Hello all - thanks again for all of the advice! I searched the forum but did not see anything in recent months asking questions about screen enclosures. It seems that just when I think something will be a no-brainer, there are tons of things to consider. Our enclosure will be 28x36, 10 feet high, and have two doors (one on each side). The pool and pavers will be within that area. We have a 3 and 5 year old, and a 75 pound Victorian Bulldog named Chunk.
(1) Do you recommend an upgraded screen / stronger screen over whatever is the typical option given 2 small kids and a dog? If yes, what kind?
(2) I live right near the water in Tampa, is the standard screen sufficient to keep all bugs out?
(3) Our first proposal includes a mansard style roof. But I can get hip or gable if I want. What are your opinions on the different roofing types?.
(3) Are there certain things I should ask the installer (we are in the process of getting quotes) regarding the materials they use, the spans for the screen, etc. or is everything pretty standard with a screen enclosure unless we really want the cost to skyrocket?
For those of you that have screen enclosures, is there anything you wished you would have changed? I know some of you will say you wish you did not get one in the first place, but my wife is deathly afraid of snakes(and at least she thinks the screen enclosure will keep them out) and I don't want any mosquitoes attacking me.
Thanks to all!