The Mosquitos Are Coming!

If you’re a Florida homeowner then you know how brutally hot the summer time can be. Everyone just wants to be outside by the pool when it’s that hot out. Come this summer however, the heat could be the least of everyone’s worries, particularly if you don’t have a screen enclosure for your patio or pool. According to University of Florida scientists, a species of mosquito called gallinippers are set to invade this summer. Gallinippers are basically just a breed of mosquito that grow around 20 times bigger than the regular flying pests. It takes a large amount of standing water for the eggs to grow and hatch and the scientists believe that all the rainfall so far this year has created ideal conditions. People need to watch out for the female gallinippers in particular, as they are known to suck blood round the clock and their needle noses can pierce clothing. You’ll know when a female gallinipper is biting you because it feels like getting poked by a hot needle. Don’t think a simple swat will get them to fly away either. Gallinipppers are known for being more persistent than an ex-girlfriend when it comes to sucking the life out of someone. They may not be entirely bad however, as they are such vicious predators, they eat the larvae of other mosquito species. They are also not known to carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, which is always a concern for Florida residents.

West Nile Virus was first discovered in 1937 in Uganda, a landlocked country in Africa at the southern end of the Nile River. The disease did not become well known in mainstream culture until 1999 when the first case was discovered in America. It’s has spread across the country since then, mainly through warmer, southern states with significant rainfall totals. It is possible to get bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus and not experience any symptoms. Those with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are the most at risk for contracting West Nile Virus. The symptoms are much like the flu, including fever, headache, nausea, skin rashes and muscle aches. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a month and in rare cases, it is life threatening.

If you’re looking to keep your family safe from super mosquitos and West Nile Virus, then why not build a screen enclosure over your backyard pool? Screen enclosures from a company like Screen Builders Inc. in West Palm Beach, FL specialize in custom built screens for your pool or patio. Screens help keep nature at bay by repelling harmful insects and other critters. Know your kids are safe when they go outside to play with a new pool screen enclosure from Screen Builders Inc.

Is Your Backyard Hurricane Ready?

The people of Florida are no strangers to hurricanes. Every year in the fall, tropical storms make their way up from the Caribbean and do their best to disrupt life for all of us. Some hurricanes are nothing to write home about; just a little wind and it rained for two days. Others, however, are far more powerful and can leave a path of destruction in their wake. Some of us have been around long enough to remember such storms as Andrew, which delivered a knockout blow to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Obviously people go to great lengths to make sure their home is secure in the event of a powerful storm. You put hurricane storm shutters on your windows, fill your bathtub with water and stock your pantry with canned goods. Thanks to Screen Builders, Inc., you can now make sure your backyard pool screen enclosure in West Palm Beach, FL is just as protected. Advances in pool screen technology allow for smartly designed enclosures with several features designed with hurricanes in mind.

You would think that wind would have no problem going through a screen right? Well in many cases, high winds from a hurricane cannot easily pass through a screen enclosure. It basically acts like a giant sail, catching the wind then blowing over. With a new removable screen design, you no longer have to worry about the wind blowing the enclosure over. Screens pop in and out of the frame with ease and can be stacked and stored until the storm has passed. Without the screens on the frame, the wind has nothing to catch on and the structure will be much harder to blow over. The experts at Screen Builders, Inc. take a house’s design into consideration when building the screen enclosure to ensure that the house provides some protection from the elements.

Along with pool screens, Screen Builders, Inc. also does:

  • Sunrooms
  • Gates
  • Fences
  • Aluminum Roofs
  • Solar Screens
  • Roll-up Screens

Other tricks of the trade include using only corrosion-resistant screws, nuts and bolts. Rusty hardware can really compromise the overall structural integrity of a pool screen meaning that it won’t take as much for Mother Nature to bring it down. Screen Builders also only uses the highest quality aluminum alloy for their pool screen frames which increases the durability. Those in the market for a new pool screen enclosure in West Palm Beach, FL want a stylish back yard, but they also want a functional back yard. Thanks to Screen Builders, Inc they now can have both!

Prevent Skin Cancer with a Screen Enclosure

It’s pretty much impossible to avoid the sun when living in Florida. Unless there’s a hurricane coming through, just about every day is at least partly sunny across much of the state. Those living around West Palm Beach and further south in particular know that the sun is a staple of Florida weather. One thing that should be closely monitored by all Floridians is proper skin health when it comes to the sun. Skin cancer is a serious problem in places where the ultraviolet radiation from the sun is common. In fact, skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States with nearly 2 million new cases every year. When it comes to protecting your family from the dangers of UV rays, there are several steps you can take. The first and most obvious step is wearing sunscreen while outside. Sunscreen works to reflect harmful UV rays and prevent skin from being burnt. The American Cancer Society lists using sunscreen as a recommended aid in carcinoma prevention. Wearing clothing which covers exposed skin, like hats and long sleeves, is another great way to protect the skin. If you want to be outside without sunscreen and long sleeves, then one thing to consider is installing SunTex 80 Solar Screens to your outdoor patio or sunroom. Pool screen enclosure companies like Screen Builders Inc. specialize in SunTex 80 screen installation for homeowners.

Having an outdoor patio with a pool is a luxury many in Florida enjoy. Those who have a sunroom or screened in patio are getting the most from their space because it offers a way to enjoy the outdoors without dealing with the blistering heat of South Florida. Even more deadly than the heat is the harmful UV rays which can cause skin cancer. SunTex 80 Solar Screens block out 80% of the sun’s rays while still letting the homeowner enjoy being outdoors. It’s a comfort to many homeowners knowing that they are protected from harm. You lock your doors and windows at night for protection right? Why would you risk health and safety leaving your skin unprotected outdoors? Not only does the SunTex 80 offer excellent UV protection, but it also allows for privacy for those who have neighbors close by.

Getting a sunburn exponentially increases your risk of skin cancer and a screened in patio can dramatically decrease your risk of a sunburn. So, by the transitive property, pool screens help prevent cancer. The health benefits are motivation enough for a new screen enclosure for your pool or patio, but adding a new room to your home will raise your resale value and make your home appealing to potential buyers. Call a professional screen enclosure company in West Palm Beach like Screen Builders Inc. for more information about the benefits of a SunTex 80 Solar Screen.

The Best Fences Around

A white picket fence is classic Americana. Unfortunately the 1950’s have come and gone and that particular slice of American culture went with it. Those looking for fences in West Palm Beach, FL are probably more interested in getting one that is more practical and stylish. Fences serve a variety of purposes and can be designed to fit in nicely with any backyard. Fences not only help keep things in and out, but they can also add a certain amount of style to any property. Companies such as Screen Builders in West Palm Beach, FL specialize in custom built pool screens, but they also build unique fences and gates for homeowners all over Palm Beach County. Many people think that a fence is a fence, but that is just not true. Fences come in a huge variety of styles, colors, and size so they can be customized to match any home or office.

Privacy is one of the main reasons why people build fences. Those who live in neighborhoods where the next house is a stone’s throw away are the most likely to build a fence. It helps to define the property line and can add a little bit of privacy to your backyard. If you don’t want to completely shut out your neighbor, consider installing a gate somewhere in the fence. Most gates are manually operated but some can be motorized depending on the location. Many people are concerned that metal fences are ugly, but simply installing a line of shrubbery blocks most of the fence from view and can really liven up a back yard.

The other major reason that people install a fence is for security. Fences are obviously a good deterrent from random folk walking into your yard, but they also serve to keep things in. If you have an animal or small children, letting them run around outside usually means someone is supervising. With a fenced in yard, let Fido or little Timmy run around with the peace of mind that they can’t run from the yard into the street. Fences also ensure that nothing finds its way into the yard. Those who live in Florida, particularly near the everglades, know that it’s not completely unheard of for a gator to wander its way into someone’s backyard swimming pool. Imagine going to take a dip and seeing a reptile cooling off! For those in the market for fences in West Palm Beach, FL, looking into a company like Screen Builders could be a great way to get the fence you’ve always wanted at a price you can afford.

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