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Verification Process When Hiring a Screen Enclosure Company

Verification Process When Hiring a Screen Enclosure Company

If I told you not all screen enclosure companies are created equal, would you agree? After all, countless television shows beam an endless rotation of home improvement adventures, interior design dramas and renovation escapades directly into our living rooms. Chances are, you’ve seen plenty of disasters brought about by poor decisions. Therefore, it’s important to hire the right screen enclosure company. When weighing patio screening companies, the following are the must-haves when doing your due diligence for your new screen enclosure.

Verify That They’re Licensed and Insured
This one is so easy yet too many homeowners choose to overlook it. We’ve never understood why. Any contractor who works at your home or business should be licensed and insured. If they are not, you may find yourself on the hook legally if someone is injured while working on your property or if damage occurs. Regrettably, anyone can put a number on a business card or website and claim to be licensed. Fortunately, Florida makes it easy to find out if a business license is valid. All you need to do is go to MyFloridaLicense.com. As for insurance, patio enclosure companies should carry both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. If you ask your screen enclosure company, they should be willing to provide evidence of their coverage. Dulando Screen & Awning is fully licensed and insured. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our credentials, qualifications or processes.

Consider Their Reputation
A solid reputation is something to be proud of. A company that has built one will want to protect it by continuing to deliver great work. Established screen porch companies will be happy to provide you with references from satisfied customers. Do your due diligence and check them. The Better Business Bureau can also be a great resource. You can verify that they have physical offices, and you may even be able to see some of their work for yourself.

Consider Buying Local
Buying local is a fantastic way to support your area’s economy. It can make it easier to get a sense of a company’s reputation when you see your neighbors leaving reviews.  It’s also more likely that a local screen enclosure company is familiar with the building codes governing in your area. Sometimes municipalities have additional building codes. Only a local company would fully understand those additional requirements to protect you and your investment. Working in the Sunshine State since 1968, Dulando always strives for excellence. We take pride in providing custom enclosures that enhance outdoor living spaces.

Look for Quality Materials
Top-notch design, amazing craftsmanship and excellent service are all important factors, but you won’t get the best results unless top-quality materials are also part of the screen enclosure company’s formula. At Dulando, we insist on quality materials. That’s why we source our materials from industry leaders like Phifer Screens and only top quality aluminum manufacturers.

Provide a Detailed Written Estimate
The more information that is added on the estimate, the better. In addition to the price, make sure you see:

  • Project specs
  • Description of services supplied
  • Additional installation items
  • Timeline of completion
  • Payment schedule
  • Warranty information

Confirm Timing and Permitting
With any construction project, there’s some wiggle room in the schedule. However, there should be a schedule. If a screening contractor can’t give you an idea of when they can get to your job, consider it a red flag. Permitting is a similar tripwire. A contractor should be able to tell you if permits are required for your project and who will be responsible for securing them. At Dulando, we handle permitting so that you don’t have to worry. We will also share with you information as soon as we receive it when the permitting has been approved.

Hire the Best Screen Enclosure Company

By taking these simple steps, you can better protect yourself when looking for a screen enclosure company. The more information you get upfront, the more you can filter out companies who won’t make the cut. If you’re planning a screen enclosure project, discover the Dulando difference. Put our experience to work for you. Schedule a free in-home design consultation today and share with us your vision of your new backyard living area.

Most Popular Types of Patio Enclosures and Which is Best for Your Home

Most Popular Types of Patio Enclosures and Which is Best for Your Home

With so many types of patio enclosures, how do you choose? It’s a process that starts by knowing your options and what would best fit your home and needs, as well as your budget. Here are the top 5 types of patio enclosures to consider.

Lanai Enclosure or Frame in
A lanai is any outside area with a floor that’s tucked under your home’s roofline and set up as a living space. Since only aluminum frames and screens are needed to enclose the space, a lanai enclosure is generally the easiest and most affordable type of screen room enclosure. If you’re happy with the size and layout of your lanai and simply want to create a new outdoor space, this is a great choice.

New Patio Enclosure or Screen Room
What if you don’t have a lanai, porch or patio in your backyard? Create one. This option is more involved and pricier than a frame in. The price will depend on whether or not you need to pour a new slab, the size and type of roof selected and the amount of screened walls. However, with this option, you’ll have the flexibility to pick the location, size and style that best suits your property, your preferences and your budget.

Patio Extension
If your existing patio is a postage stamp concrete pad and you want more, then this one is for you. Choose a patio extension for your enclosure project. This option allows you to make use of the existing structure without being confined by it. Maybe you want to extend your outdoor area so that only part of it is under a roof. Or maybe you want your patio to still be completely weather-proof but would like your footprint to be larger. This is a great alternative. Extending the slab and/or roof and wrapping everything in top-quality screen can help you to create the screen room of your dreams.

Sunroom Enclosure
What separates a screen room from a sunroom? It’s the type of walls and windows. If you have a porch or lanai already under your roofline, you can simply add a new wall with windows and convert your patio enclosure or existing outdoor space into a sunroom enclosure. With the difference in materials, converting an outdoor space to a sunroom is typically more expensive than a creating frame in or screen room because you’re adding walls and windows instead of screen. However, this option also allows for the space to be climatized. This greatly expands your options to use the space comfortably while adding value to your home.

Sunroom Addition
What if you don’t have a lanai or even a postage size concrete pad, but you still want a sunroom? Build it! Adding a sunroom to your home means starting fresh with a new concrete slab and building from the ground up for a sunroom addition. Since you won’t be utilizing existing structures, you’ll need to install the slab or flooring, roof, walls and windows. This raises the project’s price tag, but it also offers plenty of freedom and creative license. You can work with one of our experienced designers to create a custom sunroom that is perfect for your needs and your space.

Today’s patio and porch enclosures come in all shapes and sizes. With a little imagination, top-quality building materials and the assistance of a skilled contractor, you can have a fantastic outdoor room that your family will enjoy for decades. When you’re ready to learn more about the types of patio enclosures, turn to Dulando Screen & Awning. Our experienced team of designers and contractors will be happy to help you explore your options and discover the best type of patio enclosure for your home. Contact us today to request a free in-home design consultation.

See Why A 4 Track Sliding Garage Door Screen is all the Rave

See Why A 4 Track Sliding Garage Door Screen is all the Rave

Many people see a garage as a place to park a car. While you can certainly use it for that purpose, there are plenty of other possibilities for this space. What if it could serve as a home gym or a hobby room? Would you prefer a game room or a playroom for the kids? Installing a garage door screen transforms this practical space. Garage door screen enclosures turn garages into screened rooms. Installing a screen door in your garage expands your options and makes your garage an attractive choice for a wide array of uses. Let’s explore why so many Floridians are raving about garage screens.

Comfort
With Florida’s sunny skies and warm temperatures, it is no wonder that people enjoy outdoor living spaces. However, annoyances like bug bites, pollen, yard debris, sunburns and raindrops can sometimes make spending time outside less than ideal. That’s why screen rooms are such an attractive choice. They allow you to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds your home while protecting you from common nuisances. Installing a 4-track sliding garage door is an easy, affordable way to turn your garage into a screen room. Raising the standard garage door lets in more ventilation and natural light. Closing the sliding garage door panels keeps out pests and offers some privacy. The result is a more desirable, more comfortable space, so you’re likely to find plenty of reasons to hang out in your garage.

Flexibility
Adding a 4-track sliding garage door won’t stop you from parking your vehicle in the garage. Its presence also will not interfere with the operation of your garage door. The sill beneath the screen door is built to be driven over, and the panels slide easily along their track.  A sliding garage door is designed to move to the side when not in use. What the addition of a garage screen will do is give you more flexibility in how you use this space.

Durability
At Dulando Screen & Awning, we’re delighted to offer PGT Eze-Breeze side slider garage doors. These top-notch sliding garage door screen panels are customized to your space. Fabricated and installed by our own trusted team, they deliver the perfect blend of durability and style. Every 4-track sliding garage door features a durable aluminum frame, a sturdy 10-mil vinyl screen that shrugs off impacts and kick plates that add strength. The garage screen panels glide smoothly on neoprene wheels, so you never have to wrestle the door into place. They also latch, providing welcome security.

Aesthetics
How do PGT Eze-Breeze garage door screens look? That’s up to you. The frames for these attractive units come in three different colors: White, Beige and Bronze/White (which is bronze exterior and white interior). You also have several options for screening, so you can choose the hue and opacity that best suits your needs and your home.

At Dulando, we know screen enclosures. After all, we’ve been providing our fellow Floridians with quality screen rooms for more than half a century. Are you ready to enhance your home with a garage door screen? Discover the many possibilities that this simple solution can offer. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free in-home design consultation.

Top 6 Considerations When Adding a Screen Room

Top 6 Considerations When Adding a Screen Room

You’ve explored the long list of advantages that come with adding a custom screen room to your home. Now, you’re eager to get started on the project. What should you think about when you’re ready to improve your home with a screened porch or screened patio enclosure?

1. How Will You Use the Space?
Picture yourself using your new space. What are you doing? Screen rooms are incredibly versatile. You can use them as a breakfast nook, an entertainment area, a personal retreat, an exercise spot or a playroom for pets or children. When deciding on a design, think about how you hope to use the room. How much space will you need? Are there particular features like electrical outlets, lighting, ceiling fans or skylights that would make time spent there more pleasant?

2. How Will It Connect?
If you’re enclosing an existing porch or patio, you may already have a doorway between the space and your home. If not, where should this entrance be located? What suits your floor plan? How will a new entrance mesh with your outdoor living spaces? Think about how the addition of a screened in porch or patio enclosure might impact traffic flow.

3. Is Privacy a Priority?
Would you like to enjoy your new screen room without worrying about prying eyes or nosy neighbors? Landscaping and other natural features can provide a barrier. Alternately, you can also opt for privacy screening that limits the view of someone on the outside looking in without interfering with your view as you look out. If privacy is a priority, keep that in mind when selecting materials.

4. Is Durability a Concern?
If you want a screened room that will provide years of faithful service, durability is something to consider. This is especially true if you are building a patio enclosure or screened porch that will be frequented by children or pets. Here in the Sunshine State, wind can also be a concern. An experienced screen enclosure contractor can point you toward long-lasting materials that withstand wear and tear without worry and deliver good value.

5. What About Maintenance?
Some materials require more time and effort to maintain than others. Would you rather spend your free time enjoying your new addition or dealing with chores? If you’d prefer a low-maintenance structure, choose materials like aluminum that offers an attractive look and lasting service with minimal maintenance requirements.

6. Why Should You Ask About Insulation?
If a room’s walls are made largely of the screen, why would you ask about insulation? If your new patio enclosure is not under the roof, then maybe consider adding aluminum roof panels to your new screen enclosure. The Florida sun is relentless, but an insulated roof can help to keep the heat out of your screen enclosure. This means that space is more comfortable on hot, humid days. The insulation can also help to soften the sound of precipitation hitting the roof. It’s a great location to install a ceiling fan, too!

Let Dulando Screen & Awning put its award-winning design and installation experience to work for you. Our team includes professional designers, fabricators and installers who will work to build your screen room. We’ll combine our talents to create the custom screen room that is perfect for your needs. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request your free in-home design consultation.

Deciding Between a Patio Sunroom and a Screen Enclosure

Deciding Between a Patio Sunroom and a Screen Enclosure

Do you long for a space that embraces the natural beauty found in your backyard without losing touch with all the comforts of home? You have several options. Here in Florida, two popular possibilities are a patio sunroom and a screen enclosure. How do you choose between them? Here are a few areas to consider:

Differences between a Patio Sunroom and a Screen Enclosure

There are many similarities between a patio sunroom and a screen enclosure. After all, both structures offer extra living space to your home.  Additionally, they both allow access to the world outside while also providing some protection from the elements and other annoyances lurking in the great outdoors like insects, pollen and windblown debris.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you interested in transforming an existing aluminum porch or patio into a more comfortable living space?
  • Is the existing patio under your roofline or would you need to start from the ground up?

You can use either approach for both sunrooms and screen enclosures.

What sets a sunroom apart from a screen enclosure?

The most significant difference is the walls. Sunrooms generally use windows to enclose the space. When left closed, they provide additional insulation and protection. However, they can also be opened to let fresh air in when desired. With screen enclosures, screens form the walls. On the flip side, the walls of a patio enclosure are made of screen.  Living in central Florida, the weather allows us to enjoy the outdoors year-round. However, there are those few months in the summer that are unbearable as well as those few possible days when it gets downright chilly.  Ultimately, the decision is up to you.

The Benefits of Building a Patio Sunroom

Sometimes called Florida rooms, sunrooms are an easy and affordable way to add usable living space to your home. They can also increase its value and its curb appeal. Thanks to the liberal use of windows, you’ll enjoy lots of light and a clear view of the attractive green spaces outside your home.

With a sunroom, you’ll also have considerable control over your environment. Your enjoyment of a screened porch is often at the mercy of the weather. Sunrooms have walls and windows, so they become an extension of your home. If it’s a beautiful, temperate day, then you can open the windows to let in the breeze. What if rain or allergens are making it miserable to be outside? Keeping your sunroom closed up will prevent these unpleasantries from creeping inside. When temperatures outside are outside of your comfort zone, you can opt to heat or cool the space. These factors make it possible for you to get more use, and more enjoyment, out of your sunroom.

The Advantages of Adding a Screen Enclosure

Why do some people decide to add a screen enclosure?  While these structures don’t offer the same level of protection and control as a sunroom, they still provide a space where you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without worrying about sunburn, biting insects or other common annoyances.

Screen enclosures are also generally less expensive to build than sunrooms.

We hope you’ve picked up a few tips on deciding between a patio sunroom and a screen enclosure.  When it’s all said and done, the decision is up to you.

If you’re looking for a patio contractor, turn to the professionals at Dulando Screen & Awning. Serving our fellow Floridians since 1968, we bring 50 years of experience to the table, and we’re happy to guide you through the process of adding a patio sunroom or screen enclosure to your home. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free in-home design consultation.

Top 4 Questions During a Consultation When Building a Screen Room Enclosure

Top 4 Questions During a Consultation When Building a Screen Room Enclosure

When it comes to getting useful answers, there’s no better route than asking questions. If you’re ready to enhance your outdoor living space with a new screen room enclosure, the design consultation is an excellent time to seek answers. What happens during a design consultation? What questions should you raise?  Here’s our list of questions to ask when building a screen room enclosure.

What can you expect during the design consultation? We allow the amount of time necessary for every homeowner to get through your questions as well as determine what you vision for your new outdoor living space.  Throughout our appointment, we’ll take measurements and share pictures and samples. We’ll also explore the possibilities by discussing your preferences and ideas. Our goal is to design and build a screen enclosure that suits your style and your needs. Therefore, it’s helpful if everyone who will be using the space is present to share their thoughts and questions.

Questions to Ask
When hiring a patio contractor, you asked questions to assess their professional capabilities. During the consultation, the focus shifts to your project and its practicalities. It’s the ideal time to ask questions like the following:

  1. Can I build a screen enclosure here? You can imagine a screen room enclosure anywhere you like in your yard. However, matters like easements, setbacks and zoning ordinances impose limits in the real world. An experienced contractor can help you explore the possibilities and determine the best place for your new screen enclosure.
  2. What about permits? Permitting is often treated as a hassle, but it serves a purpose. It ensures that your new screen enclosure is built to code and ready to handle the local environment. Before any construction starts, you should know what permits are needed and who is responsible for getting them. If necessary, Dulando will always take care of the permitting for your new screen room enclosure.
  3. Is approval from my homeowner’s association necessary? The government isn’t the only body that creates guidelines for construction. In many communities, the HOA also has a say. To avoid headaches, we’ve created this handy project checklist should include checking with your HOA. You’ll need to discover what is allowed and what it takes to get the HOA’s approval. If your HOA has a specific form you need to be completed, let us know.  We can help.
  4. Why do materials matter? Reviewing the pros and cons of various construction materials allows you to choose the ones that best meet your needs and your budget. Some screen room enclosure materials offer improved durability, greater efficiency or reduced maintenance. Others are more aesthetically appealing or allow you to add incorporate special features more readily. Being aware of these factors helps you make the most of your budget.

Making the Most of Your Consultation

At Dulando Screen & Awnings, we use a blend of exemplary customer service, high-quality materials and top-notch expertise to deliver amazing custom screen enclosures. Whether you’re interested in a screened patio, a screened-in porch or a swimming pool enclosure; we want to create your ideal outdoor living space. As part of that process, that’s why we offer free in-home design consultations.

For more than 50 years, Dulando has been crafting fantastic screen enclosures for people and businesses in the tri-county Orlando area. We’re ready to put our expertise to work for you. Would you like to learn more about how we create custom screen enclosures? Do you want to discuss your ideas for a project? Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to schedule a free no-obligation in-home consultation. Remember to print out these questions.