Converting Your Porch to a Screen Room

Summer is fast approaching, and many people are going to be wanting to spend more time outdoors. With the rains of late spring and early summer, it can be very relaxing to sit outside and enjoy the storms, perhaps with a cup of coffee or hot tea and a cozy blanket.

But if you only have a covered porch or a partially covered porch, you probably aren’t able to make that dream a reality without getting awfully wet. Thankfully, there are ways that you can upgrade and improve your porch into a screen room that will allow you to enjoy storms, balmy breezes, and people watching.

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Three Ideas for a Screen Room

You may have thought about getting a screen room or screened-in porch for a while but be on the fence about it. A screen room adds value to your home and can be used for a number of purposes. Here are the three most popular ideas for a screen room.

Kiddie Corral

Do you have small children? Fresh air is wonderful for children, and a screen room allows you to get them out in the open while still protecting them. A screen room won’t allow debris, weather, or critters to enter, keeping your children safe. You can install a baby gate at the doorway to the screen room so that the children cannot escape and get into mischief. This is a great way to give your kids a playroom.

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Three Springtime Uses for a Screen Room

Have you been considering adding a screen room to your home? Whether you add an attached screen room, screen in a back porch or patio, or build a screen room as a separate structure, there are many great uses for a screen room, especially in the spring. Here are just a few of the ways you could be enjoying your screen room in a couple of months.

Storm Watching

While you don’t want to be out in the elements during a tropical storm or hurricane, you can still enjoy the typical run of the mill storms that roll through the area. Storm watching can be very therapeutic and relaxing. Sitting outside where you can see, hear, and smell the rain is a uniquely pleasurable experience. A screen room will allow you to enjoy the storms without actually getting wet. Continue reading

Three Reasons to Add a Screen Room to Your Home

There are a lot of things that you can do to improve your home and increase its value. The projects you take on to remodel or upgrade your home are personal to you and reflect what means most to you and your family. One of the often overlooked home improvements that can enhance your family and social lives is to add a screened room or porch. 

Increase Home Value

There are a lot of things that you can do to increase your home’s value, and adding a screened porch or screen room is just one of them. Increasing your home’s value is important for a number of reasons. If you ever decide to sell, it will help you get a better price. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to take out a loan against your home’s equity, a screened room could help you get more from the deal. Continue reading

Three Reasons to Replace Your Gutters This Fall

Your gutters might often be an afterthought, a chore that you dread doing each year. Yet your gutters are actually very important to the structural integrity and safety of your home and landscaping. Without appropriate gutters, you open up your home and lawn to potential water damage. Here are three reasons you might want to replace your gutters this fall.

Storm Damage

As we near the end of the Tampa rainy season, it is important to check your roof, chimney, facia, soffit, and gutters for storm damage. If your home sustained heavy rains, winds, or hail, chances are your gutters are fairly banged up. If this is their first season, they may not need to be replaced. If you have had the same gutters for years, you need to make sure to check them carefully for signs that they are not stable. Continue reading

Three Advantages of Having a Screen Room

You may think that a screen room is a luxury that you don’t really need to worry about, but there are a lot of great advantages to having a screen room, especially in the fall. When you want to entertain but the weather is unpredictable, having a screen room can be of great benefit. You can also use a screen room for other purposes throughout the fall and winter months. Here are three of the advantages to having a screen room.

Entertaining Outdoors

Fall is a beautiful time of year, and you might want to entertain outside. Fall weather can be unpredictable, though, sometimes with rain storms that can be amazing to watch but definitely get you wet. A screen room will allow you to continue with your entertainment plans regardless of the weather patterns for the night.  Continue reading

Three Reasons to Get a Pool Enclosure Before Fall

The summer is almost over, and now it is time to start thinking about preparing your backyard pool for fall. One of the things that you should really consider during this time is getting a pool enclosure. There are a lot of really good reasons to get a pool enclosure, especially at this time of the year.

Safety First

It can be dangerous for children to have access to an accessible pool at any time of the year, but the fall and winter can be especially dangerous. Even if you drain your pool for the year and cover it, a child can still fall in and hurt themselves very easily. A pool enclosure, especially one that locks, protects the kids in your neighborhood. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Add a Screen Room to Your Home

Adding a screen room onto your home can have many benefits, and it is very easy to do. Although there is some investment involved, constructing a screen room onto one side of your home can pay for itself over time. Here are the three top reasons to add a screen room onto your home.

Increase Home Value

One of the best reasons to go ahead with adding a screen room to your home is to add to the value of your home. A screen room can add to the square footage of your home, which in turn adds to its value. If you plan on selling your home in the long run, you may want to go ahead with building a screen room to increase its value. The value of your home will go up much more than the cost of the screen room. Continue reading

4 Benefits of Aluminum Construction You May Not Know

aluminum sidingIf you are planning a home renovation or addition, you will find yourself faced with many important decisions, including what construction material to utilize. Out of the many options you will consider, one stands above the rest for the numerous benefits it offers: aluminum.

Aluminum Does Not Rust

Aluminum is extremely tough and does not succumb to rust like other metals. This is a major benefit if you are located in Florida and other warm, wet environments. Any very minor amounts of aluminum oxide that do develop actually form a dense, tight film that forms a barrier to moisture and prevents further damage to the aluminum. Continue reading

The Many Perks of Seamless Gutters

42053937 - residential house with cream sidingRain gutters aren’t the flashiest or most exciting component of home design, but they do play a very important role in the overall aesthetic appeal and reliable function of your home. Unfortunately, standard gutters have many downfalls that make them inefficient. If you’re looking to improve your home in a simple yet comprehensive way, the installation of seamless gutters is a good choice.

What Are Seamless Gutters?

Standard gutters are smaller pieces of metal or vinyl that are connected together to reach the proper length for your home.  Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are designed in one cohesive piece to eliminate all of the seams that could potentially lead to leaks. Continue reading