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Top Questions During a Patio Enclosure Consultation

Top Questions During a Patio Enclosure Consultation

You’ve decided that it’s the perfect time to enhance your outdoor living space with a patio enclosure. If your goal is to reach out to a few reputable patio contractors, wouldn’t it be nice to know what types of questions they will be asking during your appointment?  Here is our list of the top questions during a patio enclosure consultation that we’ve been known to ask our clients.  Hopefully, this list gives you a few items to consider as you get ready for the meeting.

An effective patio enclosure consultation isn’t an interrogation. It’s a conversation. An experienced patio enclosure contractor will be happy to answer your queries. They will also have questions of their own, and that’s a good thing. After all, your answers will help them create and build the patio enclosure that you want. What is a contractor likely to ask you during a consultation?

How Do You Plan to Use the Patio Enclosure?

  • Are you seeking a quiet refuge or eager to use your screen enclosure to entertain?
  • Will it be a place to dine?
  • Who will use it?
  • Are children or pets likely to be frequent visitors to the space?

Understanding how you plan to use the enclosure allows a contractor to make helpful suggestions regarding the size and placement of the enclosure, the type of materials used to build it, and the features that might make it more comfortable.

Where Will the Patio Enclosure Go?

  • Is the enclosure that you’re dreaming of attached to your home or freestanding?
  • How large will it be?
  • Are you planning to enclose an existing patio? If so, is the existing patio under the roofline?
  • If you have an existing patio under the roofline, do you want to extend it further?  (yes, that’s an option)  See this article.  How A Patio Extension Screen Enclosure Can Increase Your Living Space

To create an effective design and an accurate estimate of its cost, the contractor will need to assess and measure the proposed location.

How Do You Visualize your Patio Enclosure?

Even the most talented contractor cannot build your ideal patio enclosure without first learning what you want. Be prepared to discuss what you like and what you don’t. During a patio enclosure consultation, contractors often bring pictures and samples to make it easier to determine what styles, materials and features suit your personal tastes.  Of course, feel free to show them photos you’ve also found online.

What Are Your Priorities?

  • Are you concerned about energy efficiency?
  • What about privacy?
  • Are low-maintenance materials a plus in your book?
  • Is electricity a necessity?

Exploring what matters most to you gives your contractor a clearer picture of your needs.

How Much Are You Planning to Spend?
Discussing your budget may not be as much fun as exploring design possibilities, but it’s a vital part of the patio enclosure consultation. When you share how much you’re willing to spend, your contractor can give you a realistic idea of what type of enclosure you can afford. More importantly, they can use their expertise to help you get the most value for your dollar.

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.

Is Pet Screen Worth It?

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-proof screen is 7x stronger than the standard screen.

The durability of the framing used in pet resistant 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 mesh in pet screens are small, preventing mosquitos and other biting or stinging pests from feasting on you and your family. Not only can pet proof screen keep your dog or cat from clawing its way free, but 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.

Phifer is the Best Pet Screen

If you have pets or young children and want to give them access to your screened patio, durable Phifer 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.

Aluminum Patio Covers vs. Wood Patio Covers vs. Alumawood Patio Covers

Aluminum Patio Covers vs. Wood Patio Covers vs. Alumawood Patio Covers

The Florida sunshine is gorgeous, but it can be unforgiving. That’s why many Floridians choose to add a roof to their patios by installing a patio cover. These popular features can keep the space pleasantly shady, reducing both the temperature there and your worries about sunburn. What type of patio roof works best? To find out, you’ll want to explore the pros and cons of the top three patio covers:  aluminum patio covers, wood patio covers and Alumawood patio covers.

Aluminum Patio Covers

PROS: Affordable, durable and stylish, aluminum is an option worth considering when you’re interested in installing a covered porch or patio. Lightweight but strong, aluminum naturally resists corrosion and insect damage. An aluminum patio roof won’t crack or warp. Plus, it requires little in the way of maintenance to remain in tip-top condition.

CONS: However, aluminum does tend to conduct and retain heat. As a result, it may not offer as much cooling power as other materials. In addition, many people feel that aluminum lacks wood’s warmth and visual interest.

Wood Patio Covers

When people start discussing patio cover ideas, the use of wood is almost certain to come up. After all, it’s hard to beat the beauty of wood.

PROS: It’s an attractive, sturdy material that lends a natural, timeless feel to a space. Plus, with so many types of wood to choose from such as cedar, the results of using this material are extremely customizable.

CONS: While you can see wood’s appeal, it does have its weaknesses. It’s more vulnerable to damage from common environmental hazards like wind, water, sun and insects than aluminum. It also requires more work to maintain a wood patio cover.

Alumawood Patio Covers

What if you want the durability of aluminum and the beauty of wood? It’s possible to enjoy the best of both materials thanks to an innovative product called Alumawood.

PROS: An embossed aluminum building product, Alumawood is made in the United States. It delivers all the benefits of aluminum and the appealing look of natural wood, so it’s a great choice for patio covers. Available in a wide range of colors and finishes, it can be used to create a custom patio and porch covers of practically any size or shape. Who wants to spend time working on their patio cover when they could be relaxing beneath it? With an Alumawood patio cover, you can get the look you crave without the need to devote hours of your priceless free time to maintenance chores.

CONS:  The only downside is the price.  Alumawood typically cost about 25% more than wood, but will last longer and has less maintenance.

Do you find the notion of enhancing your outdoor living space with a covered patio or porch intriguing? Let Dulando Screen & Awning help you explore the possibilities.

Additional Reading:  Aluminum Patio Covers

We’ve been serving Orlando, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and the surrounding areas for 50 years.  We are proud of our reputation for consistently providing both excellent service and top-quality results.

Our expert team will be delighted to create a custom Alumawood patio cover that’s a perfect match for your property. With our experienced designers, in-house fabrication capabilities, use of only top-quality materials, and insistence on first-rate customer service, you can expect a positive experience with fantastic results. To learn more about our services or request an estimate, contact us today at 407-862-6060.

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.

Why Insulated Roof Panels are the Smart Choice for your Patio Enclosure

Why Insulated Roof Panels are the Smart Choice for your Patio Enclosure

Backyard screen patios allow you to delight in the beauty of your backyard while enjoying the convenience of a sheltered, shady space that keeps bothersome debris and stinging insects at bay.  Enclosing that patio is a fantastic way to add value and usable space to your home. If your patio is not already under roof, you’ll need to choose a patio covering for your new screened patio enclosure.  A popular choice for a screened patio enclosure is insulated roof panels. These cleverly designed foam core panels can deliver an ideal blend of practicality and attractiveness for your new patio enclosure.

Our insulated roof panels can easily be installed for the following:

  • Sunroom roof panels
  • Patio roof panels
  • Screen roof panels
  • Aluminum patio roof panels

The Science – Going Inside a SIP
Structural insulated panels, which are also known as SIPs or SIP panels, sandwich an insulating foam core between two structural facings. Manufactured under factory-controlled conditions, SIP panels are ordered in the appropriate size, transported to the job site and smoothly pieced together.  When installed, insulated roof panels form a strong, cost-effective and energy-efficient roofing system that’s perfect for screen patio enclosures and other applications.

The How – When Practicality Matters
At Dulando Screen & Awning, we’re committed to excellence. That’s why we exclusively use high-quality aluminum and Structall products when designing and constructing custom patio enclosures for our clients. When practicality is a priority, Structall Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels are a smart choice. With a foam core nestled inside a rolled aluminum skin, these panels:

  • Are both affordable and durable.
  • Come in multiple sizes, making a wide range of floor plans and roof pitches possible.
  • Snap together quickly thanks to a unique, patented locking system which makes installation a breeze and reduces labor costs.
  • Use sealant within the insulated roof panel’s interior to produce a waterproof bond that resists ultraviolet destruction.
  • Resist common concerns in Florida like condensation or high winds.
  • Create a continuous insulated foam interface for an energy-efficient roof that keeps your screened patio enclosure more comfortable and your cooling expenses lower.

screen enclosure with skylightsRThe Why – An Attractive Option
While the practicalities obviously matter, aesthetics are important as well. Fortunately, there is no need to choose between the two with Structall insulated roof panels. These versatile roof panels can easily accommodate an impressive array of design options. Did you want a skylight, built-in lighting or a ceiling fan? It’s no problem to add one when these roof panels top your patio enclosure. As for the visual appeal, insulated roof panels come in several weather-resistant, low-maintenance finishes. You are sure to find one that suits your tastes. They can even be covered with shingles or vinyl siding if you prefer that look or want your new screened patio enclosure to match your home’s existing roof.

When you have questions about patio screen enclosures or insulated panel roofing systems, you can count on Dulando Screen & Awning for expert advice. We are a family-owned company that’s been building top-notch screen enclosures for patios and pools for our fellow Floridians for almost 50 years.  We’re delighted to serve residents of the Orlando, Daytona Beach,  New Smyrna Beach areas. Every custom enclosure that we build is specifically engineered for the site.  We are licensed and bonded by the State of Florida and only use quality materials for your job.  Put our skilled craftsmanship to the test.

Additional Reading:  Insulated Roof Panels

If you’re ready to enhance your home with the addition of a patio screen enclosure, contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free quote from one of our design consultants.

5 Main Factors that Determine a Patio Enclosure Cost

5 Main Factors that Determine a Patio Enclosure Cost

Upgrading your home with a patio screen room allows you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without enduring the drawbacks, including pests and poor weather. Before you talk to a screened patio enclosure contractor, however, it’s a good idea to understand the factors that will affect your patio enclosure cost. These factors can include the size of the enclosure, the materials used and any special amenities.

1.  The Size of the Patio Enclosure
Of course, it makes sense that a larger patio project will cost more money in materials and labor than a small enclosure. Depending on your budget, adjusting the size of the enclosure can help you save some money. However, don’t cut down on the size too much; if you don’t have enough space in your enclosure to use it comfortably, you probably won’t use it much at all. Keep in mind, this is also an investment in our home.  Make sure there is enough room to use it properly as well as adding to the resale value of your home.

2.  Patio Enclosure Materials
You might think there aren’t many options when it comes to the materials used in your screened in patio. However, there are a number of different screen materials available to suit your needs. For example, if you have pets, you might want to invest in special Phifer Pet Screen designed to withstand the claws of your pets. This type of screening material will cost more than regular screen, but the product is durable and will last for many years against the claws of your precious pets. If your backyard is short on privacy, you can opt for privacy screens so that you can enjoy your patio without your neighbors seeing you.

See the types of Phifer Screens we offer.

3.  Patio Enclosure Roofing Options
One of the more significant patio enclosure cost features is a roof.  If you’re not planning to extend an existing patio beyond your home’s roof, you won’t need to worry about covering the enclosed patio. If you’re adding a new screened in patio that is not under your existing roofline or enlarging the current one, however, you will need to choose a patio roof design option. There are three options when adding a patio enclosure roof.

  1. Match your home’s roof with shingles. Some homeowners opt to use roofing material that matches their home’s roof.
  2. You can also have an insulated aluminum patio roof installed to protect the inside of your enclosure. Structall is the leader in insulated roofing materials.  An insulated roof will cost you less money than a traditional shingle initially, but the material is not likely to last as long as a roof.
  3. Finally, you can also choose to have a cover constructed with screens.

As you can guess, each option will vary the cost of your screened patio enclosure roof.

4.  Flooring
If you’re choosing to have a new structure built or expanding a current patio, you’ll need to choose a material for the surface. Pavers and poured concrete are two options that provide excellent durability. Concrete floors are the standard, but homeowners upgrade to patio pavers.  Pavers in particular offer a range of colors and design options to help create a unique look.

5.  Extra Amenities
Adding special features to your project will affect the final patio screen enclosure cost. For example, some homeowners choose to have patio enclosure windows installed. You can keep the windows closed to maintain a comfortable temperature on warm days or open the windows to enjoy the fresh air during a cooler day. Other extra features to consider include ceiling fans for comfort and skylights for more natural light. It all adds up.

Additional Reading: Patio Enclosure Cost

If you’re thinking about adding a screened patio enclosure to your home, understanding the factors that affect the cost is a good place to start. Dulando Screen & Awning builds custom high-quality screen patio enclosures for Florida residents. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to learn how we can upgrade your patio with an enclosure.