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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get my garage or patio floors redone, or pool deck resurfaced?

What color options do I have for the aluminum frame? 

White, bronze and clay.

Can I add a pet door?

Yes, a pet door can be designed into most enclosures.

Can I add ceiling fans or lights?

As long as these elements are planned at the beginning of the project so the proper beams and chases are installed first.

Can leaves and bugs get into the enclosure?

No, as long as you keep the enclosure doors closed and the screens in good working condition.

Can no-see-um bugs get through the enclosure screens?

Yes, but we can install 20×20 screens to prevent entry of no-see-um bugs. However, these screens significantly reduce air flow, which may not be desirable.

How do I clean the enclosure?

While very little maintenance is required, if you live in an area that produces a lot of dirt or dust, then gentle pressure washing is acceptable as long as your screens aren’t too old.

How big of an enclosure can I have for my swimming pool or patio area?

We haven’t seen a size that couldn’t be accommodated. The overall size is dependent of the land available and the setbacks.

What kind of foundation is required to install the enclosure on?

A flat, level surface is required. We can build on most existing concrete patio and pool flooring.

How is the structure engineering for each job handled by Bi-Rite Enclosures?

Bi-Rite Enclosures works exclusively with Suncoast Aluminum Engineering, who is considered the leading engineering firm designing structures for outdoor living. For more information, visit http://www.suncoasteng.com.

What warranty is available?

Workmanship and materials are covered for 1 year.

Is a building permit required for an enclosure?

Yes, a building permit is required and we will obtain the permit for the project.

What is a notice of commencement?

Under Florida Statue 713.13, a notice of commencement for property improvements over $2,500 must be filed with the appropriate county office before a building inspector is allow to inspect and sign-off on the work.

Will the enclosure affect my property taxes?

Yes, enclosures are considered a permanent structure and impact your property value and property taxes.

How do I verify a contractor’s license?

You can call (850) 487-1395 or go the website for the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, www.MyFloridaLicense.com.

How do I report unlicensed contractor activity?

You can call toll-free, (866) 532-1440.

Commonly Used & Confused Terms

SunroomA room with large windows, designed to allow in a lot of sunlight. Commonly called a Florida room or glass room and in some real estate listings in Alabama, an Alabama room. Not to be mistaken with a solarium or greenhouse which have glass or vinyl walls and roofs.

Screen RoomA room with screened walls and a roof structure that makes the space open to the elements. Commonly, referred to as a screened porch or screened-in porch and by some folks, it’s called a Carolina room. 

Patio CoverA cover to protect a space, like a deck or patio, from the sun and rain. This cover can be freestanding or attached to a house or building, but not screened or glassed in. It is also called a lanai. 

 

Awning : A rooflike shelter of aluminum extending over a doorway, breezeway or walkway to provide protection from the rain and sun. Awnings are mostly used over windows.

Breezeway : A roofed outdoor passage, open on the sides, for connecting two office buildings or a house with a garage.

Four Season RoomA room addition enclosed with glass or vinyl windows that is cooled and heated for year-round enjoyment. The most common types are sunrooms.

Three Season RoomA room addition enclosed with glass or vinyl that features floor-to-ceiling windows with UV protection to protect both furnishings and occupants from the sun. These rooms are typically cooled, but not heated for use in the winter time.