Update 6/26/2017: It’s been over 3 years since we published this blog post on the roof designs for screen enclosures. In that time, a good bit has changed when it comes to the specifications of our standard screen enclosures! Patented connection pieces and specialty manufacturing of screen enclosure extrusions allow us to span much wider for a maximum view! Currently we can do spans over 40′ wide in some areas. We have also taken steps to ensure a longer lasting finish on screen enclosure members. Previously all screen enclosures built were finished with an epoxy paint. Those who’ve had a screen enclosure for a few years quickly found out that the new shine doesn’t last long and fades away. Many (nearly all) companies still use this epoxy paint finish, but here at GCA we have stepped it up a notch using a 2604 Powder coat on our aluminum extrusions — something will stand the test of time. I recommend checking out our page on our new GCA Standard Enclosure! When it comes to the roof design of your screen enclosure, things have not changed much! The ‘mansard’ is still the roof of choice in Southwest Florida.
Roof Designs For
Gulf Coast Aluminum has always specialized in screen enclosures ever since it’s inception. Each pool cage and screen enclosure offered by Gulf Coast Aluminum is engineered to withstand significant wind-loads up to 150 mph as designated by the Florida building code and is designed for maximum performance under adverse conditions, while at the same time adding beauty and style to outdoor living areas. Here we highlight the 4 most common screen enclosure roof types that we construct. While these are the four most common styles we do build customized screen enclosures to suit all of our customer needs.
Mansard: This is the most commonly built screen enclosure due to its sloped design and aesthetically visual design. The middle sections are all-flat but have sloped angle pieces around the perimeter with angled corner pieces as well.
Gable/ A-Frame: An A – Frame gives a cohesive slope on each side of the enclosure. Customers sometimes prefer this option but they also sometimes have uniquely pitched roofs that require a screen enclosure that will properly attach to the fascia of the house.
Dome: Dome style enclosures are a deviation from the norm but are amazing pieces of work. They are built to have a cohesive arching slope roof with minimal angular roof pieces. Oversized lanai areas give customers a great option to consider a dome style enclosure for their project.
Custom: Gulf Coast Aluminum can contour your aluminum screen enclosure to fit match nearly any roof line.
Flat: Traditionally screen enclosures two decades ago were built in the flat design style. Today it is extremely rare to see a new enclosure built in a flat style. Aesthetically most customers do not like the flat style but the GCA team will always accommodate if the customer wishes. Secondly, the flat style has a higher probability of tears due to branches or even water build up because it has no slopes. A significant amount of customers convert their outdated flat cage into a mansard style.
Screen Enclosures & Estimates
When it comes time to get an estimate for your screen enclosure project, we’ve got you covered… as long as you are in our service area. We hope you are, but considering the internet is a vast space, and many folks from around the country (and world) will likely find this blog post, there is a chance you might not be in the service area. Sooo if you are our in our service area (Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota County), give us a buzz or get your estimate conveniently online. If you are not in that 4 county area, we suggest vising FLscreens.com to find a top notch contractor in your area!