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Nov
14
2017

5 Ways a motorized roll-up screen makes life so much easier.

Motorized roll up screens makes life easier in so many ways. Homes that are built in areas where windows and doors remain open for large parts of the year need screens. Typical screens are considered part of the primary structure of a home. Motorized roll up screens works in the same way as typical screens in that they screen out bugs, insects, dirt, and debris. Without screens covering doors and windows, insects, flies and other pests have free access to enter the home. Mosquitoes and flies breed quickly and are a nuisance. Keeping out flies and mosquitoes was the first reason screens were added to the doors and windows of homes. Ways a motorized roll-up screen makes life so much easier

Motorized roll up screens make your life easier and increase the value of your home in the following five ways:

  1. Ease of operation - Typical screens are permanent fixtures. To remove a typical screen on days when screens are not needed, they have to be unscrewed, physically removed and stored. You can quickly roll up a motorized retractable screen to allow for the full flow of air exchange. This solution is excellent if you are entertaining and want to "bring the outside in" - especially for patio doors.
  2. Fresh air flow and enjoyment of the elements - There is value in a screen that rises just like the window does. This eliminates worries about losing the screen or screws. Also, it only takes 2 seconds to raise motorized roll-up screens as opposed to the several minutes or longer to physically remove and store typical screens.
  3. Create more livable space - When a motorized roll up screen is added to a garage door, the possibilities for the use of the garage space become limitless. Considering the value of residential space (currently over $100 / square foot), it makes economic sense to create more "livable" areas out of garages, porches, and lanais.
  4. Protection from harmful effects of the sun. Motorized roll up screens protects your paint, carpet, and furniture from the adverse effects of the sun with mesh that blocks up to 90% of the UV rays in our motorized roll-up screen. These solar-rated meshes are ideal for shading applications as well. Not only does this add value to your home, but it protects your health as well.
  5. Motorized roll up screens rarely has to be replaced. - Typical screens on windows and doors have to be replaced several times throughout the life of your home. Wind, weather, mold and mildew quickly cause regular window and door screens to deteriorate. Because it can "disappear" out of the way, motorized roll-up screens is subject to far less wear & tear. Their ability to self-store into its own protective housing makes it less vulnerable to harmful elements, severe weather, and dirt.

Contact Michele's Hide-Away Screens for a free quote on your very own motorized roll up screen.

Oct
24
2017

5 Reasons to keep your windows open this Autumn.

It's becoming that time of year again, the temperatures are slowly dropping, and it's becoming breezier each day. There won't be sure a dire need for icy air conditioning in the upcoming months. Best way to enjoy those upcoming crisp mornings and evenings is leaving the windows open and letting that breeze on in! Not only is it calming to relax at home and listen to/feel the cool autumn breeze coming through, but it also has health and financial benefits as well! Here you'll see the top 5 reasons for keeping your windows open (with screens, of course) throughout the chillier seasons! reasons to keep your windows open in Autumn.

  1. Everyone likes saving money, right? An open window during a cool autumn evening is an excellent replacement for a power sucking a/c unit. This will ultimately lower your energy bills for the autumn and winter months. This also helps reduce your carbon footprint by not using a/c and letting your home be cooled down naturally.
  2. Breathe in that fresh air! Open windows mean fresh air circulating your home. Your lungs need fresh air, and chances are if you work in an office all day, you're not getting much of it. Closed spaces full of people moving and breathing can make a room feel stuffy, but with an open window comes a better feeling of comfort and relaxation.
  3. Detoxify your home! Circulating cool, fresh air flushes out settling the dust, pollen, dust mites, and various other allergens that can lurk in a sealed up home.
  4. No more constant whirring noises. Typically an a/c isn't too noisy, but some older models can let off a loud noise that eventually we just get used to. A house without those constant mechanical sounds makes for a more peaceful home, and gives better concentration for school work or working at home in general.
  5. Get your Vitamin D! An open window (or door, even) means letting in some sunshine as well as a cool breeze, which is as essential as fresh air in your lungs. Besides the health benefit of vitamin D, it also helps with mental health. A burst of sunshine does much more for depression than a closed up, stuffy, dark room.

Ultimately, it seems to be a great idea to keep some, if not all, of your windows, open this autumn (and winter!). As long as you have a sturdy screen to keep out any unwanted outdoor visitors such as bugs, or even birds, an open window can do wonders for your home. As always Michele's Hide-Away Screens can help you enjoy the breeze with our large selection of retractable screens! Contact our office for a free quote! 

 

Oct
03
2017

How a hide-away screen can increase property rentals for snowbird season.

Hide-away screens add value and appeal to any home. Typical screens are considered part of the primary structure of a home. Hide-away screens work in the same way as regular screens in that they screen out bugs, insects, dirt, and debris. Without screens covering doors and windows, insects, flies and other pests have free access to enter the home. Mosquitoes and flies breed quickly and are a nuisance. Keeping out flies and mosquitoes was the first reason screens were added to the doors and windows of homes - and one of the best "selling points" to attract renters to your property! Retractable screens increase rental value in snowbird season.

Hide-away screens add appeal to your rental property in the following five ways:

  • Ease of operation - Typical screens are permanent fixtures. To remove a regular screen on days when screens are not needed, they have to be unscrewed, physically removed and stored. You can quickly roll up a hide-away screen to allow for the full flow of air exchange. This solution is excellent if your renters are entertaining and want to "bring the outside in" - especially for patio doors.
  • Fresh air flow and enjoyment of the elements - There is value in a screen that rises just like the window does. This eliminates worries about losing the screen or screws. Also, it only takes 2 seconds to raise a hide-away screen as opposed to the several minutes or longer to physically remove and store typical screens.
  • Create more livable space - When a hide-away screen is added to a garage door, the possibilities for the use of the garage space become limitless. Considering the value of residential space (currently over $100 / square foot), it makes economic sense to create more "livable" areas out of garages, porches, and lanais.
  • Protection from harmful effects of the sun. Hide-away screens protect your paint, carpet, and furniture from the adverse effects of the sun with mesh that blocks up to 90% of the UV rays. These solar-rated meshes are ideal for shading applications as well. Not only does this add value to your home, but it also protects your health.
  • Hide-away screens rarely have to be replaced. - Typical screens on windows and doors have to be replaced several times throughout the life of your home. The Wind, weather, mold, and mildew quickly cause typical window and door screens to deteriorate. Because it can "disappear" out of the way, hide-away screens are subject to far less wear & tear. Their ability to self-store into its protective housing makes it less vulnerable to harmful elements, severe weather, and dirt.

Consider what potential renter are thinking when they compare a home with regular fixed in place screens and one with hide-away screens. The value is clearly over and above on the hide-away screened home, as a modern convenience. Contact Michele's Hide-Away Screens for a free quote today! 

Aug
21
2017

Is there a screen that protects from the harmful rays of the Sun?

Summer is most definitely upon us here in Florida, and so are some of the not so "fun in the sun" dangers of overexposure to the sun's harmful UV rays. Fortunately, for those of us who have discovered the benefits of retractable, motorized, and hideaway screens, we've learned how to beat the heat while enjoying the great outdoors…..and we're doing it in style! Is there a screen that protects from the Sun?

While some sun exposure is beneficial to your health by providing a natural source of Vitamin D to the body (which aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus - essential for healthy bones), over exposure to the sun is nothing to rest on your laurels about.

Dangers of overexposure to the sun (or Excessive Sun Exposure) include:

Deterioration of the skin, including premature aging and loss of elasticity.
Rashes, itchiness, and dryness.
Damage to the eyes.
Sunburn.
Skin cancer.

Thankfully, our screens cut the danger down by more than half! When not in use, your retractable screen disappears into its housing, offering an unobstructed view of the outdoors. You're in control with a retractable screen. You decide when you want it, simply sliding it where you want it to go and leaving it hidden from view when you choose.

Contact Michele's Hide-Away Screens for more information and a free quote

 

Jul
10
2017

3 ways to keep mosquitoes away other than screens.

If one were to make a list of subjects of conversation that any two people in Florida could have and completely agree on, mosquitoes would have to be at the very top of that list. This time of year is the absolute WORST time for mosquitoes, and for some reason this year they seem to be more prevalent than ever! Walk outdoors for just five minutes at any point of the day, and you're inevitably going to get bitten at least once. 3 ways to keep mosquitoes away.

While all owners of Michele's hideaway screens know that their motorized or retractable screen provides them with the best protection available against mosquitoes and every other pesky Florida pest, there's still the matter of having to be protected when you spend time outdoors.

Here are three quick and easy solutions to keeping mosquitoes away when you're outside the protection of your screen:

  1. Repellent Spray - spraying every inch of your skin and clothing with common mosquito repellent sprays is one way to protect yourself from mosquitoes. The upside is they may get close to you, but they won't bite the areas that are sprayed. The downside is that you have to spray every area of your skin and clothing to avoid being bitten. Recipes abound claiming to "naturally" repel mosquitoes, but while these may work for some, only chemical sprays containing DEET have any real, lasting effectiveness while outdoors.
  2. Mosquito Coils - as the name suggests, mosquito coils are a repelling incense in the shape of a spiral made from a chemical called pyrethrum powder. The coil produces a repelling smoke that typically lasts from 4 to 7 hours. The coils are pretty useful for repelling most mosquitoes in an immediate area where they are placed, but the smoke can cause some irritation to sensitive noses.
  3. Mosquito repelling plants - there are several plant breeds that mosquitoes tend to shy away from that assist with keeping these pesky bugs away while giving you a natural fragrance to enjoy outdoors. Among these plants are lavender, basil, pennyroyal, citronella grass and lemongrass.

A combination of the three of these methods might give you some days outdoors with fewer mosquitoes, so why not give them a try?

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