic.  It is used to keep water and trash out.  It is not clear and you can only see shadows through it.  The plastic starts pealing off in about 2 years or so.  Some types of water make stains on the plastic.

Solar screen/shade screen  is a very dense weave of screen.  There are a number of different sizes.  It is mostly used to block out most of the sun on windows,  or for green houses.

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Rusty Screw Problems in Screen Enclosures

Posted by JR on January 20, 2014
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Rusty screws are a common problem in screen enclosures, porches and patios in Florida.  There are several things that cause rust.

Exposure to sun and rain and aging cause problems.  Homes that are close to salt water also rust faster.

The tops/heads of the screw often pop off and that results in a weaker screen structure.

Chlorine causes the biggest problems.  Most people wash their deck or patio with chlorine and that causes the screws to rust much faster.

A partial solution to the chlorine problem is to make sure that you thoroughly rinse the chlorine off the screws and any metal areas afterwards.

Another thing that causes rust is the incompatibility of  metals that touch each other.  The frame is made of aluminum and the screws are made of another type of metal.

You may need to replace some of the screws because of the rust.  There are screws that are more resistant to rust than others but are also more expensive.

Below is a list of some types of materials that screws are made of that are used in building a metal frame screen enclosure, porch or patio.

Zinc

Galvanized

Coatings of various kinds

Stainless Steel – is a mixture of metals that includes various amounts of nickel which is a anti rust metal.  Nickel is not as strong  a metal as steel so the screws cannot be made totally of a softer metal. Therefore, even if you use stainless steel screws, they will eventually rust.

 

 

 

Replacing Screens During Cold Weather Can Rip Your Screen

Posted by JR on December 10, 2013
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When you try to replace a screen section, (on a pool enclosure, porch, patio or other) and the outside temperature is below 70  there could be a problem.

In cooler temperatures the spline (black rubber tubing that keeps the screen in place) gets like hard plastic and when the temperature gets below 60 it is very rigid.

Because of the rigidness of the spline (tubing), the spline may tare the screen . The tares may be very small (only a few strands) but that small tare can rip more easily, so in a few months you may have rips and tares along the edge of a fairly new screen.

The screen material also becomes more brittle in cooler weather and may tare easier when you work with it.

So, even though you may want to replace your screens  ASAP, it is better to wait until the outside temperature is above 70.

For screen service in Wellington Fl call John at 561-798-3132

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How to Keep Birds Off Your Screen Enclosure

Posted by JR on October 10, 2013
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Birds can make a big mess on your screen enclosure. For Help call John at 561-798-3132

Pigeons, ducks, and numerous other fowl; park themselves on the top of your screen enclosure and your roof. They not only make a mess but they tear the screen on your enclosure.

Even one hole in the screen can let in squirrels, raccoons and other birds. When birds and other animals get into the enclosure they make a mess on the patio deck, contaminate the water in the pool, and rip holes in the other screens, in an attempt to get out of the screen room.

This problem can go on for weeks, months or even years. Some birds are only seasonal, for a few months a year, but other birds are here all year round. Of course, squirrels, and raccoons are here all the time.

This problem can become expensive as well as keep you from enjoying your swimming pool and outdoor space covered by your screen room.
You will not only need to repair the damaged screens but to clean up your patio and decontaminate your pool.

This video will give you some ideas of what can be done to keep the birds and other animals out of your pool lanai.

 

 

For help Call John’s Screen Service 561-798-3132 for service in the Wellington Florida area.

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How to Patch a Hole on Your Screen Enclosure

Posted by JR on July 17, 2013
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How to put a patch on your screen.   Sometimes you don’t have the time or the money to repair or replace a screen.  This video gives you a simple way to patch the hole in the screen yourself.  This will work if it is on a pool, patio, screen room or lanai screen enclosure.

It will also work on a window screen.  The patch will usually stay on the screen for a long time if the patching is done with everything dry.

You can also use spray glue (get from the hobby store).  You could buy a roll of sticky screen but that does not stay on the screen as long (order this online).

The patch will look rather ugly and tacky but it will keep the bugs out.

If you cannot see this video, click on the title.

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Pool Screen Enclosures and Hurricane Damage

Posted by JR on May 28, 2013
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Hurricanes can cause a lot of damage to swimming pool enclosures.  View several videos at   http://www.poolscreenrepair.com/hurricane-damage/   and they will give you a picture of what type of damage can happen to your enclosure or lanai.

Every storm weakens your screen enclosure, even if the frame and screen may look OK to you.  Some very tall enclosures “rain” screws into the pool during a very strong storm.  Be sure and take any screws out of your pool as soon as possible because the screws will quickly rust and could damage your pool.

As you can seen in the videos, storms can do some very serious damage to your pool, patio enclosure or lanai.  If you are lucky, you may only need a little bit of screen repair done.  If you are not so lucky, you may need to replace your entire screen enclosure. In any case, be sure and check over your screen structure for any needed repairs or adjustments.  It could save you time and trouble later.

For screen repair service in Wellington Fl call John at 561-798-3132

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How to Prepare Your Pool For the Summer

Posted by JR on March 04, 2013
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Every season there are different things that you need to prepare. If you live in Florida you need to prepare for hurricanes at the beginning of the summer.
Preparing your pool for the swimming season is easy but it does take a little time and preparation.

If you do have a pool enclosure, screen room, patio or  lanai your preparation will include checking to see if there are any tares, rips or holes in the screen.  You will need to repair that section of the screen. You may be able to some of this repair yourself.

You will want to open up your home to enjoy the spring and summer air. Small animals, including cats, dogs, raccoons, snakes and even alligators have been known to get into the pool through a small hole. And of course, you would not want a neighbor child to wonder in and fall into your pool.

Call John for information and service on your pool screen enclosure. Serving the Wellington Florida area.
Wellington Florida, 33414. 561-798-3132

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New Year’s Eve Pool Party 10 Safety Tips

Posted by JR on December 28, 2012
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The holidays are such a great time to have all kinds of parties. In south Florida, it is especially fun to have a pool party on New Year’s Eve.

There are 10 things that you should keep in mind when having a party around your pool. There is generally more drinking at a New Year’s Eve party so you should be more aware of safety around your pool.

1. Make sure there is adequate lighting around the pool, including outside the pool enclosure. You can hang lights on your pool, screened patio, or lanai enclosure.

2. Repair any loose tiles or holes on the deck.

3. Repair any loose screens on your pool or patio enclosure. Repair any loose parts of the enclosure frame. Make sure the screen doors open and close easily.

4. Make sure there are enough sober people looking out for the safety of others.

5. Try to control the amount of alcohol that is consumed.

6. Check to see if someone is suddenly missing. Check the pool often.

7. Arrange the pool furniture so as it will be easy for people to move around the pool without accidentally falling into the pool.

8. Keep sharp objects away from the pool. If the sharp objects falls into the pool it looks distorted, especially at night. It is dangerous to try to get the sharp object out of the pool and even more dangerous for people to swim with sharp objects in the water.

9. Try not to serve food or drinks in glass. Use plastic, if possible. It is very dangerous for people if broken glass is on the pool deck, and even worse, when broken glass is in the pool.

10. Encourage your guests to have a designated driver.

We had a very good friend who drowned because of over drinking and no one noticed he was missing until it was to late.

Better to be Safe.

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Prepare Your Pool for Winter

Posted by JR on November 09, 2012
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It does not get very cold in South Florida during the winter but it is still too cool for most people to swim.

It is important to keep your pool enclosure locked so children do not fall into the pool and need help.

The federal gov has made a number of laws regarding  pool safety.  You can find them in the links below.

About PoolSafely.gov and CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. In addition to Pool and Spa Safety, the CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard.

Accessibility | Privacy/Security | Open Government | cpsc.gov

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Hurricane September

Posted by JR on September 02, 2012
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It looks like September has started out being very busy in the Atlantic.   Hurricanes are lined up all the way from N.C. to Africa.

It is not to late to check your screen enclosure for loose and rusty screws.  Every tight screw and bolt helps to keep your enclosure from flying away. Every time there is a very strong wind the joints can loosen a little bit.

A big question comes up every year.  Should I remove several sections of screen.  The answer is yes, no, or maybe.  If you decide to remove sections, wait until the winds are close.

To remove the screen section, all you need to do is get a knife or scissors and cut out the screen, nothing fancy.  Some people recommend that you take out one upper wall side section on each end of the enclosure and 1-2 on the long back side.  It is not generally necessary to remove a section of screen on a small porch or patio.

Some people even buy a roll of screen from Home Depot or Lowe’s before the storm, because they remember a few years ago when the supply of screen ran very low and was hard to get.  After the storm you will need to repair or replace the screens that have been taken out or get someone to repair the screens for you.

Check out other posts in this blog for more tips.

John’s Screen Service                         Wellington FL                         561-798-3132

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Do You Need a Screen Inclosure to Keep Trash Out

Posted by JR on August 02, 2012
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One of the big reasons people have screen enclosures over their pool is to keep the trash out of their pool. Of course, other benefits of having a screen enclosure is to keep the bugs out. You can open your doors and windows and enjoy the outdoors.

A pool screen enclosure, patio screen room or screened lanai is a good way to add space to your home at a much lower cost than putting an addition on your home. Recently a customer wanted to add a new enclosure only because she wanted to double the size of her house.

Back to the subject of keeping trash out of your pool. Having a screen enclosure is the best way to keep trash out of your pool but it is not the only way. Keep the trees trimmed that are near the pool and that will reduce the number of leaves and other trash that get into your pool

You may not think of dogs, cats, raccons, snakes and even alagators as trash but you do need to keep them out of your pool.

Another way to keep trash out of your pool is to put a pool cover over your pool. A pool cover does keep the water in the pool about 5 degrees cooler.

Keep your pool clean with regular cleaning and enjoy your outside space.

Call John at 561-798-3132 for help with any screen issues.

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Prepare Screen Enclosure for Hurricane

Posted by JR on July 21, 2012
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Preparing your screen enclosure for a hurricane is important.

You need to look at the screws and bolts to see if they are rusty.  Old rusty screws snap and fall out.  This does not happen all at one time.  But it happens that a few at a time fall out  and at some point the structure comes apart.

You may have a lot of rusty screws but your structure seems fine.  But then you get a stong wind or hurricane and it just comes apart.

So, check your structure for rusty screws and loose areas.

Secure your screen enclosure by replacing rusty screws and tighten up loose joints.

John’s Screen Service                         Wellington FL                         561-798-3132

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Pool Enclosure Why You Should Have 561-798-3132

Posted by JR on May 15, 2012
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A pool enclosure expands the space you can use in your home, and also increases the value.
A lot of homes in central and south Florida have a screen enclosure over their pool.
Many homes have a screen lanai or screen house without a pool.
When deciding to build an enclosure bu sure to get a licensed contractor to build your enclosure. Like all construction services, everyone are not the same, so be careful. It is good to get references from other customers.
Whatever you choose your patio enclosure will take some maintance, such as replacing or repairing torn or ripped screen.
Dogs, cats, kids and other things can cause minor damage. Many things you can repair yourself.

Check out this video and see for yourself.

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