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Having Trouble Deciding Between a Patio Enclosure and Sunroom?

Having Trouble Deciding Between a Patio Enclosure and Sunroom?

If you enjoy nature, you may want to add a screened enclosure or sunroom to your home to experience the outdoors from a protected spot. Both screened enclosures and sunrooms expand your living area into the backyard, yet provide protection from mosquitoes, other critters and rain. Which one appeals most to you depends on your lifestyle, budget and how you plan to use the space.  Hopefully by outlining the benefits of each, you’ll be able to make a decision between a patio enclosure and sunroom.

Benefits of a Patio Enclosure

In climates like Florida’s with pleasant weather most of the year, screened patios can serve as a multi-purpose activity area. Building a patio will help you relax, entertain and enjoy nature. Children can use it as a playroom when it’s raining or too hot to play in the sun. Whatever the use, a screened in porch serves as a transition zone between the inside and outside.

A screened in patio typically has a roof, a door from the main house to the porch and a door from the porch to the outside. If you already have a patio, you can use that as a foundation. Screen is installed around the three sides of the porch to create a patio enclosure.

Screened patios are relatively inexpensive to build. Primary building materials may include aluminum frame with screen, concrete or brick pavers for the floor and aluminum panels or shingles for the roof.  Floors of a patio screen enclosure can be any of a variety of materials, such as concrete, brick, tile or stone. Screened in porches are not air conditioned or heated. They may include a ceiling fan and lights, which require some electrical work. You may also want to install additional electrical outlets to run other equipment, but this depends on how you plan to use the space.

Screened enclosures cannot be used year-round. Seasonal cold weather or blowing rain makes them uncomfortable. Furniture needs to be protected during the humidity of summer months and the sun, if you have them near the screen. However, using solar screen cuts radiation and protects furniture and belongings. Adding roll-up curtains also protects from rain and sun.

Benefits of a Sunroom

Sunrooms are also called four-season rooms because they are protected from the elements and can be used year-round. Rather than screens forming the walls, the sides have windows made of acrylic, vinyl or glass. Sunrooms provide additional protection from heat and cold all year long. The large windows optimize the amount of light entering the room. Windows can be opened to enjoy the breezes when the weather isn’t too hot or cold. Sunrooms are usually heated and air conditioned.

Although sunrooms can be used throughout the year, they take you further away from the natural environment. The space feels more like being indoors. In addition, the intense light adds heat to the space. This can make it uncomfortable to use during the hottest times of day and expensive to cool.

Building a sunroom can be double the cost of a screened enclosure. However, creating a sunroom from an existing screened-in porch lowers costs because the space is already underneath the home’s roof structure. To reduce air conditioning and heating costs, double-pane windows are usually installed, which also increases the price.

Ultimately, the decision about whether to build a patio enclosure or sunroom is yours. If you want to be more intimately connected with nature and keep costs down, enclosing a patio will do just fine. If you want an all-season room that expands your living space, then building a sunroom makes sense. Whichever option you choose, make sure to also choose a reputable patio contractor.

Dulando Screen & Awning can work with you to come up with design ideas for your patio enclosure or sunroom that complement the architecture and landscaping of your property. Call us today at 407-862-6060 or fill out our online form for a free estimate.  One of our design consultants will be happy to meet with you and discuss the many options available to you.  Our goal is to create an additional living space for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

Top 3 Tips When Hiring a Reputable Sunroom Contractor

Top 3 Tips When Hiring a Reputable Sunroom Contractor

Even if you aren’t quite sure about the features that you want in your new sunroom addition, you do know exactly what you want in a sunroom builder. You are looking for a trustworthy professional who will build a quality sunroom. How do you find a reputable sunroom contractor?  There are three main areas to consider when hiring a sunroom contractor.

To locate a sunroom contractor you can trust, look back. Past performance is a good indicator of future behavior. This means that a little research can be very revealing.

  • When was the company established?
  • How long has it been serving your area?
  • Does the business have a good reputation in the community?
  • Ask for recommendations from people who have recently built sunrooms
  • Read online reviews can provide useful insight.
  • The Better Business Bureau is also a great resource.

If a contractor has built their reputation through years of providing quality craftsmanship and products, then it’s a good bet that you can trust them to deliver a sunroom that you’ll be happy to spend time in.

Professionals bring competence, skill, knowledge and commitment to your project. When weighing a sunroom contractor’s professionalism, there are a few starting points:

  • Verify they are properly licensed and insured.
  • Are they happy to answer questions?
  • Do they provide you with the information you need to make an educated choice?
  • Are they familiar with local building codes?
  • Do they have their own team of installers?
  • Will they arrive on time and ready to work?
  • Will they work with you to resolve any problems that arise?

Ultimately, you want a sunroom contractor who is dedicated to delivering both top-notch products and excellent customer service.

A quality sunroom will extend your living space, bring the natural beauty of your backyard closer and provide years of pleasure. A shoddily built sunroom will result in headaches, frustration, frequent repairs and nagging regret. Obviously, you want a quality sunroom. To discover if a sunroom contractor can deliver it:

  • Ask to see pictures of their previous projects.
  • Request references and use them to contact prior customers.
  • Read any customer reviews carefully.
  • Consider the suppliers and the products the company uses.
  • Ask about the quality of the materials used.  Read the manufacturer’s website.
  • Explore the warranties offered with the sunroom and its components.

Dulando Screening & Awning has almost 50 years of experience in building screen enclosures, sunrooms and other structures for our neighbors in the tri-county Orlando area.  We are a second-generation family-own company and have a vested interest in the central Florida area.

We thrive on combining custom designs, superior craftsmanship and quality materials to create products that delight our customers and serve them well. If you are interested in building a sunroom, we will be happy to guide you through the process from the beginning to the end. You can also download our Free Guide to Building a Sunroom.

To make an appointment for a free in-home design consultation, contact us today at 407-862-6060.  One of our talented design consultants will explain the available options for your space and help you create a sunroom that is perfect and within budget.

Sunroom Kits vs Hiring a Professional Installation Company

Sunroom Kits vs Hiring a Professional Installation Company

The welcome addition of a sunroom to your Florida residence allows you to enjoy the natural light of a beautiful summer day without the heat, noise and pests. Although it’s possible to use sunroom kits to build your own sunroom, it’s important to understand the differences between a DIY sunroom kit approach and a professional sunroom installation. Making a choice should be easier once you take into account your own abilities and the complexity of the project.

Some sunroom kits are very basic and others might have a few more features, but at the end ot the day, they are a kit based on someone else’s vision of a sunroom.  Anything more complex than a kit will require more expertise than most homeowners possess. Here are a few items you’ll want to consider before making your decision.

Sunroom Customization Options
If you choose to install your own sunroom using a kit, you’ll have to stay with the design parameters of the kit. Hiring a professional sunroom contractor, however, will let you choose any design you want. The contractor can offer sunroom plans that will complement the design aesthetics of your house and have the features your family needs in a sunroom. You’ll also have more freedom to choose materials for the project, allowing you to use materials usually not included sunroom kits, such as insect-proof screens.

The Permitting Process
The requirements for a permit for building a sunroom vary depending on your city, but many areas do require a permit to build a sunroom. If you choose to build your own sunroom, you’ll need to deal with the permit on your own. This process can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to it. If you opt to hire a professional team to build your sunroom, they will take care of the permitting for you.

Safety Concerns
Building a sunroom from a kit may eliminate some work for you, but you’ll still be responsible for all of the heavy lifting. If you’ve never tackled a DIY project beyond painting walls and replacing a bit of drywall, some of the sunroom kits might be more challenging than you anticipate. You’ll probably need some extra hands to help. If you must rely on inexperienced family members for assistance, it might be wise to rethink the idea to prevent anyone from getting injured. There will be lifting and installing of the walls, electrical work and installing windows.  The goal is always to keep everyone safe.

Managing a Timeline
Unless you have unlimited free time, building your own sunroom addition will require you to sacrifice time spent on other aspects of your life. If you work full-time, it may take several weekends to complete the project. Hiring a reliable sunroom contractor, however, will ensure that your project is done on schedule and won’t eat up any of your own free time.

Sunroom Prices
If you have a limited budget for a sunroom and have some experience with DIY projects, opting for a sunroom kit may be right for you. Using a kit and doing your own work means you won’t have to pay for labor. However, it’s important to remember that you get more than just labor when you hire a contractor. Saving up to have a professional team create your project will give you more return by allowing you to have a custom design that complements your home.

Dulando Screen & Awning specializes in patio enclosures, which, of course, includes sunroom installations. For almost 50 years, Dulando has been building sunrooms to the specifications of their customers.  To learn more about our work and what we can do to make your summers more pleasant, please contact us today at 407-862-6060 or fill out our online form and one of our design consultants will schedule a meeting with you at your home.

Three Popular Roof Styles for Your New Sunroom

Three Popular Roof Styles for Your New Sunroom

When building a sunroom, you can either build the new structure under your roof line or behind the home. If you build a sunroom as an extension of your home, it will need a roof. Here are a few options to draw out what type of roof you might like for your new sunroom.

1. Your Existing Porch Roof
If you build a sunroom under the current roofline, then you won’t have to start from scratch. Make the most of what’s already there by enclosing a covered porch or breezeway. Keep it easy on the budget with a simple, screened-in effect, or upgrade the area to full sunroom status with glass and vinyl enclosures. Most clients explore the difference between screen and vinyl windows.

Enclosing an existing patio area into a new sunroom also opens up surprising design opportunities. Extend shaded comfort with awnings from exterior eaves or let in more light with gable transoms. Half-wall and window combinations work very well with existing porch and roof structures too.

new sunroom2. A Simple, Single Slope
If your patio is not under the existing roofline, then a new patio must be built. One of the most popular roof styles for a sunroom is a simple, single slope roof. A single slope roof offers maximum strength and stability.

But these aren’t the only reasons to love this roof style. The single slope stands out as an economical choice too. Its single pitch slopes away from the house with clean, contemporary lines at an angle height that is up to you and your contractor. While two-story homes can accommodate a steep slant, the most popular pitch is still the studio roof with its modest slope.

2. The Traditionally Elegant Gable
new sunroomLike its single slope cousin, this roof style works with screened-in and glass-paned sunrooms. Its double-paneled design with center-beam support typically runs perpendicular from your home’s exterior.

If the goal is to create a new sunroom  in an A-frame form that blends beautifully with traditional architectural lines, then you definitely want the gable-style roof.  You can modify the exterior gabled area with transom windows, decorative trim work or extensions of the sunroom’s framing. If you want to relax under a cathedral ceiling, make this your roof style of choice.

Usually, the next step is to determine the price of a sunroom. Here are some price factors of building a sunroom.

When you picture the perfect roofing style crowning your new sunroom, things really start to look up. We enjoy transforming your ideas into real plans and solid construction. If you’d like more information about our process and free in-home consultations, just give us a call today at 407-862-6060.







Price Factors of Building a Sunroom or Florida Room

Price Factors of Building a Sunroom or Florida Room

When building a sunroom, a reasonable budget is usually at the top of the list to consider. Price is a dilemma every shopper has faced. Whether you’re in the market for a power tool, clothing or an electronic device, you have to decide whether you want to purchase the budget model, the top-of-the-line version or something that falls somewhere in between the two. Building a sunroom is a matter of assessing quality and features, weighing your wants and needs, and balancing price and value.

Adding a sunroom to your home is no different. You’ll need to explore your options and identify your priorities. Understanding what factors affect the cost of building a sunroom can help you get a sunroom that you’ll love for a price that you can afford.

There are six main contributors to the cost of building a sunroom.

1. Size
A bigger sunroom requires more materials and more labor, so it’s no surprise that a larger sunroom is more expensive than a smaller one. Think about how you intend to use the space. How much room will you need? Bigger is not always better. It’s important to consider how you will use your new space and how it will fit in the back of your home.

2. Site Conditions
Where will you put your new sunroom? This decision may be more complicated than it first seems, and your choice has a significant impact on the project’s price tag. Will you need a new door to provide access from the home? Will the location of windows, vents or your home’s utilities create difficulties? Will the roof of the sunroom tie into your existing roof? Will you need to remove a large tree in the backyard to make space for a new room addition to your home? It’s important to meet with a design consultant at your home to help understand the site conditions of your new sunroom.

3. Roofing
What kind of roof do you envision for your new sunroom? Are you enclosing an existing patio or porch or will the sun room be an entirely new build starting with the foundation? How will your new sunroom attach to your home? Are you planning to match your home’s roof? If the new sunroom is not under your roofline, would you prefer an aluminum roof? What about adding skylights? They’ll add to the expense, but you may feel the light they provide is worth it. Is energy efficiency a concern? Insulating the sunroom’s roof will add to the initial cost but will make the space more comfortable and is likely to provide savings on heating and cooling as time passes.

4. Windows
There are various ways to enclose your sunroom. Will you want screens that can let in the outside air while keeping bugs and debris out? Would you prefer the added privacy available with Florida glass? Would another type of window serve your purposes better?

5. Special Features
The unique features that can be incorporated into a sunroom are endless. Ceiling fans, radiant heat and lighting are on many homeowners’ lists. There’s also the décor to consider. This new space is an extension of your home and an excellent place to express your sense of style.

6. Your Sunroom Contractor
The contractor you choose to build a sunroom can have a major effect on the cost. An experienced professional patio contractor can create a design that truly suits your needs, suggest the best materials and offer options that you might not have considered. Their expertise can also help you dodge costly mistakes.

Building a sunroom is essentially adding a room to your home. You’ll have lots of decisions to make, and each one is likely to impact the sunroom’s price tag. Having an experienced professional guide you through the process is an excellent way to get both the sunroom you want and the most value for your budget.

For over 50 years, Dulando Screen and Awning has helped many homeowners build their ideal sunroom. Our team of experienced designers, fabricators and installers are happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free in-home design consultation or fill out our online quote.

Factors in Determining the Cost of a Sunroom

Cost of a SunroomWhether you want a cozy getaway or something grand, building a sunroom adds a special addition to the house that you’ll enjoy for years. While it’s easy to daydream about all the advantages of extra space in a room with a beautiful view, it’s also important to make plans that work with your budget. An average cost of a sunroom depends on different factors that include everything from affordable options to high-end amenities.