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Screen enclosures are typically made entirely of aluminum material. Lightweight and durable, swimming pool screen enclosures can have many useful benefits. This usually comes down to the individual homeowners' preference since this is not necessarily the best idea for all swimming pools. In this article, we'll take a look at the pros and cons of a screen enclosure as well as cost.
When most people consider a screen enclosure, usually one of the first reasons that come to mind for having one is: "It keeps the bugs out". That reason alone is one of the top benefits of an enclosure. There are many other ways a screen enclosure can enhance your swimming and outdoor living space experience. Let's take a look at some of these benefits.
While the advantages of a screen enclosed pool are enticing, other factors must be taken into consideration. These include landscape/deck configuration, location, cost and personal preference.
Screen enclosures are not always the best thing to have. They can require frequent maintenance. Here are some examples:
Since the screen panels are large, Strong wind doesn't cast much strain on the frame of the aluminum structure. If the frame has been secured and anchored properly then it will take a lot of wind before any damage or failure occurs. In the event of a major hurricane there is a high possibility of severe damage to the enclosure. A strong tornado could easily destroy it.
Screens will need replacing occasionally from rips or tears in the screens, or from evaporating pool chemicals causing the screen material to become brittle and tear. The pre-painted aluminum usually lasts for years before needing to be re-painted.
Question: Is there a screen material that can be used on one end of the pool cage that you can't see through? We now have neighbors and within feet of our pool cage, and I think it would be nice if our neighbors could be spared from seeing fat old people in bathing suits!
Answer: Haha! But the neighbors can have dinner and a show right? Seriously though, yes. If you search for "opaque pool screen" or "privacy pool screen", that should help you find what you need. There is one sight I found http://privatescreens.com/ that not only sell the opaque screens but some really cool looking privacy screens too. Hope this helped.
Question: Can I pressure wash the swimming pool screens myself? And if so, what tips can you give? Also we have pine needles poking through the top screens. It’s a hard to reach area but maybe a leaf blower for that? Could too much blowing cause damage to screens?
Answer: Yes. You can certainly pressure wash the screens. Keep in mind that the older the screens are, the more brittle they become because of chemicals evaporating off of the pool. Try not to use a high-pressure machine (PSI rating below 2500 would be sufficient). Pine needles? I see that all the time. They are difficult to remove, and many people just live with them poking through the top screen panels. You could replace the ceiling screens with a fine mesh screen material to prevent this.
© 2018 Rob Hampton
Your Pool Help on June 28, 2019:
We loved this article, one of the best ways to know if you need a swimming pool enclosure, whether a screen or polycarbonate design is if your pool is always dirty!