Your pool enclosure helps exclude intruders, animals, and even some leaf litter from making its way into your pool. It's important to keep the enclosure in good condition for optimum safety.

Types of Damage

Damages happen to either the screening or the frame. Metal screens can rust, become ripped, or develop bends and dents. Nylon screening is most prone to ripping and holes. Even small damages can render the screen useless when it comes to keeping animals and pests out of the pool area. Fasteners and other hardware are also prone to rusting.

Frames are usually made of wood or aluminum. Wood frames can develop rot or mold, which can lead to breakage and warping. Aluminum frames are sturdy and relatively corrosion-resistant, but they aren't corrosion-proof. Aluminum can also become bent or warped over time.

Common Causes

The most common cause of pool enclosure damage is from storms. High winds can twist and break enclosures, while hail can dent screens and damage frames. The second most common problem is simple age, as the enclosure may weaken, rust, or rot over time — especially if it isn't well maintained. Failure to keep wooden frames sealed, clean rust from metal, and lubricate hinges can all cause damage from rot, corrosion, or mold. Dry rot from sun exposure or salt damage in areas near the sea can also lead to rust on metal and rot issues on wood.

Animals are another culprit when it comes to damages. Birds, in particular, can cause corrosion if they perch on the enclosure, due to the high acid content in their droppings. Some animals, like squirrels or raccoons, may actually be able to tear through the screen or damage hardware while trying to gain entrance. Squirrels can be particularly troublesome on wood frames, as they may gnaw on them.

Repair Options

Fortunately, screens can often be repaired. When the screen itself is damaged, there are typically two repair options. The first is to simply patch the screen. This works well if there is only a few small holes or rips. The second option is to re-screen the frame. This option works well when your frame is in good shape but the screening is badly damaged.

Frames can be trickier to repair. If there is minimal damage, such as rust, the frame can be sanded and painted. You can also opt to replace only the damaged panel frames if there is limited frame damage. Extensive damages, though, may mean it is much more cost-effective to replace the entire enclosure.

For more information about pool enclosure screen repair, contact a local repair professional.