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How Much Does a Swimming Pool Screen Enclosure Cost?

How Much Does a Swimming Pool Screen Enclosure Cost?

We hear this same question every day from Orlando homeowners.  “How much does a swimming pool screen enclosure cost?” (also known as a pool cage)  While that may seem like a simple question, it’s an unexpectedly tricky one. Many factors contribute to a pool enclosure’s total price tag. That makes providing an accurate quote without accounting for the details of your backyard space and desired design very tough. Instead, it’s important to look at the elements that influence a swimming pool enclosure cost.

Factors That Contribute to a Swimming Pool Screen Enclosure Cost:

Size of Your Pool Screen Enclosure

It’s no surprise that size matters when it comes to the cost of a pool screen enclosure. After all, a larger enclosure requires more materials and resources to build.

What do you need to think about in terms of sizing? Most people prefer a screen enclosure that offers at least 8 feet of height. However, if you’re tall or enjoy playing games in the pool, you might prefer a higher ceiling. You’ll also need to consider how much space around the pool you want to shield with the new pool screen enclosure. A few other questions to ask yourself are:

  • Is a 3-foot walkway suitable?
  • Would you rather have a larger area inside the enclosure so that you have room for seating and other features?

Increasing the size can make the structure more useful and enjoyable, but it will also increase its cost.

Swimming Pool Enclosure Shape

Your pool shape is another consideration when you’re building a pool screen enclosure. Swimming pool enclosures come in all kinds of shapes.  The most common are rectangular and hexagonal shapes.  But if you want a custom pool enclosure, you have plenty of options to choose from. A few more questions to consider:

  • What works best with your space?
  • Will the pool enclosure attach to your house or be freestanding?
  • What type of roof do you have in mind? See the different roof types for your swimming pool

Normally, the more complex a design for a pool enclosure, the more expensive it is to build.

Materials to Build a Swimming Pool Enclosure

With their constant exposure to the elements and the moisture from the pool, pool cages can take quite a beating. That makes choosing the right materials imperative. Although quality materials may cost a bit more upfront, their durability and minimal maintenance requirements often make them a better value in the long run. How much should you expect to pay for materials? While the answer depends on the materials that you choose, material costs for a pool screen enclosure tend to run around $7 to $15 per square foot.


To get the best results, you’ll need more than excellent materials. Quality craftsmanship is a must. For that, you’ll want to enlist an experienced swimming pool enclosure contractor who is licensed, bonded and insured. How do labor costs impact the cost of a screen enclosure? When you add together the materials needed and the cost of the services of such a professional, you can expect to pay around $15 to $25 per square foot.

Additional Fees for Preparation

When building a new swimming pool screen enclosure, the costs are not limited to only material and labor.  Additional fees for a pool enclosure include

  • Permitting fees
  • Charges to prepare the site before the new enclosure’s installation
  • Cleanup fees

When so we revisit the question, How much does a swimming pool screen enclosure cost? As you can see, there are many components to building a swimming pool enclosure.  An average overall cost in the central Florida area is between $7,000 and $10,000 to build a standard size pool enclosure.

To explore your options and discover how much your screened pool enclosure will cost, reach out to Dulando Screen & Awning. We deliver quality craftsmanship, excellent service and competitive pricing. From the creation of a design that fits your unique needs to the installation of a top-quality custom screen enclosure in your backyard, our team will cheerfully guide you through the entire process. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free in-home design consultation.

Advantages of Screened Pool Enclosures You May Not Have Considered

Advantages of Screened Pool Enclosures You May Not Have Considered

You already know that Florida homeowners with screened pool enclosures enjoy hanging out by their pools without having to battle mosquitoes, but there are also some less obvious advantages of having a screened-in pool that you may not have considered. Read on for a few surprising advantages offered by screened in pool enclosures.

1. Use Fewer Chemicals
Did you know that screened pool enclosures slow down water evaporation?  Yes, that includes slower evaporation of chemicals in the water. You’ll also have a lower amount of algae to fight against when your pool is enclosed. The result is that you won’t need to add as many chemicals to your pool when you have a screened enclosure. You’ll save money and reduce your exposure to potentially irritating chemicals.

2. Use More, Clean Less.
Screened pool enclosures keep debris from your yard from ending up in your pool. Insects, spiders, snakes and other creepy crawlies stand less chance of getting in and spoiling your good times. With a screened enclosure, palm leaves, acorns and grass clippings won’t get into your pool, which adds up to a lot less time devoted to skimming, vacuuming and sweeping. Unless, of course, you love skimming, vacuuming and sweeping.  Instead, simply relax and enjoy the clean environment of your screened-in pool area.

3. Lower Insurance Premiums.
Having a pool increases your property value, but it also raises your homeowners’ insurance. Pool screen enclosures enhance the safety of your backyard because you can easily secure your pool to prevent children from wandering in without adult supervision. It’s also less likely that any grownups will stumble into the pool since the enclosure makes it obvious that the pool is there in addition to providing a barrier. Insurance companies will give you a break on your homeowner’s insurance by having a screened pool enclosure.

4. Additional Sun Protection. 
You can enjoy your pool more even with the blazing Florida sun. Everyone loves a sunny day, but at times, it can be too much to enjoy without some cover. Advantages of a screened pool enclosure include:

  • Screened in pool enclosures filter out some of the sun’s rays.
  • You’ll feel more comfortable outdoors regardless of the time of day
  • Your skin will receive some protection from harmful UV radiation.
  • If you have outdoor furniture around your pool, a screen enclosure will cut down on fading.

5. Expand your Outdoor Living Area.
Families with screened pool enclosures often describe their pool area as the outdoor living rooms. With the protection that a screened pool enclosure provides from pests and the sun, you can enjoy lounging by the pool any time of the day or night. Customized enclosures can provide space for your Jacuzzi, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining and lounging areas. The possibilities are endless!

If you’re considering a screened pool enclosure, we hope this list has been helpful.  There are so many benefits that haven’t been mentioned here.  After all, who wouldn’t want a pool that’s bug-free, secure and easy to maintain?

Additional Reading:  Screened Pool Enclosures

If you have any questions about choosing a screened enclosure for your pool, please give us a call at 407-862-6060.  One of our design consultants will be happy to meet with you and provide a no-obligation free estimate.

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.


Checklist to Ensure You Are Hiring the Best Pool Enclosure Company

Checklist to Ensure You Are Hiring the Best Pool Enclosure Company

When you’re enhancing your outdoor living space with a screened pool enclosure, you want a quality structure that will provide years of enjoyment. That means that you want to work with a quality pool enclosure company. Using this checklist can help you select the best professional for the job. These items are non-negotiable if you want to find the best pool enclosure company to build your pool screen enclosure.

Why does it matter if a contractor is licensed? Licensing offers proof of legitimacy. It’s evidence that the contractor has the knowledge and skills necessary to do the job properly. It also offers a layer of protection for homeowners by providing them with more opportunities for recourse if a problem should arise. To verify that a contractor is licensed, ask to see their business license or visit http://sunbiz.org/. Dulando Screen & Awning was created in 1969, is licensed, and we’ll be happy to furnish proof upon request.

Insurance is another must for any pool enclosure company. Accidents happen. What if someone gets hurt while working on your pool cage? If your pool enclosure company lacks workers’ compensation insurance, you could be liable. What if your property is damaged during the project? If your contractor doesn’t have liability insurance, you may be out of luck. It’s in your best interest to confirm that your pool enclosure company has workers’ compensation and liability insurance. At Dulando, we understand the importance of being adequately insured and carry the right coverage. Our coverage policies are included in every proposal to our customers.

A solid, successful business will stand behind its products, so it’s a good idea to choose an established, reputable company. Make it a point to find out how long the company has been in business. Discover how many projects like yours they’ve installed. Spend some time perusing reviews, and talk with previous customers. Visit the company’s website and view its portfolio of finished projects. Family-owned and operated since 1968, Dulando takes pride in providing excellent swimming pool enclosures at fair prices. Some pool enclosure companies might cost less, but you might pay more for their lack of experience.

Even the best chef cannot concoct a fabulous meal if they’re working with inferior ingredients. Building top-notch swimming pool enclosures require the use of top-quality materials. Some pool enclosure companies will cut corners on materials to keep their pool enclosure prices lower and their profits higher. Dulando does things differently. We’re committed to excellence that lasts. We only use premium aluminum as well as quality screening from Phifer Screen.

Smooth, professional performance and trustworthy customer support can eliminate hassles and headaches. That’s why it’s wise to opt for an experienced pool enclosure contractor who knows how to get the job done right. At Dulando, our highly trained team is ready to guide you through every phase of your project from design to installation. We’ll design a custom enclosure that matches your needs and budget and handle any necessary permitting. Then, our skilled installers will construct a quality enclosure that you’ll be able to enjoy for years.

Additional Reading: Hiring A Pool Enclosure Company

Over the last 50 years, Dulando has built a reputation for excellence, but we aren’t content to rest on our laurels. We are continually striving to add to our list of satisfied customers.  If you’re looking to hire a pool enclosure company, give us a call at 407-862-6060 and talk with one of our design consultants.

Top 5 Pool Enclosure Options When Building a Swimming Pool Enclosure

Top 5 Pool Enclosure Options When Building a Swimming Pool Enclosure

If your backyard is home to a swimming pool but doesn’t yet have a screen enclosure, this should give you a good start when researching pool enclosure options. A screened pool enclosure not only improves the aesthetics, functionality and safety of any pool, but each enclosure can be as unique as your home. Consider some of the most common pool enclosure options before hiring a contractor to install a cookie-cutter enclosure around your pool.

1. Framing for Durability
Technically, you could have the frame for your screened in pool enclosure built out of almost any material, but aluminum is better than all the pool enclosure options, especially in Florida. Aluminum is stronger and lighter than wood, and since it will never rot, an aluminum frame will stand the test of time. This metal is also more resistant to corrosion than steel, even if the steel has been treated with corrosion-resistant coatings. In the humid environment around your pool, aluminum’s natural resistance to corrosion is key for a long-lasting pool screen enclosure that won’t unexpectedly fail.

2. High-Quality Screens
An aluminum pool enclosure may have a sturdy frame, but any screened enclosure is only as good as the screens that are installed.  Dulando Screen & Awning only uses Phifer screens.  Phifer screens provide the best quality for your screen pool enclosure, and the Phifer offers a wide range of screens depending on your needs. Solar Insect Screens, for example, feature a tightly woven mesh that keeps small bugs out of your pool, reducing the impact of annoying bugs on your pool experience.  Phifer Pet Screen is ideal for households with pets or small kids.  The screen is 4x tougher and can withstand pet paws and small children running into the screen.

Additional Reading:  Types of Phifer Screen for your Patio or Pool Enclosure

3. Roofing Options
You can choose between several different designs for your pool enclosure roof. Although the choice of a roof is partially aesthetic, your roofing choices can impact both the structural integrity and the final pool enclosure cost. Mansard roofs, for example, offer a tall and open design, giving your screened in pool enclosure a spacious feeling. Hip roofs enhance the height of your enclosure and withstand high winds better than most types of roofs. Dome roofs are more difficult to construct and combine many of the best features of mansard and hip roofs. Gable roofs are one of the cheaper types of roofs to construct and blend nicely with the gable roofs already gracing many Florida homes.

Additional Reading:  Types of Screen Enclosures For Your Swimming Pool

4. Architectural Choices
Any screen pool enclosure can be built attached to your home or as a free-standing enclosure. When consulting with your contractor, you’ll need to decide which pool enclosure options are best for you. Attached pool enclosures are often less expensive to construct. However, an attached enclosure may clash with the design of your home, and you may need to opt for a free-standing enclosure if your pool isn’t close to your home.

5. Quality Contractors Provide Warranty Coverage
The most important choice you’ll need to make about your pool screen enclosure is choosing the contractor to build it. Experienced and reputable contractors may sometimes be more expensive than start-up operations, but you can rest easy knowing that your enclosure will be built correctly the first time. Additionally, established pool enclosure contractors will not cut corners with subpar materials, allowing them to warranty their work to protect you in the unlikely event that something does fail.

Additional Reading:  Buyer Beware – Quality Pool Enclosures at the Lowest Price!

There you have the list of pool enclosure options when shopping for a new swimming pool enclosure.  With over 50 years of experience, Dulando Screen & Awning is one of the most experienced pool enclosure contractors in Florida. If your home needs a swimming pool screen enclosure, trust the advice of your friends and neighbors and give us a call today at 407-862-6060 or fill out the form online.  One of our design consultants will contact you.

Patio & Pool Screen Enclosure Cleaning Tips

Patio & Pool Screen Enclosure Cleaning Tips

Spring is in the air, and so is lots of pollen. If the sight of your porch, screened lanai or pool enclosure developing an ugly yellowish-green tinge is prompting you to type “how to clean screen enclosure” into your go-to search engine, then you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for handy tips for screen enclosure cleaning.

Cleaning Screen Enclosures
While screen enclosures do an excellent job of keeping bugs, wildlife and yard debris out of your outdoor living spaces, their exteriors don’t repel pollen. Over time, pollen can accumulate on the structure’s surfaces, forming a film of yuck that makes your enclosure look old or dirty. Thankfully, there’s an easy fix. A little cleaning is all that’s needed to restore your patio or pool enclosure. For a general cleaning, there are basically two approaches that you can take. When cleaning a screened lanai or pool enclosures, you can:

  • Do it by hand. To clean a screen enclosure and frame by hand, you’ll just need a bucket, some dish soap, a brush with soft bristles, your garden hose, and a little elbow grease. Use the brush to gently scrub the screens and frame with warm, sudsy water. Then, rinse them with your garden hose and allow them to air dry. If the patio enclosure is really grimy, you might need to repeat the process.
  • Use a power washer. If you are cleaning a pool enclosure, especially those hard to reach areas, use a power washer.  Or, if you prefer to put a little more power in your porch, lanai or pool enclosure cleaning, you can bring in a power washer. The hot, pressurized water used in power washing is a great way to blast away grime, but you have to be careful about just how much power you use. Too much can damage the screens. Always start out on the lowest possible setting and proceed with caution.

Removing Stains, Mold and Algae
Various substances can stain your screen enclosure, and moisture, pollen and spores will sometimes team up to form areas of mold or algae. If these stubborn spots resist your initial screen enclosure cleaning efforts, don’t give up. Add some vinegar to your arsenal. Use a 50-50 mix of hot water and vinegar and your brush or a sponge to scrub the problem spots. Then, follow it up with a thorough rinsing with your garden hose. Be sure to give any plants in the area a deep soaking to counteract any contact from the vinegar. Does the smell of vinegar make your nose wrinkle? Don’t worry. It will fade away as the area that you cleaned dries.

If you find that the cleaning solution with vinegar doesn’t quite work or you prefer to go straight to the hard stuff, bring out the bleach. Bleach can sometimes discolor aluminum, and it’s also hard on skin, so take a cautious approach here. Mix 3 parts water with 1 part bleach and wear gloves to protect your hands as you gently scrub the stained areas with the mixture. If problems persist, then you may want to seek out a professional company that offers screen cleaning services.

We’ve built thousands of patio and pool enclosures in central Florida in the last 50 years.  If you interested in enriching your outdoor living spaces with a Florida room, patio screen enclosure, pool screen enclosure, aluminum awning or pergola? With more than 50 years of experience in providing residents of central Florida with quality products and excellent customer service, Dulando Screen & Awning is ready to get the job done right. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to discuss your next home improvement project.