28 May The Pros and Cons of Installing Pool Enclosure
Property owners often struggle when deciding whether to install a pool enclosure. A pool enclosure enhances the appeal of sitting outdoors any time of day, it blocks the harsh sunlight, no bugs to worry about, no leaves to sweep up and it even acts a safety barrier around your pool. While there are many benefits to a pool enclosure, there are also some drawbacks you want to consider. Below we weigh the pros and cons for homeowner’s in this predicament
- Security-Child Safety – The best feature of a screened enclosure is that it provides security both from dirt (insects, dust and debris like fallen leaves) and unwanted visitors (snakes, birds, frogs and of course alligators). In addition, the pool enclosure can act as your safety barrier if it meets Florida Building Code with 360-degree protection and a self-closing, self-latching door with a latching device that is a minimum of 54 inches above the threshold. You also may need window/door alarms on all openings with direct access to the pool.
- Sunlight Protection– More Shade – For the health of your skin it is better to keep your direct sun exposure to a minimum. A screened pool enclosure will help you and your family enjoy your swimming pool without worrying about UV skin damage. Also, it keeps the pool water cooler, which slows evaporation and chlorine consumption!
- Designed to Withstand Strong Winds -Pool enclosures are designed to withstand strong winds, up to 130 miles per hour, so they are not easily damaged.
- Easier Maintenance – Your pool will be much cleaner overall due to it keeping out extra debris. Screens are in sections (or panels) making repairs affordable.
- Extension of your home – A pool enclosure can make your home feel more spacious due to the capacity of creating another living space next to the pool, including an outdoor kitchen, bar, dining area and relaxation area.
- Energy Cost Reduction – One of the most expensive facets of pool maintenance is the cost of heating the water. Yet an enclosure will help keep the water from becoming too hot and too cold.
- 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. 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.
- Landscaping limitations- When you have a screened pool enclosure installed, you won’t have quite as many landscaping options. The enclosure can cover a significant portion of your yard, taking away green areas.
- Pool Water gets Colder– Because of limited sun exposure, the pool water can get a bit cooler in summer and winter months. If the temperature drops below your comfort level, pool heaters can be installed to extend your swim season.
- Torn or Damaged Screens – Screens will need 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 may develop mildew over time and may need to be pressure washed sometimes as frequently as twice per year. The screen acts as a filter for the air. Dirt adheres to the screen, then when it rains, the deck around the pool will show the dirt.
- 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.”
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