How to Keep Your Sunroom at a Comfortable Temperature Year-Round

For most of the year here in central Florida, the weather is pleasant and warm, making a sunroom the perfect place for lazy afternoons. However, on summer’s hottest days, that glass sunroom may feel more like an oven than an oasis. You don’t have to retreat indoors because of the heat. Instead, use our tips to keep your sunroom’s temperature mild and enjoyable all year:

Consider Your Colors

When decorating your sunroom for each season, think about the colors you plan to use and how they will affect the ambient temperature in the room. Remember that lighter colors reflect more sunlight and can cool down a space, while darker colors will absorb and trap heat instead.
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Ways to Keep Your Sunroom Cool in the Summer

Sunroom CoolKeeping your sunroom cool in Florida’s blazing summer heat is a noble endeavor. With heat indexes well over 100°F, it may feel like it’s impossible to get relief from the sun’s rays. Luckily, these tips should help you bring the temperature of your custom-built sunroom down so that you and your family and enjoy it all year long:

Window tint

Window tint is a cheap and easy solution to reduce the ambient temperature in your sunroom. You can install window tint yourself or have a professional tackle the job. We offer window tinting when you use Southern Aluminum Installations to build your sunroom!
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Advantages of a Pool Enclosure in Florida

Pool Enclosure in FloridaAn outdoor pool is essential during Florida’s hot, humid summers. After you’ve put in the work to build your inground pool, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep it clean and looking great all year! A custom aluminum pool enclosure from Southern Aluminum is the perfect addition to your outdoor setup because:

  • Aluminum pool enclosures increase your property value.

If you ever decide to sell your home, a well-built and properly maintained aluminum pool enclosure will stand out to buyers. The boost in curb appeal may even be the deciding factor in a buyer choosing your home over another, even for a higher price! Aluminum pool enclosures are designed to flow seamlessly with the existing aesthetic of the home, making your property appear more cohesive and intentional.
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Best Practices to Keep Bugs out of Your Screened Porch

Keep Bugs out florudaJust because you screen-in your porch doesn’t mean bugs aren’t still going to try to get in. While a screened porch will keep out a lot, you still need to be diligent about insect control if you want to get the most out of your outdoor space. Some of the best practices to keep bugs out of your screened porch are:

  • Stop them before they get in.

Traditional wooden decks and porches have gaps between the boards that allow insects to sneak their way inside. Build a bug-resistant, aluminum-framed screened porch to avoid bugs getting into your space in the first place. If you already have an existing wooden deck or porch, install a layer of screening underneath it to stop bugs from crawling up from below.
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Benefits of a Screen Lanai for Your Home

The term “lanai” is common in Hawaii, but you may not be familiar with the term. These outdoor patios and balconies are usually built onto the back or side of the home to extend the living area and provide a comfortable and relaxing place to drink a morning cup of coffee or watch the sun go down. 

In Florida, where mosquitoes are active nearly any time of year, most lanais are surrounded by a large screen enclosure that keeps unwanted bugs and debris away. Take a look at the benefits of a screened lanai for your Florida home. 

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Will a Sunroom Add Value to My Home?

If you are lucky enough to have a sunroom or if you’re in the process of planning the construction of a sunroom, you have so many possibilities open to you. 

Sunrooms used to be considered for use only when guests arrived, but their purpose has now evolved to become more of a second living room space. A getaway, a place of tranquility, a gathering place… families consider their sunrooms to have many different benefits. 

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What is the Florida Law about Pool Enclosures?

Have you built a pool recently, or are you thinking about putting one in your backyard? Before you do, you need to familiarize yourself with Florida’s regulations about residential pool safety. Due to a high number of child drowning deaths in Florida, the state enacted the Florida Residential Pool Safety Act. This act created many rules for homeowners and their pools. 

One of these rules is about pool enclosures. Every pool must be completely enclosed so that an elderly person or child cannot access the pool and become injured. This pool enclosure has to follow all four of these criteria:

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Why Florida Requires Pool Enclosures

In the state of Florida, all homes with a pool must have an enclosure to keep out small wandering children. These laws were first put into place in 2000 with the Swimming Pool Safety Act. Here’s what you need to know about those requirements and how we can help.

What are the requirements for Florida pool enclosures?

There are several rules you must follow when installing a pool and pool enclosure. Here are the basics:

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Turning Your Screen Room Into a Cozy Haven

One of the best things about late summer and early fall is the rainy season. 

Imagine sitting on your screened-in porch, snuggled in a blanket deep in the cushions of an old fashioned wicker chair or rocker, the sound of the rain hitting the roof while the cool breeze caresses your cheek and just barely moves your hair. You sip your hot cocoa, tea, or coffee, and take a deep breath of clean southern air.

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How Screens Allow Social Distancing Visits

When the pandemic first started, most people were happy to stay at home and be safe. But as the quarantine wore on, people started getting antsy, depressed, and anxious. Humans are social creatures, and without that socialization we lose our mental and physical health. In these challenging times, we need to find new ways to socialize while still being safe.

Many people are socializing over the internet through social media as an alternative to in-person gatherings or social calls, but this really isn’t a sufficient substitute for good old traditional socialization. That requires you to actually see people, but you still want to be safe.

Social distancing doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you can’t see your close friends and family. Really, we should be calling it physical distancing because there are plenty of ways that you can socialize with others and remain safe.

Screen rooms and screened in porches provide a unique opportunity for social interaction while still respecting the six foot rule. You can have a barrier between you, which when combined with distance and mask wearing should protect you and your visitor. While you may not want to have long visits in this fashion, it can be a good break to ease depression and loneliness.

If you are interested in a quick fix screen solution for your home, contact us today.

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