Pool Enclosure Repair

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.

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How to Replace a Screen on Your Patio

Posted by JR on July 08, 2016
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You may need to replace a screen section on your patio when it is torn by pets, tree limbs and other mishaps.  The following video will demonstrate how to replace a screen section on the side wall of your patio.  We DO NOT recommend that you try to replace a screen that is part of the top of your pool enclosure (anything that is not vertical, is the top).  Working on the top of a pool enclosure is very dangerous and should not be attempted unless you have knowledge and experience.

Call John at 561-798-3132 for service in Wellington Florida.

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

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Screen Repair Review 561-798-3132

Posted by JR on August 18, 2014
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This infographic is a snapshot of the different areas that are included in the screen enclosure building and repair business. It can be as large as building a large, 2 story enclosure to as small a replacing a screen door latch.

John's Screen Service

Topics on this infographic are explained in more detail in other posts on this blog.
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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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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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.

Most all of the screen material we use is made in the USA by Phifer Inc, http://www.phifer.com/consumerdiy/overview.  Check out their website for more information.

18×14 Fiberglass Pool and Patio Insect Screening

18 x 14 Fiberglass Mesh

18 x 14 Fiberglass Mesh Charcoal

Better View (BetterVue) is another type of screen (the strands are thinner so you can see through the screen easier). UltraVue and ClearVue are similar types of screen. They are used mostly for windows and sometimes on small porches.
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.

PetScreen® Pet Resistant Screen

PetScreen

PetScreen Black

 

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.

Other types of screen:

NO-SEE-UMS (20×20 Mesh) Insect Screen

 

NO-SEE-UMSNO-SEE-UMS Charcoal

TuffScreen® Heavy Duty Insect Screen

 

TuffScreenTuffScreen

Phifer SunScreen®

 

SunScreen Exterior Shading FabricSunScreen Exterior Shading Fabric Charcoal

 

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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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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.

For service in Wellington Florida, 33414. 561-798-3132

John’s Screen Repair Service
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414

561-798-3132

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Do You Need a Screen Inclosure to Keep Trash Out

Posted by JR on August 02, 2012
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One of the big reasons people have screen enclosures over their pool is to keep the trash out of their pool. Of course, other benefits of having a screen enclosure is to keep the bugs out. You can open your doors and windows and enjoy the outdoors.

A pool screen enclosure, patio screen room or screened lanai is a good way to add space to your home at a much lower cost than putting an addition on your home. Recently a customer wanted to add a new enclosure only because she wanted to double the size of her house.

Back to the subject of keeping trash out of your pool. Having a screen enclosure is the best way to keep trash out of your pool but it is not the only way. Keep the trees trimmed that are near the pool and that will reduce the number of leaves and other trash that get into your pool

You may not think of dogs, cats, raccons, snakes and even alagators as trash but you do need to keep them out of your pool.

Another way to keep trash out of your pool is to put a pool cover over your pool. A pool cover does keep the water in the pool about 5 degrees cooler.

Keep your pool clean with regular cleaning and enjoy your outside space.

Call John at 561-798-3132 for help with any screen issues.

John’ Screen Service

1210 Mystic Way

Wellington, FL 33414

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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

1210 Mystic Way

Wellington FL 33414

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Repair vs Build a New Screen Enclosure

Posted by JR on January 29, 2012
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Questions to ask when planningto repair your existing screen enclosure or building a new enclosure.

561-798-3132 For screen service in Wellington Fl.

  1. How long do you plan to live in your current home?
  2. The size of your enclosure?
  3. Can you build a porch if you tare down your existing enclosure?
  4. How long will your current enclosure last?
  5. How much will it cost to repair the current enclosure?
  6. Do I need to do all the repairs at one time?
  7. How strong is your current structure?
  8. Will you need to put a fence around the pool if you tare down your enclosure and do not build a new one?
  9. How much does it cost to maintain your current enclosure, per year?
  10. How much less will you use your pool area if you do not have an enclosure?

John’s Screen Service

1210 Mystic Way

Wellington, FL 33414

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

1210 Mystic Way

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Repair Pool Screens For Pool Safety

Posted by JR on July 04, 2011
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Repair Pool Screens For Pool Safety

Children are out of school for the summer and ready to take advantage of  all things fun and interesting.  That could include having a swim in your pool.  Keep your pool enclosure screens repaired so as to deter the kids from using your pool for their fun and possibly getting hurt.

Recreational time at public and residential swimming pools and spas is a favorite activity for children and adults all over the country. Whether enjoying pool time with family and friends, exercising, playing water sports, or learning to swim, everyone needs to be mindful of the potential for incidents and drownings in pools and spas.

Each year, nearly 300 children under the age of five drown in residential and public pools and spas. Submersion incidents requiring emergency-room treatment or hospitalization number in the thousands and many victims experience permanent disability, including brain damage.

Few people know of the hidden dangers from drain or suction entrapments. Drains with broken, missing, or faulty covers can entrap hair, the body, limbs, jewelry and clothing, or cause disembowelment/evisceration.

John’s Screen Repair Service:          Wellington and Royal Palm Beach FL                 561-798-3132

1210 Mystic Way
Wellington FL 33414

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How to Repair a Slider Door Screen

Posted by JR on January 11, 2011
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DIY Project:
Just in case you want to replace the screen in your sliding screen door, below is a video from YouTube.


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

John’s Screen Repair
1210 Mystic Way
Wellington, FL 33414
561-798-3132

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