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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.

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.

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.

Swimming Pool Screen Enclosure Cost is based on:

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 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 pool enclosure company that only delivers quality pool enclosures. 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.

A Pool Enclosure Company Must Provide:

Current Florida Licensing
Why does it matter if a pool enclosure contractor is licensed? State 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 pool enclosure 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.

Current Florida Insurance
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.

Timeless Treasures for the Right Pool Enclosure Company

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. 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 pool enclosure that matches your needs and budget.  Dulando always takes care of 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.