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Florida’s Dry Season is almost here.

Many people say Florida doesn't have well defined seasons like other states, although lifetime Floridians do notice the changes. Florida's dry season. Retractable screens. What Florida does have, just like many tropical places, is a wet and dry season.

Anyone who has spent time in the Summer in Florida can tell you the heat, humidity, and severe afternoon storms can almost be unbearable. Every day from May to late September those afternoon storms come rolling in like clockwork, right around 3:00. This makes it hard to get in a nice swim, plan a trip to the beach, or theme park.

The best time to be in Florida is the dry season. This last from October to April and is the reason so many tourists come to visit and why snowbirds exist. When the dry seasons hits it is like a refreshing breath of fresh air washes over you, and outside activities are enjoyable.

The dry season is also the best time to open your windows and doors to let the crisp Autumn breeze blow in. Nothing is better than getting the stale air out and letting your house breathe. This is the time to sit outside in your screened in lanai or garage and watch the world go by.

Now is the time, if you haven't already to get a retractable screen for your front door, garage and lanai. Contact Michele's Hide-Away Screens to get the perfect screen for the season!


3 Reasons To Screen In Your Golf Cart Garage.

Central Florida is home to some of the largest retirement communities in the world. And what self-respecting retirement community doesn’t have its own golf course or two (or almost fifty … yes 50!... if you’re talking about The Villages)?

With all that golf to play and all that ground to cover, it’s no wonder that both the fairways and the roadways are abuzz with personal golf carts; so much so that special road lanes are being added just for these little buggies as they are rapidly replacing automobiles as the main source of transportation.

Along with the growing prevalence of golf carts, many homes in these communities now include dedicated mini garages which deserve the same consideration as their 2-car counterparts. So consider a few reasons why you should have a screen installed on your golf cart garage door:

1. By letting fresh air in and keeping bothersome pests out, a screen allows you to comfortably enjoy and better maintain whatever you decide to fill the space with, whether it be a golf cart, yard tools, exercise equipment or a workshop.

2. Because of the many heat sources that generate within the garage (ie: furnace, hot water heater, spare fridge, vehicle engines), along with poor insulating value and typically no air conditioning, the space can quickly turn into a pressure cooker. A screen can provide instant and significant relief.

3. An open garage door may bring unwanted attention, but a screened garage door may provide some added level of security.

Get your garage door upgraded today with a screen from Michele's Hide-Away Screens. Call now 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!

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