Hurricane 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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Removable Screen Panels Are They Worth It?

Posted by JR on April 29, 2017
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Wellington screen service, Call John at 561-798-3132

Removable screen panels are put in a screen enclosure and are taken out if there is a hurricane threat. Removable screen panels are normally placed on the side of a swimming pool enclosure. They look a bit like a very heavy duty window screen. They are placed on the middle wall sections of your enclosure. If you have a pool enclosure in a hurricane zone then you may know about removable screen panels.
It is recommended that if there is a hurricane threat that you remove one section of screen on each side of your screen enclosure to allow the air to flow more easily. If you have a fence around your house or close to other houses then you may not need to take any screen panels out. If you are on the water or have a wide open space behind your house then the wind has more space to gain speed and blow out screens.  For more information about when to cut out any screen panels before a hurricane check out the post and video “Remove Pool Screen Sections for a Hurricane?”.
If you are thinking about installing a removable screen panel in 2-4 of your side wall panels then it will cost 3-6 times more than it would cost to replace that same screen panel with new screen. So, as you can see, you can replace that same screen section 3-6 times for the same price as purchasing a removal panel. The removable screen panels also look a bit odd.
Additionally, the removable screen panels are rather heavy and are difficult for many people to lift out or put back in place. It often takes 2 people to do this.

For 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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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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