Screen Repair

How to Patch a Hole on Your Screen Enclosure

Posted by JR on September 17, 2017
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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

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

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Sliding Glass Door Screen Repair

Posted by JR on March 11, 2015
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Call John at 561-798-3132 in Wellington, Florida for screen repair.

Sometimes your pet or child will accidently run through the sliding screen door and you need to repair it. The door usually has rollers on the top side or the bottom side of the slider door. The rollers make the door much easier to slide. Some slider screen doors do not have rollers.

There are several solutions to getting your screen slider door repaired. You can repair the door yourself (attached is a video). ( ) You can take it to a screen repair shop in your area. In some areas the local Ace Hardware store will repair the slider screen for you if you take it to them. Ace Hardware will also repair and/or build new window screens, in many areas.

If someone gives you a price for repair on the phone, the price does not generally include the repair or replacement of the rollers. There are over 60 types (manufactures) of rollers for screen sliders, so all types are not easily available. There are a few generic type of rollers that will fit more than one make/manufacture of slider. This video will show you how to work on a roller.

When you have someone come to your house to repair something, it will cost more than if you take it to a shop to get it repaired.
If you cannot repair the slider yourself or take it out to be repaired then you can call John at 561-798-3132 if you live in the Wellington Fl area.

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

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BetterVue Screen Replacement on Pool Enclosure Problems

Posted by JR on July 08, 2014
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BetterVue (BetterVue is 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. Another type of screen is called UltraVue but it is not recommended for screen enclosures in South Florida, as far as we know.

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 as much 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, do 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 and many more problems. Most of the enclosures where BetterVue was installed are in southern Florida (as far as we know).

The manufacture does not recommend BetterVue 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 may need to change to a different type of screen since BetterVue is no longer recommended. You could call the builder of the enclosure and see if they still have some Bettervue and will repair it for you. They may charge you a lot more. 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

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

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.

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

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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.

Most all of the screen material we use is made in the USA by Phifer Inc, http://www.phifer.com/consumerdiy/overview.  Check out their website for more information.

18×14 Fiberglass Pool and Patio Insect Screening

18 x 14 Fiberglass Mesh

18 x 14 Fiberglass Mesh Charcoal

Better View (BetterVue) is another type of screen (the strands are thinner so you can see through the screen easier). UltraVue and ClearVue are similar types of screen. They are used mostly for windows and sometimes on small porches.
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.

PetScreen® Pet Resistant Screen

PetScreen

PetScreen Black

 

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.

Other types of screen:

NO-SEE-UMS (20×20 Mesh) Insect Screen

 

NO-SEE-UMSNO-SEE-UMS Charcoal

TuffScreen® Heavy Duty Insect Screen

 

TuffScreenTuffScreen

Phifer SunScreen®

 

SunScreen Exterior Shading FabricSunScreen Exterior Shading Fabric Charcoal

 

For  service in Wellington FL  Call John at 561-798-3132John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

 

 

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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

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

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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 insects, 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.

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

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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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