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Old 07-11-2012, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Lots of threads on this subject already. I'll sum it up.

-Cheaper to buy a home with an existing pool
-Most of the pool homes down here have the pool encompassing a large percentage of their yard.
-Screened Pool (or a pool with a cage as it may be referred to) have a few purposes. It meets code for preventing access to your pool, keeps bugs and debris out and reduces the amount of UV Rays into the area. Also seems to require less maintenance of the water in my experience.
-Caged pools are significantly cooler in temperature than uncaged pools due to less UV Rays. This will reduce the length of your swimming season unless you have some sort of heater.
-You can use the supports of the cage to hang things, such as floaties, pool toys and cleaning equipment.
-The screen around the pool requires more maintenance. The screen must be pressure washed at least once a year (we do ours twice a year). The screen will become brittle with age and will eventually need to be replaced. Cleaning debris off the top of your cage is a pain.
-Citizens Insurance no longer covers screen enclosures in the event of a loss.

I have had both an enclosed and open pool. I prefer the caged pool, but do miss how much warmer our open pool was.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:37 AM
 
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I love our screened, caged pool even with the hole in a high and inaccessible place due, no doubt, to an errant golf shot from the course we are next to. I ponder this hole when I have my coffee every morning on the lanai and try to figure out how to eliminate or patch it. I know, somewhere in the recesses of my practical self, I will eventually have to call a screen guy rather than attempt a Tim Allen botch job.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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I don't have a pool and never get mosquito bites at the community pool but it depends on what time you go to the pool....

If I would have a pool I would have a cage!!!!

Home owner insurances won't cover a cage anymore in case of damages....keep that in mind.
My cage is covered by insurance.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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My cage is covered by insurance.
In that case you are most definitely not covered by Citizens.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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In the search and gathering ideas and opinions.

Ideally we DO want a home with a nice pool. I prefer caged just because of mosquitos and leaves-but I do recognize uncaged can feel more 'free' and look nicer.

First off...if you found the perfect home, with a decent size yard and room to build a pool would that be worth it? OR are there so many options with pools it's best to just buy WITH the pool?

Also, if you find the perfect home with a great pool without the 'cage' does anyone have any idea what it costs to add one of those on average? Difficulty?
I would add a pool to a poolless house, but that's just because I love swimming. Seriously, it's the one type of exercise that doesn't feel like a chore to me.

Plus, if you have kids, a pool is a great thing for during the summer months. (Just make sure you have a safety gate surrounding it.)

My pool has a "cage". It probably does a decent job keeping the leaves and mosquitos out, although I don't have a lot of trees in my yard that shed leaves. It doesn't keep you free of the elements (duh!) and I learned the hard way a few weeks ago that it doesn't keep your pool from getting dirty. During a windstorm, the wind blew a ton of dirt from a nearby construction site into our yard and our pool turned green because of it. It took me about two weeks to get it back to normal.

Also, if you get a cage, I'd recommend a dark color. I have a white cage, which looks a lot better in the beginning but the humidity will turn it colored over the summer, thus necessitating a full scrubbing at least once a year.

But by all means, a pool is a great investment. Just for fun's sake alone.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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In that case you are most definitely not covered by Citizens.
Yes,you are most definitely correct.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Butler County Ohio and Winters in Florida
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Some builder installed pools ( installed when the house was built) are a joke, not enough room to really swim. Nothing like the old days when pools were a huge rectangle with a slide and diving board.

If you buy a used house, if it has a pool you only pay a small increase compared to the real cost of adding a pool yourself.

If you have the money, nothing IMO beats building your own pool. That way you get what you want.

The pool we had when I was a kid didnt have a enclosure. It was very tough to keep clean and more critters get in.
I highly recommend an enclosure.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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Buy with a screened pool if bugs bother you. Its expensive to put a new pool in. Dont go for a huge garden, if you want to enjoy the pool you dont want to spend all your free time keeping the yard up, unless you can afford the yard service as well as pool upkeep We have 1/4 acre yard with pool and it's way too big, so much work to do all the time.
previous comment on screen is relevent but if you also buy in area with lots of oaks/trees, it does help keep out leaves, but then in high winds, you tend to get tears off flying bits of tree! its always a balancing act !
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