2-Story Screen Enclosures

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.

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How Much Does It Cost To Build A Swimming Pool Screen Enclosure?

Posted by JR on July 08, 2015
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There are a number of things to consider when you want to find out how much it will cost to build a screen enclosure over your swimming pool in Florida.
First, there is location. If you live in the Orlando area, the Tampa area or the Miami, Broward or Palm Beach County Area, the prices differ as much as 40%-90% more in South Florida.
The building codes for Miami, Broward and Palm Beach County are much more strict and require thicker metal frames and more screws than do the Orlando or Tampa area. You would have sticker shock if you moved to South Florida from another Florida area and wanted to build a new screen enclosure.
There are several parts when pricing the screen enclosure build. First, you will need footers around the outside edge of the area where you want the enclosure. Then you will need either a concrete slab or pavers. You may also want decorative pavers on top of the concrete slab which will cost more money.  You may already have all of this work done, especially if your pool was installed some years ago.
The next thing you will need is a licensed contractor to build the pool screen enclosure. The range of pricing to have an enclosure built in South Florida is $8-$15 per square foot; that is per screen square foot, (not the square foot of the deck or flooring). The average mark-up a contractor when building a pool screen enclosure in South Florida is 30% but some companies charge as much as 80%+, mark-up, (there are even different mark-ups by different sales people in the same company, as much as 40% more) so you may pay a lot more from the same company, depending on the sales person. The range of commission for sales people building screen enclosures is 3%-20% in South Florida.

Some companies also sell add-ons and upgrades, such as extra bracing, removable panels, specialty screen, stainless steel bolts and screws and more. The taller the screen enclosure (a one-story, a extra tall one-story, and a 2-story enclosure) the more it will cost. The cost per square foot is more (not just because the square feet is more but because of the height of the enclosure). Also, the cost will increase (per square foot) if it is a extra large enclosure and the span of the beams are oversized.

There are also different styles and shapes of screen enclosures that may increase the cost.
Generally, the more it cost to build the enclosure the more it will cost to have something repaired. Example, If you need one panel replaced on the roof of a two-story enclosure it will cost about 30% + more than to replace the same panel of a one-story enclosure.

Keep in mind that there are maintenance costs such as screen replacement from ware and tare.

Be sure that the contractor is a licensed contractor in Florida and has the proper insurances and get a copy of each one. Also check references and look at other screen enclosures in your area.

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
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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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.

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

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