Summer’s back and so is that good ol’ Florida heat! There’s not much of a better way to beat the heat on a summer day than to take a nice, relaxing swim in the pool out back. But, there’s nothing more frustrating than getting ready to dive in and seeing all the little bugs that decided to have a pool party too overnight. Or what about getting into the pool and being ambushed by harsh sunlight, making it impossible to swim without sunglasses and 70+ SPF. Well, there are ways to prevent this and make sure you don’t get the swimming pool blues this summer! And it’s so simple that it’s one step, putting up a screen enclosure around your pool! Besides fewer bugs and less harsh sunlight, there are many benefits to adding a screen enclosure to your pool, and we will provide you will all the pros (since there aren’t any cons) here!
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The Sun can do some damage if you don’t learn to protect yourself from it. Florida is notorious for hot days with a burning sun, and with a bright and burning sun that can sneak up on you. While out and about, some sunscreen tossed in a bag is a great idea, but what about at home? Of course, you’re protected indoors where curtains can be drawn, but there are more open areas in some homes like pool areas. Typically these areas of the home are surrounded by screens, giving the homeowner an outdoor feel without the annoyance of outdoor pests. But do these screens protect you from the sun’s harmful rays?
The short answer is no; screens will not protect you from the sun’s rays. The holes in the screens allow the warmth of the rays to reach you just as if you were out in the open. But, there are alternatives! There are solar screens available that will provide 80 to 90% solar blockage. These shades can be customized to individual preference. It also gives the customer an added sense of privacy, allowing those inside to look out, but not visible to those outside looking in.
Spring has sprung on us here in Florida, and with it, some of the not so “fun in the sun” dangers of overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Fortunately, for those of us who have discovered the benefits of screen enclosures, we’ve learned how to beat the heat while enjoying the great outdoors…..and we’re doing it in style!
While some sun exposure is beneficial to your health by providing a natural source of Vitamin D to the body (which aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus - essential for healthy bones), overexposure to the sun is nothing to rest on your laurels about.
When considering all of the options available to you for your home or office that allow you to enjoy unrestricted airflow and fresh outdoor air without the sun’s harmful UV rays, remember to keep canvas awnings in mind! There are some reasons these types of awnings are beneficial. The design possibilities are endless with canvas awnings, and with the many fabric selections available, they complement just about any home or building perfectly. Below, are just a few more reasons to make canvas awnings a part of your home:
Adding or repairing a patio on your home can be a lengthy task, and just like with the home itself you have to work from the bottom up. That’s why it’s important to go over your options when it comes to the overall foundation of your patio. A concrete or block patio have endless possibilities which we will explore here, and determine which is right for you!
Things that are typically out of sight tend to be out of mind. This old saying pertains to home repairs especially. One of the big ones that fall under that category would be our gutters. Wonderful in Florida for the ultra-rainy months, but what happens when it’s raining, and your gutters no longer drain? Can it be serious? How often should you have your gutters professionally cleaned? These questions and more will be answered for you today, along with expressing the importance of gutter upkeep.
Gutters can easily become backed up, especially in a wooded area. Lots of fallen leaves and twigs can make their way in them, settling and adding up over the course of time. It can also become a prime location for bird’s nests as well as homes for other little critters. A build up in your gutters doesn’t just mean a nasty clean up later on; it can cause serious damage to your home. A few of them being;
If you’ve bug-proofed your lanai but still find bugs, the problem is likely with your lanai’s construction. Here are a few of the most common problem areas and the best way to prevent or fix them:
Not sure what the exact source of your bugs is? It’s probably time to call a professional to help identify these and other probable issues that are letting the bugs in.
When considering all of the options available to you that allow you to enjoy unrestricted airflow and fresh outdoor air without the sun’s harmful UV rays, remember to keep canvas birdcage awnings in mind. There are some of reasons these types of awnings are beneficial. The design possibilities are endless with canvas birdcage awnings, and with the many fabric selections available, they complement just about any home or building perfectly. Below, are just a few more reasons to make canvas birdcage cover awnings a part of your home:
Far too many beloved pet birds were lost in the flood and devastation of Hurricanes in Florida. A lot of new Florida residents have never lived through a major hurricane, so they rarely anticipate the capability for destruction of birdcage screens.
Often, during an evacuation, residents feel like leaving home with all of the pets and birds is an overreaction, and rarely there are shelters that accept them anyway.
Front entry screens have always been a favorite feature of Florida homes, but the trend has recently grown incredibly popular for some of reasons. A front screen entrance transforms the curb appeal of your home, making it feel more warm and welcoming. Here are a few more benefits:
With so many options to choose from in the type, look and feel of the screen enclosure, you’re sure to find an option that works perfectly for you and your home.
Fences are a focal point of backyard life. A good pressure washing, paint or stain can take a fence from “drab to fab” but why not take things a step further? Your imagination is the only limit to what your fence can be the backdrop for! Here are three ideas to get you started:
So, next time you’re taking a look at your backyard and wondering how you can brighten it up, look no further than your own fence! For more awesome ideas on how to spruce up your fence, click here.
We Floridians know that our garages are more than just a place to store our cars and tools. A garage can be a great untapped resource in your home, and with a retractable screen garage door, we can enjoy the best of both the indoors and fresh outdoor Florida air. Screened garages are standard in Florida for many reasons, including:
In Florida, there is no better time than now to get outside and make the most of your screen enclosure. Along with all of your other outdoor accessories, your enclosure needs some TLC. Usually, your patio furniture, cushions, and umbrellas can be cleaned using a simple soap and water solution and a soft cloth. Saturate the furniture and pillows with the solution then rinse off using a garden hose. Check your manufacturer's instructions before using harsh chemicals and allow the afternoon sun to dry your furniture and keep it fresh for use.
Unlike your patio furniture, to clean mold growth from your screen enclosures, you'll need to go a little bit deeper. Mold spores are considered by the US Environmental Protection Agency to be a health hazard. They caution you to avoid coming into direct contact with or inhaling mold spores. Use a face mask to cover your nose and mouth, along with eye goggles and gloves. Scrape as much mold as you can from the screen with a wooden paint stirrer or something you can throw away. Put the residue and tool in a plastic bag and throw them away.
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should invest in a birdcage cover.
Just remember that Quality Screens and Aluminum can handle all of the birdcage screen needs. Call us today at (352) 326-9090.
Summer may have come to an end, but outdoor enjoyment doesn’t have to. In fact, Autumn is arguably the best time of year in Florida to enjoy your screen room. Autumn means cooler temperatures, less humidity and best of all - fewer bugs! With the extremely high temperatures we’ve had this past summer behind us, it’s time for Autumn entertaining to kick into high gear along with all of the festivities that come with this season. Here are a few ideas for entertaining in your screen room this fall:
Change with the season: Autumn colors make your outdoor space feel cozier and blend in with natures changing colors. Decorating your screen room for the season lets you have fun with complimentary furniture colors, themes, and accessories. Add a container garden with colorful fall plants like mums and aster for a pop of color reminiscent of New England’s changing leaves.