Spring is coming and spring break is almost here! It’s swim season once again! Sadly it’s also mosquito season again too. Mosquitos and flies can ruin a fun day out in the pool. A screened-in porch can help keep those pesky bugs out of your pool and give you some extra living space. There are many screened-in porch options available. Contact us today to get started! We’ll help you turn your dream into a reality.
By planning and considering all of your options, you can ensure that your screened-in porch is everything you’ve ever wanted. And with our If you are thinking about adding a screened-in porch to your home, here are a few things that you should consider first.
1. The Size of Your Pool
Screened-in porches come in all shapes and sizes, but if your pool is large you will need a screened-in porch that is also large. Another thing to consider is the location of your screened-in porch. If it’s close to the pool, you may want to consider having a roof over the screened-in porch to keep the rain, sun, and bugs out.
If you already have a screened-in porch, but it’s not close to the pool, don’t worry – you can still add a screen enclosure to your pool. All you need is some sturdy posts and screens and you’re ready to go.
No matter what size or location your screened-in porch is, make sure it is sturdy and safe, and able to withstand the elements.
2. Don’t Forget About the Roof
One of the most important aspects of any screened-in porch is the roof. Not only does it protect you from the elements, but it also provides shade and privacy. There are a variety of roofing options to choose from, so be sure to do your research and select the one that best suits your needs.
There are a large variety of options and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. A few of these selections include pressure-treated wood, cedar, composite, and vinyl among many others. Each one has its own benefits so be sure to do your research before deciding which is best for you. The materials you wish to use in your screened structure should look right and work together. When shopping for your screened-in porch, feel free to ask questions to our professionals!
4. Flooring is Important Too!
If you don’t have a pool but you are still thinking about getting a screened-in porch, don’t forget about the flooring. Flooring can add a special appeal and spice to your backyard. There are many different types of flooring to choose from, but make sure you get something that is durable and can withstand outdoor weather.
5. Consult With Your HOA
As we all know, some homeowners associations can be very strict. Before starting any construction project, be sure to check with your HOA to see if there are any restrictions or guidelines you must follow. Most screened-in porch projects will fall under the “deck” category, but it’s always best to be safe and double-check!
6. Keep Your City’s Zoning Requirements in Mind
Every city has different zoning ordinances. Some are more complicated than others. If you’re unsure about your city’s specific requirements, we recommend contacting one of our professionals. They will be able to guide you in the right direction and help you avoid any potential zoning issues.
7. Electrical Needs
Electricity can be complicated. Will you need to add additional outlets? What about lighting? A heater for your hot tub or pool? Do you want outdoor speakers? How much do you plan to use it? These are questions you’ll want to answer before getting too far into the planning process. If you plan to use your porch a lot, you may want to consider a ceiling fan, sound system, or even a TV. This can turn your porch into an outdoor living room.
Do you like swimming after dark? What about having a nice evening poolside meal? Be sure to account for lighting. It can make or break your screened-in porch experience. The right kind of lighting can set the mood for a special outdoor dinner.
9. Door Dynamics
Doorways are not something one may think about when getting a screened-in porch. Be sure to not place the door in high traffic areas. This can block traffic flow and create a logjam. You also want to make sure that the door opens into the screened-in porch. This will help with keeping insects out. You also may want to consider the material that the door is made from. Each material has its own pros and cons. Last, but not least, think about how you will screen the door. There are many options available on the market today.
10. Keep Durability in Mind
Florida is known for its hurricanes. A bad hurricane can destroy a screen porch. If you are worried about this, talk to our professionals about contingency plans for hurricanes.
11. The Eventual Wear and Tear
Everything eventually wears down and needs replacing. Screens are no different. Over time, they will become worn and may need to be replaced. You may want to do some research on how long your screens normally last without the need for maintenance. This can save you a lot of money in the long run.
12. How to Perform Routine Maintenance
Screens do require some maintenance. They will need to be cleaned on occasion. You may also need to repair holes or tears that occur over time. These repairs can be done yourself or you may need to hire a professional. We highly recommend you hire a professional to make repairs that are done right and are long-lasting. Proper maintenance will also keep the HOA off your back.
13. How Should You Furnish Your Enclosure?
Most homeowners like to focus on comfort, similar to an outdoor living space. Outdoor furniture is a great option. You can also add in some rugs or floor cushions for additional seating and comfort.
14. Consider Your Home’s Value
If done right, a screened-in porch could help sell a house. You could even make a little money from it too! If you have a screened-in porch, make sure to list it as one of the features of your home. It can be a great investment!
15. Think About the Local Wildlife
Although it is an odd but legitimate thing to consider, you may want to look at the wildlife. This could impact the durability of your screen as well. In some cases, you may need to upgrade the type of screen that you use. If you live in an area with a lot of monkeys, for example, they could easily tear through normal screens. A dog or a cat can rip holes into your screen as well. If you live in northern Florida, your neighborhood could encounter a hungry bear. A determined bear can tear down a screen door.
16. Choose a Screen Door That Will be Durable
There are many different types of screen doors on the market. You want to make sure that you buy one that will work for your needs and budget. The frame of the door is important, but so is the type of screen. There are several different kinds of screens:
With a little planning, you can find the perfect screened-in porch for your home. All set and ready to move forward with your screened-in porch project? Great! Just remember to keep these tips in mind. By keeping these things in mind, you’ll be able to make an informed decision that will best suit your needs. And if you have any questions, our team is always here to help! Give us a call today!