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Old 03-23-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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To me it's not only about the pool being screened (for bugs, rodents, etc), but it is SO very nice to be able to open my entire house on a nice day and get the breezes - and no bugs - or birds - kinda hard to keep them away with bug treatment. It's a much more open feeling than having screens in my windows or doors.

Having had both, I personally prefer the screen. Also, they tell you now that those chemicals don't harm anything but who knows in a few years what they'll be saying. Can't be good for the environment either. I've heard this claim before. Could be true but sounds too good to be true to me.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I loved our screen, I have fair skin and children and the screen also seemed to cut the intensity of the sunrays. Our friends who have pool uncovered we would always get burned even with plenty of sunscreen but not at home under the screen. I also agree about the amount of blowing debri especially when the grass is really dry. Best of luck and enjoy
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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When we first moved to Tampa we rented a house without a cage and now I would never consider a pool with out a cage. It was miserable to keep clean even with a weekly pool service, which charges more without a cage. Also the bugs were horrible, not only around the pool but in the house when the pool was in use from people going in and out.

Btw I too love the look of a cageless pool.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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I also think it would be a matter of economics; you pay $8500 once, but you must pay for pest control/chemicals every year; forever! With the cage your done with it; forever..unless a Hurricane comes strolling by.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:47 PM
 
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I like a sense of privacy and even with the cage it looks like the neighbors can still see into your back yard pool. Are there any devices that can be either attached to or maybe sprayed on to the screen to obscure vision? I was also thinking about erecting high walls, like the ones they have in Mexico, for both privacy and security but I guess there is probably some sort of building code rule against those.
Any information would be appreciated and thanks in advance.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:30 AM
 
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I would not have a cage around my pool.

I think it defeats the whole point of being out in the sun and swimming. I also don't get where everyone says the mosquitoes are that bad without one. I personally have never noticed it being much of a problem.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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Thanks for all the replies!!! Our pool guys say we can erect it without a cage nd have the cage built later if we decide we want it...that is an option too, I guess....GREAT replies! Gives me lots to think about!
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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I like a sense of privacy and even with the cage it looks like the neighbors can still see into your back yard pool. Are there any devices that can be either attached to or maybe sprayed on to the screen to obscure vision? .
I seen a pool cage where they had some sort of shades or blinds that they could let down for privacy then pull up or roll up when they wanted an open view. It might have been those bamboo type of roll up shades or something similiar.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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I like a sense of privacy and even with the cage it looks like the neighbors can still see into your back yard pool. Are there any devices that can be either attached to or maybe sprayed on to the screen to obscure vision? I was also thinking about erecting high walls, like the ones they have in Mexico, for both privacy and security but I guess there is probably some sort of building code rule against those.
Any information would be appreciated and thanks in advance.
I don't know enough about it really, but I know it exists. In a builder's model in a townhouse community in Brandon, the sales agent showed me that each unit had a screened in patio. You could see out, but you couldn't see in. This was during the day though and I've since wondered if it worked the same way at night. Maybe someone at the larger home stores will be able to provide more info.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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Or you can plant shrubs....the only problem with that is HOA restrictions as far as the height (meaning if you back out to a pond, you may only be allowed 4 feet and maybe 6 feet on the sides IF you're not a corner lot, in that case you'll have to keep all sized at 4 feet tall)....I've seen some with blinds too...the only thing that would concern me with those is weather and how well they resist to it....
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