A backyard swimming pool, whether it is big or small, above ground or in-ground, is a luxury that we’d all love to have. And for those of us fortunate enough to have one, pool maintenance and landscaping are often on top of the list. 

Keeping leaves and wind-blown debris out of the water is as important as making sure unwanted critters don’t get into the water. A swimming pool screen is a one-stop solution to both those problems.

What is a pool screen?

A pool screen is an enclosure that often covers the pool and the pool deck, protecting you from bugs, the wind, UV rays, leaves, and falling debris. While a simple pool enclosure for an above-ground swimming pool could cost as little as $635, more expensive ones for in-ground pools range from a low of $6,333 all the way to $61,033. Keep in mind though some enclosures offer UV protection, you can still tan through a pool screen. So don’t lay off the sunscreen just yet.

The average per square foot cost is between $9 and $122. The actual cost of your custom-built pool enclosure depends on the size of the pool, the size of the enclosure, the roofing shape, and the screen material.

How long do pool screens last?

Clean pool

While pool screens aren’t cheap, they also aren’t built to last forever. The average lifespan of a pool screen is between 10 and 15 years, with repairs and maintenance. A well-maintained high-quality screen might last you as many as 20 years. 

Here are some of the things that cause the most damage to pool cages.

  1. Birds sit on the frame every day.
  2. Corrosion, especially if you’re close to the coast.
  3. Pests like squirrels and other rodents chewing through the enclosure.
  4. Inclement weather.
  5. Mold on casing and fixture.
  6. Constant sun degradation

Can pool screens be patched up?

Pool screens are really strong, and the material used is a lot more durable than window screens. In fact, they can support the weight of an adult falling on them. However, the screens do tend to tear.  The good news is that small tears and damages can be patched up. Here is how you can make minor pool enclosure repairs yourself.

DIY pool screen repair

  1. Make sure you have the pool cover on, especially if you’re mending a portion of the screen above the pool.
  2. If you need to use a ladder to reach the roof of the enclosure or any other spot higher off the ground, always have another person around to hold the base of the ladder.
  3. Purchase screen mesh. Then, measure the size of the holes and cut out screen mesh to fit those holes.
  4. Cover the edges of the hole with clear silicone caulk and allow it to get tacky. Next, apply caulk to the edges of the patch and press it firmly against the screen.
  5. Hold in place for a few minutes. Then, give the caulk at least 24 hours to dry.
  6. Keep in mind though, that these are only repairs for small holes. If the corners of the screen are peeling off the joints, that’s a sign you will need to replace your screen.

When is it time to replace a pool screen?

Why is my pool cloudy

Here are some telltale signs that it is time to replace your pool enclosure screen.

  1. The screen is brittle and discolored.
  2. There are large tears on the surface of the screen.
  3. There is a profusion of algae growth on the screen. This is particularly detrimental to the health of all those who use the screen.
  4. The screen fasteners are rusted and weak.

How much does pool screen replacement cost?

A full rescreening could cost you anywhere between $1,200 and $3,500, including materials and labor. Breaking that cost down, a single square foot of screen area could cost between $0.75 to $1.50. Painting the pool enclosure after replacing the screen will cost you an additional $1,500 to $2,500. 

Replacing a single-screen panel could cost between $25 and $65. A screen door costs between $50 and $150.

DIY screen repairs cost between $10 and $50 for the kits. 

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Pool screen repair and replacement was last modified: September 24th, 2022 by Narayan Shrouthy
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