You’ve daydreamed long enough. It’s time to put your plan of having a screen enclosure into action. Whether you’re handy or not, you still have one question. Do you do buy a screen porch system or hire a screen porch contractor? Keep these 10 points in mind before you make a final decision regarding the type of screen enclosure to add to your home.
What to Consider in a Screen Porch
1. Standard Sizes Don’t Always Fit
Patios, lanais and porches come in all shapes and sizes. Typically, screen porch systems and patio kits are available in standard dimensions. Their fixed measurements can complicate a DIY job and leave you scrambling to fill in gaps. Even if the measurements are close to what you want or need.
2. Kits Don’t Provide Spare Parts
When installing a screen porch system, if you crack it, bend it or break it, you’ll have to improvise. Most kits come with everything you need to build your own screen enclosure, but they don’t include spare parts. Even we carry extra parts. Things happen.
3. Quality Materials Make a Big Difference
An aluminum screen porch framing system has to hold up to heavy rains and high winds. If you are entertaining buying a screen patio kit from the home improvement center, make sure to understand the quality of materials. The cost of a patio enclosure kit might seem lower, but the quality of materials might be lower also. Read more about choosing quality materials for a screen enclosure installation.
4. Existing Problems Make the Job Harder
Screen porch systems are best suited for a “perfect scenario.” What if your existing patio is not exactly level? It’s not easy to work with a patio that needs leveling or a patio roof that needs repairs. A screen porch contractor handles all types of structural challenges.
5. Anchoring Takes Construction Know-How
Before you bring home a screen porch system, ask yourself this question: Do you know how to anchor aluminum framing to brick, stucco or vinyl siding? YouTube can only take you so far. If you have any doubts, it’s best to hire a professional.
6. Running Electricity Requires a License.
Most homeowners want to enjoy their new screen patio enclosure at all hours of the day and night. This probably means new electrical outlets and additional lighting will be necessary. Running electrical wiring isn’t recommended as a DIY project. A screen contractor always networks with local tradesmen and brings in trusted, licensed electricians.
7. Building Codes Require Navigation
Local and state building codes apply to screened in patio projects, so be ready to obtain proper permits and follow the rules. This kind of compliance is routine for professionals who specialize in screen porch installations. When you choose Dulando to build your new patio enclosure, we’ll take care of all the permits and paperwork. We will even help you get approval from your HOA.
8. Contractors Offer Design Services
If your plans include a screened-in porch customized to complement your home’s exterior, talk to a patio contractor. The best in the business offers design consulting services and enjoy working with your ideas. Not all homeowners want a cookie-cutter patio enclosure. We’ve had the pleasure of building some amazing screened-in patios with beautiful and customized features.
9. Your Time Is Valuable
A screened-in patio or porch project takes time, tools and muscle. A patio contractor gets the job done quickly and efficiently with teams who handle every detail from fabrication to finishing.
10. Professional Work Comes With Guarantees
When you hire a reputable screen porch contractor, craftsmanship and materials come with guarantees and warranties. You enjoy the security that comes from dealing with industry professionals who stand behind their work.
If you decide to put your daydreams in expert hands, Dulando Screen & Awning is at your service with almost 50 years of experience. We’re proud of our reputation as the region’s leading screen porch contractor, and our quotes are always free. Just give us a call at 407-862-6060.