Anyone Go From Screened in to Glass?

mustangs81April 29, 2010

Okay, first I'll vented. I have a 62' x 18' screened lanai (porch). For many years it has opened on to a lovely view of 10 wooded acres with delightful wildlife. Now someone is developing the land with a 5 bedroom 3 1/2 bath two story 5 car garage home!! This home is directly aligned with my house. During the construction I am experiencing a lot of noise and the construction vehicles churn up dust leaving all surfaces of my lanai covered with dirt. I anticipate the noise and dust to continue on a 24/7 basis when the family moves in.

I have asked the enclosure sales person numerous questions but wanted to seek out experiential information. The question is-does anyone have feedback to offer on glassing in the lanai? I am in Florida so I know the importance of ACing the area. Do you have regrets? What would you have done differently? Is it challenging to keep the glass clean?

Thank you.

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I have glassed in a screened porch with sliding glass thermopane units. These are set on a 24" high knee wall topped with a 10 inch wide plate that makes a good wide sill for a glass or dish. Have had no problem at all. You can open them up easily for air or close them quickly if the rain or dust comes. I dont think they will muffle your noises completely though.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2010 at 11:04PM
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Whisper, thanks for taking the time to post your experience.

I keep looking for a home I can actually walk in and get the feeling of a glassed in lanai/porch here in Florida. There doesn't seem to be many out there. I'm going to have to pressure the company to find a customer willing to let me look at their finished project.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 4:29PM
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I am in the process of having my screened porch (located off the master bedroom) enclosed. I am using impact-resistant windows so I won't have to worry about hurricane shutters. I will share pictures if anyone is interested, but it is still a work in progress right now. It will have A/C for sure.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 10:26PM
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