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The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining your Screened In Enclosure Year-Round

Your screened enclosure is not just an extension of your home--it's a sanctuary for relaxation, entertainment, and enjoying the great outdoors without the notorious bugs and pests (especially this year with the incoming cicadas!). To ensure your screened in enclosure remains in top condition and continues to provide a haven throughout all seasons, proper maintenance is key. In this comprehensive guide, we'll provide you with expert tips and tricks for keeping your screened in enclosure pristine year-round.

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Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

  • Regular Inspection and Cleaning: Preform routine inspections of your screened enclosure to check for any tears, holes, or signs of damage. Clean the screens regularly to remove dirt, debris, and insect residue.

  • Trim Surround Vegetation: Keep Bushes, trees, and shrubs trimmed back to prevent them from weighing the screens down, rubbing against the screens, or causing damage during windy conditions. This also helps to minimize buildup of leaves and other debris on the enclosure.

  • Repair Tears and Holes Promptly: Address any tears or holes in the screens immediately to prevent them from worsening and allowing insects to enter. Patch small holes with a screen repair kit and replace damaged sections if necessary.

  • Inspect Hardware and Frame: Check the hardware and frame of your screened enclosure for rust, corrosion, or signs of wear. Lubricate hinges, latches, and other moving parts regularly to ensure smooth operation and prevent deterioration.

Strategies to prepare for Spring & Summer Showers

  • Remove and store fabric elements: If your screened enclosure includes fabric elements such as curtains or cushion, remove them before winter sets in. Clean and store them in a dry, climate-controlled area to prevent mold and mildew growth.

  • Protect Plants & Furniture: Cover any plants or outdoor furniture inside the screened enclosure with protective covers or move them to sheltered location to shield them from harsh winter weather.

  • Check Seals and Weather Stripping: Inspect the seals and weather stripping around doors and windows for any gaps or damage. Replace worn or damaged seals to prevent drafts and moisture infiltration during the warmer months.

These tips and strategies are just the beginning, but by following them you can ensure that your screened enclosure remains in tip top condition year-round, providing you with a comfortable and enjoyable outdoor space no matter the season. Remember, proper care and attention are key to preserving the longevity and functionality of your screened enclosure for years to come.

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