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There are a lot of questions and discussion about when and where and how to remove screen panels/sections in your screen enclosure before a hurricane. First, generally there is no need to remove sections from a porch. Also, rarely is there a need to remove any sections that are below the chair rail (lower 3 ft of the screen enclosure or patio).
Some years ago “C” spline (the cording that keeps the screen in the track) was used because it would pop out if the wind was over 40 mph. This was made to reduce the chance of the enclosure coming down during a hurricane. However, the “C” spline came out easily or the screen became loose so it is no longer available, as far as I know.
You need to answer a few questions before you decide to remove screen sections/panels.
- How much exposure to the winds does your enclosure have? (are you on a lake, a golf course, 5 acre lot or any large open area). These things increase your wind exposure.
- Do you have other houses or trees (how many) around or near your pool enclosure. These things create a kind of wind barrier and reduces your wind exposure.
- Was your leni or pool enclosure build before 2014? The Florida Building Codes have been upgraded in 2014, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001. With every upgrade the requirements for screen structures were increased to be able to withstand hurricane type winds. Generally, the older your enclosure, the weaker it will be. But this is not always necessarily true because many enclosures were built much stronger than code required at the time of the build.
- What type of screen is in your enclosure? Regular 18/14, 20/20 or a heavier mesh. The heavier or tighter mesh, the more resistant it will be in the wind, (more difficult it will be for the wind to blow through one side of the enclosure and out the other side.)
- How tall is your enclosure? The taller the enclosure the more exposure it will have to the winds. The wind increases the higher you get from the ground. The wind is less on the ground.
- How many screen side walls do you have? 1, 2, or 3? The more screen walls you have, the more exposure you have.
- Do you have rusty screws or bolts?
- Is the enclosure securely attached to the house?
- Do you have additional bracing on your enclosure?
- How large is your screen enclosure? The larger the enclosure, the more exposure to updraft or downdraft you can get.
- How tall is your house? The taller your home, the more updraft or downdraft it can create on your enclosure
- Generally, determine the amount of exposure your screen enclosure has and determine if you need to remove any panels or sections. Keep in mind, the screens that you remove, you will need to replace after the storm.
For service in Wellington Florida, call John at 561-798-3132