Benefits Of Swimming Pool Screen Enclosures And Its Disadvantage

Written by Rob Hampton and published on

A pool enclosure is exactly what it sounds like! It is a structure that encloses a pool. There are two types of pool enclosures, glass, and screen cages. In this article, we will focus on screen pool enclosures, why you should have one, and how you should go about cleaning one. I will tell you right now, there are more advantages than disadvantages when it comes to pool enclosures.

Pool screen enclosures have been used for very many years, however some things have changed over that time. The design, structure, and overall look of enclosures are changing. Of course, some folks still have the bulky structure, but there are now very sleek looking pool enclosures!

Benefits and Disadvantages of Swimming Pool Screen Enclosures

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience.

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of screening in your pool.

What Is a Swimming Pool Screen Enclosure?

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
  • The cost of building or buying an enclosure
  • Considering the elements of nature

The Benefits of a Screen-Enclosed Pool

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.

  • More Shade: The screens on the enclosure let plenty of sunlight in while preventing direct sun. This light filtering quality is not only healthier than being directly in the sun’s UV rays but it’s also more comfortable.
  • Child Safety: Helps better secure children and keep them within view
  • Leaves and Debris: Another great advantage. No leaves!
  • Atmosphere: Creates a sense of privacy or personal space
  • Bugs and Other Rodents: Screens do a great job keeping out the bugs, mice, snakes, and most other pests.

A screened-in pool will keep out insects, leaves, and provide shade.

What to Consider When Screening in Your Pool

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.

  • Landscape and Deck Configuration: How large is the general pool area and deck that would be enclosed?
  • Location: Location meaning, wide-open area or a lot of leaf-shedding trees around?
  • Personal Preference: Many people enjoy the open, tropical paradise as seen in the photo of the infinity-edge pool. Others prefer more dense foliage surrounding the deck and swim area
  • Cost: Cost will vary depending on the contractor, size, and design. This can range anywhere between $6.00 and $15.00 per square foot of material. The average fair cost would be $8k to $10k for an average to decent size enclosure. There are both on-sight fabricating construction or prefabricated construction options available.

This open infinity-edge pool doesn’t need a screened enclosure.

Disadvantages of a Screen Enclosure

Screen enclosures are not always the best thing to have. They can require frequent maintenance. Here are some examples:

  • Torn or Damaged Screens: Screens will need to be replaced. Most enclosure peaks are directly above the pool. The screen panels above the pool can be difficult to replace and could require scaffolding over the pool.
  • Mold and Mildew: The enclosure will develop mildew over time and needs to be pressure washed sometimes as frequently as twice per year.
  • It’s a “Cage”: Although an advantage of the closure is a sense of privacy/personal space, the adverse effect would be feeling “caged in.” The term “pool cage” may sound familiar.

This unfortunately leafy pool would definitely benefit from a screen enclosure.

Aluminum Screen Enclosures: Wind and Weather Durability

Since the screen panels are large, Strong wind doesn’t cast much strain on the aluminum structure frame. If the frame has been secured and anchored properly, 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 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.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

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 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.

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