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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 an aluminum roof 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 the 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.

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.

How Pet Screen is Necessary for a Screen Enclosure if You Have Pets or Kids

How Pet Screen is Necessary for a Screen Enclosure if You Have Pets or Kids

Enclosing your pool or patio with a screen may seem like an obvious decision. However, it’s important to pick the right type of screen for your situation. If you have pets or children, pet screen offers superb durability and other features that are unmatched by standard screens.

Long-lasting Strength
The claws and teeth of your cute but ferocious cat are not to be underestimated; standard screens can’t keep up with these sharp implements, especially over time. Regular screens can put up with some damage, but pets are notoriously stubborn. Eventually, they can shred through inferior screens and claw their way to ill-conceived freedom. Pet screen is 7x stronger than standard screen.

The durability of the framing used in pet screens is important as well. A pet or child with enough strength can push a traditional screen out of its frame, allowing an easy escape. Screens designed with pets in mind are constructed with durable screening material and strengthened frames, allowing them to withstand years of abuse from the most determined pets.

Good Visibility and Airflow
Some homeowners may balk at the idea of putting up thicker screens, believing that these screens will negatively impact their visibility when compared to regular screens. Although the individual strands within a pet resistant screen are thicker, the gaps between the strands are wide enough to see through easily. You’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of beautiful sunlight shining into your enclosed space. The airflow in your enclosed areas also will not be affected; cool breezes will continue to help you feel refreshed.

Keep Pests at Bay
Although the main purpose of pet screens is to keep pets and children inside, they can also keep annoying pests outside and away from your skin. The gaps in pet screens are small, preventing mosquitos and other biting or stinging pests from feasting on you and your family. Not only can pet screen keep your dog or cat from clawing its way free, it is also strong enough to resist gnawing from larger pests, such as squirrels or rats from getting in.

Safety for All
Pet safe screen enclosures improve the safety of your family and your neighbors. Even if your dog is well trained, he can still behave unpredictably when spooked. A strong pet screen will keep your dog enclosed even when he charges at the screen. This same strength is an added benefit if you have young children. With weaker screens, an unattended child could break through your screens quicker than you might expect, especially if there is already a tear in the screen. The strength of your pet screening will prevent a child from getting through the material and wandering off.

Durable Material
The best pet proof screen is Phifer pet screen. To create a tear proof screen, Phifer screens are built from a vinyl-coated polyester that will hold up to regular abuse. The fabric of the screen uses an antimicrobial coating from Microban to prevent the growth of unsightly bacteria and mold. Excessive mold growth can prematurely weaken screens, so this is just one more way that pet screens are designed to last.

If you have pets or young children and want to give them access to your screened patio, durable pet screens are a necessity. For more information, contact Dulando Screen & Awning today at 407-862-6060 and speak to one of our design consultants for  a free quote.


Converting a Patio Deck into a Screened in Porch

Converting a Patio Deck into a Screened in Porch

Screened porches and decks offer a great way to add more living space to your home while allowing you to enjoy the outdoors. However, there are downsides to spending time in the backyard, such as enduring bugs and bad weather. By converting your deck or patio into a screened in porch, you can enjoy your outdoor screen enclosure while protecting from these annoyances. Before you start planning your project, however, you’ll need to think about a few important considerations, including the current stability of your existing structure.

Steps to Convert a Patio Deck into a Screened In Porch

Establishing a Budget for Your Screened in Porch

Converting an existing deck or porch into an outdoor screen enclosure requires good planning, starting with your budget. Before you can start to juggle numbers, however, you need to think about what you want in your screened patio, beginning with the size. If you want to host large gatherings in your new space, you may need to include a patio extension. If you want to save a little money, consider screening in only a portion of your existing patio; this gives you a great place to put other outdoor features, such as a grill.

Preparations Before Beginning the Project

When you’ve worked out your budget, you can start your search for the right contractor for the job; deck enclosures are not projects fit for the average DIY homeowner. Your patio contractor can help guide you through a few important considerations.

  • Be sure your deck or porch is in good shape before work begins; fixing up the flooring after installing the screens is not as easy.
  • Determine whether your existing structure can support a roof. If your deck isn’t strong enough, you may need to add more support underneath.
  • Decide on a roofing style.

Add Special Features

While working with your contractor, you can also talk about special features that you might like to add to your enclosed porch, such as electrical outlets, skylights, ceiling fans and climate control. By running electricity to your new screen patio enclosure, you can enjoy reading by lamplight at night or even have a television for entertainment. Increasing the creature comforts of your screened patio can help you get even more use out of the space.

Ensuring the Screened in Porch is Up to Code

Converting your deck or patio into a screened in porch will likely require permits from your local municipality. If you plan to add some extra features, such as electrical outlets, you’ll need to ensure that the project is done correctly. Working with a contractor or electrician can ensure that these tasks are done correctly the first time.

Converting an existing porch or deck into a screened patio can add more value to your home and give you and your family another place to relax. Dulando Screen and Awning can help transform your existing porch or deck into a completely new space. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to receive a free estimate for your project.

How A Patio Extension Screen Enclosure Can Increase Your Living Space

How A Patio Extension Screen Enclosure Can Increase Your Living Space

If you’re lucky enough to have a screened porch or patio, then you understand just how appealing these structures can be. Have you ever wished that you could expand the space? It’s possible. In fact, we receive lots of queries from curious homeowners about patio extension screen enclosure projects. Why are so many people eager to extend a patio?

More Living Space
An enclosed porch or patio brings the beauty of the outdoors inside while providing convenient protection that allows you to dodge common outdoor annoyances like insects, windblown debris and a potential sunburn. People who opt to add a patio extension screen enclosure to their home generally point out that it’s an affordable way to add valuable living space. The same argument holds true for enlarging an existing patio.

Increased Functionality
If you have ever struggled to share a single umbrella with a couple of friends during a downpour, then you know firsthand that size can have a major impact on function. A properly designed screen room extension can transform a cramped lanai or patio area into an airy, useful space that is the perfect place for a wide range of pursuits.  Extended patios or screened porches provide extra elbow room that can be utilized for entertaining family and friends, exercising or simply relaxing.

Better Aesthetics
Screening in a patio or screened porch enclosure can have a huge impact on the look of your property. A larger screened room can make the entire home look larger or alter the lines of the structure to create a more attractive shape. Adjusting the size or shape of a screened patio can also allow you to better capitalize on the beautiful views outside your home and to improve the traffic pattern in your outdoor living space. Frankly, increasing the size of your screened porch or patio can be a clever way to improve the aesthetic appeal of your home both indoors and out. This is especially true if you enlist the aid of an experienced patio contractor who can provide customized design and installation services so that the final product is the ideal fit for your property.

Improved Property Values
Since extending a screened porch or patio can provide more functional living space and enhance a home’s curb appeal, it’s no surprise that adding a screen room extension also has the potential to increase the value of your home. A roomy screened enclosure is often both a welcome addition and a wise investment.

Serving Orlando, Florida for over 50 years, Dulando Screen & Awning has a deep understanding of what it takes to craft a high-quality, custom patio extension screen enclosure. If you’re interested in extending your screened porch or patio, we’ll be delighted to help. From discovering the perfect design to providing a smooth, effective installation that results in a top-quality outdoor screen enclosure, we thrive on delivering excellence. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to explore the possibilities for your patio screen enclosure project and make arrangements for a free in-home design consultation.

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 backyard patio enclosure and sunroom.

Benefits of a Screen 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 an 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 the 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 sunroom 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 sunroom 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 screen 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 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.