Patio Enclosure

Removable Screen Panels Are They Worth It?

Posted by JR on April 29, 2017
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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.

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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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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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How to Keep Birds Off Your Screen Enclosure

Posted by JR on October 10, 2013
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Birds can make a big mess on your screen enclosure. For Help call John at 561-798-3132

Pigeons, ducks, and numerous other fowl; park themselves on the top of your screen enclosure and your roof. They not only make a mess but they tear the screen on your enclosure.

Even one hole in the screen can let in insects, squirrels, raccoons and other birds. When birds and other animals get into the enclosure they make a mess on the patio deck, contaminate the water in the pool, and rip holes in the other screens, in an attempt to get out of the screen room.

This problem can go on for weeks, months or even years. Some birds are only seasonal, for a few months a year, but other birds are here all year round. Of course, squirrels, and raccoons are here all the time.

This problem can become expensive as well as keep you from enjoying your swimming pool and outdoor space covered by your screen room.
You will not only need to repair the damaged screens but to clean up your patio and decontaminate your pool.

This video will give you some ideas of what can be done to keep the birds and other animals out of your pool lanai.

 

 

For help Call John’s Screen Service 561-798-3132 for service in the Wellington Florida area.

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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Prepare Your Pool for Winter Safety

Posted by JR on November 09, 2012
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It does not get very cold in South Florida during the winter but it is still too cool for most people to swim.

It is important to keep your pool enclosure locked so children do not fall into the pool and need help.

The federal gov has made a number of laws regarding  pool safety.  You can find them in the links below.

About PoolSafely.gov and CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. In addition to Pool and Spa Safety, the CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard.

Accessibility | Privacy/Security | Open Government | cpsc.gov

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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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