Husband and wife enjoy their coffee and a read in a wooden three season room, filled with windows and surrounded by trees.
5 Benefits of a Three Season Room

If you’re yearning to relax in the beauty of your backyard or natural living space without being bothered by pests or intense climates, adding a three-season room to your home is the best solution. 

What is a three-season room? These featured spaces are an upgraded version of basic patio enclosures. Three season rooms are additions built onto houses enclosed with glass. The purpose of these enclosures is to create a relaxing environment with floor-to-ceiling windows to experience the natural environment surrounding its occupants while keeping them protected from harsh climates and pests. While most three-season rooms are a form of patio or porch, they can also enclose a simple section of yard space. 

Three-season rooms offer the perfect space for you to relax on comfortable furniture and take in nature’s beauty without worrying about damage caused by outdoor elements. But why invest in a three-season room over other enclosed outdoor spaces?

Here are five benefits of a three-season room.


Expands Your Living Space

One of the most noticeable benefits of having a three-season room is the expansion it gives your living space. Because three-season rooms are open and inviting spaces with plenty of natural light, homeowners tend to use the expansion as a gathering place. 

It’s a proven fact that being surrounded by nature and natural light improves your mood. Adding a three-season room gives you the perfect space to walk from your living room to a clean and enclosed space that is still immersed in the natural environment surrounding your house. The purposes this room can provide are endless. Allow young children a safe space to play in the sun or lounge on a loveseat while watching the sunset. 

If you’re looking to expand your house without paying for complete structural renovations, a three-season room can be the perfect addition to your living space. 


Adds Protection

Upgrading your patio or yard to include a three-season room offers the benefit of more protection over your indoor/outdoor space. You can enjoy nature in your enclosed space without being bothered by pests or weather changes. 

If you were to bask in the beauty of nature while fully exposed to the elements, it might still be enjoyable, but you would be at risk of sunburns, mosquito bites, or possible rainfall. A three-season room gives you the luxury of being outdoors without actually suffering from outdoor elements. 

The main difference between enclosed patios and three-season rooms is the screens used to line them. Enclosed patios use mesh screens, while three-season rooms use clear or tinted vinyl panels. This allows three-season rooms to be enjoyed in much more diverse climates than patio enclosures because they can better protect the interior from rainfall and debris. 

These enclosed rooms will not only protect you and your guests but your furniture too. You don’t have to worry about excessive rusting, fading, or breaking, usually when furniture is exposed to the outdoor elements. 

Various panels are available when building your three-season room, such as clear vinyl or shades that block out UV light or outside air particles. This design is the perfect solution if you want to experience spring blooms while having pollen allergies or those who want to bask in the sunlight without getting a sunburn. 


Adapts to Each Season

The greatest advantage three-season rooms present over traditional patio enclosures is the ability to enjoy the space year-round—depending on your location’s climate. 

Three-season rooms are praised by those who live in areas where it doesn’t get too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. They give you more freedom to use the space in ways that screened patios would not, such as decorating with perishable furniture without having to worry about sun and rain damage. If you live in a location where the winters are cold and snowy, this room might not be the one most people gravitate toward in the colder months, but you can rest well knowing all the materials and occupants in that room will be safe. If you still want to feel a warm summer breeze throughout your room, simply open the windows and doors to let in the fresh air. 

If you are looking for space you can confidently enjoy year-round, consider investing in a three-season room in which you control the heating and cooling inside the room. 


Doesn’t Break Your Budget

Adding a more durable patio enclosure might sound like it’s going to exceed your budget, but three-season rooms can be very cost-effective

The labor put into building three-season rooms is very minimal as it does not require a foundation, insulation, or plumbing and heating systems. The only element needed is an anchored deck. 

If you are looking to eliminate your labor budget completely, there are options for three-season room kits available on the market. These kits allow you to erect your own three-season room on a budget. 

Keep in mind, if you choose to construct your own three-season room, there are a few difficulties that accompany DIY. Choosing a three-season room kit allows much more room for error in your construction. If you are not savvy with heavy crafting, you could spend more money trying to correct the mistakes you made the first time around. Hiring a service to build your three-season room guarantees you can relax while everything is done right the first time and all at once. 

The most expensive part of building your three-season room will be choosing the materials you would like to use. Porch screens and glass panels vary in pricing and can change your space’s purpose. You can also choose to fully carpet your three-season room and add any intricate details. 

Regular patio covers or deck covers can be customized into a three-season sunroom if you want. This is an excellent way to upgrade an existing feature of your home.


Adds Versatility to Your Patio Enclosure

Three-season rooms are an extremely versatile space in your house. You can use them as a traditional patio enclosure gathering space or get creative by crafting a sunroom

Three-season rooms are a type of sunroom when constructed for that purpose. This can be a great place to have an indoor green room with a plant collection or lounge space for warm days. If you already have a regular patio cover or deck cover and would like to turn it into a three-season sunroom, the only step is to add glass-paneled walls to surround the space. 

Three-season rooms offer an array of benefits to your home. If you’re looking to add an upgraded patio enclosure or sunroom addition to your living space, you don’t have to limit yourself to using it for the traditional family room purpose. Consider turning it into an indoor/outdoor gym, game room, or green room. Whatever the goal, enjoy the outdoor scenery while protected by your enclosed space.

Get started by contacting your nearest Screenmobile pro and get started on your home renovation project.

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How to Choosing the Right Screen Room Options

The weather is warming up all over the country and people are getting ready to spend more time outside. While the prospect of sitting on your porch sounds great, past seasons will remind you that there are challenges that come with trying to relax outdoors. Excessive heat, bright sunlight, bugs, wind, and nosy neighbors can ruin what should be an enjoyable experience.

To combat these issues, you may be planning to have a screen room constructed on your property. If you’re exploring your options but you’re not sure which solutions you need, keep reading. This article will cover a few common screen room options as well as the key factors you should consider when making plans.

Screen Room Options

Screen rooms are designed to allow fresh air to blow through an otherwise enclosed room, which is what separates them from a sunroom (which is glass-enclosed). Depending on several factors, homeowners can choose a variety of options to create the most ideal screen room for their needs.

If you’re planning to have a screen room constructed in or around your home, take a look at these screen room options for ideas on the best way to proceed.

Retractable Screens

Retractable screen systems can be either manually controlled or motorized, so these screen room solutions are developed with the intention of meeting a variety of unique needs.

Retractable screens are custom-fitted into spaces the homeowner desires (such as archways or windows) in order to create a screen room. The screens can be retracted when they’re not in use to open the space completely or lowered to allow fresh air to flow through the area. This option provides the best of both worlds, as the screens block excessive sunlight, heat, and insects while allowing homeowners to enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors.

Additionally, some screens are designed to improve the homeowner’s sense of privacy without obstructing the view of any surrounding landscapes.

Retractable Doors

Screen Doors

A screen door can serve several purposes including sun protection, security enhancement, and pet safety. Depending on what the homeowner wants his or her screen door to accomplish, one of several screen door options may be appropriate.

Heavy-duty pet-proof screens allow dogs and cats to get fresh air and have fun playing outside the house without introducing any risks to the animal’s safety. These screens are incredibly durable, so dogs and cats won’t be able to break through if the mail carrier drops by.

Screen doors also improve home security measures by allowing airflow to pass through a screen room without opening the rest of the home to intruders. Screen doors can be locked so that the homeowner and his or her family can relax without interruptions or uninvited visitors walking in off the street.

Like other screen systems for screen rooms, a screen door can also control how much heat and sunlight passes into the room.

Screen doors can be retractable, sliding, or swinging so that they align with the home’s space availability.

Outdoor Shades

Exterior solar shades can turn an ordinary porch or patio into a screen room quickly and easily, and the shades can be rolled up and away when they’re not in use. without forcing the household to contend with insects, sunburns, or heat-induced headaches. Instead, with the shades in place, having a get-together, barbecue, or relaxing afternoon outside is easy regardless of how hot or windy the weather might get.

Factors To Consider

While each component of a screen room sounds perfect in theory, it’s important for homeowners to plan their screen room construction project with a few things in mind.

Screenmobile offers a wide variety of screen room solutions and each one is designed to meet a homeowner’s general needs. That said, certain products will be a better fit than others, depending on the features and functions our customers want.

Keep these three factors in mind when you’re coming up with screen room ideas.

Space Layout

Most screen room solutions come in different sizes, so they can be customized to fit a home’s unique layout. For homes with smaller screen room areas, smaller screens can be installed. For homes with massive porches that need to be screened in, a larger, more powerful screen system may be the best choice.

Additionally, if the home in question has high ceilings and archways, opting for motorized retractable screens may be more convenient than choosing manual screens, as it may be difficult to reach the edge of the screen if it retracts farther than the height of a typical adult.

Usage Needs

Homeowners living in locations that frequently experience harsh weather conditions and storms may benefit from choosing storm screens, doors, and windows. This way, wind, rain, and excessive heat won’t damage the screens encasing the screen room.

If security is a concern, choosing a metal screen door may be a better option than one with vinyl screening. Doors with metal screens still enable plenty of fresh air to blow through, but they keep homes safe and secure in the process.

The intended use for an individual’s screen room should play an important role in determining which product and material is best suited for the project. If you’re not sure exactly what sort of screen room solution you’d like, our customer service team can walk you through your options and help you make an informed decision.


Finally, the costs associated with creating a screen room will be an essential part of your plan. Some screen room solutions are more affordable than others, and depending on the size of the area you’re working with and the intended purpose of your screen room, you might be able to save money taking one route over another.

If you want to talk with an expert about your screen room options or you’d like to get started with your project, reach out to Screenmobile. Our team of experts will work with you to make sure you have everything you want in a screen room.


4 season porch conversion with wood.
Make a 3 or 4 Season Sunroom

Why Turn a Porch into a 3 Season Room or 4 Season Room

The most basic sunroom could also be called a one-season porch. It’s an area outside your home, level with your house, which is usable and quite enjoyable when the sun is shining in. It will most likely have insect-resistant porch screening to make sure the only guests are ones you’ve called over rather than the mosquitoes, no-see-ums or various other bugs attracted by the gathering.

This space can be many things, a relaxing place to chill out, somewhere to take in some cool air without the aircon blasting, or even a casual party location. However, this space could also be elevated even further by building a three-season or four-season space out of your existing porch or veranda. Three and four-season sunrooms mean that you can get much more use out of this extra living space, which brings greater value to your home and also means getting better value out of any investments you make there in terms of decoration and furniture.

If you already have a porch or are thinking of adding one, going the extra step of making it a 3-season room or 4-season room definitely has big benefits. Here we’ll look at what they are and what you need to do to make it happen.

3 Season Room or 4 Season Room: What’s the Difference

Let’s start with looking at what the big difference is between a basic or screened-in porch, a 3-season room and a 4-season room.

A normal or screened-in porch will have, at most, screening materials at its openings, which mostly serve to keep out insects but can also be for reducing the glare and UV damage of the sun or for ensuring pets and toddlers don’t stray out any gaps. However, with the screen material allowing for the full flow of air and no extra insulation measures, outside of summer, the porch will be too cold, windy or wet for daily usage.

A 3 season room will generally have insulation (though some very warm parts of the country won’t necessarily need it) and also a screen and window layout that can keep out wind and rain. This means that despite the worst of whatever spring, summer and fall has to throw at your home, the 3 season room will still be usable. A three-season porch, as it doesn’t have its own heating or aircon, will still have to be separated from the rest of the house, which is the main difference between it and a 4 season room.

A 4 season room, as the name suggests, is completely usable all year round. That’s because, along with better insulation in the flooring and roofing, and windows that can trap heat, it’s also connected through to your house’s heating, ventilation and aircon (HVAC) system, which allows it to be heated or cooled like any other room in your house. As a year-round sunroom, you’ll be able to enjoy the space and comfort of the extra living space without having to worry about the ambient temperature outside, which also means that a 4 season room can be directly connected to the rest of your house without the need to be closed off by walls or doors, which also fills your home with more natural light.

So with those differences sorted out, let’s look at how to go about building a 3-season room or 4-season room. These can be either from converting an existing porch, veranda or other outside space or building it from the ground up. There are different processes for making either of the spaces, but they also have a reasonable amount in common.

How to Build a 3-Season Room

Whether the job is a conversion or a new build, whether it’ll be a DIY 3-season room or you’re hiring a contractor, the core concept of elevating a 3-season room from a simple screened-in porch is how much control you have over the environment. By that, we mean you want to be able to keep what you don’t want (wind, rain, insects, heat or coldness) out and what you do want (warmth or cool air, noise, pets and toddlers) in.

There are a number of factors that allow you to do this, namely insulation (roof, wall, floor) and your windows, screens or window screens. The insulation doesn’t have to be as heavy as with a 4 season room. Roof and floor work are the main concerns. It’s possible to have all-clear walling in your 3 season room, depending on your insulation needs. An example is the Eze-Breeze system, which integrates panels made from see-through vinyl that have the same functionality as glass without the fragility or cost. The advantage of using such a system for your 3-season room is that the wall/window panels can be adjusted into different configurations depending on how much coverage or openness you want for the room in adapting to the seasons.

Cost-wise, a 3-season room is going to run anywhere between $10,000 to $50,000, depending on how much insulation and glazing or screening has to be added. It can even sometimes be cheaper to build the room again from the ground up rather than retrofitting insulation or other features such as anti-mouse and moisture screens in the flooring.

How to Build a 4-Season Room

As mentioned, the big difference between a 3-season room and a 4-season room is that the latter is connected to your home’s HVAC systems. To ensure that you’re not losing warmth or coolness from your home that means the 4 season room must be up to the same standards of insulation and temperature control as the rest of the house, so all of the same rules apply as for a 3 season room but wall insulation and insulated (that is, double-panel) windows or screens are a must.

Connecting your HVAC system to the room can be quite a task in itself, though. It will probably need to be rewired for extra outlets or HVAC equipment. When it comes to that equipment, a new aircon or heating system unit may be required, though you may be lucky to get away with simply splitting ducts from the main system. For anything producing fumes, such as a fireplace or stove, make sure you have proper exit ducts, and the whole finished job is up to local building codes.

Though a 4-season room will logically come in more expensive than a 3-season room, at around $20,000 to $80,000, the benefits are greater. Apart from being able to use the room all year round, it is also important, legally, for a room to be occupiable 365 days a year for it to be officially counted as ‘living space’ by real estate agents, thus adding greater value to your home.


Building or converting a porch or outdoor area into a 3 season room or 4 season room is a big home improvement undertaking but can have huge benefits, giving you, your family and your friends a wonderful and relaxing living space for the majority or all of the year.

If you’re thinking about taking the step, it’s always best to talk with the experts first. Here at Screenmobile, converting and winterizing porches, verandas and other spaces is a specialty, and our technicians are always happy to discuss how the job can go down and what kind of options are available to make the space your own.

To find out more, you can read about conversions, 3-season rooms and more here or locate your nearest Screenmobile operator here.

Converted porch filled with windows and furniture
Convert Your Porch Into Your New Favorite Room

Of nearly a million single-family homes built in 2020, more than 65% came with a porch. Porches are making a massive comeback as homebuyers find them to be an appealing house feature. 

And while porches are great, there’s something even better you can do to enjoy your patio year-round. Convert your porch into a room!

Porch conversions are an excellent home renovation project that won’t break the bank but will allow you to be in the yard while staying inside.

So keep reading as we dive into how to convert your existing porch into a new room in your home. 

What is a Porch Conversion?

A porch conversion takes your existing porch and converts it into an enclosed, beautiful space you can use throughout the year. With a converted porch, you can enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about the sun’s rays, pollen, or pesky insects getting in the way. These enclosed outdoor rooms offer the same protection from the weather as a sunroom while allowing you to enjoy the scenery whenever you wish. In addition, if your windows are well insulated, you can use them in the wee hours of the morning and evening in the spring and fall.

Set Your Purpose

Before doing anything, you need to consider what you want the purpose of the new room to be.

Is it going to serve as a bedroom? What about a sunroom? A three- or four-season room is also an option. On the other hand, maybe you only want a screened porch.

There are many possibilities, so if you need more time, speak with your builder to see what they can suggest. Of course, your decision will affect the rest of the building process, so you must consider its purpose first. 

Check the Foundation and Roof

Examining your roof and foundation requirements is the first step in converting your porch into a bedroom or expansion. If you have a wooden porch base, you’ll want to replace it with a concrete slab. 

Additionally, porches don’t usually have sufficient roofing for an entire room, so you’ll probably require an expansion. You’ll also want to ensure that when the porch conversion is complete, the ceiling is at least 8 feet tall, or else it won’t be up to standard. 

HVAC and Electrical Adjustments 

Next, you need to identify the room’s heating and cooling requirements. For example, if you plan to build a screen porch or enclosure, it may not have requirements in this category. However, you may not be able to enjoy the screen porch during the winter if it gets too cold.

You need to make some adjustments for the space to be fully functional as a bedroom or extension of your house. A professional will need to run ductwork from the existing heat pump system to the new space. Opting for electrical heat in the new room is also a choice you can consider.  

Adding heat will help to winterize the space and give it longevity. 

You’ll also want an air conditioner installed for those hot summer days. But, a professional HVAC pro can help you assess the best way to heat and cool your renovated porch.

After inspecting its HVAC needs, identify what electrical adjustments you need to make. An electrician will assess if you can use your current circuit breaker or if you need an upgrade to support the additional load. They can also advise you on wiring methods for light fixtures and outlets. 

Think about electrical devices you plan to have in the room, such as a TV, to understand where you need electrical access. 

Framework and Wall Insulation

At this point, you’ll need to extend the porch roof framework and add wall framing, if necessary.

Based on the porch conversion you’re working on, you’ll already know if you need to extend the roof from the previous step. You won’t need to add wall insulation for those creating a screen porch. 

You can use 2-by-4-inch studs spaced 16 inches apart to enclose the room with wall framing. However, for thicker insulation, choose 2-by-8-inch studs instead. This is necessary if you live in a climate with harsh winters and intend to use the room as a living space.

Of course, you want to leave some openings for windows and doors, so don’t close off the entire space! 

After installing the studs, you can determine the insulation you need for the walls and ceilings. To create a space you can use any season, remove the internal walls and add extra insulation. 

Consider installing smaller windows if the insulation doesn’t allow the room to heat or cool enough. Smaller windows help reduce the loss of warm or cooled air. 

As you can see, this is another reason you need to know the room’s purpose before you begin any renovations. For instance, using smaller windows isn’t ideal for a sunroom.


If you aren’t using screens, you’ll want to choose a siding that matches the rest of your home’s exterior. For example, if you already have vinyl siding, use the same style and color on the porch area. 

If your home uses brick and you can’t find an exact color match, you can choose vinyl siding that matches your home’s trim. Failing to match the new space with the rest of your home will make it stand out, and not in a good way. You want the room to feel like an addition to your home, not a side piece. This will ensure the interior and exterior flow and merge seamlessly. 

Decorate and Add Furniture

Finally, you’re ready to decorate the new space! Choose a paint color and start picking out some furniture. 

Many homeowners want their new converted porch to be comfy and for lounging. Try aiming for light or neutral colors and choosing plush cushions and oversized chairs. In addition, you can add a large area rug and throw pillows for additional comfort. 

Regardless of how you design the new space, try to make the aesthetic match the rest of your house and the usage. This way, it feels homey and like an extension of your home, not an area that oddly sticks out.

Choose Screenmobile for Your Porch Conversions

Porch conversions are the ideal house renovation project to give your home new life. You can screen in the area to create a lovely sitting place for the warmer months or enclose the space to have a fully functioning room year-round. 

From a deck patio to a patio enclosure, Screenmobile is here to help you. Request an estimate from us today so that we can get started on your porch conversation project!

What is a Sunroom?

Do you ever just want to sit on a lounger in your garden all day long and soak up the rays?

Did you just have a minor panic attack reading that?

Spending too much time in direct sunlight is dangerous. UV rays are very harmful to our skin and hair. We only need 30 minutes to soak up our recommended vitamin D allowance, which can be achieved with a school run, a drive to the office, or a quick run out to the shops.

Still, you don’t want to be locked up in your house all day, every day, especially when the sun is shining and inviting you out.

Sunrooms are the best solution for any homeowner worried about direct sunlight but still loves summer vibes. If you’ve ever wondered what is a sunroom and how you can get one too, then continue reading.


What is a Sunroom?

A sunroom is a room with a large number of windows that lets in as much natural light as possible. In these rooms, plants and furnishings are typically used as decor. In addition, sunrooms can be built on top of an existing patio to bring in natural light and ventilation. Sunrooms are popular home improvements because they increase a property’s value while also providing more space for relaxing, working, or reading a book. Sunrooms are also known as solariums, garden rooms, Florida rooms, or Three Season Rooms.


Why get a Sunroom?

A Sunroom is an extension of your home, like a covered terrace area where you can still enjoy being outside but without being bothered by harmful UV rays, strong winds, or pesky bugs. Instead, you get to relax in the natural light, feast your eyes on nature, and seclude yourself away from your daily household chores.

Benefits of a Sunroom:

    • Creates an extra room
    • Accessible from principal residence
    • Adds value to home property
    • Clear garden view
    • Natural light
    • Blocks wind
    • Prevents pests from entering your home

Your Sunroom can be custom-designed with french doors, and adequate window treatments to suit your personal needs.


Different types of Sunrooms

Like everything that exists, there are different types of sunrooms. It depends on your budget–how much you are willing to invest.

Sunrooms Low Maintenance


While a Sunroom is like an extra living room, a Sunporch is more outdoor. Often people decide to screen off their porches to enjoy still being outside without annoying mosquitos buzzing along for a picnic.

There are a lot of screens available. You can choose retractable screens or something more permanent. You can choose screens where you can enjoy your view, but nosy passersby can’t see. If this is an option that interests you, check out the different porch screens available on our website.

Three Season Rooms Porch Conversions

3-season Rooms

You can’t use a three-season room the whole year-round. There isn’t an HVAC system in place. If you live in a sweltering climate, you won’t be able to use this room in Summer as the glass walls will capture heat and make the inside unbearable. However, you can enjoy those winters in your three-season room.

For colder climates, you won’t be able to relax properly in a three-seasoned room without heating.

Ask yourself why you want this space and what purpose it will serve. We advise against creating a three-seasoned room for permanent, year-round use.

Learn the 5 Benefits of a Three Season Room.


4-season Rooms

This is the most expensive option on the list. However, a four-season room truly is an extension to your home where you have your HVAC system running. These rooms can efficiently serve as guest rooms, home offices, or second family rooms. You might even use it for an indoor swimming pool, accessible all year, depending on the size.

Four seasoned rooms are climate-controlled and custom-built for your comfort and home aesthetics.

Regardless of the type of sunroom addition you choose, know that you can select the frames and shades’ material, color, and design. You can also choose energy-efficient window treatments for your contribution to the climate.


Can I DIY my Sunroom?

If you are comfortable and skilled with building and construction, you can build your sunroom. You just need to be smart about where you choose to buy your materials and not be embarrassed to call a professional when needed.

Building your sunroom will give you more control and can be cheaper if you’re confident in your DIY skills. However, we advise against it for a first-time project. If you want to put your skills to the test before embarking on a large project like this, build a catio first!


How much do Sunrooms cost?

As mentioned above, there are different types of sunrooms to complement your budget. Whatever you put into your sunroom will come back to you as an added value to your property. They are also great for curbside appeal, which could boost the local market.

You also need to consider the final size–how much space will your sunroom take up. How many windows need covering, how much area needs to be cooled/heated, etc. Contact us for an estimate today; we are quick to respond.


Get a professional; call Screenmobile!

At Screenmobile, our technicians are industry professionals. We come to you with all the options so you can see for yourself, from the comfort of your own home, the different options available. We are here to help and advise you to make the best decision for your home needs, budget, and home aesthetic.

Any place, any screen, any need. Give us a call.

A screened porch with comfortable furniture overlooking a wooded area, bathed in natural light, creating a tranquil spot for relaxation.
Patio Screens: Create a Relaxing Outdoor Retreat

A well-designed screened-in patio can elevate an experience as simple as your morning cup of coffee or your evening glass of wine. Where else can you enjoy the sound of birds chirping, feel the breeze of a warmer summer night, or watch a beautiful sunset without being bothered by pesky mosquitos or having to change out of your pajamas? Screened-in patio designs can serve many purposes for a homeowner and can provide endless benefits, but before setting out to design your perfect outdoor retreat, there are a few logistics to work out. To create your ideal screened patio, consider the climate where you live, the location and function of your patio, building materials, and design and décor preferences. Follow this screened-in patio designs guide to create a serene and relaxing outdoor retreat that you can enjoy for years to come.

The Function of the Space

What will be the chief function of your patio? Is your porch a place to relax and enjoy the view? Think about the end goal of your space– are you trying to block some of the sun for a warm summer nap, prevent bugs from ruining your dinner party, or add privacy to your outdoor living space? The function of your outdoor retreat can help you determine what screen materials to use as well as the style of décor and type of furniture. 

How Often and When You Will Use It

Another consideration is how often and when you will use your patio. If you plan on using your patio year-round, you may want to consider a convertible three-season room to easily accommodate the current climate. You can also add ceiling fans or split units, which can cool and heat the space all year. Another option is adding a fireplace or wood-burning stove to keep your space comfortable all season long.. There are also different screen options to choose from to help circulate air, provide shade in the warmer months and insulate the space in the cooler months. 


Choosing the right location for your outdoor living space can depend on a few factors, including function of the space, the climate, and privacy and view from the street or neighbors’ homes.

You’ll get more usage out of your patio If you place it near other rooms you frequently use, such as your kitchen and living rooms. In this way, you extend your living space and add to the functionality of your patio.

If you live in a place with a cooler climate, you may want your patio in a place that receives the most sun exposure, but the reverse will be true if you live in a place with a warmer climate.

Finally, consider the view from your patio and choose a location that will still provide privacy and seclusion.

Design and Décor

To create a stylish outdoor living space, you’ll want to add design elements that are not only functional but also match the style of your interiors to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor. The below screened-in patio design style tips can help you transform your outdoor space into a relaxing outdoor retreat.

Hanging Décor

Hang lights, family photos, and artwork on porch walls. Add ceiling fans, lantern lamps, market lights, and chandeliers to the ceiling. 

Pick a Theme

Match the theme of your interiors or create a coastal, bohemian, or farmhouse-style outdoor oasis. Pick a color scheme to match your theme and style.

Install Sunshades

Block out the sun in style by installing solar shades or use stylish curtains.

Add Comfortable Seating

Add a seating area with comfortable outdoor furniture made of woven and wicker weather-proof material. Place your furniture on an outdoor rug made of jute to tie the space together.

Create Screen Porch Zones

Divide your outdoor space into zones to entertain, eat, and relax. Consider hanging a TV, installing a fireplace, wood-burning stove or even an outdoor kitchen.

Greenery and Florals

Mix it up with potted and hanging plants and flower vases.

Screened Porch Options

Screenmobile offers many porch screen installation options that differ in cost, quality, install time, design and functionality. Review the options below to choose the best option for you.

Small Extrusions

  • ½ “ x 1” extruded aluminum
  • Low profile doesn’t obstruct view
  • Easily add to your existing porch
  • Built to last

Extended Extrusions

  • 2″ ″ extruded post systems
  • Color-matched chair rails add structural integrity and match design elements
  • Optional kick panels and Spindle/Picket Spindles to provide additional protection
  • Integrated System- inside your columns or outside railing systems
  • Ideal for large expanses

Screen Tight

  • Assorted color and finishes
  • Simple rescreening with no staples
  • Attached to the existing porch structure
  • Affordable and high-quality materials

Removable Porch Panels

  • Acrylic panels are low-maintenance and durable
  • Custom size
  • Easy to remove with clips and fasteners

Screeneze Porch Screening

  • No spline easy installation
  • Four standard colors
  • Aluminum or vinyl track systems


  • Cost-effective
  • Completely customizable screen material and size
  • Easy and fast installation
  • Sun-control, insect-control, and pet-resistant options

Types of Screen Material

Fiberglass Screens

  • Lightweight
  • Do not corrode or rust
  • Low cost
  • Superior visibility

Coated Polyester Screens

  • Best for specialty screens requiring extra strength
  • More expensive than fiberglass
  • Ideal for cold locations

Pet Resistant Screens

  • Heavy duty screens
  • Best durability
  • More expensive
  • Lower visibility

Solar Screens (available with motorized options only)

  • Blocks sun’s UV rays and absorbs excess heat
  • Lighter screens provide less visibility. Darker is easier to see out of.
  • Best for warm locations

Final Thoughts

With so many options for screened-in patio designs, you might not know where to begin. Reach out to the experts at Screenmobile to help you design the screened-in patio of your dreams.  

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What is a Lanai?

Enjoying time outside is great for our wellness. However, the outdoors present some dangers. UV rays, heat, and pests can prevent you from having the good time you deserve.

A lanai can keep you and your visitors safe from the elements while providing comfort. Lanais can also help business owners attract customers and enhance their buildings’ appeal.

What is a lanai? What are the advantages of having one? What are some other options to help you enjoy your outdoor space?

Keep reading to learn more about lanais and if one is right for you!

What Is a Lanai?

The traditional lanai meaning comes from Hawaii. The term lanai simply refers to a covered or enclosed porch or patio. Conventional lanais have a roofed entrance and exclude more than one wall, granting wider access to nature. They often open up to larger living spaces.

Although lanais originated in the Aloha State, their use spread to areas that frequently experience warm climates, like California and Florida. However, anyone across the United States can add a lanai to their home or business.

How Does a Lanai Differ from a Traditional Porch/Patio?

Porches are traditionally areas connected to buildings that have roofs but no walls.

Patios are typically uncovered, paved areas that can be attached to buildings but sometimes are not.

A porch patio combines the best traits of both, offering a covered and paved space.

Lanais are porch patios that have taken on new dimensions. They extend indoor spaces, expanding the comforts of your home outside. Some lanais have living-room-style accommodations, special lighting, TVs, and more. Lanais generally have some sort of access points between the building and the sitting area. A sliding glass door or set of french doors can lead to a hang-out spot your friends and family will never want to leave.


The Advantages of Lanais

Lanais offer several benefits for your outdoor space. Here are the top benefits of them:



Because you can use a lanai as an extension to your home’s interior, you can have one connected to your house wherever it is possible. Imagine waking up in the morning and walking out onto your lanai directly from your bedroom. The crisp morning air could vitalize you to face the day head-on. You could even connect your living room to one, upgrading your summer barbecues to spectacular affairs.

Access points

As previously mentioned, you can access lanais in several ways. Retractable and sliding screen doors are just a few of the alternatives you can use to enjoy nature year-round.


In addition to lighting and TVs, you can put anything you want in a lanai. A few stunning choices to spruce up your space include:

      • Ceiling fans.
      • Dining table.
      • Plants.
      • Pool table.
      • Work station.

Walls, screens, or both

Your lanai can have a full wall or half of one. You can also have a screened lanai that helps keep bugs out of your face. A lanai screen can complement wall enclosures, offering pest protection and a great view of your property.

More Usable Living Space

Lanais can be used as a second living room, dining area, or workspace. You can use them however you see fit. Their main draw is that they give you more space to live and play.

Safer Access to Nature

Fresh air and sunlight can boost your energy levels. A lanai porch gives homeowners a safe outdoor space with all the comforts of home. You can relax outdoors while technically not really being outside.

Added Value

Lanais can increase your property’s value. If you place your home on the market, then a lanai can appear attractive to prospective buyers, especially if you live in warm climates.


Lanai Alternatives

If you are still determining whether a lanai is right for you, then you can explore more alternatives that can amplify your home or business.

Sunrooms: Sunrooms are great if you want to let as much sunlight as possible enter your home. A sunroom is simply a room with a large number of windows. You can build one onto an existing patio.

Three-season rooms: These sunroom variations are meant to be used three out of four seasons a year. Three-season rooms could prove beneficial if your winters are severely cold and detrimental to outdoor enjoyment. You could also use them all year. It’s your space!

Catios: Patios for cats are becoming popular across the country. These special enclosed areas are designed specifically for your feline friends.

Let Screenmobile Inspire You

Choosing the right addition for your property can be stressful. While there’s certainly an initial investment to consider, the long-term gains are immeasurable.

Building a lanai can add value to your property and quality of life. You could invite your friends and family to hang out on your lanai. Doesn’t that sound exotic? A lanai can take you away from the stresses of everyday life.

But the key is that you have to trust the company you’ve partnered with to renew your space.

If you want to get away from it all without leaving home, then Screenmobile can create the perfect environment for rest and relaxation. Since 1980, we have been the preferred choice for windows, doors, and porch screens.

However, we are more than just screens. We manufacture and install solar shading, pet-resistant screens, motorized and large-format screens, and more. Our trailers carry the necessary materials and tools to complete a job on-site at the first appointment. We want to treat your time as important as we do ours. We want to get the job done right the first time.

Our service has earned us satisfied customers across the country as well as the top spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s #1 Home Repair Franchise. We are not content with achieving this honor once. We strive to win it every year, meaning you can expect the best from us each time you hire us.

Screen enclosures can transform your lanai, porch, or patio. We’re here when you’re ready to choose a convenient, efficient screen store. Please contact us with any questions or if you want to set up a service request today.


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7 Tips on How to Keep Porch Cool in Summer

Summer’s getting hotter, with 2021 being the hottest in 126 years. So we need to develop ways in homes to keep cool without breaking the bank with AC bills.

Porches are an extension of your home. You can enjoy being outdoors without losing any of your homely comforts. However, your porch sometimes feels like the air hasn’t moved since 1956. Porches can be hot, stuffy, and full of insets. A place for your delivery packages to hang out until you come home and for your pet to longingly gaze at from indoors. 

It’s time to welcome back your porch as a functioning part of your home. Keep your patio cool during these hot summer months to relax and enjoy.

Read our great porch-cooling tips and get your patio ready for summer.

How to keep your porch cool in summer

You would hope being outside on your porch would be a clever way to cool down. However, a lot of us are used to the AC now, and let’s not forget the significant (and worrying) rise in temperature. A regular porch might not be able to cut it.

But don’t worry. We have some reliable ways to ensure you and your loved ones remain cool and refreshed while perched on your porch this summer. 

  • Fans (ceiling & electric)
  • Screens (solar, retractable, regular)
  • Misting system
  • Shades (retractable awnings, umbrellas)
  • Furniture
  • Plants
  • Light Colors & Patterns


Porch Fans

This might seem like an obvious addition, but many people don’t think a fan fits into the aesthetic of a porch. However, you can choose between a stand-alone electric fan or a ceiling fan. Either way, they are great for loosening stagnant and hot air. Ceiling fans are a bit more expensive, but they fit the outdoor environment and don’t take up any floor space. Invest in one with a light, and you’ve hit two birds with one stone–relaxing on the porch has just extended to evening hours. 

Unfortunately, porch fans won’t prevent bugs from flying in or reduce harmful UV rays. So we suggest using a fan in conjunction with an exterior shade or sun control awning

Porch Screens 

At Screenmobile, we are screen experts. We build and install screens to fit any dimension, so yes, your porch or patio can be screened. Enclosing your porch with screens has a massive list of benefits like pest control, added shade, and improved privacy that will leave you happier and restful. 

Screen Enclosures on a front porch by Screenmobile.

Here are some great screened porch options:

Solar screens if your porch is in direct sunlight between 11 am and 5 pm. Their primary benefit is blocking harmful UV rays. 

Retractable screens roll into their protective shell when not in use so that you can air out your porch at night. 

Regular screens are a perfect option too. Air can still travel through the material with a bit of wind, and bugs and dust can’t get in. A screened-in porch can change how you enjoy your home!

Misting System

There’s a reason fairs, theme parks, and other public areas provide misting systems. So why not bring those periodic sprays of refreshing mists directed at you while you serenely rock on your porch. 

Misting systems are not that expensive and are easy to install. However, look at your local weather warnings to see if water use is restricted. 

Exterior Shades

Shades can be a beautiful addition to your porch, whether you get a retractable awning, sunbrella, or any other type of solar shade

The main benefit of choosing a shade over a screen is your view. Some screens are darker to prevent UV rays, with a tighter mesh to prevent bugs. Unfortunately, this can darken the room, so be prepared for that. 


Surprisingly, changing your porch furniture helps reduce the heat felt. For example, wicker chairs allow the air to circulate through them. As a result, you don’t get sweaty or sticky, and the material doesn’t heat up.


Plants are a wonderfully green way to cool down your patio. As they grow, they become a natural barrier between your porch and everywhere else, boosting your privacy and curbside appeal!

Color pattern

Choose lighter colors to reflect the heat from the sun. For example, painting your porch white has many advantages over a dark tone. Your color pattern is essential in cooling your porch, so keep it in mind!

Screened-in porch

We’ve already touched on screened-in porches, and to be fair, they are excellent for adding another room to your home at a reduction of the cost. So don’t forget about your porch in any DIY project.

Depending on the size of your porch, you can easily turn it into a sunroom, a three-season room, or a catio! It’s an extra living space attached to your home where you can escape the TV and daily living sounds.  

Make your summer a cool one!

Your porch doesn’t need to be a hotbed of bugs and dust. Neither should it be restricted because the sun is dangerously hot. Your porch is an extension of your home, and you should enjoy it as much. 

Install some screens, a fan or two, an awning, and why not a misting system? In addition, you will save money by not depending on your AC indoors, which is much cheaper than building a new room in your home. 

If you’re interested in screening your porch to make it cooler, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Screenmobile. We are more than happy to help you choose the best for your porch and build and install custom or generic screens and shades. 

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Pool Enclosures: Do I Need One?

You spend the whole summer by the pool, as do your kids, their friends, relatives, and every bug and insect in your district. Yet, only you fully understand the work hours put into pool maintenance; skimming, brushing, vacuuming, filter cleaning, and PH balance maintenance. 

Your pool becomes the focal point of the summer, your salon, your refreshing oasis to dip into while the sun beats down. So, to make your pool more enjoyable with less maintenance, you consider a pool enclosure.

You’re here to learn more about these screened enclosures, what they are exactly, how you install one, and whether it’s worth your while (and wallet) to install one.

The short answer is yes; they are worth it. But if you need more convincing, then read on!

What are screened-in pool enclosures?

Screened pool enclosure covers the pool and patio of a backyard, offering shade and keeping out bugs and lawn litter.

A pool enclosure is a structure built around your pool. It’s an extension to your home with your back door opening directly into your enclosed pool area. It’s like a three-season room but with a pool in the middle! 

Better yet, your pool is now accessible year-round. Rather than open it up for the summer months, you can enjoy a few laps every morning – rain, snow, or sunshine.

Some families like inflatable bubbles over their pools, but at Screenmobile, we prefer the simplicity and elegance of traditional screens. 

Advantages of a Screen-Enclosed Pool

There are more advantages than not to installing screen enclosures—primarily maintenance and livelihood. 

  1. Prevents bugs
  2. Deters fallen leaves and other natural debris
  3. Blocks harmful UV rays
  4. Accessible year-round
  5. Prohibits uninvited swimmers
  6. Boosts home value

Prevents bugs

The mesh used on the screens is top of the range and designed specifically to block pests and insects. Wasps, mosquitos, and crane flies are the main guys who like to crash your pool parties. You spend your time lying next to your pool, swatting away these uninvited guests, and the evenings/mornings skimming them out of your pool. 

Deters fallen leaves and other natural debris

We all like nature, but we’re not fans of leaves and other debris being swished around by the wind. Especially when it lands in your pool, it dirties the water, and you find yourself pouring in more chlorine than you would prefer. Another huge maintenance factor that screened pool enclosures helps with.

Blocks harmful UV rays

Depending on the type of screen you choose, you can have adequate protection from the sun. Install your solar shades into any custom design. A one-percent opacity in a high sun area can help block up to 99% of harmful UV rays. Perfect for looking after your family’s health. They provide privacy from passers-by. 

Accessible year-round

A screened-in pool can now be considered an indoor pool! Ever wanted to swim under the rain and not get wet? The music of the drops drumming against your screened ceiling can be pretty meditative while you swim a few laps. It’s a nice feature for when you have guests staying. It’s also convenient for Spring when the sun starts to peak out but days are still cold – traditionally, you’d keep your pool closed until summer, but now, no need to.

Prohibits uninvited swimmers

Ever worry about your home security while you’re away on vacation? Sure, everyone worries. Opened pools are often the target for local kids to come and mess about. Aside from the danger, you don’t like the idea of other people using your pool. 

Boosts the value of your home

You can boast an indoor swimming pool that adds massive value to your home. You will bring up the value of your neighborhood, attract better neighbors, and have a better selling price if you do choose to sell. Realtors highly regard extra rooms and floor space, so do it right and profit in the long run. 

What to Consider When Screening in Your Pool

There are a couple of factors to consider when assessing your new project. 

  • Cost – how much budget do you have? Screens are cheaper than inflatable bubbles, with retractable screens asking for that bit more. However, consider this cost as an investment— for your family’s comfort, health, and overall house value.

  • Space – if you don’t have a lot of space around your pool, a screened enclosure can become complicated. You might not be able to access certain sides of your pool, you’ll lose lounging space, and it will look cramped.

  • Orientation – depending on where exactly your pool is in regards to the direction of your home, you can discover better installing solar shades on one side, for example, and retractable shades on the other side.

  • Frequent users – is the pool used by everyone, friends, and relatives included or just your family? This is important because you will reconsider direct access from the house if everyone is to be using it. It might be easier to have an access door away from the house to reduce noise and traffic through your home. 

Together these points will determine what type of enclosure to use, which materials and fabrics will be best, and how big it will be. 

Your Screenmobile technician can help you with all these points, so don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Advantages of an Open Air pool

So there we have it, an outdoor screened pool where you can reap summer’s advantages without the bugs and leaves (and harmful UV rays). Indoor pools are ridiculously expensive to install and costly to run. Indoor pools are also more likely to build up condensation and mold. 

With your new outdoor enclosed pool, you can:

  • Enjoy a summer breeze
  • Cool off in your pool
  • Tan yourself 
  • Lounge with a book
  • Do aqua-sport

All of this without the hassle of bugs, insects, debris (leaves, etc.), harmful UV rays, and too-regular pool maintenance. 

Contact your local Screenmobile franchise today and have your pool ready for this summer. 


NOTE: Pool screen enclosures aren’t designed to keep children or pets out of pool areas. Please take the same safety precautions you would around a pool that hasn’t been enclosed and never leave children unattended near water.

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