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Old 08-16-2007, 08:45 AM
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Default Lanai - enclosed? Open? Screened?

To help out us prospective buyers:

Lanais - Do you prefer yours open or enclosed? If open I assume you'd want it to be screened. I'd like to hear from those that don't have pools since i assume that those with pools have a screened lanai. But what the heck do I know, that's why I'm asking.

Let's hear about the pros and cons of open or enclosed.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:53 AM
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i've left mine just screened as i like the open feel. i turn on the ceiling fan in summer and don a sweat shirt in winter. so i can use it year round.
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Our lanai is enclosed acrylic. The acrylic is darkened (like sunglasses). We have 2 lounge chairs out there. I also put up a long folding table when we have a full house with grandchildren. I can serve a lot of people and with the children there is no carpeting to worry about.

It is a nice quiet room. Great for reading. When it is hot like this, we only use it in the morning. Then close the sliding door until evening. For about 9 months out of the year, we leave the sliding doors open and it stays cool. Windows slide completely open, so if we want, it is just like a screen lanai.
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:07 AM
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Default Re: Lanai - enclosed? Open? Screened?

For those of you who just keep it screened, I assume you just have outdoor furniture in your lanai.

I've driven by (on myvisits) and saw many lanai's with TV's in the area so I have to assume if you use furniture or electronics that are not weather proof, you need some kind of enclosure like glass or acrylic?

And on another thread, they talked about if you enclosure the lanai, your assessment goes up. Is this statement only if you enclose it in glass or does it make a difference?

Is glass better than acyclic?
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Florida building codes get tricky when you start having glass windows - different permit requirements as the "room" classification is changed, affecting electrical, taxing, etc.. That's why acrylic is popular.

Had a screen porch for years in Seminole County (FL) and rarely used the room due to weather conditions. After I put in acrylic, the screen porch became the den and it got year-round use.

In my recently purchased (July) TV home, I immediately planned for turning the lania into a, acrylic "den." Installation will occur in the beginning of October.

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We love having acrylic (not glass!) with which we can totally close the lanai, but also keep the option of having it very open. We have a bird cage outside that, so we're still screened.

It really seems the best of both worlds.
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I like that idea Dan - thanks.
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Our lanai was screened when we purchased the home and we had it enclosed with tinted vinyl. Without the windows the lanai would get dirty and we were constantly cleaning the furniture and tile floor. The windows can slide open from the top down or bottom up if you want the open area. The vinyl is a little less expensive than the acrylic. The acrylic is the way most people seem to be going now. We are having our front porch enclosed and we are going with the acrylic. The salesman did tell us that they do use a spacer bar when the acrylic window is over a certain size to keep it from bowing. Has anyone with the acrylic windows had a problem with their windows bowing?
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Default Re: Lanai - enclosed? Open? Screened?

We also have the spacer bar which gives a nice look. After enclosing ours with acrylic, it has become my favorite room. In fact, it is where I am now typing this on the laptop and watching CNN on the wall-mounted LCD TV. We just added ceramic tile. The sliding windows allow for the breeze to come through, but not so during these 90+ degree days. We leave the sliders open that lead into the greatroom so the lanai is climate controlled.
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When we decided to enclose the lanai, I was informed by the builder that glass windows would involve a new assessment, since it is "officially" a new room. Using acrylic does not change your assessment. We went with acrylic, and it is great - and we do have a new room!
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Roughly speaking what kind of cost is involved. I realize that lanais come in all shapes and sizes. Mine will be @ 9 x 20. Thanks
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Default Re: Lanai - enclosed? Open? Screened?

I'm really interested in costs and companies recommended. We definitely want to enclose our lanai. Acrylic seems to be the most used.

Rballruss - you say that you leave the sliders open so it is climate controlled. Can you do this year round? Do people leave (cloth) furniture and TVs in the lanaii year-round when it is enclosed with acrylic? Would it be possible to use it for guests with a pull-out sofa if you had an overflow of guests?

I guess I sound naive, but I'm from Canada ... thanks for the help.

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Default Re: Lanai - enclosed? Open? Screened?

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We love having acrylic (not glass!) with which we can totally close the lanai, but also keep the option of having it very open. We have a bird cage outside that, so we're still screened.
It really seems the best of both worlds.
I agree, Can you share with us the cost and supplier of your acrylic windows?. And also of your birdcage?. It would wonderful to hear this info as I'm tryin now to get estimates; your input would be invaluable.

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In our courtyard villa we had a screened lanai and I thought it was great. It did get dirty quick and you had to be careful about what you put out there because of the moisture but I really enjoyed it. Then we bought a preowned ranch with an enclonced acrylic lanai and REALLY love it. Would never go backed to screened. The previous owners ran the Heat/AC vent out there but I don't think it is very effective. Opening the door would do just about as good in the summer. In the winter it does keep it warmer.
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Acrylic sounds the way to go...did not realize if you glassed the Lanai in... it would cause red tape...so if I enclose with acrylic I do not need to inform anyone or get the OK to have it done? I would like to speak to someone about enclosing my screen room...who would you recommend? Is it a mess having it done and how long did it take to have completed?
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