Screen Blog

Sep
16
2019

What to expect for Central Florida's September Weather & Climate.

Most people can't wait for the end of summer to come around because it means cooler temperatures after a blazing season! What is the weather like in Central Florida in September? The Villages.  Well for those of us in Central Florida, that isn't always the case. Thankfully though, September is the end of summer and lets us know that soon enough we can anticipate a break from the heat, but for that month, it's going to be warm and wet!

September is peak time for hurricanes in Florida's hurricane season, in fact, Hurricane Dorian just barely missed us. Back in 2017, Hurricane Irma came through all of Florida in mid-September. Yes, that's right, ALL of Florida. The storm was so massive that it covered almost the entire state at one point. The warm temperatures create prime settings for hurricanes, and being surrounded by water doesn't help either. Thankfully this year the hurricane list hasn't been too threatening as of yet.

Besides hurricanes, it can be a generally rainy month but not quite as wet as the rest of the summer months. It's projected that this September, Central Florida will see roughly 20 days of rain throughout the month. This added with the average temperature of 89.5°F makes it another humid month before fall creeps up the following month. There are small breaks in the high temp of almost 90°F when the lowest average temperature of September reaches 72.7°F. A welcome reminder of the next few months to come.

All in all, the weather in Central Florida during September can be humid, hot, and rainy. It's the tail end of summer, and although Florida doesn't get a real fall season, the end of September lets Floridians be hopeful that colder and shorter days are on the way!

Now is the perfect time to get ready to bring in the breeze! Get a free quote from Michele's Hide-Away Screens. 

Aug
05
2019

Keeping Your Patio Cool This Summer.

It can be a chore even to attempt to go outside in Central Florida during the Summer months. Keeping Your Patio Cool This Summer in Florida. The Villages This is the reason the Sunshine State has so many snowbirds who fly back north at the first sign of a heatwave. But for many of us that live here year-round, that is not an option. Staying inside all the time is no fun either, but there is a compromise, and that's enjoying your patio in the evenings.

Here are some sizzling tips to keep your patio cool this Summer:

Add a fan- whether it be a fan on a stand, a small personal fan, or a ceiling fan, you can cool the area in your patio significantly by creating your breeze. Some fans nowadays even have additional misting systems to create an even cooler almost air-conditioned effect.

Create shade- It is always cooler in the shade! If your patio is not already under a shades area, create your shade with table umbrellas or an awning system from Michele's Hide-Away Screens.

Paint it- If your patio is attracting too much heat, try painting it a lighter shade such as white, beige, or even light blue. It will not only cool it down but give it a bright and cheerful look.

Add an outdoor rug- Adding a rug to your back patio will help cool and soften the floor beneath your feet and give it a beautiful pop of color.

Get patio furniture with airflow- sitting on furniture made of lightweight mesh or wicker helps to keep the air flowing around your entire body. A personal hammock or swing is also an excellent relaxing choice.

Screen it in!- Screening in your patio makes it more enjoyable because you are bringing in the breeze but not the bugs! Screens also help protect from the Sun but not entirely so always wear sunscreen. 

Michele's Hide-Away Screens can help you get the right look for your patio. We have many screens and awnings to choose from to help you bring in the cool breeze and enjoy your patio this Summer. Contact our office today or come by and see the many options at our showroom.

Jun
24
2019

Preparing Your Home Screens for a Florida Hurricane Season.

Spring has officially ended and Summer is taking over our lives for the next few months. Preparing Your Home Screens for a Florida Hurricane Season. With Summer comes some pretty intense storms, and yes, even hurricanes! And with it comes hurricane season. Meteorologists are already predicting a slightly above average amount of tropical storms and hurricanes that can come our way in the coming months.

The 2019 hurricane season officially starts on June first and last until the last day in November. However, experts are paying close attention to April and May and monitoring the weather patterns in the Southeast, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. With warmer temperatures than usual in those areas this year, there is potential for some early storms.

The hurricane seasons are based on if we are experiencing an El Niño, La Niña, or if we are in a neutral phase. This year we are currently going through an El Niño, and it stays the same or strengthens we should have adverse or below average number of storms. If it weakens or becomes neutral the number of tropical storms and hurricanes could be higher than normal

In either scenario we should be prepared should a major storm come our way. Making sure your retractable screens are ready is one way to be prepared. The easiest way to make sure your screens are not damaged during a storm is to make sure they are retracted into their casing or as retracted as possible before the storm hits.

Click here to read more on how to prepare for hurricane season.

May
13
2019

Can we live in peace with love bugs?

Twice a year in Florida we get to experience the "lovely" love bug season. How to get rid of love bugs. Love bug season.Generally, you have seen them flying around in a pair of two locked together. These creatures stay around us for usually four weeks in both May and September and are heavily plastered on the front of everyone's car. Let's face it, there is nothing groovy about love bug season! 

While these bugs are harmless when it comes to biting or stinging they can be quite a nuisance. Here are some things to remember about these little bugs as they begin their invasion:

Where do they come from? UF says the bugs migrated here all on their own from Central America, via Texas and Louisiana before making their way to the Sunshine State.


What attracts them? To begin with, love bugs love heat, freshly painted surfaces and surfaces that are light-colored.

 How do you combat them? UF says that chemical pesticides do little to deter these little bugs. You might try tiki torches, citronella candles or mosquito repellent but the only sure fire way of avoiding them is by being inside and away from them.

A retractable screen from Michele's Hide-Away Screens on your garage door and lanai allow you to enjoy the outside air without the "not so easy to love" bugs getting in your hair, your face and always landing on your skin.

Apr
01
2019

Florida Springtime Garage Cleaning Tips.

Spring cleaning time is upon us, and for Florida, it's better to start cleaning early before it gets too hot to want to do anything! Florida garage spring cleaning. In the case of a Florida spring cleaning, it's best to start from the outside in. Get all that out of the way before the sun gets too bold during the afternoon and keeps you from venturing outside too often. If you have a garage, then this would be your perfect starting point! Over the years, a garage came become a sort of catch-all for various odds and ends in your home. Here we will dive into some of the best tips for spring cleaning a cluttered garage before those hot spring days Florida has come rolling in!

The first step is getting everything that's in the garage; OUT of the garage. This leaves you with the big space to thoroughly clean, scrubbing spots that haven't been touched in ages and some you forgot were there. Dust is sure to be an issue in these types of hidden spots, so it's best to come at those problem areas with a damp microfiber cloth/towel. This will get up all those dust bunnies in single swipe rather than brushing them all over and spreading them around with a broom. After the walls comes the floor of the garage. Vacuum in those little nooks and corners and get out any hiding dirty dust balls. Depending on the type of flooring in the garage (most commonly concrete), various cleaning methods can be used. With the more common concrete flooring, a sturdy bristle broom and a cleaning detergent are best.

Once the inside of the garage is looking brand new, it's time to tackle everything you just took out of it. This is also the perfect chance to make a couple of extra bucks on some stuff you just had sitting in your garage for x amount of time. Going through all the items you've had stored away could lead to a chance for a potential yard sale or even reselling some things online. Besides making money off old items, it gives you the opportunity to organize all your stowed indeed away belongings. This could lead to uncovering something you forgot you had, something you've been looking for for ages, or maybe just throwing junk away that no one needs or wants anymore!

To keep the organization in your garage after the cleanup, it's smart to get ahold of a few helpful items to store away the things you want to keep. Plastic totes are one of the best options because they can save a ton of things, don't take up too much room, and they're stackable! Various shelving units are perfect as well; that way things can be kept in reach when needed but not in the way. Once you have this marked off on your spring cleaning checklist, you can do so much more with a room that was once just for junk and the occasional parked car. Bring life back into your garage this spring!

One way to make your garage an enjoyable space this Spring is by adding a retractable screen from Michele's Hide_Away Screens. Click here for a free quote.