Hurricane Season prepare

Should I Remove Pool Screen Sections Before a Hurricane?

Posted by JR on September 01, 2017
News, Storm Damage / Comments Off on Should I Remove Pool Screen Sections Before a Hurricane?

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.

____________________________________________________________

 

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Removable Screen Panels Are They Worth It?

Posted by JR on April 29, 2017
General / Comments Off on Removable Screen Panels Are They Worth It?

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

Tags: , , , , ,

Prepare Screen Enclosure for Hurricane

Posted by JR on July 21, 2012
DIY / Comments Off on Prepare Screen Enclosure for Hurricane

John’s Screen Repair               Wellington                561-798-3132

Preparing your screen enclosure for a hurricane is important.

You need to look at the screws and bolts to see if they are rusty.  Old rusty screws snap and fall out.  This does not happen all at one time.  But it happens that a few at a time fall out  and at some point the structure comes apart.

You may have a lot of rusty screws but your structure seems fine.  But then you get a stong wind or hurricane and it just comes apart.

So, check your structure for rusty screws and loose areas.

Secure your screen enclosure by replacing rusty screws and tighten up loose joints.

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

1210 Mystic Way

Wellington FL 33414

Tags: , , , ,

October Still Hurricane Season

Posted by JR on October 12, 2011
General / Comments Off on October Still Hurricane Season

Remember Hurricane Andrew?  It was the first hurricane of the season and occurred in October.  We remember what a devastating experience that was.  Everything was such a wreck, especially in south Miami and Homestead.

Even though Wellington was not devastated by Andrew, we still were affected. It was very scary for a lot of people. A lot of us went to the devastated area to help out.

So don’t let your guard down just because it seems the worst part of the hurricane season is past.

Refer to the September post for some tips about how to secure your screen enclosure.

There are also other tips in the other posts.

Have a good Halloween.

John’s Screen Repair Service                 561-798-3132                   Wellington FL 33414

1210 Mystic Way

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Prepare Your Screen Enclosure For Hurricane Season

Posted by JR on June 07, 2010
DIY / Comments Off on Prepare Your Screen Enclosure For Hurricane Season

John’s Screen Repair             Wellington, Florida                 561-798-3132

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Scientists can now predict hurricanes, but people who live in coastal communities should plan what they will do if they are told to evacuate.

What should you do to prepare your screen enclosure for the hurricane season.

Check your enclosure for rusty or loose screws, missing screws or missing bracing.

Everything put togather sooner or later falls apart, sooner when the connectors are rusty or worn.

If you are handy, you can replace screws or bolts yourself.

Check for weak, poorly attached corners.  Enclosure angles and corners take heavy stress during a storm and one break can bring down an entire pool cage.

Check for improperly anchored support beams.  Anchoring beams through pavers is not sturdy.  Heavy winds can pull the pavers free from their mortar and sand base.

John’s Screen Repair

1210 Mystic Way

Wellington, Florida, 33414

561-798-3132

Tags: , , , , , ,