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Terms to Know About Screen Enclosures
You can protect your pool from insects and debris by adding a screen enclosure. This will free you from the worry of having to skim every day while also providing sun protection, making it a much more pleasant place to swim. If you are thinking about purchasing, here are a few terms to become familiar with in this industry.
Custom — Means a structure designed to fit your exact specifications, as opposed to a “standard” design.
Installed Price — Refers to the total price including all materials and installation costs such as labor.
Above Ground — Refers to a pool that is not dug into the soil but sits on top. If above ground the structure must be quite rigid and so the exterior is usually made of sheet metal.
Screen Room — An outdoor area, such as a porch or patio, that is enclosed with wire netting to keep out insects and debris. It can also provide some protection from the sun.
Kick Panel — A solid panel on the bottom of a porch or patio door. Also useful to help keep grass clippings and debris out of your way when you swim.
Gazebo — A small structure, often made of wood, that has wire netting on all sides or may be open. A gazebo can be used for outdoor dining or entertaining.
Roll Top Awning — A roll of material, often aluminum, that you can roll out and retract with a crank.
Frame — the structure of an enclosure, usually made of slender pieces of aluminum.
Screen enclosures are typically used on sun rooms, porches, and patios. A metallic screen or mesh material is essentially used in place of walls, and is attached to a roof, as well as a floor. This allows for a breeze to pass through the enclosed area. However, it prevents insects, bugs, birds, and other living creatures from coming inside. It is very common to see screen enclosures used on residential homes. They are often added to backyard patios and covered porches, which is often called a lanai.
There are different types of screen enclosures. In fact, you may have encountered a few different types on sun rooms, balcony areas, and outdoor gazebos. One of the major appeals of screen enclosures is that they allow you to feel like you are sitting indoors and outdoors at the same time. Although you do not have to grapple with mosquitoes and horse flies, you can still benefit from the outdoor breeze. While some people will screen in small sun rooms, others will screen in patios. The size of the room or porch frame will determine how much metal mesh material is required. While some of these mesh materials are made from steel, others are made from aluminum or bronze materials. Some screen enclosures can even be used on animal cages. Often this material is used in porches with glass windows and roofs that allow cover from the sun.
One way to gather more facts and details on custom screen enclosures, enclosed patio additions, and screened-in sheds is by visiting a local home improvement store.