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Old 02-10-2011, 05:41 PM
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Default Lanai's & Rain

We are not planning at this point in time on enclosing our lanai, however, with the recent rain I have been wondering - is there anything you can do to keep the rain or most of it out? I saw an add in the paper from Insulco (I think) about Sunbrella enclosures - do they lessen the effects of rain? Can you see through them? Is there any shade, curtain etc. that you have used for this purpose? I hope to be able to sit out when it is raining, but . . . maybe not.

I'd appreciate any suggestions you might have.

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I put a sunbrella crank out 14' awning over our dining area slider and it keeps out the sun........but they are not made for rain. During heavy rain you have to crank them in or the weight will cause it to be destroyed. I would suggest sliding windows in the lanai.
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The previous owner of my house had his screen porch enclosed because his wife had bad allergies. The Florida Room is just wonderful. It is heated and air conditoned, faces east for a great sunrise view, and is our favorite room to have morning coffee and read the newspaper.

It does cost quite a bit of money to do that but is totally worth it, in my not so humble opinion.

Best of luck in whatever you decide.
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We tiled our lanai and have outdoor furniture on it so the rain does no damage. You could put Sunbrella but when we get a good squall and the rain goes horizontal it'd probably leak. I think it's a choice - close it in - or leave it open. We like it open and use it to BBQ and eat outside a lot when the weather is good.
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We are not planning at this point in time on enclosing our lanai, however, with the recent rain I have been wondering - is there anything you can do to keep the rain or most of it out? I saw an add in the paper from Insulco (I think) about Sunbrella enclosures - do they lessen the effects of rain? Can you see through them? Is there any shade, curtain etc. that you have used for this purpose? I hope to be able to sit out when it is raining, but . . . maybe not.

I'd appreciate any suggestions you might have.

Thank you,
Debbie
We put up with the constant cleaning in our screened lanai for several years after we bought our home. I don't know what is in the air here but we were always cleaning black dirt off the lanai and its contents.....we could not keep up with it, even when it didn't rain. In a driving rain you might as well forget about having a clean lanai. We ended up putting in acrylic windows and it was the best money we have spent in the 12 1/2 years we have lived here. When we want the feel of a screened lanai we just slide the windows open. When rain threatens we can close it out in a flash. By adding windows to your lanai you will have a room that you can use more and clean less!
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We put up with the constant cleaning in our screened lanai for several years after we bought our home. I don't know what is in the air here but we were always cleaning black dirt off the lanai and its contents.....we could not keep up with it, even when it didn't rain. In a driving rain you might as well forget about having a clean lanai. We ended up putting in acrylic windows and it was the best money we have spent in the 12 1/2 years we have lived here. When we want the feel of an screened lanai we just slide the windows open. When rain threatens we can close it out in a flash. By adding windows to your lanai you will have a room that you can use more and clean less!
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acrylic held up over the years.

We are planning to enclose our CYV lanai, and glass has been recommended because of scratching on the acrylic. Has that been a problem? Also wanted floor to ceiling sliders if possible, but have only seen windows that have a bottom panel. Are yours floor to ceiling?

We are hoping to make it a sleeping area in a pinch during the spring, summer and fall so also wondered if it needed to be heated or would leaving the slider into the house open, get enough cool air into the lanai. Costs seem to mount with every idea!

Who was your installer and are they still in business?

Thanks for any input......from anyone.

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acrylic held up over the years.

We are planning to enclose our CYV lanai, and glass has been recommended because of scratching on the acrylic. Has that been a problem? Also wanted floor to ceiling sliders if possible, but have only seen windows that have a bottom panel. Are yours floor to ceiling?

We are hoping to make it a sleeping area in a pinch during the spring, summer and fall so also wondered if it needed to be heated or would leaving the slider into the house open, get enough cool air into the lanai. Costs seem to mount with every idea!

Who was your installer and are they still in business?

Thanks for any input......from anyone.

LW888
We have had our acrylic windows for 7-8 years..I'd have to go find the receipt to get you the exact time. We are very careful cleaning them. My husband removes them (easy to do) and takes them into the courtyard where he washes them using our power washer (gently!) I can get his instructions but I will bet my life he uses Simple Green for the cleaning solution. Wipe gently and let them finish drying. Our windows are not floor-to-celing. You should check with your electric company as to cooling and heating the space. When the heating and air conditioning was laid out for your home it was done according to specific requirements, square footage, windows and doors, etc. Adding space to be heated and cooled may well put a burden on your heating and cooling system. We do not leave the sliding doors open to this space unless our heat or air is off. We hired Express Windows in Belleview to do the work.....we were very happy with the job they did. As far as I know they are still in business.
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I see there are yet other considerations that need more exploring. It occurred to me that if the house is hotter inside than out (as possibly in Nov) then we would have to watch for fogging windows I would think. Maybe acrylic wouldn't fog as much as glass. I expect also that use in the summer would be impossible as a sleeping area because of the heat. Think this needs some rethinking! Thanks for giving me more to consider.

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I see there are yet other considerations that need more exploring. It occurred to me that if the house is hotter inside than out (as possibly in Nov) then we would have to watch for fogging windows I would think. Maybe acrylic wouldn't fog as much as glass. I expect also that use in the summer would be impossible as a sleeping area because of the heat. Think this needs some rethinking! Thanks for giving me more to consider.

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Yes, LW888, unless you install air in your lanai you will find it just about unbearable in the summer. The high humidity most days will keep you from enjoying that space. If I had to do it all over again I would have just made the lanai an extension of the Florida room, which was originally the lanai, and had a larger, more enjoyable room under heat and air. I don't know if one can customize the floor plans of the courtyard villas anymore but, back in '98 we could have done it that way. Knowing nothing about the seasons here we thought that we would spend those "balmy summer days" sitting in our lanai watching the golfers! Boy, were we surprised! Unheated and not airconditioned, we only use our lanai in the spring and fall.
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I agree on the enclosing of the lanai with the sliding windows but not to use acrylic. I have the tinted, double-pane glass in mine. No fogging. That was major point when I bought this house 16 months ago.

I had seen some houses with the lanai only and it definitely is too hot and humid to enjoy for some months.

The heating and a/c makes it great.

As I said, it would be expensive to do - but probably worth every cent.
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in their enclosed lanai if it can't be drawn from the living room? Don't know if there are any portable units but just thought that if there were, then that might resolve some of the hot/cold issues and would be less costly I would think.

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We haven't enclosed our lanai.

When it is warm and "raining right straight down" as my grandmother used to say, I will sit out there and watch it and swing in my swing and take in the drama of nature.

I love when it rains here. It usually is a good show.
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Yourself and others have just answered some of the questions we've been pondering while still up here in the minus ten degrees below zero frozen tundra of Vermont. The winter from hell. We haven't seen snowstorms and cold temps like this since 41 years ago....which makes us realize that as we age, a warmer climate is certainly more beneficial. Can't even imagine the heat and humidity at the moment, but that was an excellent response and suggestion.

Hubby's other question is whether or not a gas powered generator can somehow or other be operated from within the underground gas lines that come into the house.....or does one just use a gas propane tank or bottled gas outside of the home? I'm wondering how that would be in the heat of summer? I realize this isn't the correct place to ask this question, but cannot find where I should inquire. Sorry.

Has anyone presently living in The Villages ever experience a long drawn out power outage with no electricity? How long would a home generator work?
Any details on either building a home with a generator at TV or buying a resale which already has a generator vs. a portable generator such as we have here in Vermont would be welcomed. Thank you all in advance.

Also, I just read that the gas lines are from Leesburg and are customer owned? What exactly does that mean? Does it mean that the home owner owns the pipes from the street to the house? That would make sense. Or is it something else? Obviously, the problems such as recently experienced in the cities with gas line explosions would NOT be expected in newer areas such as TV. We use home heating oil up here...so not familiar with gas.

Would anyone volunteer what the monthly gas bills might be?
Are they connected to the electric bill? Like gas and electric combined as a utility bill?

Our heating oil is astronomical as is our electric. Again, thanks to any and all for their insights.
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in their enclosed lanai if it can't be drawn from the living room? Don't know if there are any portable units but just thought that if there were, then that might resolve some of the hot/cold issues and would be less costly I would think.

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I DO know that there are portable cooling units that are vented out through a wall or kickplate in the lanai. A friend has one and it is quite noisy. I don't believe I would like sitting in my small 8' X 14' lanai, listening to this! I'm in agreement with Graciegirl that we enjoy just looking out and listening to the sounds of nature.
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