I love it and so do my customers!
Mosquitos and other bugs are only out for a few minutes at dusk, and if you are in the water they don't bother much. In the morning we have to scoop out one or 2 frogs. Another important reason not to screen is that it warms the water up to 4 degrees more than with a screen, and that is a big reduction in heating cost.
Still relevant for those newbie puzzled by these cages.
So many reasons that would only be understandable for those living in FL.
One of the resdialual benefits become awesomely apparent only AFTER they have lived their a while.
A screen enclouse around the pool provides:
2. Reduces cleaning issue if oaks, pines or palms are nearby
3. Extend sunshine time by disfusiing the sear of direct sun
4. Keep out the flying inscets
5.Expands the effective living space in winter months by allowing all the doors and window remain open without bugs getting in.
6. Could serve as an aviary. (not recommended)
7. And if direct UV exposure is the goal, open the door and step out or move the the driveway.
My wife says it blocks out some of the sun but other than that it is very nice......keeps mosquitos and flys out. Allows you to enjoy a meal on the patio. People want to enjoy being outdoors.....this is just another way to extend those time periods with minimal interference.
Simply stated, the choice is yours but it seems to make complete sense to many to have a caged pool.
Bert Nordin, Naples, FL
The screen does filter the sun - but as a Florida native who has had her share of visits to the dermatologist, that's fine with me. Also, it keeps the pool water cooler. A big plus in the summer!
I have a single family home in Naples with a screened pool and would not have it any other way and my pool man loves it. The screen in no way inhibits my views I remember when we first had our home built it was to be a night of shooting stars in abundance so we set our clock and spent about 45 minutes laying in our chase lounges watching the show. I don'[t think it would have been as much fun if we were watching for bugs etc. also, did you know, that birds will sometimes come swooping down looking for???? for dinner?
There are exceptions when a home is built on the water, the constant winds tend to keep the bug population in check.
My suggestion to my buyers, give serious thought to having a cage built around your pool; it also gives you a feeling of privacy.
I used to spend a lot of time visiting a relative in Cape Coral. He had a large enclosure on a new house. The appeal of sitting out there at night was still wonderful. Everything is visible, you just don't get bitten to death.
Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
As far as the aspects of the appeal - one thing I particularly like about screened pools is that many homes have sliding or pocket doors that allow the home to be opened up to the pool area. Screening allows this and extends the "living" area of the interior of the home to the Lanai or pool deck. This is very appealing when entertaining and provides much more opportunity to allow free visitation among a group of people. I wouldn't think this would be a viable option without the area being screened. It lends much more of a tropical or island atmosphere to the home when it is opened in such a way.
Screen enclosures can be expensive and they do need to be maintained and re-screened periodically.
Its a personal choice.
There are a couple more reasons, actually. Screens can not only keep insects and other things out but can also keep the pool from extra dirt like the debris from flowering trees and shrubs.
I have spoken with many home owners who have opted not to "cage" in their pool and this is what I am told: 1) a screen tended to make the pool area darker, 2) the cost of a screen seemed out of proportion to the benefits and 3) since hotels don't screen their pools areas in and most guests aren't bothered, they thought they'd do the same (and are happy with the decision).
As with so many real estate details, it's personal choice. In Naples you have many opportunities either way.
Cynthia Ann Corogin
ShortSale and Foreclosure Resource
Again, it is a personal decision, we have friends and family with no screened enclosure and they love their pool as much as we love ours.
Debbie Albert, PA
Coldwell Banker Residential