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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One Story vs 2 Story Screen Enclosures

Posted by JR on April 04, 2014
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For service in Wellington FL call John at 561-798-3132

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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What Type of Screen do You Need?

Posted by JR on January 20, 2014
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For Service in Wellington FL call John at 561-798-3132

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.

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.

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

 

 

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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.

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

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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 a 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 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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John’s Screen Repair               Wellington FL                561-798-3132

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.

For Service in Palm Beach County Florida call John at 561-798-3132

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Repair vs Build a New Screen Enclosure

Posted by JR on January 29, 2012
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Questions to ask when planningto repair your existing screen enclosure or building a new enclosure.

561-798-3132 For screen service in Wellington Fl.

  1. How long do you plan to live in your current home?
  2. The size of your enclosure?
  3. Can you build a porch if you tare down your existing enclosure?
  4. How long will your current enclosure last?
  5. How much will it cost to repair the current enclosure?
  6. Do I need to do all the repairs at one time?
  7. How strong is your current structure?
  8. Will you need to put a fence around the pool if you tare down your enclosure and do not build a new one?
  9. How much does it cost to maintain your current enclosure, per year?
  10. How much less will you use your pool area if you do not have an enclosure?

October Still Hurricane Season

Posted by JR on October 12, 2011
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Remember Hurricane Andrew?  It was the first hurricane of the season and occurred in October.  We remember what a devastating experience that was.  Everything was such a wreck, especially in south Miami and Homestead.

Even though Wellington was not devastated by Andrew, we still were affected. It was very scary for a lot of people. A lot of us went to the devastated area to help out.

So don’t let your guard down just because it seems the worst part of the hurricane season is past.

Refer to the September post for some tips about how to secure your screen enclosure.

There are also other tips in the other posts.

Have a good Halloween.

John’s Screen Repair Service                 561-798-3132                   Wellington FL 33414

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How to Repair a Screen in a Door or Window

Posted by JR on October 10, 2011
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You may need to repair or replace a window or door screen.

Call John if you need work done in Wellington FL, 33414

Ph   561-798-3132

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

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Repair Pool Screens For Pool Safety

Posted by JR on July 04, 2011
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Repair Pool Screens For Pool Safety

Children are out of school for the summer and ready to take advantage of  all things fun and interesting.  That could include having a swim in your pool.  Keep your pool enclosure screens repaired so as to deter the kids from using your pool for their fun and possibly getting hurt.

Recreational time at public and residential swimming pools and spas is a favorite activity for children and adults all over the country. Whether enjoying pool time with family and friends, exercising, playing water sports, or learning to swim, everyone needs to be mindful of the potential for incidents and drownings in pools and spas.

Each year, nearly 300 children under the age of five drown in residential and public pools and spas. Submersion incidents requiring emergency-room treatment or hospitalization number in the thousands and many victims experience permanent disability, including brain damage.

Few people know of the hidden dangers from drain or suction entrapments. Drains with broken, missing, or faulty covers can entrap hair, the body, limbs, jewelry and clothing, or cause disembowelment/evisceration.

John’s Screen Repair Service:          Wellington and Royal Palm Beach FL                 561-798-3132

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Pool Safety, Keep Kids Safe

Posted by JR on February 05, 2011
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Swimming pools are great fun for families and children but safety is the number One thing.  Screen enclosures, fences and other things keep outsiders from getting into the pool area.  Even during the winter screens and fences should be maintained and repaired when needed.

Your fence, screen or patio enclosure needs to be in good repair.  Replace or repair any screens that have holes, tares or rips.

Below is a Pool Safety video.

Call John when you need your screen enclosure repaired. 561-798-3132 Wellington, FL 33414

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