Screen Enclosures, What Are They and How Often Do They Need to Be Re-screened?

Kenneth Wilson

The humidity is crazy here in Florida. It is one thing I do not think I’ll ever become accustomed to, especially since in Vermont, humidity is almost nonexistent. Boy was I in for a rude awakening upon learning just how plentiful the mosquitoes were here due to the mass percentage of humidity. Stupid me… moving to what was the swampland. While living in Florida as someone who likes to lounge on their porch, it’s important to invest in mosquito repellent during summer in the south. Better yet, it’d be a great idea to have a screen enclosure surrounding your outside living area.

Screen enclosures close off an outside lounging are to keep away pesky mosquitoes and other bugs. Living in Vermont, few people have the need or want for these things so I never really thought about the need of having one for our new home. Here in southwest Florida, almost every home has one and if they didn’t exist we’d definitely be having to invest a lot of money in repellant. I’d rather have a screen enclosure than have to apply and reapply repellant as I’m just leisurely relaxing outside of my home. While you can do this instead of having a screen enclosure, you’d honestly be investing more money into repellant than the screen enclosure itself. Not to mention you would be nearly bathed in smelly chemicals 24/7…. Certainly not pleasant.. Your best bet is just to keep the mosquitoes, flies and gnats at bay and away from skin with a screen enclosure.  There are certainly more benefits to having a screen enclosure than not having one and I’ve listed a few in this post.

pool cage screen enclosureOur screen enclosure surrounds our pool as well which is a huge beneficial factor as the Florida storms and critters would otherwise dirty and contaminate it. Nearly every home in the area  has a screen enclosure and  I don’t recommend having a pool in Florida without having a screen enclosure surrounding it as well as your lanai. No other state has as many unwanted critter guests and debris from whatever the hell also residing in Florida. I’d recommend getting a screen enclosure built with reliable and warranty guaranteed mesh, so you’re free of all those things and you know your pool, as well as you, are fully protected. If you have pets you’re worried of somehow escaping, then a screen enclosure would also be beneficial to anyone of this nature. I know a few people who have birds that fly around their house and have installed a screen enclosure outside of their front and back doors so that they can be worry free every time them or their kids open a door. Their great for other rambunctious pets or small children you may have as well.

Lifespan Of Screen Enclosure Mesh

I did some research and apparently, the mesh in your screen typically will last between three to ten years depending on the material it was built with. Be sure to check the warranty of your screen enclosure before purchasing. The small amount of research you do will absolutely pay off when you won’t have to be burdened with replacing the entire screen every three years. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather invest in a good mesh can have to reinvest in a poor quality one over and over again. There are a variety of great quality screen installers here in Florida due to mass amount of demand for them. A high quality, professional, and punctional (something you don't find too often here) screen enclosure company I recommend would be Gulf Coast Aluminum (Gulf Coast Aluminum Review: Thumbs Up). If you purchase their specialty screen, they back it up with a ten-year warranty. That’s ten full years you won’t have to worry about your screen and live without worry.

Throughout the time we’ve had our screen enclosure, there haven’t been any difficulties we’ve had to face in maintaining it, bes The only thing some might not find to their liking is the appearance as it has sort of an unwelcoming or unattractive quality to it. Like I said though, it’s better to have one than to not have one and have to deal with the bounty of mosquitoes that will give you a hard time down the road. That being said, if you’re still that against having one due to its appearance than maybe think about having your lanai or pool in your backyard. This way you’ll still have the protection but it won’t be a liability to your home’s overall appearance. Consider future pros of having a screen enclosure as well.


Kenneth Wilson
August 24, 2017
Yard & Garden

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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