Patio screens are a creative way of enjoying the outdoors. In Florida, patio screens are not just a means of improving a home’s curb appeal. Rather, they are an effective way of keeping out insects such as flies, hornets, mosquitoes, wasps, flies, and lizards out of the home. Florida’s climate could be pleasant but is at times extremely hot or stormy. This forces homeowners to add patio screens to their living spaces to protect their homes from getting damaged.
We supply and install patio screens to most Florida neighborhoods including Tampa, Spring Hill, Orlando, and The Villages.
Benefits of installing a patio screen in Florida
They are great for pets and young children
Patio screens are a safe outdoor environment for young children and pets to play without worrying that they will wander away. You do not have to worry about your dog running after squirrels and getting lost in the process as the playing space is enclosed.
Patio screens are a way of extending the living area
Installing patio screens creates more room where you can dine, entertain visitors or hold a party even in bad weather or in the winter. Patio screens also have the advantage of keeping dirt and debris away which adds to your guests’ comfort.
They enhance the home’s aesthetic charm
When installed correctly, patio screens enhance the overall look of the home. They are an effective way of increasing the home’s value. You can further the patio screen by adding a few potted plants or adding some great lighting fixtures.
They provide additional security
Apart from making hard for burglars to access your home, patio screens also prevent Florida’s wildlife such as turtles, venomous and non-venomous snakes or even alligators from getting into your home.
Offers protection from the Florida sun
Enjoying the outdoors in Florida comes with the possibility of suffering from sunburns. A high-quality patio screen acts as a sunscreen and deflects harmful UV rays. You will also be able to enjoy the outdoors without the sun’s glare.
A patio screen that’s extended to the swimming pool extends its life
Extending a patio screen to your pool area prolongs the periods within which you have to re-apply chlorine. This makes it last longer and saves you some money. It also keeps away dirt and debris which implies that you will not have to replace the filter as often as you would if the patio screen was not there. The absence of dirt discourages algae growth.
Types or styles of patio screens
This type of patio screen is a standard mesh that allows you to see the outdoors but reduces the ability for people that are outside to view the inside. Though they more or less resemble the standard screen, they offer 75% more privacy. They are made of a porous mesh that allows light and air to pass through.
Perfectly private patio screens provide 100% privacy. They are made of non-porous vinyl which completely blocks out any harmful UV rays.
DIY vs using a contractor to install or replace your patio screen
One of the aspects that most people look into before embarking on home improvement projects including patio screen installation or replacement is whether they need to hire a contractor or they can do it themselves. Before making a decision, consider the following:
1. Cost of the project
The cost of hiring a contractor might seem expensive compared to a DIY project. While this may be the case, improper installation shortens its lifespan and reduces its effectiveness. In the case of a patio screen replacement, an expert has the equipment needed to perform such tasks as removing the worn screen or getting rid of wooden pin-up strips. Should you choose a DIY approach, you might need to hire such equipment.
This is the primary reason you should consider hiring a contractor. Calling in a professional on short notice to complete your patio screen installation project or fix your mistakes could end up being more costly than if you had engaged them in the first place.
3. Does the patio screen supplier offer a warranty?
Patio screens that we supply and install are backed with a warranty. However, choosing to complete the projects yourself renders the warranty void.
4. The time it will take to complete the project
Having handled numerous patio screen projects in the past, we are best placed to complete your project in minimal time. On the other hand, you would have to take your time to research and learn how to install or replace patio screens successfully.
5. The project’s safety
Handling a patio installation project yourself could result in damages or injuries that you will be responsible for. Engaging a licensed and insured contractor takes the burden off your shoulders should problems arise during and after installation.
How long does the installation take?
The installation time depends on the complexity of the project. For example, patio screen repairs or replacement projects take a shorter time to complete than an installation project. Once we perform an obligation-free consultation, we will advise you on how long we estimate the project will take. On average an installation project could take 3 to 5 days to compete. However, factors such as site preparation and the weather could extend the installation times.
Costs of a patio screen in Florida
While the patio screen costs have not fluctuated as much as other home remodeling projects, factors such as the materials used and labor could affect the final cost. For instance, aluminum costs more than fiberglass supports. The most expensive patio screen materials are copper and brass.
A homeowner may also decide to incorporate a knee wall with their patio screen. This is a solid wall installed at the bottom of your screen for extra support. Most patio screens include one door. Should you need to have more doors, it could inflate the final cost. On average, patio screen installations cost $2,000 inclusive of the material and labor.