A lanai provides a beautiful way to enjoy the outdoors without having to deal with things like pesky bugs or unwanted elements. However, when it’s damaged, it can greatly impact your overall experience. Keeping your lanai in good condition is important, but for many owners it can be hard to determine what needs to be repaired versus what needs to be replaced. If you find yourself with a damaged lanai, keep reading to help you decide what option is best for you.
When to have your lanai enclosure repaired
One good thing about lanai screens is that they are strong and durable, but they aren’t invincible. If you notice any small damage to your screens it’s important to fix them sooner rather than later to avoid future problems down the road. The following issues can typically be repaired:
Small rips and tears: These can usually be repaired but it’s important to catch them before the tear becomes large. Such damage may be caused by an accidental tear or animals chewing the screens. Aside from preventing the rip from spreading, patching the tear will also prevent bugs or animals from getting in. Keep in mind if the tear is near the edge of the frame, however, you may have a larger issue at hand.
Chipping paint: If you are noticing paint flaking off your lanai cage, it may be time for a fresh coat. Typically you should be repainting it every 10-15 years. This is an easy fix that doesn’t involve a total replacement.
When to have your lanai replaced
Although many issues with your lanai can be repaired, some will require replacement to address the issue. If you are experiencing any of the problems below, replacement may be the most economical option.
Widespread algae growth: You can typically wash small amounts of algae off your lanai but if you’re dealing with excessive algae growth, a replacement may be in your future. Since algae loves to grow in warm moist conditions pool lanais can become covered.
Damage to the hardware: If you begin to notice missing screws or that your bolts are rusting over, this can be an indicator it’s time to replace it. Damaged hardware can impact the security of a lanai and potentially cause it to blow away if there is a severe storm or intense weather. It’s best not to take the risk.
Large rips and tears: if your screens are beginning to have large, visible tears, they likely need to be replaced. Although you can try to patch them, more often than not, they will become damaged again. Plus, when you have large rips it’s often an indication there are smaller ones you haven’t noticed yet.
Age or outdated screens: Age can take a toll on screens. Also certain materials used in the past may not withstand the elements as well as a newer screen. If your lanai is older, it may be worth looking into investing in a newer one.
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