prepare for the stormHurricane tips for screen enclosures
Protect your screen enclosure with these easy tips.
Prep Your Screen Enclosure for the Storm
This should be done when you are certain the storm is going to strike you. If you do this before you are certain it could cost yourself money. Note: Do not go out in a storm.
- Get a utility knife.
- Cut an X in the screen panels on two facing sides of the enclosure. This will allow air to pass through and help protect your screen enclosure.
Hurricane Tips for Screen Enclosures on the Treasure Coast
When preparing for a hurricane the question always come up, what should we do with our scree/pool enclosure? Preparing for hurricane can be a stressful and daunting process for every homeowner, from shopping for supplies to putting up hurricane shutters you should also consider preparing your screen/pool enclosure!
A screen/pool enclosure is susceptible to the wind of a hurricane because it acts like a sail, more so when the screen is wet. Damage is caused to the enclosure due to the screen putting so much pressure on the structure during the storm. The cost of the structure far exceeds the cost of the screening so we recommend cutting the screens to prevent damage to the structure. Cutting the screens is not a science it’s a pretty simple process……
We suggest cutting only wall screens and cutting enough screens to allow airflow to pass through your enclosure. On a small enclosure cut 1-2 on each side and 1-2 on the back wall, If you have a larger enclosure cut 3-4 screens on each side and 3-4 on the back wall. We recommend the main screen panels above the chair rail, these are typically the biggest panels and will allow the most air to pass through.
We do have customers call and ask if taking their doors off is sufficient enough for their screen rooms. If you have a small enclosure, have the ability and the time then taking the doors off is not a bad idea.
Keep in mind we do recommend watching the hurricane forecast and waiting until you are sure the storm is actually going to track in your direction before you cut your screens. Cutting the screens should be one of the last minute items to take care of, it takes less than 5 minutes to do, See the videos below: