Monday, March 2, 2009

Get your old Screen Door to work like new

If you have an old screen door and it doesn't work like it used to any more, you can get it fixed cheap, without having to get a new door installed.
Most old screen door frames are in good shape. It's the door hardware that is in need of replacement. Hinges, closer kit, handle and latch are usually the parts that wear faster and are prone to break sooner.
Getting new door hardware installed and replacing the old screens on your door will make your old screen door look and work like new.
Once your door is fixed, remember to oil/grease all the moving parts on a monthly basis to ensure proper and long lasting performance.
Juan Zorrilla Inc. Screen & Aluminum can fix your screen doors at an affordable price, and if you get a full rescreen on your pool cage, you can get new door hardware installed for free.
Call now for a free estimate: 941-928-2296 (Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, FL.)

Monday, February 2, 2009

How to remove pine needles from your screens

Pine trees may look great in your property and provide refreshing shade during a hot Florida summer day. But, they can also be a nuisance.

Pine needles have a tendency to get stuck on screens and clog rain gutters, causing expensive and frequent repairs.

There are a few things that you can do to resolve this problem:

Prevent pine needles from getting stuck on your screens:

  • If getting rid of your pine trees is not an option, try to trim branches close to or above the screen enclosure, that will reduce the amount of needles falling on top of your cage.
  • Use a blower to remove the ones that are on top of the screen, but not yet stuck.

Remove pine needles from your screens:

  • You can do it manually, but that can be dangerous.
  • Use a Screen Maid roller, similar to a lint roller. (
  • Use a Pine Comb, tool similar to a rake, but designed to pick up pine needles. (
Install screens with smaller holes (20x20 screen):

  • If your screen enclosure is in need of a rescreen, consider using 20x20 screen instead of regular 18x14. The smaller holes on this type of screen will prevent most pine needles from getting stuck.

Juan Zorrilla, Inc. Screen & Aluminum can rescreen your cage with 20x20 screen at affordable prices and great quality workmanship in the Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, FL. area. Call 941-928-2296 to get a free estimate.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Florida Glass Screen (Privacy Screen)

Florida glass is a vinyl laminated fiberglass screen (18x14 mesh), usually installed in the lower section of a screen enclosure. It comes in rolls 36" or 72" wide by 25' or 100' long.

Some of the uses for this type of screen are:
  • Used as privacy screen in lanais and pool cages.
  • Florida glass protects your porch and covered lanai from water splashing.
  • Provides extra protection from dust, debris and grass clippings.
  • Protects some areas of your enclosure from rain and wind.

Juan Zorrilla Inc. Screen & Aluminum can help you install florida-glass screen in your screen enclosure. Call 941-928-2296 for a free estimate. (Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, FL.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Screen enclosure cable bracing

One of the most cost-effective ways to get your pool cage ready for hurricane season, is replacing old cables or installing extra ones, if your screen enclosure has none or not enough.
Cables are usually installed at the corner of the screen walls and diagonally from the top of the wall down to the bottom.
First, inspect your cage and make sure that you have cables installed. If you do, follow these steps:
  • Pull the cables and make sure they are nice and tight, a loose cable brace is useless.
  • Check for any signs of rust (screws, cable, eye-bolt, anchors, etc.), most cable braces are stainless but some are not.
  • Make sure that there are no missing screws or anchors.
  • Count how many cables you have, medium to large size cages may need extra ones.

After this inspection, if you think that your screen enclosure needs new cables, call a professional to have them installed before hurricane season. That could save lots of money and headaches.

If you don't have any cables and your cage is rather small, you might not need them, but could benefit from having 1 or 2 cables installed.

If your screen enclosure is medium or large, and yo don't have any installed, make sure to have a professional look at your cage and get cables installed before next hurricane season.

Remember, a screen enclosure needs regular maintenance, just like a house or a car. Regular maintenance will extend the life span of your cage and will save you money on the long run.

Call Juan Zorrilla Inc. Screen & Aluminum to get a free screen enclosure inspection. 941-928-2296 (Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, FL.)

Here is a link with information on how to make sure your pool/patio enclosure is hurricane ready:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pet Screen

Pet screen is the answer pet owners were looking for. A screen that is resistant to tears and punctures caused by dogs and cats, eliminating the need for recurring screen repairs.

Made of strong vinyl-coated polyester, pet screen is seven times stronger than regular fiberglass insect screen and offers excellent outward visibility.
It's ideal for areas of the screen enclosure exposed to pet damage (lower screen sections of a pool cage, for example).

The only cons of pet screen are:
  • It's more expensive than regular screen
  • It's harder to install
  • There is not a big variety of sizes

A less expensive way to protect your screen enclosure from pets is using super-screen, halfway in price and strength compared to pet screen (strongest) and regular screen (least pet resistant).

Let Juan Zorrilla Inc. Screen & Aluminum install pet or super screen for you. Call for a free estimate: 941-928-2296. (Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, FL.)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rusted Screen Enclosure Screw Replacement

Most screen enclosures in Florida have been installed using regular ceramic coated steel screws. After a few years under the action of the weather, pool water and chemicals, rain, proximity to salt water, etc. this kind of fasteners begin to rust. Many times the screws that anchor a pool/patio enclosure to the ground are the first ones to rust, living ugly stains and most of the time, snapping and braking or getting loose, compromising the strength and integrity of your cage. This is specially dangerous during hurricane season.

The solution to this problem is a complete screw replacement of your screen enclosure. There are 2 kinds of fasteners that can be used:

  • Regular ceramic coated steel screws

  • 304 series ultra coated stainless steel screws

Regular ceramic coated screws:

These are probably the same kind of screws that have rusted on your pool cage. You can get them in white or bronze to match the colour of your enclosure and are cheaper than stainless. The cons are that they will eventually rust again after a few years. It's a good option if you are not keeping your screen enclosure or house for a long time, or if you are trying to save some money.

304 series stainless steel screws:

These are more expensive than regular steel screws (2 to 4 times), but they will virtually last forever, even outlasting your screened cage. They are a great option if you are concerned about the integrity of your enclosure on the long run, but not much about budget. Just like regular screws you can get them in white or bronze to match your cage, and they are ceramic coated to avoid galvanic reaction and corrosion of the aluminum frame.

If you are planning on replacing the rusted screws on your screen enclosure for new regular or stainless fasteners, and you live in Sarasota or Manatee counties in Florida, give Juan Zorrilla Inc. Screen & Aluminum a call for a free estimate on screw replacement: 941-928-2296.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

No-See-Ums Screen (20 x 20 mesh screen)

Some people experience problems with small insects even after screening their porch, front entry, windows, etc. Smaller insects known as no-see-ums in Florida sometimes can get through the holes of regular fiberglass screen (18 x 14 mesh).

Because of that reason, 20 x 20 mesh screen was created. 20 x 20 means that, in 1 square inch of screen, there are 20 holes in one direction and 20 holes in the other one. That means smaller holes than 18 x 14 screen, too small for no-see-ums to fit through.

Some qualities of 20 x 20 screen are:
  • Excellent protection from small insects

  • Provides better daytime privacy than regular screen

  • Good outward visibility

  • Good ventilation

  • Smaller 20 x 20 mesh

It is a great option if you have problems with smaller insects and is just a little more expensive than regular screen.

Get your enclosure screened with 20 x 20 screen in the Bradenton/Sarasota/Venice, FL area by: Juan Zorrilla Inc. Screen & Aluminum 941-928-2296