Most patio, lanai and screen enclosures in Florida are constructed with ceramic coated steel screws. Over time, weather and other outside factors cause ceramic coated steel screws to rust, giving an unappealing look to your screen enclosure.
Not only do these rusted screws look ugly, but they can also loosen and / or break and affect the strength and durability of your screen enclosure's overall structure. For this reason, we recommend that you have the screws replaced as soon as you begin to notice that they're rusting.
Ceramic Coated Steel Screws vs. T&C Ultracote Steel Screws
While ceramic coated steel screws are cheaper, they will eventually rust. T&C Ultracote Steel Screws won't rust and will likely last longer than your screen cage does.
However as you might imagine, the reason most screen enclosures are built with ceramic coated steel screws instead of T&C Ultracote Steel Screws is because the ceramic coated steel screws are cheaper.
Are T&C Ultracote Steel Screws Worth the Extra Cost?
The answer to this will partly depend on the amount of time you plan to stay in your home. Since T&C Ultracote Steel Screws are more expensive, if you only plan to stay in your home for a few years, you might be okay going with cheaper screws.
However, if you are concerned with the long term structure of your enclosure or plan to stay in your home for a while, you'll probably be better off using the T&C Ultracote Steel Screws. Even if you plan to move within a few years, the presence of T&C Ultracote Steel Screws can be a value add to the price of your home.
However, no matter which type of screws you choose to replace your currently rusted screws with, just make sure you have those rusted screws replaced. A small expense now can help prevent more costly ones later (like repairing structure damage) as well as keep your enclosure looking good.
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