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Verification Process When Hiring a Screen Enclosure Company

Verification Process When Hiring a Screen Enclosure Company

If I told you not all screen enclosure companies are created equal, would you agree? After all, countless television shows beam an endless rotation of home improvement adventures, interior design dramas and renovation escapades directly into our living rooms. Chances are, you’ve seen plenty of disasters brought about by poor decisions. Therefore, it’s important to hire the right screen enclosure company. When weighing patio screening companies, the following are the must-haves when doing your due diligence for your new screen enclosure.

Verify That They’re Licensed and Insured
This one is so easy yet too many homeowners choose to overlook it. We’ve never understood why. Any contractor who works at your home or business should be licensed and insured. If they are not, you may find yourself on the hook legally if someone is injured while working on your property or if damage occurs. Regrettably, anyone can put a number on a business card or website and claim to be licensed. Fortunately, Florida makes it easy to find out if a business license is valid. All you need to do is go to MyFloridaLicense.com. As for insurance, patio enclosure companies should carry both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. If you ask your screen enclosure company, they should be willing to provide evidence of their coverage. Dulando Screen & Awning is fully licensed and insured. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our credentials, qualifications or processes.

Consider Their Reputation
A solid reputation is something to be proud of. A company that has built one will want to protect it by continuing to deliver great work. Established screen porch companies will be happy to provide you with references from satisfied customers. Do your due diligence and check them. The Better Business Bureau can also be a great resource. You can verify that they have physical offices, and you may even be able to see some of their work for yourself.

Consider Buying Local
Buying local is a fantastic way to support your area’s economy. It can make it easier to get a sense of a company’s reputation when you see your neighbors leaving reviews.  It’s also more likely that a local screen enclosure company is familiar with the building codes governing in your area. Sometimes municipalities have additional building codes. Only a local company would fully understand those additional requirements to protect you and your investment. Working in the Sunshine State since 1968, Dulando always strives for excellence. We take pride in providing custom enclosures that enhance outdoor living spaces.

Look for Quality Materials
Top-notch design, amazing craftsmanship and excellent service are all important factors, but you won’t get the best results unless top-quality materials are also part of the screen enclosure company’s formula. At Dulando, we insist on quality materials. That’s why we source our materials from industry leaders like Phifer Screens and only top quality aluminum manufacturers.

Provide a Detailed Written Estimate
The more information that is added on the estimate, the better. In addition to the price, make sure you see:

  • Project specs
  • Description of services supplied
  • Additional installation items
  • Timeline of completion
  • Payment schedule
  • Warranty information

Confirm Timing and Permitting
With any construction project, there’s some wiggle room in the schedule. However, there should be a schedule. If a screening contractor can’t give you an idea of when they can get to your job, consider it a red flag. Permitting is a similar tripwire. A contractor should be able to tell you if permits are required for your project and who will be responsible for securing them. At Dulando, we handle permitting so that you don’t have to worry. We will also share with you information as soon as we receive it when the permitting has been approved.

Hire the Best Screen Enclosure Company

By taking these simple steps, you can better protect yourself when looking for a screen enclosure company. The more information you get upfront, the more you can filter out companies who won’t make the cut. If you’re planning a screen enclosure project, discover the Dulando difference. Put our experience to work for you. Schedule a free in-home design consultation today and share with us your vision of your new backyard living area.

Most Popular Types of Patio Enclosures and Which is Best for Your Home

Most Popular Types of Patio Enclosures and Which is Best for Your Home

With so many types of patio enclosures, how do you choose? It’s a process that starts by knowing your options and what would best fit your home and needs, as well as your budget. Here are the top 5 types of patio enclosures to consider.

Lanai Enclosure or Frame in
A lanai is any outside area with a floor that’s tucked under your home’s roofline and set up as a living space. Since only aluminum frames and screens are needed to enclose the space, a lanai enclosure is generally the easiest and most affordable type of screen room enclosure. If you’re happy with the size and layout of your lanai and simply want to create a new outdoor space, this is a great choice.

New Patio Enclosure or Screen Room
What if you don’t have a lanai, porch or patio in your backyard? Create one. This option is more involved and pricier than a frame in. The price will depend on whether or not you need to pour a new slab, the size and type of roof selected and the amount of screened walls. However, with this option, you’ll have the flexibility to pick the location, size and style that best suits your property, your preferences and your budget.

Patio Extension
If your existing patio is a postage stamp concrete pad and you want more, then this one is for you. Choose a patio extension for your enclosure project. This option allows you to make use of the existing structure without being confined by it. Maybe you want to extend your outdoor area so that only part of it is under a roof. Or maybe you want your patio to still be completely weather-proof but would like your footprint to be larger. This is a great alternative. Extending the slab and/or roof and wrapping everything in top-quality screen can help you to create the screen room of your dreams.

Sunroom Enclosure
What separates a screen room from a sunroom? It’s the type of walls and windows. If you have a porch or lanai already under your roofline, you can simply add a new wall with windows and convert your patio enclosure or existing outdoor space into a sunroom enclosure. With the difference in materials, converting an outdoor space to a sunroom is typically more expensive than a creating frame in or screen room because you’re adding walls and windows instead of screen. However, this option also allows for the space to be climatized. This greatly expands your options to use the space comfortably while adding value to your home.

Sunroom Addition
What if you don’t have a lanai or even a postage size concrete pad, but you still want a sunroom? Build it! Adding a sunroom to your home means starting fresh with a new concrete slab and building from the ground up for a sunroom addition. Since you won’t be utilizing existing structures, you’ll need to install the slab or flooring, roof, walls and windows. This raises the project’s price tag, but it also offers plenty of freedom and creative license. You can work with one of our experienced designers to create a custom sunroom that is perfect for your needs and your space.

Today’s patio and porch enclosures come in all shapes and sizes. With a little imagination, top-quality building materials and the assistance of a skilled contractor, you can have a fantastic outdoor room that your family will enjoy for decades. When you’re ready to learn more about the types of patio enclosures, turn to Dulando Screen & Awning. Our experienced team of designers and contractors will be happy to help you explore your options and discover the best type of patio enclosure for your home. Contact us today to request a free in-home design consultation.

Choosing the Best Insect Screen for your Pool or Patio Enclosure

Choosing the Best Insect Screen for your Pool or Patio Enclosure

Some insects bite. Others sting. Many can carry diseases and all of them can be incredibly annoying. If you want to stop bugs from bugging you while you’re spending time in your screened pool or patio enclosure, selecting the right insect screen is a must. At Dulando Screen & Awning, we use high-quality screening from Phifer in every custom enclosure that we build. Which Phifer insect screen best suits your needs?

1. 18 x 14 Fiberglass Mesh Insect Screens
We get it. You want insect screening that will keep out bugs. But what about everything else? A well-designed screen can multitask. Do you need a safety barrier? Is there a lot of activity around your pool? Do nearby trees and shrubs shower your pool or patio area with bits of branches and leaves? Phifer’s 18 x 14 Fiberglass Mesh Insect Screens can provide both necessary filtering and extra strength. Phifer’s mesh insect screen is tight enough to keep most bugs at bay while still allowing sunshine and gentle breezes in. Available in charcoal and silver gray, this product is a popular choice that delivers fantastic value.

2. 20 x 20 No See Um Screens
No see ums may not be a scientific name, but most people who spend time outside will know exactly what they are when you use the term. These tiny pests are an outsize nuisance. Even when they don’t bite, their persistent flutterings can ruin a relaxing afternoon. While an 18 x 14 mesh will deter most insects, no see ums, gnats, sand flies and other little pests can sometimes slip through it. That’s why Phifer offers a 20 x 20 No See Um Screen. This tighter weave has 20 openings into each linear inch of screening. The 20 x 20 mesh is a charcoal colored vinyl-coated glass yarn. The result is a top-quality screen that will not rust, corrode or stain. Plus, it bars the entry of even tiny bugs without impeding your view of the world outside your pool or patio enclosure.

3. TuffScreen® No See Ums
You want a durable, hard-wearing screen that won’t flinch at high winds, active kids or curious pets. You also want to keep no see ums on the outside of your screened pool or patio enclosure. There’s a Phifer screen for that. TuffScreen No See Ums combines enhanced durability with a tight weave. This versatile product is perfect for areas where there’s a risk of rough-housing or rough weather. Is privacy a concern? Then you definitely want TuffScreen® No See Ums insect screen. While it allows you to see out, it’s dense weave and black color make it harder for your neighbors or passersby to see in.

Regardless of the type of patio enclosure you want, Phifer has a screen for it.

If you’re ready to enhance your outdoor living space by wrapping your patio or swimming pool in a custom screen enclosure, reach out to Dulando Screen & Awning. With our award-winning design and installation services, we know a thing or two about crafting custom screen enclosures that will stand the test of time. Our expert team will work with you to create your ideal pool enclosure and walk you through the entire process. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free in-home design consultation.

Top 6 Considerations When Adding a Screen Room

Top 6 Considerations When Adding a Screen Room

You’ve explored the long list of advantages that come with adding a custom screen room to your home. Now, you’re eager to get started on the project. What should you think about when you’re ready to improve your home with a screened porch or screened patio enclosure?

1. How Will You Use the Space?
Picture yourself using your new space. What are you doing? Screen rooms are incredibly versatile. You can use them as a breakfast nook, an entertainment area, a personal retreat, an exercise spot or a playroom for pets or children. When deciding on a design, think about how you hope to use the room. How much space will you need? Are there particular features like electrical outlets, lighting, ceiling fans or skylights that would make time spent there more pleasant?

2. How Will It Connect?
If you’re enclosing an existing porch or patio, you may already have a doorway between the space and your home. If not, where should this entrance be located? What suits your floor plan? How will a new entrance mesh with your outdoor living spaces? Think about how the addition of a screened in porch or patio enclosure might impact traffic flow.

3. Is Privacy a Priority?
Would you like to enjoy your new screen room without worrying about prying eyes or nosy neighbors? Landscaping and other natural features can provide a barrier. Alternately, you can also opt for privacy screening that limits the view of someone on the outside looking in without interfering with your view as you look out. If privacy is a priority, keep that in mind when selecting materials.

4. Is Durability a Concern?
If you want a screened room that will provide years of faithful service, durability is something to consider. This is especially true if you are building a patio enclosure or screened porch that will be frequented by children or pets. Here in the Sunshine State, wind can also be a concern. An experienced screen enclosure contractor can point you toward long-lasting materials that withstand wear and tear without worry and deliver good value.

5. What About Maintenance?
Some materials require more time and effort to maintain than others. Would you rather spend your free time enjoying your new addition or dealing with chores? If you’d prefer a low-maintenance structure, choose materials like aluminum that offers an attractive look and lasting service with minimal maintenance requirements.

6. Why Should You Ask About Insulation?
If a room’s walls are made largely of the screen, why would you ask about insulation? If your new patio enclosure is not under the roof, then maybe consider adding aluminum roof panels to your new screen enclosure. The Florida sun is relentless, but an insulated roof can help to keep the heat out of your screen enclosure. This means that space is more comfortable on hot, humid days. The insulation can also help to soften the sound of precipitation hitting the roof. It’s a great location to install a ceiling fan, too!

Let Dulando Screen & Awning put its award-winning design and installation experience to work for you. Our team includes professional designers, fabricators and installers who will work to build your screen room. We’ll combine our talents to create the custom screen room that is perfect for your needs. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request your free in-home design consultation.

What is the Difference between a Porch, Patio, Verandah & Lanai Enclosure?

What is the Difference between a Porch, Patio, Verandah & Lanai Enclosure?

Surrounding exterior living spaces with screen enclosures can create the perfect mix of inside and out. Are you dreaming of a porch or patio screen enclosure? Would a verandah or lanai enclosure make it easier to enjoy the beauty of the world right outside your door? We’ve heard customers use terms such as porch, patio, verandah and a screen lanai enclosure to describe their backyard area.  But they all have distinct meanings. Which of these backyard structures would you like to enclose and enjoy?

Do you want a Porch, Patio, Verandah or Lanai Enclosure?


What makes a porch a porch? For starters, it’s an exterior structure that’s located in front of a doorway to a home or building. Its floor is level with the building’s internal floor and made of wood, brick, concrete or similar materials. While it sits outside the walls of the main house, it can be enclosed by framing, columns or walls. In addition, there’s a roof or covering that provides shade and shelter in the porch area. Why would you enclose a porch? A screened porch can keep bugs, debris and ultraviolet radiation out. This makes your porch enclosure even more enjoyable and pleasant.


Porches tend to be built even with the building’s ground floor. Patios are built right on the ground itself. A patio is an exterior living space set alongside or near a home, restaurant or other building. A level floor of pavers, brick, stone or concrete creates an open-air room that’s ideal for relaxing, dining or entertaining. Why would you wrap this space as a patio screen enclosure? It lets you continue enjoying the screened patio while simultaneously providing a pleasant degree of shelter and separation.


A verandah is a porch, but not every porch is a verandah. That’s because a verandah is a long porch that extends along one or more sides of a home or building. A verandah is usually under home’s roof and built on the home’s first floor. A verandah is sometimes called a wraparound porch, it’s used for anything from access to entertaining to storage. Screening a verandah adds valuable living space and an ideal spot to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather.


Porches, patios and verandahs get lots of press. If you tell a friend from anywhere in the United States that you’re about to step out onto the patio, they’ll have a fair idea of what you’re planning. However, saying that you’re spending the afternoon lazing around the lanai could cause confusion. That’s because the term “lanai”, which originated in Hawaii, is mainly used in tropical areas, including the Sunshine State, Florida.

What is a lanai?

The word describes an exterior space with a hard-surfaced floor that is typically set up like an outdoor room. In the right circumstances, porches, patios and verandahs could all labeled lanais. Again, a lanai is usually connected to a backdoor of your home and is under the roof line. When you choose a lanai enclosure, you increase the usability of the space in Florida’s climate.

Fortunately, regardless of what you call all these structures; a porch, a patio, a verandah or a lanai, they all can provide the perfect base for a screen enclosure.

Are you searching for a reliable screen enclosure contractor? Turn to the experts at Dulando Screen & Awning. A family-owned patio builder with a reputation for quality, we’ve been designing and constructing top-notch screen enclosures for over 50 years. Do you want to build a porch, verandah or screen lanai enclosure? We can help. If you don’t have an existing patio, we can start from scratch to build you an enclosed patio.  Whether you want pavers or a concrete slab, we can get the job done beautifully. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to learn more and request a free in-house no-obligation quote.

5 Construction Phases in Building a Patio Enclosure

5 Construction Phases in Building a Patio Enclosure

Do you dream about enhancing your outdoor living space with a custom screen enclosure? It’s fun to look at websites that have screen enclosure ideas, but at some point, construction needs to begin. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare your family and your property. At Dulando Screen & Awning, we’re happy to help you find tons of patio enclosure ideas as well as walk you through every step of your project. When it comes to building a patio enclosure, there are five phases of construction.

1. Preconstruction
When you hire a reputable contractor to build a screen enclosure, the work begins before the actual construction does. After choosing your patio enclosure features that suits your needs and your budget, it’s time to deal with permitting and scheduling the project. In Florida, securing the necessary permits generally takes a month or two. However, if a building boom or the aftermath of a damaging event like a hurricane has the local building authorities hopping, it may take longer. Once the proper paperwork is in hand, then the patio contractor can take over.

2. Site Preparation
In any type of construction, a solid foundation is vital. Site preparation lays the groundwork for that foundation. The details of this phase will be dictated by your circumstances. If your new patio enclosure is not underroof with an existing concrete slab, then we need to create the foundation.  If you’re starting fresh, it may involve removing plant materials, relocating utilities, excavation, leveling and pouring concrete. In many cases, an existing patio can jump-start the process. However, you may need to tear it out and start from scratch if it’s in poor condition. Site preparation typically requires a few days, but the duration of this phase depends on the nature and extent of the work needed.

3. Framing and Fabrication 

building a patio enclosure

During the framing and fabrication phase, your screened in patio begins to take form. At Dulando, we normally tackle this portion of the project at our facility. Our expert patio installers prefabricate the aluminum structures needed for your new enclosure under controlled conditions. This allows us to provide you with a first-rate product and speeds up the actual construction phase. Prefabrication minimizes the inevitable disruption involved in building a patio enclosure. It also saves you time and money.

4. Construction
During the construction phase, the framing, screen and roofing materials are combined by skilled craftsman to build the patio screen enclosure that you’ve been picturing. The size and complexity of the structure and your contractor’s skill and resources both affect the completion time. On average, this phase takes around 5 days. Because we prefabricate portions of the structure before arriving on site, you’ll enjoy more rapid results with Dulando.

5. Finishing 

skylights for a patio enclosure

The right finishing touches can help to make your new screen enclosure a more pleasant place to spend your time. Common choices include installing features like electrical outlets, lighting and ceiling fans. Paver bricks or special trims may also be put into place during this phase. When there are only a few items on the list, the finishing phase may be completed quickly. More extensive lists may add a few days to the project’s timeline to coordinate the upgrades.

At Dulando Screen & Awning, we take pleasure in working with people to create custom screen enclosures that enrich their outdoor living spaces. If you’re interested in building a patio enclosure, we’re here to serve you. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free consultation.