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How Long Do Enclosure Screens Last?

how long does enclosure screen last

One of the main reasons that homeowners install outdoor enclosures is to eliminate their bug problem. That’s because once the enclosure goes up, bugs stay out. They can’t penetrate the finally woven enclosure screens no matter how hard they try. That is until they discover a small rip or hole—then, they waste no time finding it. Moreover, they seem to alert the entire insect population!

And it seems as if once the word’s out, the invasion begins in earnest.

You remember those days—if you’re not still living them out because you haven’t enclosed your outdoor space yet. We’ll assume you have for the moment though. Eating outdoors was far less enjoyable than it should have been. It was infuriating to see scads of flies feasting on your family’s dinner before they even sat down at the table. Or what about feeling like you made a bad investment when you installed the color-changing LED lights around the pool area because the mosquitoes showed up in droves after dark and everyone would rather stay inside instead of engaging in a continuous slap fest?

Once you’ve lived without bugs, you know you don’t want to go back. Everything has a lifespan though. Moreover, the salt air and penetrating UV rays can accelerate decline. So exactly how long can you expect enclosure screens to last without replacing them?

What type of screen is it?

The lifespan of your screens depends heavily on whether or not it has a “rough life.” Pets and small children are known to be hard on screened surfaces. You know what we mean. Once they discover a small hole or tear, it tends to grow larger by the day. The material that the screens are made of plays a big part in how long they remain in good shape.

If your enclosure screens are made of artisan wire, it doesn’t bode well for their longevity. The expected lifespan isn’t ever more than three, or maybe four, years. It also goes by the name “wire mesh” because it’s manufactured using thin metal wire. Most are always imported from China, and the screens don’t hold up to our hot, humid weather at all. Moreover, the salt in the air erodes the metal causing it to weaken even more quickly. Artisan wire screens aren’t a good option for Florida homeowners.

Most pool enclosure companies use Phifer Screen because they are number one in the industry—worldwide. The company is based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and has been in business since 1952. The company was formed with two goals in mind; to excel in both quality and service. Back in the day, the screens were made strictly of aluminum, however, today they also manufacture fiberglass insect screening products.

Using the latest innovations in technology, Phifer has created a variety of woven products that enhance your outdoor living experience. For instance, its exterior sun control screening actually provides homeowners with additional protection from UV rays. The cost increases a bit, but living in Florida, it may well be worth the upgrade cost! Over thirty of their solar protection products have earned the seal of approval from the Melanoma International Foundation for their effectiveness in preventing sun damage to the eyes and skin.

Phifer products maintain a warranty of up to ten years for most products if the screen fabric becomes “nonfunctional due to changes in physical properties.” If you want premium quality material for your enclosure screens, ask your contractor if they use Phifer!

Heard about customizing?

If you’re replacing your screens, you might want to consider having them customized! The results are incredible as far as changing your environment. You can use any digital image, either from your personal library or the company catalog, and create the backyard getaway of your dreams.

It’s sure to become your family’s new favorite spot to spend time together. The ambiance changes completely when you surround yourself with scenes from your favorite vacation ever! Or perhaps you’ll choose a destination that you’ve yet to see in real-time. Whatever spot you choose, you can rest assured that your screens will remain vibrant and beautiful for years to come.

Screen repair an option too

If your screens need repair, you can often tackle small jobs DIY style. There are multitudes of DIY screen repair videos to guide the process. We might suggest getting on top of that sooner rather than later though. Once there’s a hole in a screen, little fingers can’t seem to refrain from helping it grow a little bigger… and bigger… You know what we mean, yeah?

Totally replacing your screens yourself isn’t out of the question either. It’s a relatively easy task, but due to the size of the screens can get a bit awkward. Especially, stretching the new screen. It needs to be taut! It’s a good idea to have a helper to hasten the process and ease any tendency to get frustrated.

Living life out

Enclosure screens, like everything else, are going to wear out eventually. Stay away from artisan wire and you’ve jumped years ahead in that game. Fiberglass screen seems to be the most popular choice today and you can even get screens that protect you from the sun with up to 75% coverage!

Screens are low maintenance. Washing them with warm sudsy water and a scrub brush is a great task for the kids to take on. However, you might want to supervise so no soapy water wars break out. It tends to sting the eyes and the kids might forget that in the heat of the moment.

Patch any small tears or holes that appear as soon as you notice them too. That’s going to have a big impact on how things go from that point on if you have small children or pets. Lastly, keep enjoying the time spent in your outdoor living space because spending time with family and friends is what life should be all about.