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Screen Enclosure Buyers' Guide

A new pool cage or screen enclosure is a wonderful addition to any home. Reliable Screen Protection would like to offer the following information to home owners beginning the process of purchasing their new home addition.

Use the following information to ask some basic questions of any prospective home improvement company. Any experienced sales representative should be very happy to provide details and answer any questions you may have. It is important for home owners to feel comfortable and trust the company you choose to invite into your home.

While many of the components used in screened enclosures may appear similar, there are important differences in the materials which may offer higher quality and an extended lifetime for your enclosure. Before choosing a home improvement company, you should be aware of the fasteners, screen type, screen doors and other hardware that will be used in the construction of your new enclosure.

Remember that a pool cage, Florida room, or any screened addition to you home should last for years! Have it done by a professional that you can trust using materials that will ensure it will last.

Aluminum Frame

By far the most common and ideal frame for your new enclosure will be aluminum. Aluminum is much less dense than steel providing superior malleability, corrosion resistance, high strength, easy machining and is very light. The inherent corrosive resistance of aluminum is important in Florida to stand up against the humidity and temperature we have here. These frames are typically pre-cut and available in two main color options: white and bronze.


Basic Screen

Standard fiberglass screen is a Heavy Duty Fiberglass Screen Mesh designed for use in pool, patio, porch and sun room enclosures. It's increased diameter strand is ideal for larger openings where extra strength is needed on wide spans of screen. Fiberglass mesh will not crease, dent or unravel and is available in two common colors - charcoal and silver/grey. The charcoal color offers the best outward visibility. Mesh: 18 x 16, Diameter: .011

Pet Screen

Excited and playful pets can wreak havok on a screened enclosure. For some home owners, its important to upgrade their choice of screen to offer the most protection against pet claws. Pet screens are stronger and more durable to protect against damage.

Solar / Sun Screen

Solar screens are designed to dramatically reduce the heat created by Florida's sunlight. This type of screen offers added protection from the sun's UV rays as well.

Privacy Screen

For home owners searching for added privacy on your lanai or pool area, a privacy screen may be the right choice. Privacy screens typically have two different options.

One, will dramatically lower visibility into the enclosure while still allowing those inside to view the outside world. This privacy screen appears similar to traditional screen meshes, just offering the heavily decreased visibility from the outside.

The second option, is a screen that offers much more privacy and offers various "scenes" or picturesqe views. While limiting visibility nearly entirely, these specialty screens are great options that provide complete privacy while also blocking out harmful UV rays.

Super Screen

Particularly in Florida, pool cages and screened enclosures are subjected to high winds and storm conditions. Branchs and debris can potentially cause damage to common fiberglass screen mesh. Super Screen is one of the strongest screens available that can be used to defend against Florida's more severe weather and other damage such as pet claws. Super Screen is available in two mesh sizes, 16/14 provides the clearest view while still offering great protection against mosquitos. For even smaller pests, the 17/20 mesh will keep out even tiny insects. We are so confident in this superior product that it comes with a 10 year warranty!

Job Scope & Expectation

Be certain that you have a clear understanding of the project prior to moving forward with any company and be sure that they have the same understanding. How long will the installation take? Who is responsible for clean up and debris? Are there any questions left unanswered? Ask to walk through the project and inspect the work prior to signing off on completion and never be afraid to ask questions.

Licensed, Bonded & Insured

For your protection, always be certain that the company you choose has all of the required permits and licenses to operate in your area. A company working on your propery should be bonded and insured for your protection and asking this simple question won't bother any company who is properly covered.

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