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Why Do So Many Swimming Pools in Florida Have Screens?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

by Sean Hess (, Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty ( Join us on Facebook.

Screens like these keep the leaves that fall twice a year out of the pool.

Screens like these keep the leaves that fall twice a year out of the pool.

Why do most swimming pools in Florida have screens or screened enclosures?

Well, it’s pretty simple.  As my uncle says, “The trees only shed their leaves twice a year, January through June, and July through December.”

Screens and screened enclosures eliminate A LOT of the daily cleaning you do when you own a swimming pool.  Also, to a certain degree they keep the bugs at bay (though I don’t think there’s a screen on earth that will completely eliminate sand gnats).  And they can keep most of the larger critters out, from frogs to snakes.  Trust me, it’s nice not to clean frogs out of your pool’s cleaning system twice a day.

People that have had both a screened pool and an unscreened pool say an unscreened pool runs about 4 degrees warmer and is easier to heat if you have a heating system.

For insurance reasons pools in Florida have to either have a fence surrounding it, or an enclosure of some type (like a screen), with an entry handle that is too high for a child to reach.  The reason being so kids in the neighborhood don’t wander over and drown.

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