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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 an aluminum roof 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 the 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 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.

How A Patio Extension Screen Enclosure Can Increase Your Living Space

How A Patio Extension Screen Enclosure Can Increase Your Living Space

If you’re lucky enough to have a screened porch or patio, then you understand just how appealing these structures can be. Have you ever wished that you could expand the space? It’s possible. In fact, we receive lots of queries from curious homeowners about patio extension screen enclosure projects. Why are so many people eager to extend a patio?

More Living Space
An enclosed porch or patio brings the beauty of the outdoors inside while providing convenient protection that allows you to dodge common outdoor annoyances like insects, windblown debris and a potential sunburn. People who opt to add a patio extension screen enclosure to their home generally point out that it’s an affordable way to add valuable living space. The same argument holds true for enlarging an existing patio.

Increased Functionality
If you have ever struggled to share a single umbrella with a couple of friends during a downpour, then you know firsthand that size can have a major impact on function. A properly designed screen room extension can transform a cramped lanai or patio area into an airy, useful space that is the perfect place for a wide range of pursuits.  Extended patios or screened porches provide extra elbow room that can be utilized for entertaining family and friends, exercising or simply relaxing.

Better Aesthetics
Screening in a patio or screened porch enclosure can have a huge impact on the look of your property. A larger screened room can make the entire home look larger or alter the lines of the structure to create a more attractive shape. Adjusting the size or shape of a screened patio can also allow you to better capitalize on the beautiful views outside your home and to improve the traffic pattern in your outdoor living space. Frankly, increasing the size of your screened porch or patio can be a clever way to improve the aesthetic appeal of your home both indoors and out. This is especially true if you enlist the aid of an experienced patio contractor who can provide customized design and installation services so that the final product is the ideal fit for your property.

Improved Property Values
Since extending a screened porch or patio can provide more functional living space and enhance a home’s curb appeal, it’s no surprise that adding a screen room extension also has the potential to increase the value of your home. A roomy screened enclosure is often both a welcome addition and a wise investment.

Serving Orlando, Florida for over 50 years, Dulando Screen & Awning has a deep understanding of what it takes to craft a high-quality, custom patio extension screen enclosure. If you’re interested in extending your screened porch or patio, we’ll be delighted to help. From discovering the perfect design to providing a smooth, effective installation that results in a top-quality outdoor screen enclosure, we thrive on delivering excellence. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to explore the possibilities for your patio screen enclosure project and make arrangements for a free in-home design consultation.

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.

Top 5 Elements When Creating a Patio Design for a Small Backyard

Top 5 Elements When Creating a Patio Design for a Small Backyard

When space in your backyard is limited, you need a patio design that will use the space wisely.  It is possible to have a well-designed small backyard patio that will accommodate your needs and add years of enjoyment for you and your family..

it’s important to know that not all configurations will work for patio designs in a small backyard. Therefore, how can you achieve the most impact for a patio design with a small backyard? Here is our list of the top 5 elements to consider when creating a patio design for a small backyard:

1. A Defining Feature
A backyard patio defines a space that becomes an outdoor room that is ripe with possibilities. When building a patio, it’s important to select a location that is appealing so that you’ll enjoy spending time there.  Consider how you want to use your patio as well as traffic flow into your home. This will help you visualize details of your patio design.

2. Appearance Matters
With so many patio pavers and concrete options to choose from, there’s no excuse for a boring patio. For a truly unique look, consider adding a pattern onto your patio’s surface. Do you want to make your space look a little larger? Incorporating borders to your paver patio.  It will make the patio seem bigger and will add contrast into your landscaping. A border is another option that can have a major impact on your patio’s appearance. Whether it is the same color as the primary area or a contrasting color, a border creates crisp, clean line that frames your patio.

3. Multitasking Functionality
How do you intend to use your patio? When space is an issue, you’ll need to plan carefully and look for places where you can include features that will do double duty. For example, if you intend to enjoy cooking and entertaining on your new patio, you might want to set up a small outdoor kitchen that revolves around an outdoor bar that can serve as a space for prep, cooking, serving food and even dining. Are you a dedicated gardener who believes planters are a must for the ideal patio?  Adding planters will definitely add visual appeal to your backyard patio design.

4. Going Up
Smaller yards often limit your ability to spread out, so get creative with your use of space by thinking vertically. Embracing vertical design options allows you to do more with the look and function of your patio. You can use the exterior wall of your home or a pergola to generate usable vertical space. Pergolas are also a fantastic way to gain the perfect amount of shade if you’re worried about getting too much sun while using your patio. Pergolas become a focal point of any patio design while creating an open atmosphere for guests to enjoy.  Here are additional FAQs when building a pergola.

5. A Professional Touch
With any patio project, it’s easy to understand why the size and scope of the work demand professional oversight. However, a professional touch is just as important when you are designing a patio for a small backyard. You need to make every inch count, and an experienced professional can point out features and products that will help you achieve the look that you want and the functionality that you need.

Dulando Screen & Awning has been helping homeowners in and around Orlando, Florida, transform their backyards since 1968. Our team delights in working in yards of all shapes and sizes, and we are experts at maximizing patio space in small backyards. To explore the possibilities, contact us today at 407-862-6060 to schedule a free design consultation.