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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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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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How to Install a Hurricane-Safe Screen Enclosure and Swimming Pool

Posted by JR on June 09, 2014
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In this video you will see how a pool screen enclosure is built, how a patio is protected from storms, how the swimming pool runs with less chlorine, and how a child protective screen barrier is placed around your pool. All of these areas are important to know about when you build a new screen enclosure or if you already have an existing pool enclosure.

After you have your screen enclosure it will need to be maintained such as replacing screens because of children, pets, trees or storms.

For pool screen enclosure service in Wellington Florida, call John at 561-798-3132

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

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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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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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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.

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John’s Screen Service

1210 Mystic Way

Wellington, FL 33414

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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?

John’s Screen Service

1210 Mystic Way

Wellington, FL 33414

561-798-3132

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Patio Screen Materials 561-798-3132

Posted by JR on May 01, 2010
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What is the difference between Lanai and Patio?
– Lanai already has a existing roof and concrete floor that are usually a part of the house, unlike the patio that will need a aluminum or screen roof and sometimes a slab.

What colors are available?
– Aluminum frame color choices are white or bronze (usually referred as black)
– The most common screen color is Charcoal, there are also white and gray screens.
– Remember to check with your Community HOA(home owners association) what colors are required by your community, if you live in a community.

What is the difference between screen roof and aluminum roof?
– Screen roof is just like the rest of your screen; aluminum roof is made out of aluminum. – Aluminum roof can be made out of insulated or uninsulated panels. – The insulated panels have the insulation build in between two sheets of aluminum. – Insulated roofs are more expensive, but quieter. Uninsulated aluminum roofs are louder and less money.

John’s Screen Repair Service Wellington Florida, 33414. 

1210 Mystic Way

Phone 561-798-3132

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