Having a pool is a great asset to any home or public space. Unfortunately, it can often be a source of frustration when debris or bugs get inside the water.
That’s why many people opt for screen enclosures. It can be overwhelming to pick one at first, given the number of parts that go into building it.
Generally, though, you can get a fairly good deal and quality if you stick to the following guidelines:
Beams for pool enclosures are typically made out of aluminum, with companies using the same material all around.
- You can get them in white, bronze, or black.
- 6063-alloy strength can be the budget-friendly option but you want to opt for 6005-alloy strength to ensure your enclosure lasts a long time. Make sure to ask before you buy.
Beam knuckles with internal gusset plates are what is generally used to connect these large aluminum beams to one another.
- Don’t overlap your beams. That’s a cheap option that many companies will try to use.
- It looks chunky, and is not as foundationally sound as having them attached on the side.
- Be sure to ask for 5052-H32 alloy gusset plates.
Fasteners are large-screw like pieces of metal that hold the enclosure together, and arguably the most important part.
- Don’t get talked into cheap zinc or low-grade stainless steel, as you will spend more money replacing them when they rust.
- Go for the 18/8 stainless steel.
- Pro-Tect or Nylo-Tec fasteners have a 10-year warranty and protect against the elements.
- This brand of screen is the highest quality.
- It lasts around 10-12 years, and has the thickness to protect your pool from unwanted bugs, the sun, or any storms that come in your area.
- They make strong woven fiberglass screens, as well as aluminum and fiberglass.
The mesh count on your screen indicates how to spread out you want it to be. The numbers indicate how many openings you want per inch.
- For instance, an 8×8 mesh count will generally have 8 openings for every 8 inches. This is the standard size for a screen.
- You can also opt for a higher mesh count (such as 20 x 20) if you want more light and air to come through.
Avoid Non-US Manufactured Screens
Many companies will sell standard screens that are cheaper in price, because they have been imported from China.
- This costs much less to produce.
- However, the resulting screens are very low quality.
- Although these screens look similar, they can often start to break apart within a couple of years.
These are only a few of the options available for those looking at pool screen enclosures. As you can see, the quality certainly counts, and buying a pool screen that is higher in quality is an investment that can last for many years to come.