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10/1/2019 by 
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When it comes to choosing a screen enclosure material, we all look for a couple of characteristics, which include:

  • Strength
  • Durability
  • Sun protection

These three characteristics make sure that you enjoy your pool time without any worries!

The three most common screen enclosure materials are fiberglass, polyester and aluminum. Amongst these, the most popular one is fiberglass, then polyester and finally, aluminum. Some people might object to this order so, before you make your decision, have a look at the advantages and disadvantages these materials offer:

Fiberglass

Fiberglass might hog all the glory when it comes to screen enclosure, but the material is not superior to polyester and aluminum. All screens keep bugs and rodents away, but each enclosure material offers something different.

Advantages

  • Solar screens made with fiberglass filter 75% of the harmful UV rays
  • Is cheaper than aluminum and polyester (this is one selling factor that most people love about fiberglass and is the reason why they choose this material over other screen enclosures no matter what the disadvantages)
  • Have less tensile strength as compared to polyester
  • Small lifespan (10 years)
  • Can be power washed only a few times
  • After some time, the material loses its ability to filter UV rays
  • Changes color quickly

Disadvantages

Polyester

If you have a look at the advantages of polyester, you will find that it is one of the strongest screen enclosure materials. It is superior to fiberglass and aluminum. Polyester doesn’t have much competition. Currently, Tuff Screen, Ultrascreen, PET Screen and SuperScreen all offer pretty strong polyester screen enclosures. Apart from making sure that you feel safe inside the enclosure, they have also come up with a solution to prevent pets from destroying the screen material.

Advantages

  • Greater lifespan (more than 10 years and with regular maintenance, it can last for decades)
  • Highly resistant to winds
  • Filters UV rays more than 75%
  • Have almost double the tensile strength as compared to fiberglass
  • Can be power washed numerous times without fear of any damage
  • Doesn’t change color
  • Is quite expensive
  • Less visibility than fiberglass

Disadvantages

Aluminum

This rugged metal is also a great choice for screen enclosures. However, if you have pets, we would advise against this material. With time, the dents on the screen start to show, which makes the enclosure look very unappealing.

Advantages

  • More durable than fiberglass (+10 years lifespan)
  • Not prone to corrosion
  • Is non-toxic
  • Is a stronger and lighter choice as compared to steel screen enclosures
  • Can develop dents over time
  • Glare becomes a problem (less visibility)
  • Is more expensive than fiberglass
  • Is a little rigid and therefore, harder to install

Disadvantages

So, there you go — three different types of screen enclosure materials, each offering something different. When you are choosing the material, keep in mind the area you live in and the weather conditions there.

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