Lanai Rescreening Wellington

Replacing Rusty Screws on Your Patio or Pool Enclosure

Posted by JR on August 10, 2017
General / Comments Off on Replacing Rusty Screws on Your Patio or Pool Enclosure

For Service in Wellington FL,        Call John at    561-798-3132

Screws and bolts are usually made of carbon steel.  A screw is a type of fastener, sometimes similar to a bolt. A bolt is a form of threaded fastener with an external male thread. Bolts are thus closely related to, and often confused with screws.
Most bolts used to attach the screen enclosure to the concrete are coated with Ceramic.  The screws that are used to put the screen enclosure together are also coated with Ceramic.  Many metals are incompatible with other metals.  That is the reason it is better to buy coated bolts and screws. The coating helps with the incompatible problem but the coating can ware off.
Stainless steel screws take longer before they  rust but they will still rust.  Stainless steel bolts and screws can be slightly weaker than carbon steel because the nickel or other metal that is added to make it stainless is usually a weaker metal.  But for many people stainless steel is a good option.

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Should I Remove Pool Screen Sections Before a Hurricane?

Posted by JR on June 15, 2017
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There are a lot of questions and discussion about when and where and how to remove screen panels/sections in your screen enclosure before a hurricane.  First, generally there is no need to remove sections from a porch.  Also, rarely is there a need to remove any sections that are below the chair rail (lower 3 ft of the screen enclosure or patio).

Some years ago “C” spline (the cording that keeps the screen in the track)  was used because it would pop out if the wind was over 40 mph.  This was made to reduce the chance of the enclosure coming down during a hurricane.  However, the “C” spline came out easily or the screen became loose so it is no longer available, as far as I know.

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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How to Patch a Hole on Your Screen Enclosure

Posted by JR on July 17, 2016
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How to put a patch on your screen.   Sometimes you don’t have the time or the money to repair or replace a screen.  This video gives you a simple way to patch the hole in the screen yourself.  This will work if it is on a pool, patio, screen room or lanai screen enclosure.

It will also work on a window screen.  The patch will usually stay on the screen for a long time if the patching is done with everything dry.

You can also use spray glue (get from the hobby store).  You could buy a roll of sticky screen but that does not stay on the screen as long (order this online).

The patch will look rather ugly and tacky but it will keep the bugs out.

If you cannot see this video, click on the title.

For 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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Window Screens How to Measure

Posted by JR on June 17, 2016
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In the spring and fall is a great time to have your windows open to let in the fresh air.  However, you need screens in your windows to keep out the bugs and other unwanted things.

There are many types of windows which leads to many types of window screens.  Window screens are not complicated but there is a lot of information because there are so many types and designs of windows that it seems complicated.

If all you need is to rescreen your old window screen then you can take your old window screen to a place that will rescreen it for you.  Many Ace Hardware stores will do this, some Home Depot and Lowes stores will do it for you and perhaps other places in your area.  Some handymen can do this.  In a large condo or HOA that have a repair department may do it for you. We suggest that you have one screen done at first to make sure it will fit and it is what you want  (if you are having a screen made from your measurements).

There are things to consider when you order a new window screen.

  1. Size
  2. How many screens do you need to have made.
  3. Do you have an existing screen – to use as a guide to measure for the new screen
  4. Is you window screen installed from the outside or the inside.
  5. Is the window frame made of aluminum, vinyl, wood, fiberglass, steel or other material.
  6. The manufacture name, if you can find that out.  (there are more than 100) (each manufacture has many designs) (over 400,000 since 1912)
  7. How old is the window frame.  Manufactures change their designs often.

 

 

Other video links: https://youtu.be/-i50C-GmSRs , https://youtu.be/4Kj-Sgf5Mx8

Screen repair in Wellington Florida area
John’s Screen Repair Service
561-798-3132

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

Posted by JR on July 08, 2015
Hiring a Contractor / Comments Off on How Much Does It Cost To Build A Swimming Pool Screen Enclosure?

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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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