Options to Enclose Screened Lanai Windows

Save

A lanai is a covered porch, balcony or veranda. In Florida, a lanai is typically screened to keep insects and other pests at bay. With a screened lanai, you can enjoy outdoor views and weather with protection from the overhead sun. In order to use the space year-round without losing the benefit of an outdoor view, you can enclose the space with vinyl, acrylic or glass, depending on your preferences.

Advantages of Enclosures

  • While a screened lanai gives you the opportunity to enjoy the out-of-doors, an enclosed lanai has advantages for some people. When you add windows or sliding panels, you can use the space as an all-season room for entertaining, dining, exercising or just relaxing with a good book. Enclosures give you protection from the elements, keeping out the wind, rain and cooler temperatures. The enclosures also provide protection for your porch furniture and give added security for your home.

Vinyl

  • Vinyl windows or panels provide protection from the outside elements, keeping out wind, dust and rain. You still have the option of opening them to give the effect of a screened lanai allowing the air to flow through the screens. The enclosures are available in clear or tinted styles, depending on the need to keep out sun in your location. Vinyl panels are durable and are a less expensive option than a glass enclosure.

Acrylic

  • Acrylic enclosure panels are more durable than vinyl and lighter weight than glass. Acrylic panels are available in a choice of styles including sliding panels or windows that are custom-made to fit your existing openings. The acrylic is available in either clear or tinted options for UV protection. The panels open to allow airflow, but when closed and locked provide security to your lanai.

Glass

  • Glass enclosures provide UV protection for your room. They are available in insulated glass that blocks out some of the heat from the sun as well. Glass enclosures are available to withstand hurricane force winds of 150 mph, giving added protection to those living near the Florida coast. Glass also adds sound insulation, an advantage if your home is near a busy highway.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • What is a Florida Screen Room?

    The term “Florida room” has long been used to describe a type of sunroom even in homes not in Florida. In its...

  • How to Calculate Cost on an Enclosed Screened Porch

    Calculating the cost on your enclosed screen porch may turn out to be the most complicated step in remodeling depending on what...

  • How to Keep Rain Out of a Screened Porch

    Screened-in porches provide relaxing outdoor shade and protection from insects. But any porch owner knows that most screens are too flimsy to...

  • How to Winterize an Aluminum Screen Porch

    With a little effort and moderate expense you can winterize your aluminum screen porch to create a wonderful room for year-round use....

  • How to Clean Soft Vinyl Windows

    Soft vinyl windows are strong, flexible and impact-resistant. Therefore, you’ll find these windows in some boats and convertibles. Although strong, soft vinyl...

  • How to Put Roof Panels on a Screened Patio

    Roof panels for a screened porch can be built from many types of materials, such as lattice. Using lattice as roof panels...

  • How to Convert a Lanai to a Sunroom

    A lanai is a Hawaiian word, referring to an open porch attached to a home. It is designed to catch breezes and...

  • Porch Vs. Patio

    The home construction and design industry makes a distinction between the terms "porch" and "patio." As construction styles vary widely, there will...

  • Ideas for Outdoor Curtains

    Outdoor curtains need to be durable and able to handle various temperatures and conditions such as freezing cold and hot moister. Traditional...

  • Florida Decorating Ideas

    If you live in Florida or own a vacation home in the state, you may want to decorate it in a way...

  • How to Clean Vinyl Windows

    Clean vinyl windows by mixing water with bleach or dish liquid, scrubbing the windows from the bottom up and rinsing the windows...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!