Many homeowners in Florida and other sunny states enjoy the benefits of in-ground swimming pools in their backyards. Pools provide places to cool off, exercise, and enjoy the warm climate. Most pool owners know a pool screen enclosure is necessary for security and to make pool cleaning and maintenance easier. However, there’s more to selecting an enclosure than just choosing the shape and height. Here are the different types of screens to use for your pool enclosure to consider.
Factors To Weigh When Choosing Screens
Durability and resistance to discoloration, mold, algae, and weather are considerations for any type of screening you may select. But there are also differences in how well certain types keep out insects, resist damage from pets, and provide shade, UV protection, and privacy or a view to the outside. Different types of screens for your pool enclosure will perform some or all of these functions better than others.
Main Types of Screens
When you’re building a pool enclosure or considering pool screen replacement, think about how much sun your pool gets, whether insects are particularly problematic in your location, whether pets are a concern, and whether you want a clear view through your screen. Your choices for screening will narrow depending on these factors. The main types of screening to choose from include:
- Basic screen: This type of screening is cheaper than most other types. It’s less durable, and you may need to replace it more often.
- Standard or basic fiberglass screen: An economical choice that may include extra coatings or additives for durability
- Pet screen: Typically made of stronger, vinyl-coated polyester, pet screens resist clawing and intrusion from your pets.
- Insect screen: This screen features a tighter weave (smaller rectangles, and more of them per square inch) to keep out even those tiny but extremely annoying “no-see-ums.”
- Solar screen: Specially formulated to protect you from heat and sun glare if your pool is in an open, unshaded area. It may provide shade and resist fading, but check to see if any solar screen you’re considering also provides UV protection to pool users.
- Privacy screen: Blocks the view from the outside in to provide greater privacy
- View screen: Protects from insects and sunlight while providing a clearer view from the inside of the enclosure outward
- Super Screen: An exceptional product made with a polyester yarn core using an extrusion process, the Super Screen has it all: the newest version is UV-protective, pet- and insect-resistant, and carcinogen-free. It won’t fade or become brittle, and in a seven-year weather test, the Super Screen lost only 1% of its tensile strength.
Ask your pool screen replacement or repair company about all the screening products they offer. Get specifications on sun protection, fade- and weather-resistance, insect protection, mildew- and pet-resistance, and durability, and find out about warranties. Don’t base your choice between the different types of pool screening on cost alone—think about how often you’d have to replace the screen in the future.