Pool Enclosure Repair

One Story vs 2 Story Screen Enclosures

Posted by JR on April 04, 2014
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For service in Wellington FL call John at 561-798-3132

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.

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What Type of Screen do You Need?

Posted by JR on January 20, 2014
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There are many types of screen.  The kind that you use is determined by what you want to do or what problem you want to solve.

The screen for porches and pool enclosures comes in 2 colors, gray and charcoal (black). Charcoal color screen is used the majority of the time.

Most screen is defined by the number of strands per square inch. Example, 18X14 has 18 strands one way and 14 strands the other way. 20×20 screen has 20 strands one way and 20 strands running the other way.  There is also 18×16, 20×30,  30×30 and 40×40 screen.  The screen that is most often used on screen enclosures patios and porches in Florida is 18×14. 18×16 is mostly used to screen windows.

Better View (BetterVue) is another type of screen (the strands are thinner so you can see through the screen easier). It is used mostly for windows. 
The reason why this is not used for screen enclosures is that it tares easily, slips out of the track easier as well as other problems. The manufacture stopped making that screen for screen enclosures because of all the problems. Refer to another post on this site for more details. “What to Do When you Need to Replace BetterVue Screen on Your Patio or Enclosure”

Pet screen is stronger and has thicker strands but the strands are further apart than the 18×14 screen. SunTex 80 is also a thick screen and is often used for pets and the strands are closer together than regular pet screen, which helps to keep more bugs out.

Florida Glass is a screen that has been laminated with plastic.  It is used to keep water and trash out.  It is not clear and you can only see shadows through it.  The plastic starts pealing off in about 2 years or so.  Some types of water make stains on the plastic.

Solar screen/shade screen  is a very dense weave of screen.  There are a number of different sizes.  It is mostly used to block out most of the sun on windows,  or for green houses.

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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 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.

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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   http://www.poolscreenrepair.com/hurricane-damage/   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

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How to Prepare Your Pool For the Summer

Posted by JR on March 04, 2013
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Every season there are different things that you need to prepare. If you live in Florida you need to prepare for hurricanes at the beginning of the summer.
Preparing your pool for the swimming season is easy but it does take a little time and preparation.

If you do have a pool enclosure, screen room, patio or  lanai your preparation will include checking to see if there are any tares, rips or holes in the screen.  You will need to repair that section of the screen. You may be able to some of this repair yourself.

You will want to open up your home to enjoy the spring and summer air. Small animals, including cats, dogs, raccoons, snakes and even alligators have been known to get into the pool through a small hole. And of course, you would not want a neighbor child to wonder in and fall into your pool.

Call John for information and service on your pool screen enclosure. Serving the Wellington Florida area.
Wellington Florida, 33414. 561-798-3132

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Prepare Screen Enclosure for Hurricane

Posted by JR on July 21, 2012
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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

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October Still Hurricane Season

Posted by JR on October 12, 2011
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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

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