Storm Damage

Should I Remove Pool Screen Sections Before a Hurricane?

Posted by JR on September 01, 2017
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If you are going to get hurricane force winds at your house you may consider cutting a few screens out of your enclosure.  However,  It may be better to wait until the wind is above 20 at your house before you cut any screens out.  The storm could shift and you may not need to do anything.

The most efficient way to remove screens (to prepare for a storm)  is to take one screen out (screens at eye level) on each short side of the of the enclosure  and two out on the back (longer wall side) of the screen enclosure. You may  feel that you need to remove more sections.

Sometimes it may be advisable to remove the screen doors before a hurricane. Screen doors do not have strong locks and often fly open during a storm and rip off the frame.  In that case, you can remove the screen door and replace it after the storm.  Check your screen doors.

If the screen material on your enclosure is more than 7 years old then they will very likely blow out.  The average life of screen is 7-10 years.  The more sun exposure the screen has, the faster it deteriorates.

Rarely do you need to need to cut screens out of a porch (average 10X40 covered patio.)

No need to take the spline (rubber spline that holds the screen in) out.

DO NOT GET ON A LADDER DURING THE WIND !!!!!!!      NEVER PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER.

The reason for taking screen out is to allow wind to blow through the enclosure.  If the wind gets caught in the enclosure and has a hard time getting out, then it could lift the enclosure off the grown or even tare it off the house.

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You need to answer a few questions before you decide to remove screen sections/panels.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. How many screen side walls do you have? 1, 2, or 3?  The more screen walls you have, the more exposure you have.
  7. Do you have rusty screws or bolts?
  8. Is the enclosure securely attached to the house?
  9. Do you have additional bracing on your enclosure?
  10. How large is your screen enclosure?  The larger the enclosure, the more exposure to updraft or downdraft you can get.
  11. How tall is your house?  The taller your home, the more updraft or downdraft it can create on your enclosure
  12. 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

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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    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

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

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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 could be a  very busy season 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 and videos on this site for more tips.

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

1210 Mystic Way

Wellington, Fl 33414

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