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Top 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Pool Enclosure

Top 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Pool Enclosure

You already know that building a pool enclosure can enhance your pool area and your outdoor living space. A well-designed swimming pool screen enclosure can make your pool area more comfortable, reduce maintenance demands and add value to your property. Unfortunately, there are also some pitfalls if you’re not careful. A shoddy, poorly designed enclosure will add nothing but headaches and hassles to your days. Therefore, how do you ensure that you’ll be delighted with your new pool enclosure? For starters, avoid these common mistakes.

Be Careful When Building a Pool Enclosure

Not Respecting Your Budget
When it comes to pool screen enclosure cost, sticking to your budget isn’t being miserly. It’s being responsible. An experienced pool enclosure contractor won’t flinch when faced with a budget. We understand that most homeowners don’t have an unlimited budget when building a pool enclosure. Therefore, we’ll work with you to find a solution that works for your space, your needs and your wallet.

Focusing Solely on the Project’s Price Tag
While the initial cost of your new pool screen enclosure is important, it should never be your top priority. Here are a few items that might cost a little more:

  • Working with an experienced contractor may cost a little more than working with an inexperienced contractor, but it is generally money well spent. You’ll end up with a better pool enclosure, better customer experience and more value overall.
  • Opting for a custom pool enclosure that is designed for your space allows you to make the best use of your space.
  • Working with a knowledgeable professional reduces your stress. It also builds confidence in your choices and their results.
  • Lastly, spending a little more upfront for quality materials and systems often leads to greater durability and lower operating costs.

All of these can add up to substantial savings over time when building a pool enclosure.

Not Considering the Environment
Florida may be famous for its humid warmth and sunny skies, but the weather here isn’t always friendly. Strong storms and high winds are frequent visitors, so anything that is built in the Sunshine State must be built to withstand nature’s fury. That means choosing the right materials and making smart design choices that meet or exceed the relevant State, County and City building codes.

Not Working With an Experienced Pool Enclosure Company
Why is it so important to choose an experienced pool enclosure company? Working with an established, reputable company ensures that they understand a wide range of options for building a pool enclosure and how to achieve your vision for your backyard. In short, you’ll receive what you pay for. An experienced pool enclosure company will have an abundance of resources and familiarization of different types of projects. It is vital that you choose a pool enclosure company that is meticulous about fabrication and installation. Essentially, they bring their experience to your project.

Dulando Screen & Awning has been serving the Orlando area for more than half a century. We know screen pool enclosures inside and out. We delight in walking our customers through the process of designing and installing a custom pool screen enclosure. Are you ready to improve your pool area with a screen enclosure? Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to explore the possibilities and schedule a free in-home design consultation.

Choosing the Right Pool Enclosure Screen Material

Choosing the Right Pool Enclosure Screen Material

The great outdoors is a beautiful place, but it’s not a nuisance-free zone. Biting mosquitoes, annoying no-see-ums, skin-damaging ultraviolet rays, wind-swept debris, nosy neighbors and other irritations can make enjoying your outdoor living spaces a challenge. That’s why your choice of pool enclosure screen material is so important. Selecting the right screen will keep common outdoor annoyances at bay and allow you to make the most of your pool area with less worry. Today, a variety of screening options with appealing features are available. What are some popular options when it comes to pool screen material?

Insect Screen
Whether they bite, sting or simply fly around driving you crazy, an invasion of insects can make spending time outdoors miserable. Installing insect screening in your pool enclosure creates a barrier that keeps bugs out. Since it also helps to keep lawn debris like grass clippings, leaves and branches out, it can reduce the amount of pool maintenance needed.

Solar Screen
With the risk of painful sunburns and deadly skin cancers widely recognized, the importance of protecting your skin from the sun is clear. Unfortunately, it’s easy to go wrong when applying sunscreen. Solar screens offer an extra layer of protection by blocking some of the sun’s harmful rays. How much protection do they offer? Phifer’s Super Solar pool enclosures can block up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare. Solar screens also help to keep the climate within your pool enclosure more comfortable. They limit solar gain on hot summer days and reduce solar loss when temperatures dip.

Pet Screen
Regular screening isn’t particularly fragile. However, it’s no match for gnawing teeth, shredding claws or a rambunctious nature. When pets or children will be frequenting a screened space, you need extra durability. Pet screen delivers that. It’s tougher screening and sturdier frames can help to protect your family’s safety and your pool enclosure’s integrity without blocking your view or the breeze.

Privacy Screen
Outdoor living spaces are delightful escapes, but they are vulnerable to encroaching neighbors and passersby. When the rest of the world is a little too close for comfort, a privacy screen for pool enclosure can offer welcome respite.

Florida Glass
A vinyl-coated screen, Florida glass offers a look similar to frosted glass with less weight and better durability. As a result, Florida glass pool enclosures deliver the ideal mix of privacy, comfort and attractiveness. They keep prying eyes, annoying insects and troublesome debris out of your pool area so you can relax.

With over 50 years of award-winning design and installation service, Dulando Screen & Awning understands the importance of selecting the right pool screen material for your enclosure. That’s why we exclusively use Phifer screening materials. These top-quality screens offer both amazing value and the right mix of features for Floridians. Are you ready to enhance your outdoor living space with a pool screen enclosure? Do you want to know more about pool enclosure screen material and design? Turn to an expert. Contact Dulando Screen & Awning today at 407-862-6060 to request a free in-home design consultation.

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.