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Top 7 Pool Screen Enclosure Hurricane Protection Tips

Top 7 Pool Screen Enclosure Hurricane Protection Tips

Many people believe summer is the only season that Florida experiences. People who live here know that there’s another season that demands attention: hurricane season. The Sunshine State is often in the path of these destructive storms. That’s why hurricane protection tips are practically required reading for Floridians. Not only are we stocking up on water, food, medications and batteries, we also need to take steps to protect our property. How do you protect your pool screen enclosure in the event of a hurricane? Here are the top 7 hurricane protection tips for your pool screen enclosure.

1. Brace Your Screen Enclosure – You’ll need to wait until a storm is looming to put some pool screen enclosure hurricane protection tips to good use. However, others can be handled in advance. Using hurricane braces are a perfect example. When bad weather takes down pool screen enclosures, inadequate bracing is often to blame. Pool enclosure hurricane braces reinforce the structural integrity of the pool enclosure. Verifying that your pool cage has hurricane braces before a storm arrives can minimize damage.

2. Check Your Enclosure’s Hardware – Screws are small, but they can have a major effect when it comes to pool enclosure hurricane safety. Florida’s high humidity allows rust to flourish, and rusted fasteners leave a structure weak. Checking that your enclosure is built with corrosion-resistant fasteners is a simple way to ensure that it’s got the strength to survive nasty weather.

3. Maintain Your Landscaping – Probably the most important of all the hurricane protection tips is this one. Dead trees, weak branches and fragile bushes are unlikely to survive an encounter with strong winds. Be proactive. At any time during the year, maintain your landscaping to decrease the chances that yard debris will tear through your screen enclosure.

4. Eliminate Potential Projectiles – Strong winds can send things like planters, grills and patio furniture flying. Storing these items in a safe place when forecasters start calling for a severe storm prevents them from becoming dangerous projectiles. Do you have some things in your patio area that are too big to move? Consider locking them down in place with heavy-duty tie-downs or chains.

5. Create a Path of Least Resistance – When gusts of wind come charging through, inviting them to take a particular path can limit the damage that they do in other areas. If a hurricane is expected, consider removing the doors or even some of the screen panels from your enclosure if its design allows for it. You’ll have to decide whether this is an option as the storm approaches.  By creating additional wind flow, this may help you avoid torn screens.

6. Prep the Pool – What about the pool that your screen enclosure surrounds? Keep it full to help it withstand the pressure of groundwater and wind. If you use chlorine, add an extra dose of this chemical to help the pool water fend off contamination from the storm.

7. Flip the Switch on the Pool Area – It’s no secret that water and electricity don’t play nicely together. Heavy rains and flooding can send pool water surging into your pool’s systems. To reduce the risk of electric shock and equipment damage, turn off the breaker for your pool area before the hurricane hits.

As a local, family-owned company, Dulando Screen & Awning is proud to provide the central Florida and coastal markets with top-notch screen enclosures of all shapes and sizes. Our custom pool screen enclosures are designed and built to withstand our occasionally wicked weather which includes the occasional hurricane. To explore the possibilities, call us at 407-862-6060 to schedule your free consultation. 


What to Expect During a Pool Enclosure Consultation

What to Expect During a Pool Enclosure Consultation

You’ve made the decision that you want a new pool screen enclosure, but how do you know what questions to ask?  If you’re looking to schedule an appointment with a trusted screen enclosure company, it’s important to make the most of your pool enclosure consultation. What should you expect during the consultation?

A custom pool enclosure consultation typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. In that time, the representative will measure your space and ask about your preferences. They’ll discuss the materials that can be used in the construction of your screened pool enclosure. They’ll show you some design suggestions and help you explore the possibilities. In addition, they’ll answer your questions.

Top Questions to Ask During a Pool Enclosure Consultation

  • Do you have experience with projects like mine? An experienced contractor has handled all kinds of pool enclosure installation projects.  With experience comes a partner who will help you avoid common pitfalls. We have the expertise to handle projects of all sizes, shapes and varieties. As to see examples of comparable projects similar to what you want.
  • Are you licensed and insured? Florida welcomes lots of transplants from other places.  This is good for our economy, but it’s not always good for business.  Make sure your pool enclosure contractor is fully licensed and insured. As a family-owned and -operated company, we make excellence a priority. Everything we build meets or exceeds the applicable Florida building codes.
  • Who will take care of any permits? Dulando handles all necessary permitting. We can even help you get approval from your homeowner’s association.
  • Do you guarantee your work? At Dulando, we stand behind our projects. We blend award-winning designs, top-notch materials from trusted manufacturers and meticulous craftsmanship to produce custom designs that you’ll enjoy for decades.
  • How long does it take to build a pool enclosure? A variety of factors can impact scheduling, including the contractor’s workload, the permitting process and the project’s complexity. Generally, constructing a pool screen enclosure takes between three and six weeks after permitting has been approved.
  • What factors impact pool screen enclosure cost? Factors that determine your enclosure’s cost include the size and location of your pool and the size and design of your enclosure. The materials that you choose and the complexity of the installation also matter. At Dulando, we use thoughtful designs, quality materials and time-tested expertise to deliver fantastic value.
  • Can a pool enclosure withstand bad weather and hurricanes? Florida’s afternoon heavy storms can be destructive. At Dulando, we’ve built a pool enclosure on the Florida coast as well as inland.  We know the importance of following strict building codes to protect homeowners and their property.  Our structures are built according to code which will withstand between 130 – 150 mph winds in case of a hurricane. This variable is based on the county building code.
  • What can I do to ensure my pool enclosure privacy? Do you crave a place to relax that’s free from prying eyes? There’s a screen for that. At Dulando, we use Phifer screening products because they deliver the features customers want. Phifer’s privacy screen blocks the view of those looking in while still allowing you to see out. Are you eager to avoid sunburns? Choose Phifer’s sun screen. Are you looking for a stronger screen designed to withstand pets and small children? Choose Phifer pet screen.

Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll be happy to help you find the right product for your new pool screen enclosure.

Are you ready to enhance your outdoor living spaces with a screened pool enclosure? Contact Dulando today at 407-862-6060 to schedule your free in-home pool enclosure consultation.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Pool Enclosure?

How Long Does it Take to Build a Pool Enclosure?

How long does it take to build a pool enclosure? It’s tough to provide an accurate answer to that question because so many factors can influence a project’s timeline. By taking a look at each of the steps involved in building a pool screen enclosure, we can provide a sense of what to expect and how long it might take to get things done.

Components to Build a Pool Enclosure

Winning Your Homeowners’ Association’s Approval

At Dulando Screen & Awning, we’re happy to help you design a custom pool screen enclosure that suits your needs, your space and your budget. We can use our expertise to ensure that your new pool enclosure will fit in your backyard.  We will also help you get approval from your HOA. If you live in a community with a Homeowners’ Association, you may be required to obtain the organization’s approval. Before construction can begin to build your pool enclosure, you’ll want to speak with your HOA. Ask about how their approval process works, what information you’ll need to provide, and how long it’s likely to take. Dulando will help you with all the necessary paperwork, but it’s up to the HOA how long they will take to provide the approval.

Dealing With Your Landscaping

There’s a good chance you already have landscaping beds or plantings in close proximity to your pool that might interfere with the construction of your new pool screen enclosure.

  • Do you have any plant material that needs to be relocated?
  • What about sprinkler heads or piping for your irrigation system?

These concerns must be addressed before we can begin actually building a pool enclosure for you. You’ll need to set aside time to clear away plants, potted plants, furnishings or other items from the construction zone. If necessary, contact your landscaping company to relocate plants and cap off the irrigation system.

Securing Permitting for Your New Pool Enclosure

Dulando is happy to handle the task of getting the proper permits for your new enclosure, but we have no control over permitting. Depending on the county that you live in and the number of permit requests that it’s receiving, securing the necessary permits to build a pool enclosure can take as little as a few weeks over a month. For many homeowners, this is the longest part of the wait. It’s unfortunate, but we don’t have any way of expediting this.

Building Your Pool Screen Enclosure

Once we receive the okay from your HOA and all the necessary permits, we can then begin construction. From this point forward, you’ll see results quickly. The size and complexity of the design determine the exact duration of this phase.

  • If you have an existing pool with a concrete pad and have decided to change to patio pavers, we will need to schedule the paver installation. Normally, this takes a few days depending on the design and size of the enclosure area.
  • Dulando handles much of the framing prefabrication in our warehouse, so once we schedule the installation at your home, framing is generally completed in a day or two.
  • Then we schedule the screening to take place. Screening normally adds another day or two to the timeline.

Each phase of construction needs to be scheduled. At any given time, we are managing a few dozen installs.  We work very hard at coordinating your schedule with our schedule.  Sometimes, homeowners want to be onsite when work is completed.  Sometimes, our teams can work without the homeowner present.  It just depends on what you require.

How long can you expect to wait? Once permitting is approved and we schedule the different phases of the job, you can expect to have your new enclosure in place in three to six weeks.

Dulando Screen & Awning has been providing custom screen enclosures to those who live and work in the Orlando area since 1968. When you’re ready to build a pool screen enclosure, turn to us. We’ll use our experience and commitment to quality to deliver a custom enclosure that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request your free in-home design consultation.

Using Florida Glass as a Privacy Screen for your Pool Enclosure

Using Florida Glass as a Privacy Screen for your Pool Enclosure



Privacy can be tough to come by in today’s crowded, hectic world. Are you longing for sheltered space where you and your loved ones can relax without having to worry about what the neighbors are thinking? Do you want your swimming pool to be a private backyard oasis that offers a refuge from prying eyes? Using Phifer Florida Glass privacy screen in your pool enclosure can provide the privacy that you crave without interfering with your enjoyment of the world outside.

What Is Florida Glass?

Florida Glass is a product from Phifer™ Screen called “Glas-Shield”. It’s a screening product that takes a fiberglass mesh screen and laminates it with vinyl.  The result is a glass shield screen that is commonly referred to as Florida Glass. This special screening material offers a look similar to that of frosted glass, making it an ideal choice when privacy is a priority.

Why Use It for a Pool Privacy Screen?

At Dulando Screen & Awning, we use Phifer™ Glas-Shield when clients want the privacy that vinyl-laminated screening provides. What makes this product a perfect pick for a swimming pool privacy screen? There are many reasons that it’s a great choice:

  • Privacy. While it lets in light, the misty look of Glas-Shield obscures the view of anyone trying to peer through it. As a result, the material provides welcome privacy for the space that it surrounds.
  • Aesthetics. Phifer Glas-Shield is an attractive material, so it won’t detract from the beauty of your backyard.
  • Protection. Unlike typical screens, Glas-Shield has a solid surface. With no little holes, it does a superior job of keeping dust, pollen and debris out of your pool. As an added bonus, it’s waterproof, so it can help keep any stray splashes from escaping the pool area.
  • Durability. Phifer™ is a leader in screening products.  They are known for providing quality products with in-demand features.  Florida Glass or Glas-Shield is no exception. Thanks to the vinyl lamination, it is much sturdier than standard screening products. Neither stormy weather nor close encounters with children and pets present problems for this durable material.
  • Livability. Protecting your privacy in the pool area with Glas-Shield pool enclosure transforms the space into an outdoor room. It isn’t intended to serve as a roof or skylight. It’s not suitable for horizontal applications. However, it can keep bugs, bad weather in the form of wind or rain, and other nuisances from sneaking through the screen of your pool enclosure. Plus, its ability to prevent debris from entering the pool means that you’re able to spend less time on pool maintenance.

Dulando Screen & Awning is a family-owned and operated business. We delight in serving our fellow Floridians by providing those who live in the Orlando areas as well as the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach areas with high-quality, affordably priced patio and pool screen enclosures.

That’s why we combine the best materials with custom designs and meticulous craftsmanship in every single project we do. To learn more about privacy screens for pool enclosures or request a free estimate for your next project, contact us today at 407-862-6060.


7 Surprising Advantages of a Florida Pool Enclosure

7 Surprising Advantages of a Florida Pool Enclosure

It’s no secret you’ve heard that surrounding your swimming pool with a screen enclosure forms a protective barrier that enhances safety and keeps bugs and minor debris out of your pool area. Those may be the obvious advantages of a Florida pool enclosure, but they are far from the only ones. While these seven benefits may surprise you, we’re sure you’ll appreciate them.

1. Sun Protection –

There’s a reason that Florida is called the Sunshine State. The Florida sun is both beautiful and relentless. A swimming pool enclosure that uses Phifer Solar Screen lets in plenty of the sunlight that people love. It also screens out 70% to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare as well as the harmful ultraviolet rays that are so very damaging to the skin. Enclosing your pool with a screened enclosure allows you to enjoy an afternoon of swimming or lounging without constantly reapplying your sunscreen.

2. Cooler Water

Diving into the pool is supposed to be a great way to cool off. Unfortunately, Florida’s strong sun and soaring temperatures can make any place exposed to direct sunlight too warm for comfort, including your pool. Filtering the sun with a screen enclosure means that your pool’s water stays cooler. As a result, your afternoon or evening swim is refreshing and comfortable. 

3. Privacy
Do you want your pool to be a refuge? Are you longing for a secluded space to relax and exercise without worrying about what the neighbors seeing you? When privacy matters, a swimming pool screen enclosure is a must. After all, there’s a wide range of screening products to choose from. It’s easy to select one that protects you from prying eyes.

4. Style Opportunities –Is creating a space that reflects your style something that you enjoy? With so many styles, materials and options, a custom screen enclosure offers a chance to add both practicality and flair to your pool area. From adding custom Alumawood columns to beautiful patio paver bricks, there are so many ways to create a backyard oasis. 

5. Reduced Chemical Requirements
By shielding your pool from the steamy Florida sun, a swimming pool enclosure slows both evaporation and algae growth. As a result, you need fewer chemicals to keep your pool water clean and healthy. That means you can spend less time and less money on pool maintenance. 

6. A Longer Life for the Pool
When debris tumbles into your pool, it makes your filter work harder. If you have an above-ground pool, debris can also damage your pool’s liner. Because a swimming pool screen enclosure keeps debris, critters and other troubles out of your pool, having one can extend your pool’s lifespan.

7. Increased Property Value
Your home is an investment, so it’s always wise to think about how any change might impact its value. What effect does a Florida pool enclosure have? Generally speaking, your home’s value will be increased in an amount equal to roughly 50 percent of the pool screen enclosure cost.

How will a pool screen enclosure enhance your outdoor living space? When you’re ready to explore the possibilities, turn to Dulando Screen & Awning. We’ve been building Florida pool enclosures and patios for over 50 years.  Our custom screen enclosures are designed by highly trained experts to meet your needs, engineered specifically for your home by a licensed engineer and built with top-quality materials by skilled craftsmen. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to schedule your free in-home consultation.

Building a DIY Pool Enclosure vs. Hiring a Pool Enclosure Contractor

Building a DIY Pool Enclosure vs. Hiring a Pool Enclosure Contractor

Do-it-yourself projects are everywhere. You’ll encounter them online, in magazines and books, and on countless television programs. While many people tout the satisfaction that comes with successfully completing a DIY project; however, a hands-on approach is not always the best choice. Many home improvement projects come with real risks. A mistake can have serious consequences for your health and your property values. You should only embark on a project after an honest, careful consideration of its requirements and your skills. Are you interested in adding a swimming pool screen enclosure? If you’re wondering if you should build a DIY pool enclosure or hire a pool enclosure contractor, we’ve outlined a few questions to help you decide on how to assess the answer.

Answer these questions if you want to build a DIY Pool Enclosure

Can I Do This Safely?

Positive thinking and a willingness to get your hands dirty are good assets, but they aren’t always enough to get the job done right. Pool screen enclosures seem like simple structures. However, they need to be properly engineered and constructed. Do you have the skills and knowledge to do that? Do you have the necessary tools and a thorough understanding of how to use them safely? Working over and around your pool to build a DIY pool enclosure makes this project even more challenging.

Will a Pool Enclosure Kit Offer What I Really Want?

Swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes, and so do pool screen enclosures. Would you be able to design and build a custom enclosure that will fit your pool area? Will the new pool enclosure complement your home?  There are several pool enclosure kits on the market, but can you find one that meets your needs? What about quality? Many pool enclosure kits are produced in foreign countries where quality standards are not as strict as they are in the United States. Will the materials and design of a kit be able to withstand Florida’s notoriously windy weather? If you are exploring a pool enclosure kit, it’s a good idea to weigh these differences and talk to a pool enclosure contractor as you make your decision.

What About Cost and Value?

Affordability is one supposed advantage of DIY, but it’s not always cheaper to do it yourself. You may avoid labor costs by opting for a DIY pool enclosure, but those savings can quickly be offset by the price of any tools you need to buy or rent. What if you make a mistake? The need to buy extra materials or call in a professional will add to the expense of a DIY project. There’s also a matter of opportunity cost. Your time has value. Is building a pool screen enclosure the best way to use it? Speaking of value, the quality of the finished project has a significant impact on the value of the enclosure and any increased value to your home. Can you deliver a first-rate product, or will inferior workmanship negate any increase home value?

If you have any concerns about your ability to construct a swimming pool screen enclosure that you can be proud of, then you should entrust the job to a professional. At Dulando Screen & Awning, custom screen enclosures are our specialty. We take pride in providing residents of the Orlando area with custom structures that blend expert craftsmanship with top-notch materials to produce amazing results. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 for a free no-obligation in-home design consultation.