Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ Overview

Common Questions & Answers

Do we offer in-house estimates?

Yes, we do offer in-house estimates, it depends on the project type you are interested in for your home. Reach out to our team today to schedule an in-house estimate at (321) 652-1078.

Can we send a salesman out for a per-panel rescreen quote?

Currently, we do not send a salesman out for a per-panel rescreen but we do offer per-panel rescreen quotes in the office. Reach out to our team today to schedule a per-panel rescreen estimate at (321)652-1078.

How long have we been in business?

Over 20 years in business and over 30 years of combined experience amongst our team. Learn more about our team by visiting our about us page!

Is everyone who works for Lafferty Aluminum and Screening related?

We are a family-owned and operated business, and while not everyone on our team is blood-related, we share a close-knit working dynamic that fosters exceptional customer service and care, treating you as an integral part of our extended family.

Do we do roll-down screens?

Yes, we do offer roll down motorized screens for Garage and Patio screens! Review more information about our Motorized Garage and Patio Screens.

Can we repair an enclosure built by another contractor or company?

Yes, however, it varies based on the repairs required. Most screen enclosures can receive new screens and screws with ease. Some pieces of aluminum can be replaced, but if the enclosure has taken significant damage, or is 30+ years old, it’s likely time for a rebuild. On average, we will usually do repairs if it is time for a full rescreen. Speak with our specialist today for more details (321)652-1078

What is the average timeframe for a screen enclosure project?

Project timelines vary based on whether it is an entirely new enclosure or a repair. Speak with our team today for the most up-to-date timelines on all service projects.

Do we repair damaged or cracked concrete?

We do not offer concrete repair services. However, we will rip up any damaged or cracked concrete and put new concrete down. Call us today at (321)652-1078 to learn more about our concrete services.

Can we remove and replace rusty screws on an existing screen enclosure?

Most enclosures are qualified to have the rusty screws replaced. Schedule an inspection with our team today at (321)652-1078.

What is the common life span of a screen enclosure?

Typically a screen enclosure can last between 20-30 years, if not more. Lifespans depend on your exposure and care to your screen enclosure.

Does concrete require a permit?

In most municipalities, yes. Generally, concrete pads that include a footer require an inspection.

Do pavers require a permit?

If the pavers are receiving a footer below them, then yes, a permit is required. However, if there is already a footer in place you will not need a permit to install pavers. Speak with our team today for more information before beginning your project (321)652-1078.

Does a screened-in entry or porch require a permit?

If your entryway or porch has a roof then yes we would require a permit. If we are ever installing an aluminum roof we will require a permit.

Does a screen enclosure require a permit?

We will only require a permit on a screen enclosure if we are building an aluminum roof.

Is Lafferty Aluminum & Screening licensed and insured?

Yes, we are fully licensed and insured! Read more about our reputable company by visiting our about us page.

Do you offer financing?

Yes! We are a proud partner with Lyon Financial which has worked as a specialist in home improvement financing solutions since 1979.

What steps do I need to take before my screen enclosure installation?

1. Be certain that security systems and gates will allow us to enter the property.
2. Make sure that we have access to outdoor outlets to power our tools.
3. Trim back any landscaping to give us room to work.
4. Remove any decor and furniture from the area.

Do we share any of your personal information such as phone number, email, address, or first/last name?

At Lafferty Aluminum and Screening, we take your privacy seriously. Rest assured that we do not share any personal customer information with any third parties, maintaining the confidentiality and trust you place in us. Review our privacy policy for more details.

How long do pool enclosures last?

The longevity of a pool enclosure depends on the quality of the materials. The average lifespan ranges from 10 to 15 years, but the pool enclosure can last longer depending on the climate and level of maintenance.

Can I turn an outdoor pool into an indoor pool?

Yes. An outdoor pool can be turned into an indoor pool by installing a pool enclosure. Install a high-height enclosure if you want plenty of room, and walk around under the enclosure.

How big should a pool enclosure be?

A pool enclosure should be big enough to cover the pool. Some homeowners want the enclosed area larger than the pool to enjoy lounging or install landscaping.

How do I maintain a pool enclosure?

Pool enclosures need to be cleaned regularly and inspected for issues with hardware, fasteners, panels, and doors.

How much does a pool enclosure cost in Florida?

A pool enclosure in Florida averages between $6,000 and $12,000, depending on the size, materials, and type. In metro areas throughout Florida, expect to pay between $5 and $15 per square foot for a screen enclosure.

What is the difference between a freestanding and an attached pool enclosure?

A freestanding pool enclosure is a structure not attached to a home or another building. An attached pool enclosure has three walls and uses one wall of a home or other building to complete the enclosure.

What is a screen enclosure?

A screen enclosure is an outdoor structure with walls and a roof made of screens or mesh to protect from insects and the elements.

What is screen mesh?

Screen mesh is a material made of vinyl-coated fiberglass with small holes or perforations that allow air and light to pass through while preventing insects from entering.

What is a 20x20 or no-see-um screen?

No-see-um screen is a screen mesh type with tiny holes designed to keep out even the smallest insects.

What is Tuff screen?

A tuff screen is a vinyl-coated polyester screen that is more durable than a standard fiberglass screen. This material is typically used on larger screen openings called "picture windows."

What is a Pet screen?

Pet screen is the most durable vinyl-coated polyester screen. This material is typically used below the chair rail to prevent pets and wildlife from damaging the screen.

What is a chair rail?

A chair rail is a piece of aluminum, typically 2" x 2", installed along the screen wall to protect chairs and other furniture. It also separates the top and bottom screen panels.

What is a kickplate?

A kickplate is a sheet of aluminum plating installed along the bottom of a wall to protect feet and other objects.

What are fasteners?

Fasteners are components used to attach two or more objects, such as screws, nails, bolts, and rivets. Our fasteners have two coats of ceramic paint to protect the metal from rust and corrosion. We also offer stainless steel fasteners for longer-lasting and more durable installations.

Are Screened Pool Enclosures Durable?

Yes, screened pool enclosures are designed to be durable and long-lasting. The materials used, such as aluminum frames and high-quality screens, are chosen for their durability and resistance to weather elements. Properly maintained, a screened pool enclosure can provide years of reliable service.

Are Permits Necessary When Building A Pool Enclosure?

Yes, in most areas, a permit is necessary when building a pool enclosure. Permit requirements can vary based on local building codes and regulations. It's essential to check with your local municipal authorities to determine the specific permitting requirements for your location.

Are There Pool Enclosure Design Options?

Yes, there are various design options available for pool enclosures. The design can be customized to suit your preferences and complement the aesthetics of your home. Options include different frame styles, roof designs, and screen types. Our team can help you explore design possibilities based on your needs and make an informed recommendation.

What Factors Impact the Screen Enclosure Cost?

The cost of a screen enclosure can be influenced by several factors, including the size of the enclosure, the type of materials used, the complexity of the design, and local labor costs. Factors such as including features like doors, windows, and specialized screens can also contribute to the overall cost.

Are You Ready for a New Pool Enclosure?

Several types of windows, including vinyl and acrylic options, are suitable for sunrooms:

Vinyl Windows: These windows are known for their durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance. Vinyl windows are resistant to rot and moisture, making them an excellent choice for sunrooms exposed to varying weather conditions.

Acrylic Windows: Acrylic windows offer excellent clarity and are lightweight. Sunrooms often use them to provide unobstructed views while maintaining energy efficiency. Acrylic windows are durable and resistant to shattering, making them a safe and reliable choice.

When choosing between vinyl and acrylic windows for your sunroom, consider insulation, maintenance requirements, and aesthetic preferences. Consulting with any of our specialist can help you make an informed decision based on your needs and home's aesthetics.

What are the benefits of having a screen enclosure?

1. Enclosures serve as an effective containment measure for both children and pets. Depending on the type of enclosure utilized, this containment can be regarded as a safety barrier. While it is imperative to emphasize the irreplaceable role of adult supervision, a screen enclosure stands as the primary defense mechanism.

2. Screen enclosures function as a deterrent against leaves, grass, and various yard debris. The presence of a screen enclosure ensures that your porch or pool area maintains a higher level of cleanliness, safeguarded from outdoor elements.

3. Screen enclosures play a pivotal role in warding off bothersome insects. The intrusion of bugs can disrupt the enjoyment of outdoor activities, especially in the pleasant environs of Florida. Opting for enclosures with tighter weaves is recommended to effectively prevent even the smallest insects from compromising your outdoor experience.

Do I have to have a concrete patio already?

Absolutely! At Lafferty Aluminum & Screening, we offer the option of a concrete deck with or without decorative spray deck patterns, as well as a paver deck. All these options are covered under our Florida Contractor’s license. There's no need to engage multiple contractors for your home improvement or repair needs. Our team at Lafferty Aluminum & Screening can seamlessly manage the entire project for you, simplifying the process for your convenience.

How long does installation take?

New screen enclosure build projects typically require 4-5 days, while service crews dedicated to wraps may necessitate a two-day timeframe. Complete rescreening services, on the other hand, can extend up to a maximum of three days.

Do I have a choice of color?

We provide a selection of frame color options, including white and bronze.

Can my existing screen room be extended?

Certainly! At Lafferty Aluminum & Screening, we are pleased to offer the possibility of expanding your screened patio or porch in many instances, preserving the current structure while incorporating additional space. To ensure accuracy, a representative from our company will conduct an on-site visit to inspect the existing structure at your home.

Should I cut my screens during a Hurricane?

It is advisable to employ a utility knife to carefully cut through the screen, and facilitate the unhindered flow of wind to mitigate potential damage. In the case of smaller screens, it is recommended to make incisions on 1-2 screens along each side, as well as 1-2 along the rear wall.

Is there anything we can do to protect our screen during a hurricane?

Our team of experts can visit your home before a storm and ensure it is safe as a storm approaches and advise recommendations to strengthen your enclosure.

What type of warranty do we offer?

Leading the industry with a comprehensive warranty, our offering includes a three-year limited structural warranty that encompasses all aluminum components and fasteners.

What is the standard payment schedule?

Our typical payment structure for most projects involves a 25% initial deposit, followed by 50% at the project commencement, and the remaining 25% upon completion. Please note that custom projects may necessitate larger initial deposits.

Can you provide examples of your previous work?

Certainly. We have successfully completed over 1,000 projects across Brevard and Indian River County. Please visit our gallery page for a comprehensive showcase of our work, offering additional inspiration.

What guarantees do you provide for your work?

Lafferty Aluminum & Screening takes pride in offering an industry-leading 3-year warranty on our services. We stay true to our quality craftsmanship and pride ourselves in maintaining 100% customer satisfaction. 

Is it advisable to undertake Screen Enclosure Repairs independently?

Engaging in screen enclosure repairs without sufficient experience in working with aluminum structures and screening may lead to additional issues. It is recommended to consult with experts, such as Lafferty Aluminum & Screening, for guidance on when to repair, replace, or rescreen your screen enclosure.

How long do project estimate appointments take? When should I expect my estimate from my salesman?

Estimate appointments can take as little as 30 minutes or up to an hour and take place in phases. 

Phase #1(5-15 min): Meet and greet, and discuss projects, after this is complete you may relax. 
Phase #2 (5-10 min): Salesmen begin taking measurements, photos, and 3D scans if needed. 
Phase #3 (15-20 min): The salesperson prepares the handwritten estimate(s).
Phase #4 (5-15 min): The salesperson returns to the homeowner to present and discuss the estimate(s).

Note: estimates can also be prepared without anyone present at home. The salesperson will need access to the area (fence unlocked, etc.) and may need to call to receive details for the estimate to be complete and accurate. 

Most estimates are prepared during the on-site visit. You can expect to receive the estimate(s) on the day of the appointment and a follow-up email with a scan of the estimates(s).

In some cases, additional details may be required and the estimate may need to be emailed over after the appointment (within 24-48 hours). 

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