If you have a beautiful view from your patio, you probably like to spend time outdoors so you can admire your surroundings. However, that's difficult to do if you have to constantly shoo away mosquitoes and other bugs. A screen enclosure could be the perfect way to spend time outdoors and not be bothered by bugs. Plus, an enclosure keeps your kids and pets corralled and safe while allowing them to enjoy being outside. Here are some things to know about getting a screen enclosure.
Check With Your City And HOA
If you have neighbors with screen enclosures, that gives you a clue that they're allowed in your neighborhood. However, you definitely want permission from your HOA and city before you start building. You might need to have the utility lines marked, get a permit, and have a survey done too.
Choose Your Style
Aluminum is a popular choice for screen enclosures, but you'll want to compare all of your options. Aluminum enclosures come in different colors, and a contractor that does custom work can even match the knee wall on your enclosure to the siding on your house if you want. A knee wall isn't necessary, but it's one of the options you can choose when selecting the style of your enclosure.
If you have a second level on your home, you might want a two-story enclosure for maximum space and light. You could choose an enclosure with a covered roof or one with a screen roof.
Choose The Size
If you have a small patio, you might be happy with a small screen enclosure. If you want more room to entertain, you might want to expand your patio and have a large enclosure. If you have a pool, the enclosure could even go around both your pool and patio.
This is where building codes come into play. You'll have to keep your enclosure within the specific area on your property that you're allowed to build so you don't get too close to your neighbors or an easement.
Choose The Type Of Screen
There are different types of screens for enclosures. Some have tiny holes that keep out the smallest bugs. Others have larger holes that keep out most bugs but let in more air and light. Some screens are dark and will increase your privacy, and other screens are tough so your dog can't rip it by clawing against the enclosure.
The type of screen you get affects how the enclosure functions and how it looks, so compare choices and match the screen with the type of frame you choose for the best results.
To learn more, contact a resource like Wyatt's Contracting Services LLC.