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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.

Licensing
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
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.

Experience
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.

Quality
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.

Performance
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.

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 ome 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 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 the best choice for a long-lasting pool enclosure, 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 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.  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 option is best for you. Attached 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 lanai screens 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.

Pool Enclosure Replacement or Restoration

Pool Enclosure Replacement or Restoration

A pool enclosure offers so many benefits. It keeps your pool area cleaner, prevents insects from bugging the people enjoying your pool, provides a little privacy, and helps to keep your pool area more secure. With the right screen, it can even offer protection from the sun’s strong rays. However, nothing lasts forever.  Maybe a storm came through and tore down your pool enclosure or it’s just old and worn out.  That’s when a pool enclosure replacement is necessary.

Reasons for Pool Enclosure Restoration or Replacement
There are many reasons why you might need to restore or replace your pool enclosure. These include:

  • Storm damage. Florida’s notoriously high winds can tear screens or damage the structure itself, compromising the protection the enclosure offers. In some cases, you may be able to repair the damage; in others, replacement may make more sense.
  • Screen upgrades. Today’s screen is much more than plain wire mesh. Pool enclosure rescreening or the replacement of your enclosure gives you an opportunity to upgrade your screens.  Now, there are many types of Phifer screens:
    • Phifer pet screens that are specially designed to withstand the wear and tear of excitable pets and active children,
    • Privacy Screen – provide extra privacy for your pool enclosure,
    • No see-ums – prevent even the smallest of insects from invading your space
    • Solar Screen – providing optimal sun protection.
  • Freshening up. Like most outdoor structures, pool screen enclosures can get worn out and run down. Sometimes, their appearance no longer suits your tastes or the look of your property. Mold, corrosion, and wear and tear can also be factors. If your enclosure has seen better days, looks unappealing or no longer meets your needs, then it may be time to replace it.

Common Pool Enclosure Repairs
When it comes to repairs, there are a few things that can be done. Screens repairs and complete pool enclosure rescreening may make it possible to revive battered screens. Failing cage components may be refreshed with paint or replaced, and worn hardware can be replaced. While these fixes may extend the life of a pool enclosure, sometimes pool enclosure replacement is a better option.

Things to Consider When Replacing a Pool Enclosure
Replacing a pool enclosure is much like installing a new pool enclosure. You’ll want to select an experienced contractor with knowledge and equipment to do the job properly. If your existing pool enclosure is more than 20 years old, you’ll be amazed at the new features available to homeowners to enhance their outdoor living area.   A custom enclosure can be designed to match your unique specifications, enhancing your pool area and making it more enjoyable for you to use the space. You’ll also want to consider materials. Quality screens and building materials will result in a durable, attractive enclosure that you’ll be able to use for years.

At Dulando Screen & Awning, quality and service aren’t just words. They are an integral part of our philosophy. With our in-house aluminum fabrication, impeccable workmanship, and use of top-notch materials from trusted manufacturers like Structall and Phifer, our products are built to stand the test of time. If you’re interested in installing or replacing a pool enclosure, call Dulando today at 407-862-6060 to request your free estimate.

 

The Top Five Tips for Shopping for a Swimming Pool Enclosure

The Top Five Tips for Shopping for a Swimming Pool Enclosure

You know all the great reasons for installing a swimming pool enclosure, but you don’t want to settle for just any pool enclosure. Instead, build swimming pool enclosure that is ideal for your backyard and your home.

Here’s what you need to do to build your perfect swimming pool enclosure.

1. Select the right pool enclosure contractor.
When it comes to swimming pool enclosures, choosing an experienced, trustworthy contractor can make your life much easier. They will know what your options are and understand the pros and cons of the various possibilities. Their familiarity with the quality of the products and the installation process will smooth your path and help you avoid potential pitfalls. Look for an established licensed contractor that builds pool enclosures.  Make sure your screened in pool enclosure contractor has a good reputation and is willing to walk you through the entire process from design to installation.  See our Buyer Beware – Quality Pool Enclosures at the Lowest Price!

 2. Check the condition of your pool’s surrounding.
Take a stroll around your pool and evaluate the paving or decking that surrounds it. Is the surface level and in good condition or crumbling and heaving? If the area needs repairs, it’s best to deal with them before adding a pool enclosure.

3. Think about the size of your swimming pool enclosure.
How large of a pool screen enclosure do you want? That depends on how you intend to use the space. Consider how far you want the enclosure to extend beyond the pool. Don’t forget that you’ll need room to complete cleaning tasks and access to filters, lighting fixtures and other features. Does your pool have a ring of coping stones or a raised lip? Even if you want the structure to fit tightly to your pool, you’ll need to allow at least 4 inches of space beyond the edge of the coping stone to ensure that the enclosure sits properly.  Check your survey of the property to see where the setbacks are located.

4. Choose your screen wisely.
Do you think all pool cages are the same? Think again. Pool enclosure screens come with a variety of built-in benefits. Dulando is proud to be a Phifer Screen contractor.  Phifer is the best and their warranty and options are unmatched.  Some Phifer pool screens provide a little extra sun protection to swimmers. Phifer pet screens are more durable, making them a smart choice if you have rambunctious pets or active children. There are even tightly woven pool screens designed to keep small insects like no-see-ums out and privacy screens for pools. Check out more detail on the different types of pool screens.

5. Remember that pool enclosure installation requires preparation.
An experienced screen enclosure contractor can do a lot to ensure that the pool enclosure installation goes smoothly, but you’ll have responsibilities as well.  Make sure to answer the following questions prior to installing a swimming pool enclosure.

  • Is permission from your homeowner’s association a must?
  • You will need a permit for a screened in pool enclosure.  But don’t worry, we take care of that.
  • Can you provide the necessary access to your pool and a clear work area for the installers?
  • What do you need to do to keep your property, children and pets safe during the installation? Here are a few tips on preparing your backyard for a pool enclosure installation.
  • Should you let your neighbors know about the project?
  • How will you stay in touch with the contractor during the installation process?

It’s best to make sure that you’ve got the answers to all of these questions before you complete your purchase.

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

If you’re shopping for a pool screen enclosure, be sure to consider Dulando Screen & Awning.  We are a second-generation and family-owned company in business since 1968.  We’re licensed, insured and committed to quality in both our products and our customer service. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to learn more about pool enclosures and schedule your free in-home consultation.