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Old 08-15-2007, 01:14 PM
 
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I have been looking online for quite a while at homes in palm beach county. One of the things i def want is a pool. My question is , do you relly need to have it screened in? There seem to be a lot homes that do not have the screened in pool (the screen itself) than those that have the screen. Any opinions?

That depends.

How much blood do you need in your veins to remain conscious?
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:33 PM
 
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I have been looking online for quite a while at homes in palm beach county. One of the things i def want is a pool. My question is , do you relly need to have it screened in? There seem to be a lot homes that do not have the screened in pool (the screen itself) than those that have the screen. Any opinions?
Screened in pools were very popular prior to Hurricane Wilma, but after Wilma knocked a lot of the screens down and insurance refused to cover them, they are not quite as popular. Many homeowners just decided to keep their pool open instead.

Thankfully, my screen survived Wilma. My in-law's screen did not. I do notice that our pool is several degrees cooler than my in-law's open air pool. I don't know if this is attributable to the screen, or the location of the house (My inlaw's pool is lakeside, while we have a fenced backyard behind our house).

The screen might have somewhat of an effect in protecting against bugs, although our screen doesn't seem to protect against lawn clippings when our service mows the lawn. As for bugs, my inlaws kept the pool open but just screened in the inner patio and haven't had any real problems with the bugs.

I'd say a screen is not a bad thing to have, but it's not necessary either. And if it doesn't survive the next hurricane, it's not something that needs replacing, at least for me.

And another thing about screens--while the white framed screens are a lot more attractive than the dark framed screens, they are also a bigger pain to maintain. I have a white framed screen and at least once a year I have to bleach wash the screen to get rid of the mildew.
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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One of the reasons many people have screens or enclosures is because of premises liability (drowning).
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:29 PM
 
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One of the reasons many people have screens or enclosures is because of premises liability (drowning).


A very good point.

Actually many local governments have ordinances on that topic - requiring fences of a certain height around yards with pools.

Not a bad idea. Better than finding your neighbor's toddler face down floating in your pool...
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Central FL
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We have a pool approved black ornamental fence. The gate has a self closing latch that is 54" high - the approved height for pool enclosures. In some ways it is safer than a screen because someone can't accidentally leave it open. The gate ALWAYS closes and latches. The only way it could be left open is if you deliberately block it open.

The fence has also saved our back lawn from the wild hogs that have ruined our neighbor's lawn.
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:56 PM
 
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thanks for all the opinions
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:30 PM
 
Location: PSL FL
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Our screen enclosure survived too. And, we had an inspection today and it's as strong as ever. I agree about the mildew, it's nasty. It's so much work to keep it clean. Mr Tudo, I agree with you about living in certain areas and not needing a screen, lauderdale and by the beach, screen isn't a necessity. But inland, unless you want to be constantly looking around you while you are swimming, get a screen. Where was the OP thinking of moving to?

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Screened in pools were very popular prior to Hurricane Wilma, but after Wilma knocked a lot of the screens down and insurance refused to cover them, they are not quite as popular. Many homeowners just decided to keep their pool open instead.

\I have a white framed screen and at least once a year I have to bleach wash the screen to get rid of the mildew.
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:03 PM
 
Location: north port florida
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We have a screened in pool and are having trouble with gnats laying on top and after it rains they get pushed through the screen into the pool. What can we do about that It happens every single time it rains!
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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I have been looking online for quite a while at homes in palm beach county. One of the things i def want is a pool. My question is , do you relly need to have it screened in? There seem to be a lot homes that do not have the screened in pool (the screen itself) than those that have the screen. Any opinions?
There are plusses and minuses to having a screen. It really is a matter of preference. IMO here are the plusses and minuses

Plusses
Pool stays cooler in summer
Pool stays cleaner most of the time
Can get rid of screens on sliding glass doors.
Outdoors is more part of the house
Cuts down on bugs

Minuses
Pool gets colder in winter and costs more to heat
Pool takes longer to warm after winter (if there's no heater)
Screens are ugly
Expensive to repair after storms (insurance doesnt always pay)
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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We have a screened in pool and are having trouble with gnats laying on top and after it rains they get pushed through the screen into the pool. What can we do about that It happens every single time it rains!
Any decent filtration system should handle that...
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