If you are a Florida resident and your home has an screened-in enclosure, then you have likely known the stress of when wear and tear starts to take its toll on your screen. The Florida weather can be unpredictable, making it difficult to prepare for these types of damages. However, it is nothing that our team here at Lafferty’s Aluminum and Screening cannot fix! Whether it is for your front porch, back porch, or surrounding your pool, a screen is essential for many Floridian families. We understand the benefits of a great screen enclosure, which is why we are committed to repairing yours to the utmost condition
Screen enclosures are perfect for putting a barrier between your home and unwanted pests such as bugs like wasps. It gives you a bit of shade and creates an opportunity to sit on your porch or patio in the cooler evenings watching the sun go down. Screens can feel like an essential part of life in Florida.
Unfortunately, screens can also rip and tear. That same wildlife it is keeping out can create a need for screen repair by causing rips that could cause anything from inconveniences to serious issues. No part of your home will take as much damage from the elements as your screen. With the sun bearing down, the wind ripping through, and rain pelting on it throughout the summer.
Luckily screens are pretty thick and strong material made to withstand all of this. Usually they will, but eventually you will be in need of repair, because time will always win out in the end. Your screen is like anything else. As time wears on the material in it weakens until eventually small tears begin to form. Those small tears can eventually turn into larger rips.
If you are in need of a screen repair, trust the experts here at Lafferty’s Aluminum and Screening to get the job done!
What are signs I may need a screen repair?
If your screen is still holding strong then you shouldn’t be in need of screen repair, but if you are the kind of person who is cautious and wants to always be prepared for situations like screen repair then there are a few questions you should be asking yourself. Porch and window screens have a tendency to fray over time. If you notice fraying or tears in your screens, it is time for a screen repair. Additionally, if insects are crawling through the gaps of a torn screen, this is another sign that it may be time for a replacement. Even if there aren’t any signs of damage, ask yourself the following questions: Does my current screen mesh look brighter than usual? If so, this could indicate that sunlight is passing through unhindered into your home. Are insects flying freely around my windows and porches? A damaged screen will not protect you from bugs as efficiently as one with no holes. If you have ever sat on your porch admiring the scenery only to be turned off by bugs flying around, then you may need porch and window screen repair. Screens are significant in protecting not only yourself but your home as well. A simple tear can seem like nothing at first, but when it’s time to close up for the night, there might be trouble when trying to lock the door. Torn or ripped screens will allow insects through, which means possible infestation of your house or transfer of germs into your house from outside.
How old is my screen?
Have you had your screen ever since your home was built? Is your screen starting to approach 20 years old? If so, congratulations on keeping it in such great shape, but you may want to be prepared for the inevitability of a tear appearing soon. If this is the case, you will need to look into a screen porch or window screen repair. Expensive new screens are not your only option. Many skilled professionals can restore your old screens to looking brand new for a fraction of the price of completely replacing them with new ones. To estimate how long ago the screen was installed, examine it carefully for clues. Any visible date stamps should give you some indication as to when the installation took place. If there are no visible markings on your current black aluminum frame, look at how faded or discolored it has become. Aluminum oxidizes very quickly when exposed to air and water due to its chemical makeup. If any is rusting on metal components, that is a strong indication that the screen is at least 10 or 20 years old. One of the most common black aluminum screening materials looks like finely woven wire and is made from thin strips of lightweight aluminum alloy. This material can be identified by its thin, black powdery appearance and highly flexible but durable nature. The thin strips are pressed together in such a way as to create two distinct surfaces: one facing outwards and another facing inwards. These screens can last for decades if properly maintained. They have no coating that would wear off over time, making it hard to identify when they were installed unless you can find a visible date stamp. Keep this information in mind when looking up your window or porch screen repair costs.
Signs of needing screen repair:
- Bent or warped screens
If your screens are bent, they will not work correctly and should be repaired for the sake of saving energy and preventing unwanted insects from entering your home.
- Rips in screen
These tears should be fixed promptly to prevent further damage to your window or door- such as bugs crawling through them, rain seeping through, and other types of contaminants getting inside.
- Cracks in screen mesh
Small cracks that you can only see when looking at the screen very closely appear when the fiberglass wire weakens due to age or environmental factors like extreme humidity levels and hot weather- though it is best to get all screen repairs done ASAP before any more damage occurs.
Have there been any large storms like hurricanes lately?
While screens are made to last we know from living in Florida that sometimes the elements have different plans for us. Hurricanes and large storms can do damage to a screen even if it is brand new and made with fiberglass holding it together. This is why it is always a good idea after a major storm to do a self investigation of your screen for any obvious holes or damage.
Have I noticed bugs getting into the screen more often than normal?
This is Florida so bugs are going to find their way in no matter how hard you try, but we also know the difference between a bug finding its way in every once in a while and seeing them all the time. If you are noticing more bugs than usual then you could have an unnoticed tear somewhere in your screen that is letting all of them in.
Are there any tiny smaller rips?
Tiny rips are a sign of age and damage in the screen. They might not be a problem right now, but as time goes on those rips are going to grow. One day you are going to look at your screen and see a giant hole where that tiny little rip used to be. Be wary of small damage.
If your screen is on the older side or has been through a lot of heavy storms lately then there is a possibility that you will soon be in need of screen repair. If you are noticing an increase of bugs finding their way behind your screen then there could be a hole of some kind they’re entering through and it is worth looking for. Sometimes there are smaller rips that you haven’t noticed.
When should you get your screen repaired?
The best time to get a screen repair is when you know for certain that you are in need of one. It is possible to just patch the screen, but they typically do not look very good and if you already have one hole it is likely you are going to have more appear soon. When a hole appears soon you may want to consider replacing the entire screen.
When holes do begin to appear in your screen it is best to not delay before you go about having it repaired. As the screen rips the threads will eventually move down the rest until you have a giant, ugly looking, hole in your screen. Go ahead and have it repaired. You will be happier this way.
Screen Repair in Brevard County, Florida
If you are in the need of excellent screen repair in central Florida then give those of us at Lafferty Aluminum and Screening a call. We are experts in our craft and will be able to not only repair your screen but leave it stronger than it ever was. Give us a call at 321-652-1078 or use our online contact page. We will do our best to help you in any way we can.