Hurricane Season: The Pool Screen Enclosure Guide
Taking necessary measures to prepare for a damaging storm.
Using the highest quality and highest rated materials for our enclosures makes our Pool Enclosures hurricane resistant.
A pool screen enclosure that is built to code should be resistant to the damage done to your enclosure during hurricane force winds. We can evaluate the structural integrity of your screen and the wear and tear of the enclosure’s components. The primary reason for screen enclosure structural failure is inadequate bracing through our roof panels. We can help you prepare your screen enclosure for this year’s hurricane season. Roof and front-wall bracing is key to the stability of your entire enclosure. Proper roof bracing allows the wind force to travel from the roof to the ground. Florida Pool Enclosures designs for greater structural integrity to withstand higher wind loads. Rusted screws and hardware can weaken overtime, which compromises the strength of your structure. But there are steps and precautions you can take before news of an approaching tropical storm or hurricane is coming your way:
Heavy Items – furniture, such as a patio table, may be turned on their sides or upside down to help prevent it from being caught by the wind and tossed about the patio.
Plants & Planters – even small pots can become dangerous projectiles in hurricane strength winds; therefore, they should be removed.
Umbrellas & Hanging Fixtures – close them and remove them from stands and/or patio tables. A gust of wind can send an open umbrella flying through your screen enclosure. Store them safely inside your home or garage to ensure protection from water damage.
Hanging Limbs – cut back limbs, remove decaying branches, trim off weak limbs and loose leaves. Pay extra attention to any trees or shrubs that are close to your home and especially your patio area and screen enclosure or pool.
Pool builders recommend leaving water in your pool during a hurricane or strong storm, but adding more chlorine to reduce storm water contamination. Your pool may overflow, but will be less likely to be damaged by the storm and/or debris that may fall into it. Most importantly, cover outdoor electrical devices with appropriate waterproof material to reduce the risk of damage. By being prepared and taking the necessary preventative measures during hurricane season, you are ensuring the safety and security of your home, family and pets. Follow the steps we’ve outlined above and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ve taken care to keep you, your family and home safe this hurricane season.
Homeowners in Florida know this time of year can be one of the busiest for tropical storm and hurricane activity. Since these volatile storms pose a major threat to your property and family, it’s important to prepare your home before hurricane season. The patio and screened enclosures are often overlooked during storm preparations; however, they can be easily secured and protected from the damaging effects of a hurricane. As part of our community outreach program, it’s important to us that we give homeowners of Central Florida tips to prevent costly home damage. Give Florida Pool Enclosures a chance to evaluate the vulnerability of your screen enclosure (407)260-2800