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3 Reasons To Screen In Your Golf Cart Garage.

Central Florida is home to one of the largest retirement communities in the world, The Villages. Reasons to screen in your golf cart garage. This town is so large that one of the main sources of transportation is a golf cart, and specific roads are set aside just for golf cart driving. Since many of these golf carts are treated as a daily driver, it's important to make space for them in the garage to keep safe when not in use. What's even more appealing is having a garage door screen installed. It provides you with another room, secures your belongings, and keeps your home looking great from the outside. Here you will find more on those top 3 reasons why you should have a garage door screen installed for your golf cart.

  1. Since a golf cart isn't very large at all, this gives you a ton of extra room in the garage. Installing a garage door screen allows for the potential to build around the storage of your golf cart. It could be turned into a utility room, den, play area, storage room, etc. The potential lies in what fits your desires in a new open space; the choices are endless! The garage door screen allows you to comfortably enjoy whatever you decide to fill the space with, letting fresh air in and keeping any bothersome pests out.
  2. The garage screen door still secures your golf cart and whatever else kept inside because it can be easily replaced with the actual garage door to lock and keep everything inside safe when the room is not in use or weather permitting. The garage screen doesn't mess with the mechanics of the garage door itself and doesn't need any electricity to function. It retracts with ease and is very light-weight, though it won't require lifting.
  3. A closed garage door is a familiar sight in many neighborhoods, and an open garage door may bring unwanted attention. Installing a garage door screen gives you the happy medium of enjoying the fresh air in your open space while not attracting uninvited guests or giving your home too open of a look. The screen doors used for garages are done in panels, which gives a similar look to an actual garage door so it will still flow with the theme of the house.

Getting a garage door screen installed for your golf cart is a great idea, and these top 3 reasons make it even more appealing. What's better than extra space in your home and fresh air constantly flowing into the space? Get your garage door upgraded with a screen to keep your golf cart safely tucked away and utilized the most of your space. Contact Michele's Hide-Away Screens today for a free quote! 


Fun ways to spruce up your lanai this Summer.

Ahhh, Summer. Fun ways to spruce up your lanai this Summer.Time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, light breeze and thrilling afternoon thunderstorms from the comfort of your lanai.

But, why go out and enjoy the same lanai you enjoyed last Summer when with a few simple touches, you can spruce up your lanai and make it feel like a brand new room?

Here are just a few ideas we put together to help make your lanai comfortable and inviting for Summer entertaining, or just getting lost in a good Summer read.

1. Bring the inside out!
Don't limit your lanai decor to just outdoor patio furniture. Incorporate new, decorative pillows and throws and bring indoor decorative accessories outside for a more homey feel.

2. Keep your feet comfy too!
Nothing pulls a space together and makes it feel more comfortable than good rugs. Add a large rug under a table in the center of a seating area, or add small, individual rugs to the base of each chair for even more relaxing fun in the sun.

3. Add window treatments.
While your retractable screen gives you plenty of privacy, curtains add another dimension of beauty and tie the entire room together aesthetically. Enjoy the best of both worlds as your retractable screen lets you breathe the fresh air and watch the breeze gently blow the curtains, bug-free!

4. Add ambient lighting.
After the sun goes down, few things add more sparkle to a room than twinkling ambient lights. Sure, real candles are fabulous, but get even more life out of ambient lighting by adding amber twinkling LED lights around the border of your lanai.

5. Add a motorized screen. Keep the critters out and enjoy a screened in lanai at the touch of a button.

Michele's Hide-Away Screens can help you with number five, contact us for more information and a free quote on motorized screens.

Happy Summer!


What Is The Best Rated Mosquito Repellent For This Summer?

Summer is almost here!Best rated mosquito repellent In Florida, that means it is time to enjoy days of the sun, sand, and surf and nights of…well being cooped up inside because the mosquitos are brutal! An evening walk or a night stargazing turns into an all you can eat Vegas buffet for the flying and biting insects.

While we recommend enjoying your afternoons safely behind a retractable screen, we can’t walk around outside in a screened in bodysuit. And with the dangers of the West Nile Virus and Zika on the rise, now, more than ever is the time to be vigilant about protecting ourselves from these harmful pests.

So what is the safest and most effective insect repellent on the market today?

According to the latest Consumer Reports data, the most effective repellents contain up to 15 to 30 percent deet, 20 percent picaridin, and 30 percent OLE.

They advise not reaching for more natural products such as lemongrass and citronella as these are not strong enough and do not work as well in laboratory tests.

The CDC recommends using EPA-registered repellents that contain these active ingredients.

Of course, all products should be used as directed and should be avoided near the eyes and open cuts. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants to avoid wearing too much repellent.

For a list of the highest rated mosquito repellents by Consumer Reports click here.


Which retractable screen is right for your garage?

If you live in Florida, you no doubt enjoy the beautiful weather and refreshing warm breeze that often brings a hint of salt air from the coast. Which retractable screen is right for your garage? The reason you moved to The Sunshine State in the first place is to enjoy that perfect tropical environment and take in all this gorgeous oasis has to offer. So the last thing you want to be is cooped up inside on a stunning Spring day. A garage screen is a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while also relaxing in privacy and free of pesky insects.

But what kind of garage screen is right for your home?

The answer all depends on how you choose to open your screen and what level of convenience you need. At Michele's Hide-Away Screens we have three types of retractable garages screens: electronic roll up, LifeStyle, and four track slider screens.

Four track slider screen: If you are looking for a simple, affordable screen system, the four-track slider may be just what you are looking for. Our sliders have the rollers located at the top of the screens instead of the bottom, so the rollers never get caked with dirt and grit, making opening a breeze every time.

Lifestyle Screens: These screens are both stylish and convenient. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your garage and need quick access to an exit, the Lifestyle Screens have an optional door in the middle of the screen making it extremely easy to get in and out of your garage if you need to.

Electronic Roll Up Screen: If you are looking for a screen to make your life a little easier then you will love the electronic roll-up screen. Opening and closing this elegant screen is a breeze with just a touch of a button on your remote control.

No matter which screen you choose, you will have the luxury of creating the perfect color combination and extent of privacy you need and customize it just the way you like it. Come by our gorgeous new showroom conveniently located in Ocala to get your retractable garage screen today!


Mirage Screens Release Cutting Edge Innovation for Effortless Function of Retractable Screen Doors

Mirage Screen Systems Inc. introduces the PivotPro Easy Release Handle which provides a profound improvement in how retractable screen doors are opened and closed. Mirage Screen Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of retractable screening systems in North America for over 20 years, introduces the PivotPro (patent pending) handle which allows the retractable screen to be opened and closed effortlessly. In the past, all retractable screens would either need to be yanked to break the magnet closure, or a latching system would need to be released. The Mirage PivotPro operates with a simple twist of the handle which allows the strong, rare earth magnet to easily detach from the closure. Mirage continues to incorporate their superior neodymium magnet, which provides optimal application flexibility. The innovative PivotPro handle enhances the customer experience by allowing an easy release and smooth retraction of the door, providing painless entry/exit for the homeowner. “Response to the PivotPro during testing with our dealer network has been unanimously positive, and we cannot wait to see consumers embrace this revolutionary improvement to our product. A simply designed, easy-opening retractable screen door is something the market has been seeking for some time, and it has arrived with the PivotPro.” says Pete Ingram, Mirage CEO.

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