Are you prepared? National Preparedness Month

September 23, 2014 at 11:41 AMMonty Walker

 

 

September is National Preparedness month. Screenmobile would like to give you a few ways toproperly prepare you and your family. National Preparedness month reminds us to prepare in all areas of life and there are three basic points addressed by the Boston Public Health Commission: Get Ready, Be Safe, Stay Healthy. Screenmobile would like to address the “Be Safe” points of this campaign:

  • Understanding your surrounding

  • Keep food and water safe

  • Learn basic health skills

  • Access official information


As part of “understand your surroundings”, one aspect is home safety. Window screens are something that need to be secured in your home. Screenmobile would like you to provide with you with some quick tips in order to help secure windows.Some tips we offer are:

  • When doing spring cleaning/painting be sure windows are not painted or nailed shut

  • If you have young children consider having a Guarda window installed. They are a secure window to leave open but have a fire release.

  • Keep furniture - or anything children can climb - away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid. Check our child safety section for more information.

  • Have an escape plan: “Windows provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home. Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it. Remember that children may have to rely on a window to escape in a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window under these circumstances."(screenmobile.com)


Another part of understanding your surrounding is your environment regarding  animals and insects. They can carry disease and  by making sure that your loved animals are up to date on their shots can help stop the spread diseases and insects. If there is an animal that is infected to be sure to have Animal Control come in and take care of the animal instead of putting you or your family at risk.


Keeping your food and water safe is also a very important part of National preparedness month.  If you do not keep your food or water safe, your survival is put at risk. Drinking water can be compromised by bursting pipes or floods.  To make sure your water is safe to drink click here


Lastly, learn basic first aid skills and  have access to official information. Learning basics health skills can potentially save you or your loved ones life. Basic CPR and First Aid classes are offered very regularly by the American Heart Association nationwide. Accessing official information is crucial in an emergency.  Having information before and during an emergency can be very beneficial for your safety. Usually, your local City Hall is the place to obtain your emergency plan information. They can also let you know what to do during an emergency.



None of us want an emergency to happen but unfortunately they are happening too often and we at Screenmobile want you to be prepared in the best way possible. Please be sure to visit our website or talk to your service tech.  They will be able to help you with any questions you have regarding window screen safety.


Guarda Security Door

September 3, 2014 at 11:48 AMMonty Walker


Everyone likes to open their windows and doors and let that fresh air in, but some have a concern for the safety associated with leaving a screen product to protect us. We have a solution, The Guarda Security Door. Created by C.R. Laurence, this door is the ultimate security door.


In its description itself it gives away the type of door you are looking at, security. However the difference with this security door is that you don’t feel like you are looking out a jail cell with the bars across, you have an unobstructed view. The “screen” material is grade meshtech Powder Coated Stainless steel security mesh. Which looks like a screen fabric it keep the bugs out and vent the house but it is a Stainless Steel instead of  a Fiberglass. This feature doesn't allow it to be cut through with a knife or kick in the screen.  The frame comes in a variety of colors to match your house.


It is also very durable, making for those who have family members or friends who accidentally walk through screen doors very difficult to do so.  In areas where there is a lot of wind Guarda doors and windows are good to have on as they can withstand severe storms and still be in tact. The frame  is secured to the frame of the house with 3-5 inch long screws causing for a very secure and solid anchoring to the house structure. The exposed screws are then covers with a screw cap to prevent any tampering. Also that mesh is very secure and can withstand quite a bit of force from flying objects. There has been individuals involved in martial arts that have tried to kick the door down and are unable to do so.

Another wonderful feature is the multipoint lock system for unbeatable security. When its locked its really secure.

Monty from California a proud Gaurda front and back swinging door owner can shead some light on this topic: “Let me tell you about our newest (we already have one on our front door) Gaurda door installed on our back swinging door.  We absolutely love it.  “For the first time in over 40 years we left our back door open all night because  for the first time ever we felt secure enough to do so.”  The reward was that the next morning our entire house was filled with clean cool fresh air instead of air that we and our two cats shared every night.  Even the cats seemed to rejoice in the new fresh feel and aroma of the naturally chilled air engulfing our entire home.  “This has got to be one of our greatest home improvements projects ever.”  When measured from luxury versus cost we consider it priceless  and would highly recommend it to everybody, especially if they have and love pets, no matter what kind of pets.”

 

 

 

There are some  negative aspects  associated with this door system.

  • One being  the cost, starting  anywhere between $1200-1400 for a standard door and $300-500 for a standard window. for comaprison a  Aluminum security doors run between $600-900 and is more of a safety door that a true security door. A wrought Iron security door custom made will coat between $600-1200 depending on the style.  It can get expensive to replace every door and window you could possibly leave open.  

  • They are all custom made so it you have to wait for the product. Depending on the season manufacturing time will vary. Most doors or windows take 2-4 weeks but may run longer based on demand and manufacturing capabilities. However you have to wonder is there really a price you can put on you or your families security.

  • Another is the key to unlock the door cannot be duplicated like your house key can, however your service tech should supply you with a code for the door which you can call in and get a new one replaced, but losing that key means you could potentially be locked out of your house and not having an easy way in.

  • Lastly,  the installation, some customers don’t realize what needs to be done. It is not a free standing door, part of its great security system  is that you can just take it off like other doors. Once Its bolted to the frame of the house it will require a professional to remove making it difficult to move the door if desired. Its really not a do it yourself project. From measuring to installation it take a Professional. That being said some customers want to install themselves, have complained with thedetailed installation process.


As you can see there are pros and cons to this product but if you think it is something you could use at your home or business please contact your local Screenmobile for a FREE estimate.


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Need New Window Screens? Consider Getting Them Done On-Site

October 15, 2013 at 3:41 PMMonty Walker

Mobile Screen Companies such as Screenmobile, will come to your home or business and repair your screens on site. Typically screen repair is a cumbersome two step process. Removing your old screens (if you have them) and then taking them down to a local glass shop or hardware store. Screenmobile solves both issues by measuring, manufacturing and installing new screens on site and in one trip. Costs are the same and even typically cheaper than taking your screens in. Screenmobile provides stronger frames and fabric than what is normally found at local hardware stores. Screenmobile technicians are specialized in screen repair so can do the work in a fraction of the time. Consider Screenmobile for your next new window screen project.

Clean Your Screens Every Year

September 25, 2013 at 4:12 PMMonty Walker

The average home has 12 to 15 window screens. Giving them your attention now and then can save you money, ensure better views and keep bugs out.

Experts recommend washing all of your screens twice a year to get rid of grime. That is important whether they are made of aluminum or fiberglass with a vinyl coating.

“If you think of them as a filter, you wouldn’t want to breathe all the dust and the dirt that builds up,” said Scott Walker, president and owner of Screenmobile, a mobile window and door screening company with close to 100 locations throughout the country.

The easiest way to start is by marking screens so you’ll remember which window they fit, said Colleen Maiura, a spokeswoman with Lowe’s Home Improvement stores.

Use a marker or a small piece of tape that’s strong enough not to be washed away by the garden hose. Maiura suggests a cleaning solution of 1 cup ammonia, 3 cups water and a squirt of dish detergent.

Lay the screens on a flat surface, thoroughly wet them with a hose and use a squirt bottle to apply the cleaning mix. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, use a soft-bristled brush to remove stubborn grime, then rinse. Don’t scrub aluminum screens too hard; you could dent them.

Maiura suggests shaking screens to remove excess water. If you have fiberglass ones, you can gently snap them with a towel to send water drops flying and prevent hard water stains.

If you pay someone to wash your windows, it’s a good idea to inspect the screens beforehand. That way you won’t blame washers for tears already there, and you can ask them to pay for any damages that occur during their work.

Repairs for a reason

The point of having window screens is to let you open up your home to fresh air while keeping bugs and debris out. Rips and tears in the mesh, or bent screen frames, defeat that purpose.

Walker said you can do some minor repairs on your own. Inexpensive patch kits available at home improvement stores include small pieces of mesh that grab around holes and close them up. Pieces of household tape can cover up tiny tears. Neither option is attractive, Walker adds, but they can serve as quick fixes in otherwise good screens.

Repaint wooden screen frames if needed. Paint will help seal the wood and keep it from warping.

Preventing damage

Children and pets can be especially tough on screens and screen doors. Pet screens can be mounted on sliding screen doors for easy access for pets that enjoy the outdoors.

For those who might have used an elbow to keep a swinging screen door from closing too quickly, there’s a better option that won’t cost you a repair. Check the top of your door for a piston mechanism that you can turn and increase the pressure, to make the door close more slowly.

To keep window screens and doors sliding smoothly, Walker suggests skipping oil-based lubricants and instead using a silicone-based lubricant, such as furniture polish.

If you have the storage space, cleaning screens in the fall and then storing them away during the winter can extend their life, experts say.

Replace as needed

If a screen has large or multiple holes, or if its frame is bent or broken, then it’s time for a new one.

“Our rule of thumb is that if the frame doesn’t seal up against the window, then the bugs can come around there, so you’d need to replace it,” Walker said.

Fiberglass screens, which have a vinyl coating, will begin to show white strands, which means “there is virtually no integrity” left in the screen, he adds.

New products

If you’re switching screens, consider a charcoal color for better visibility. Fine-mesh screens can block small bugs and improve your view. The screens are made of super-fine strands so homeowners see less screen and more scenery.

Other new products include strong pet screens that cats can climb without tearing and retractable screen doors that are mounted on doorjambs so they’re hidden when homeowners don’t need them.

Homeowners will also start seeing strong, stainless steel screens on the market that offer some security.

“You get the look of a screen door, but the benefits of a security door,” said Walker.

 


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/18/4173278/clean-your-screens-every-year.html#.UkNNq9JzHTo#storylink=cpy

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Screen Safety Awareness

February 18, 2013 at 3:40 PMMonty Walker

Screen Safety and Children

Have you thought of window screens as a safety issue? Screens for windows, doors and porch/patio applications are designed primarily to keep insects out of a home. A typical screen is made from an aluminum frame and a fiberglass or aluminum screen mesh. While seemingly strong, kids and parents can develop a false sense of security that screens will stop a child or adult from falls. This is true of all types of related screen fabrics, such as sun control screens, pet resistant type screens, or screens that are made heavier than industry standards and sold as superior, or heavy duty screens.

Screen safety applies not only to window screens, but also door screens and porch/patio screens. All can present this false sense of security. This site examines these screen safety issues and brings the awareness level up to both parents and kids. Please take a few moments to browse the additional screen safety information on this website, and to visit the resource links provided.

Window Screen Safety

There are four main components of a typical screen. The frame (typically aluminum), the corners (plastic or aluminum), the spline (rubber material used to hold screen fabric in the frame), and the screen fabric itself. Some or all of these components may fail when subjected to pressure, such as when a child or adult falls against a screen. It does not matter how tight the screen spline is, or how tight the frame is installed in the window frame, it may fail.

Window Safety Checklist

Has your family developed an emergency fire escape plan? Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it regularly. In the plan, include two avenues of escape from every room. Remember children may have to rely on a window to escape a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window under these circumstances. Make sure you have identified a safe meeting place outside.

DO YOU KEEP WINDOWS SHUT WHEN CHILDREN ARE AROUND? You should keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that children cannot reach. Also, set and enforce rules about keeping children's play away from windows and/or patio doors. Falling through the glass can be fatal or cause a serious injury.

DO YOU LEAVE, OR HAVE YOU LEFT, WINDOWS OPEN BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THE INSECT SCREEN PROVIDED A SAFEGUARD FROM A FALL?

Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a fall. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out; they are not designed to, nor will they prevent a child's fall from a window.

IS THERE FURNITURE PLACED UNDER OR NEAR WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME? o Keep furniture - or anything children can climb - away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.

DO ANY WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME HAVE GUARDS, SECURITY BARS, GRILLES OR GRATES?

These windows are useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism. Time is critical when escaping a fire. Consult your local fire department or building code official to determine proper window guard placement.

INSPECT YOUR HOME'S WINDOWS CAREFULLY. ARE ANY WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME PAINTED OR NAILED SHUT? Never paint or nail windows shut. You must be able to open them to escape in an emergency.

DO YOU HAVE ANY WINDOW UNIT AIR CONDITIONERS IN BEDROOM WINDOWS OR OTHER WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME THAT MAY BE NEEDED FOR ESCAPE OR RESCUE IN AN EMERGENCY?

Do not install window unit air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape or rescue in an emergency. The air conditioning unit could block or impede escape through the window. Always be sure that you have at least one window in each sleeping and living area that meets escape and rescue requirements.

DID YOU KNOW THAT STRATEGIC LANDSCAPING MAY LESSEN THE EXTENT OF INJURY SUSTAINED IN THE EVENT A FALL DOES OCCUR?

Plant shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass under windows to cushion potential falls. The surface can greatly affect the degree of injury sustained from a fall.

Door Screen Safety

Door screens will not prevent children or adults from falling, or keep children from pool areas. This includes retractable screens, swinging screen doors, security screen doors and sliding doors. This also includes doors with pet doors, pet guards or pet resistant screens. All of these products are designed to primarily keep insects out and some level of pet resistance, but should not be considered child safe.

Most screen doors feature latches. Latches are designed to keep the door closed in case of wind or pets pushing upon doors. Latches especially lower quality plastic latches used by some door manufacturers are poorly designed and even though they look “locked”, in reality they only “latch” the doors closed.

Sliding screen door latches can be bent inadvertently and become not useable. Many sliding screen doors can be lifted off latches, sometimes just by leaning against the doors. Lesser quality sliding screen doors may not stay on the screen door tracks and simply fall off. Sliding screen doors should not be used to keep children from pool areas. Pool covers and pool fences that are specially designed for child protection should be used for such applications.

The screen fabric on all types of doors could be too worn, have holes that could be enlarged, and the spline that holds the screen fabric to the door could be too small. When the spline is too small the screen can easily detach from the aluminum frame. All of these subjects could create unsafe situations

Porch/Patio Screen Safety

Screens that enclose a porch or patio are not designed to prevent children or adults from falling. Screens on decks or second stories need to have pickets on the bottom section to prevent children from falling through the screen. Local building ordinances will describe the requirements needed for these. Consider your porch or patio enclosure as an outdoor room for insect protection only. These should not be considered a child safe room that will keep children from falling or pool areas.

As with all of these screen related products, the screen fabric can degrade overtime by outdoor exposure and sun damage. The screen fabric may become brittle and weaken over time. It may look strong, but has no structure or protection from falls. Children should always be supervised in Porch or patio screen enclosures. Do not trust the screen fabric or screen doors latches to be secure enough to prevent a child from exiting.

Screen Safety Awareness is an important public awareness campaign by The Screenmobile Corporate and Screenmobile franchise locations. We are the nation’s leading window and door screen franchise with nearly 100 locations across the county. We do not claim to be window safety experts, we are striving to raise the awareness to this issue to parents and children. Screenmobile provides quality window and door screens to consumers, screen doors, retractable screen door, porch screen enclosure and security screen doors.

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Robbers Beware! New Security Door Available Now

February 7, 2013 at 1:44 PMVanessa

Who hasn’t heard of local break in burglaries on the rise in the cities of PalmDesert, CathedralCity, La Quinta and Indian Wells?  New security products are available including a new type of security screen door.  Stainless steel security mesh is being installed in door frames making break in’s nearly impossible. This new product is available for windows, swinging screen doors and sliding screen doors even commercial applications. One such company Screenmobile has this new door and other security doors.  From the stainless steel mesh with powder coat paint and extruded aluminum framing, to our featured Screenmobile aluminum amplimesh security doors.

 

The new security door also known as the Guarda is the top of the line in steel mesh doors.  No more looking through bars and holes on a solid piece of metal this design will have a better view for you and breeze way, to feel like you put in a regular screen door.  The Premium Guarda has a three point locking system and has a three or four piece pre-hung frame depending on your opening. 

 

The other option is Screenmobile’s aluminum security door.  This extruded aluminum frame has two different diamond shape patterns embedded into the exterior door frame to prevent someone from cutting the regular bug screen, featuring a large deadbolt, and will still provide ample amount of breeze to come in for ventilation.

 

So if you are looking to invest in a new security door product to provide protection for your home and family, you may want to look into Screenmobile and their current security door options.

 

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That Time Of The Year Again

April 9, 2012 at 3:44 PMVanessa

The Screenmobile Franchise Corporation started humbly enough in 1980 with one used  tent trailer and a vision - to follow a proven business model and equip hundreds of well trained independent operators to custom build, repair and replace window and door screens, on-site at the customer’s convenience. In 1984, the company began franchising and today has 98 franchise owners operating across 26 States. 

 

For the past twenty-six years, the hosting of annual conventions and regional meetings to interface with franchise owners has been an integral part of Screenmobile’s successful and time tested business plan.  

 

“It is absolute essential that the latest industry happenings, vendor news, construction techniques and company developments be shared with our franchise owners on a regular basis so that we are all operating from the same playbook,” said Monty L. Walker, vice president and one of the original three founders of the company. “Our annual conventions and regional meetings  offer opportunities for invaluable face-to-face interaction with the best champions for our brand.”

 

The company’s annual get-together has grown steadily in size since the very first convention was hosted in a small conference room at a Desert Hot Springs’ hotel near corporate headquarters. These days, 140 attendees, 20-30 vendors and corporate staffers gather at that same place they have for the past nine years - The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Walker has been in charge of coordinating every convention since the corporation’s founding and offers the following tips for success. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Convention Roundtable.

 

 

 

 

PLAN PLAN PLAN

You can never “over plan” for a convention and planning should start at least 6 months in advance. Once the convention has started, there is little room for course correction.

 

DEVELOP RELATIONSHIP WITH VENUE

It is important that a good working relationship be maintained with the personnel at your host venue. Make friends with them and open the lines of communication early. Let them know what you are planning to do and work with them to identify any possible issues in advance. You don’t want a shortage of rooms or unexpected paperwork to pop up at the last moment that leaves you scrambling and stressed.

 

PREPARE YOUR CORPORATE STAFF

All personnel that are involved with the convention should know each other’s assigned roles and anticipate the needs of the attendees as well as event sponsors and vendors. You should have methods of communication tested and in place. A variety of smartphone apps are available that enable group texting or act as two-way radios.  

 

 

RESEARCH AND SET EXPECTATIONS 

Don’t rely on your own understand of what programs you think should make up the convention agenda. Ask your attendees what they would like to see, what they would like to learn or what issues they would like to be addressed. Based upon their feedback and prior to the start of the convention, convey to the attendees what programs you have in place, what knowledge they will take away and what return on investment they can expect to realize. You do not want to offer programs that are not relevant to their business needs. They will not appreciate their time and money being wasted if the convention fails to hit the mark. 

 

QUALITY AUDIO/VISUALS 

Nothing can ruin an otherwise stellar convention faster that a microphone that doesn’t work of a presentation screen that no one can see. You can rely upon the venue’s A/V equipment and technicians but that does not guarantee there will be no issues. One option is to rent new equipment in the host city or bring equipment you are familiar with along with you. Be sure to arrive early enough for set up and testing. 

 

 

 

 D.Winters. (Top Sales)

 

 

 

 

EXECUTE - 30% SOCIAL, 30% BUSINESS, 30% PEER-TO-PEER

Once you have decided on a program agenda, you may be tempted to stray. Don’t. Stick to it and execute. A good convention program is made up of three components - social, business and peer-to-peer. A good host city and hotel will have plenty of opportunities for socializing and the planning of fun activities, like a bowling tournament. An awards ceremony is also a vital social element that should not be overlooked. The business portion should be made up of presentations and programs hosted by corporate or by invited vendors of sponsors. Remember to stick to the time table. And lastly, your attendees can be your best source of valuable information. Allow time for peer-to-peer interaction by facilitating roundtable discussions or open mic forums on topics of interest. Keep everything as lively and fun as possible. Nobody likes a boring convention.

              

 

 

 Craig Anderson

 

 

 

FOLLOW UP WITH SURVEYS

Upon completion of the convention, poll the attendees. Figure out what worked and what didn’t work. What activities were appreciated, could be improved upon or should be scrapped all together. After several years of survey results are in, a pattern will be established that reflects what your attendees like and what they don’t like. 

 

And finally, many convention planners believe that booking a high-profile speaker to deliver a speech is key to a convention’s success. Regardless of how dynamic a speaker’s address may be, if it is not highly relevant to the audience’s business goals your attendees will feel let down.

 

Monty L. Walker is Vice President of Screenmobile Corporation. He along with his father Monty M. Walker and brother Scott Walker are the original founders of the franchise company headquartered in Thousand Palms, CA. For more information visit: www.screenmobile.com 

Did The Holiday Ruin Your Screens?

January 10, 2012 at 3:41 PMVanessa

Did you and you friends have a little too much fun over the New Year weekend? Now that the fun is over you realize some screens were walked through and need to be repaired. Well no worries Screenmobile is a mobile service that will go to your home, take measurements and make on site. No more waiting 1-2 weeks just to get your new or old screens back from being made or repaired. Our trucks and trailers give us access to all our equipment necessary to take care of any size job. Weather it be a brand new heavy duty slider down to your smallest screen window. No job is too big or small for screenmobile. Call us today for your free estimate by going to our website at www.screenmobile.com enter your zip code in the zip code finder and call your local screenmobile for your free estimate. Don’t wait any longer to open up your screen doors or windows again to enjoy the natural fresh air. Call us now!!! You Call We Screen.



    

Charlotte Screenmobile earns Super Service Award

January 5, 2012 at 4:33 PMVanessa

Congratulations to Screenmobile of Charlotte for earning the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award. Davis Winters the owner of Screenmobile of Charlotte stated “I am blessed to have a team that understands the importance of our customers; we have only won this award because of each employee’s dedication to providing the best service levels possible. For those who don’t know what Angie’s List is, Angie’s List is a website that aggregates verified consumer reviews of service companies as a way to capture word of mouth. Angie’s list grades companies using a report card style, which ranges from A-F. These rating are based on price, Quality, responsiveness, punctuality and professionalism. “Only a fraction of the business rated on Angies List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar.” Said Angie’s list founder Angie Hicks. So once again Congratulations to Screenmobile of Charlotte keep up the good hard work. To find your local Screenmobile simply go to www.screenmobile.com and for more information on Angies List visit the website at www.Angieslist.com