Florida is one of the regions that feature the highest number of pool screens. Apart from being a pool safety requirement, pool screen enclosures are a handy barrier to the harsh Florida sunlight and bugs such as flies and mosquitoes. Florida also experiences hurricanes from time to time. Most pool screens are designed with this in mind. They are made to withstand its force and keep hurricane debris off the pool.
Benefits of a pool screen
Safety – most pool screens feature an entrance whose handle is out of reach for children. This helps keep young children and pets from inadvertently falling into the pool. Additionally, it bars wildlife such as alligators from getting into the pool.
Privacy – the increased housing demands in Florida seem to be making backyards smaller and smaller thus making privacy an issue. A pool screen makes a secluded place for your family or friends to retreat and enjoy with total privacy.
Keeps bugs, debris, and animals out – Florida’s weather makes it a haven for bugs. A pool screen keeps out the myriad of insects and debris out of the pool. It also keeps animals such as frogs and rodents from getting into the pool.
Protection from sunlight – also known as the Sunshine State, Florida is famous for its sunny days. While sunbathing is healthy, prolonged exposure to the direct sun rays is detrimental. Having a pool screen protects you from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Easier pool maintenance – cleaning an enclosed pool is a breeze as unwanted debris does not get into the pool. The time between cleanings and chlorine application is prolonged.
Energy costs reduction – pool maintenance becomes quite expensive especially when you have to heat water. A pool screen helps to keep the water from either becoming too hot or too cold.
They improve your home’s curb appeal – pool screens can be customized to suit the architectural design of your home and your needs. They have been proven to increase a home’s aesthetics as well as improve its market value.
Types of pool screens
- Partially private – these are made of a porous mesh and offer the homeowner 75% more privacy than the standard mesh screen. Being porous, they allow air and light to pass through but are quite durable.
- Perfectly private – these are made of non-porous vinyl. They offer complete privacy and are incredibly durable. They allow light to pass through and block the harmful UV rays.
Should you DIY or use a contractor for your pool screen repair?
There are quite a number of reasons why you may need to repair your pool screen. Florida is a hurricane and thunderstorm prone state. Hail and debris from such may cause damages such as dents, holes, broken doors as well as compromise on the structure of the pool screen. Wastes from birds, pests, and ducks could cause corrosion on the pool screen. Molds on the pool screen’s fixtures or metallic parts damage the pool screen’s structure. Algae growth also undermines the structure of pool screens. Florida’s scorching temperatures predispose the pool screens to warp, faded paint, and dry rot.
Screen repair projects range from the replacement of a single pane to an overhaul of the whole structure. Though broken panes might seem like a minor issue, even a single torn panel renders the whole structure ineffective.
Not every pool screen repair project is off limits. For instance, you could oil rusty fasteners and clean the screens to extend its lifespan or tighten a loose nut on the door’s handle. Here’s why you should involve a professional for pool screen repair jobs:-
- Pool screen repair projects such as repairing a screen door handle or replacing a single pane involve the use of more than the regular household tools. You would have to spend extra money to buy such tools. A professional has the necessary tools needed for either small or large repair projects.
- Safety is a prime concern when carrying out a pool screen repair project. Doing it yourself predisposes you to safety risks such as falls, cuts, and you could end up on the wrong side of the law should someone be injured on your premises. A contractor is trained and is familiar with all the safety procedures. Besides, he is licensed and insured, so you will not be liable should any damages occur in the course of the repair project.
- Although you could be doing it to save money, you could end up doing more harm than good. This could cost you much more than if you had involved a professional in the first place. A professional is experienced and knows exactly what to do, thus saving you money in the long run.
- Due to their experience, professionals are bound to complete the repair job faster than if you did it.
How long does installation take?
The extent of the repair will influence the time it takes to complete the job. Simple repairs such as panel replacements could take a few minutes while a major repair such as complete replacement could take a few hours. Once we evaluate the extent of damage, we will advise you on how long the repair project will take.
How much does pool screen repair cost?
The cost of a screen repair job depends on its extent. Some of the most common screen repair jobs include; repairing its structure, fixing the sealants around its joints, painting, rescreening, replacing rotten wood fascia, fixing a broken door, and replacing panels.
The cost of minor repairs such as fixing sealants or replacing a screen could range from $90 to $150 depending on the cost of materials. A repainting job averages at around $130. Major repairs such as repairing broken doors, replacing rotten wood fascia, or a complete overhaul of your pool screen could cost you anywhere between $300 to $1,500. We will carry out an in-house free estimate of your pool screen repair project to provide you with a comprehensive ballpark figure.