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Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

Posted by leepoffaith (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 26, 09 at 14:55

So, i'm in the process of designing my pool and I live in the Tampa, FL area. At first my thought was I HAVE to have a screen. Everyone else does and that is just the way it is. Well, now that i'm in the designing part, there is only just so much you can do with a screen. Here in lies my question: would you build a pool in Florida with no screen enclosure? Are the bugs really that bad? First of all the screen limits the pools design. Secondly, on a 30x55 entertaining area it's going to cost me upwards of 15k to put in a screen. All my neighbors have them and it seems like everyone in Florida has one, but are they really needed or it is just that everyone has them so everyone gets them?


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

I'm in the Tampa Bay area too and have a screen enclosure. I can't imagine what cleaning the pool would be like without it. I do have an oak tree over it, and I think that would make a big difference, so much debris comes in from that tree even with the screen it would be a mess without. This is the biggest benefit IMO.

The bugs would be bad as well, is nice being able to sit out there in the evening and not have any mosquitoes.

A few things, mine needs re-screening, it's 15yrs old now and the screen is brittle and getting holes. Also the screen cuts down solar energy/UV by about 40% from what I have found, this leads to less sunburn, and a cooler pool. The cooler pool is nice in the summer (mine won't go above 87 degrees on its own) but in spring/fall it is also cooler, needing more heat to be comfortable.

I highly recommend it, but then again mine came with the house I didn't have to pay for it directly :).


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

i live in west palm beach and my 30x16 pool is not screened in and i have to problems at all keeping it clean.
living in an hurricane area theres no way i would buy a screen enclosure.
yes the pool water gets warmer compared to a screened in pool.buy a good automatic cleaner ,net the pool every day (5 minutes day) and keep your money


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

Thanks for the responses thus far!

Domingos - Do you have problems with bugs at all? I'm not worried about cleaning the pool since I work from home and can always clean it during my lunch break. I'm worried about wanting to sit outside around 9-10 PM and being bothered by bugs.


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

I am on my 2nd one in the orlando area without a screen. This one has a small lake in the back and still not that bad with bugs. We have a screened lania for when we just want to sit out. I think they are fine but highly over rated


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

I think something else you need to consider are the animals/reptiles that will end up in your pool without an enclosure. I live in Pinellas County and I have a screen enclosure and I still regularly fish out frogs, snakes and lizards from the pool. I can't imagine what I would find in there without the cage. It also helps with tree debris. Something else to consider is resale. If you sell your house and you're the only house on the block without a cage, that may be a negative. I think aesthetically, they're hideous, but they seem to be quite useful in this area.


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

nope.no mosquito problems


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

I just finished my pool in the Orlando area and have no screen. No bug problem and I like it just fine this way.


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

You have bigger problems if you have a screen and have that many critters. Do you like in the Everglades LOL ?
I had the 1st pool 5 years and occasionally get a frog, thats it. As far as resale, you can't make a blanket statement like that.


I think something else you need to consider are the animals/reptiles that will end up in your pool without an enclosure. I live in Pinellas County and I have a screen enclosure and I still regularly fish out frogs, snakes and lizards from the pool. I can't imagine what I would find in there without the cage. It also helps with tree debris. Something else to consider is resale. If you sell your house and you're the only house on the block without a cage, that may be a negative. I think aesthetically, they're hideous, but they seem to be quite useful in this area.


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

My brother in in South FL and he doesn't have a cage and I can't remember being bothered with bugs. We doesn't have large trees around him tho.

When I first moved down here years ago I lived in an apt with a pool and I don't remember getting bit by bugs either.

I do hope that you have a lanai or some shade somewhere tho because my brother doesn't and it is hard sitting out there in the sun all day. If you don't have a lanai I would suggest getting the holes drilled for umbrella's.


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

At the risk of making Pinellas County seem like bug ridden backwoods, I would not consider building a pool here without a screen. I think a lot depends on your immediate environment but here we have overhanging trees and, at times, skeeters, deer flies and lake midges, frogs, snakes, raccoons, and many other nocturnal mammals, small neighborhood children, plus not to mention large biting reptiles! The screen helps to keep them all out.
Screens aren't pretty but neither would be sharing your swimming pool with a water moccasin!


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

Thanks for all your feedback! Just to clear up a few things, I live in Hillsborough County in a town called Riverview. I've lived here for a little over a year now. We do get the little tiny frogs in our lawn, but they aren't too bad. We also have the lizards, but since we only have 2 new trees in our back yard they are not back in the back yard either. I've only seen 1 snake and it was in the front yard and was a black racer.

I'm not too worried about reptiles, nor am I worried about having to fish leaves out of the pool. My main concern is bugs. In particular nats, misquitos and love bugs. How do hotels keep these types of bugs away from their pools?


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

leepoffaith, we are in the process of building our pool. We are screening aprox 938sf and it is costing @ 7.5k which includes 92 ft of 12 x 12 footer. I would get multiple quotes. We even got one quote a little cheaper but we like the present person. Look at out posting , "New pool in Jacksonville FL" Our property backs up to a preserve so we need the screen to protect from bugs etc. We were told that there would be less cleaning to do, besides we do not have a privacy fence and it would cost us a whole lot more to go this way.


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

Here's my experience of growing up as a kid in FL with a pool w/out a screen and also having just built one as an adult. I cant imagine having a screen enclosure. The house I grew up in had a big yard and we would run all around the pool and yard as kids. I dont see how people deal with having the pool seperated from the rest of the yard. At that house (in Valrico - a stone's throw from Riverview) the house had huge oaks and my dad covered it in the winter. My job was to net the pool. It wasnt too bad even with an acre of oaks.
The pool I just put in...again, cant imagine not having the openness of the whole yard tied in with the pool. It feels caged in to me when I go over to someone's house that has the screen enclosure. Also, I never cared for how they look.
You can get bug zappsers and deloto misquito if the bugs are bad which they are not for me. Also, you can build it w/out the screen and add the screen later. Just have them do the deck so that you can add a screen later. Everyone has their own things they like. good luck.


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I guess I am sensitive to Biteing bugs. I was on the intercoastal in St Pete last week and got eaten alive in just a few minutes, at dusk. Seeing everyone else with a screen should give you a big clue. I live on the east coast by I-95 and my neighbor had a pool without a screen. He has one now. I'll bet he couldnt enjoy his pool without it. I lived in Houston and had a pool with no screen. I couldn't enjoy it at night because all of the mosquitos buzzing around my head and biteing me. The PBs will tell you they build pools some places without screens, but I'll bet that if you can afford it you will enjoy your pool much more with the satisfaction there will be no bugs or critters in the pool with you. Our next pool will have a screen.


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

IMHO Screens suck!
Had first pool screened in old house,pool in new house no screen. much better!
Water gets warmer,good spring and fall.
We`re on a lake,open and breezy,lot better than being closed in.
Cages dramatically raises home owners insurance in Fla.
Screen repairs are costly.Hurricanes love screens!
Unless you are completely surronded by shedding trees,
avoid a screen!
JR


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

I'm so on the fence with getting a screen... I'm working with a designer now and I'm having him draw up 2 scenarios. One with and one without. The screen itself is going to run me 7k right now and we are looking at a 55x28. To be really happy we are going to need to go atleast 35x55 which would bring that price up. Without the screen we are looking at about 3k for an anti-mosquito system for the entire yard, plus about 50 bucks a month for the chemicals for this. It's a rough decision and one that I don't want to regret.... Ugh!!!


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RE: Would you build a pool in Florida with no Screen Enclosure?

If you are on the fence, don't put one in now. Just have the footers poured in case you put one up. It should cost about 1k for 12" x 12" footers. That way if you decide you need it because of bugs etc. have it screened then.


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