Your pool screen keeps pests and debris out of your pool, which makes it easier to maintain and enjoy. Although pool screens can last for many years, the constant exposure to sunlight, moisture, wind, and general weathering can lead to damages as well as to a dingy appearance. Fortunately, a worn screen enclosure doesn't mean it's time for a replacement. A repair service can restore your old screen to its former glory, which is a less expensive option compared to replacing the entire enclosure.
1. Rust Removal
Most enclosure frames are made of a rust-resistant metal like aluminum, but over time it can still discolor and develop small areas of corrosion. Dirt and grime can also coat and ruin the finish on the framing material. Your repair service will begin by power washing the entire enclosure to remove all surface-level dirt. Then, rusted spots will be sanded and treated to prevent further rusting. Small damages to the frame, such as bent supports, may need to be repaired or the damaged area may require replacement supports.
2. Screen Repairs
The screens on a pool enclosure may be made of metal or synthetic materials like nylon. Metal screening can rust over time, but it's less likely to suffer damage from pets and hard use. Synthetic screen materials may not stand up well to your dog pawing at it day after day, but you won't have to worry about rust and corrosion. Fortunately, no matter what type of material you choose, small tears and holes can be patched almost invisibly. More badly damaged screens can simply be replaced.
3. Hardware Replacement
Although a pool screen will use corrosion and rust-resistant galvanized hardware, which includes bolts and hinges, over time the galvanized coating can wear off and rust may occur. The best way to repair hardware problems on a pool screen is to simply replace the hardware. Your repair tech will carefully remove each rusted bolt or nut, clean and rethread the bolt hole if necessary, and then replace the hardware. Afterward, any moving bits of hardware like the door hinges will be lubricated for better operation.
4. Frame Finishing
To guard against damages in the future, it's a good idea to have the aluminum frame painted after restoration is complete. You will be able to choose the color, or you can opt for a clear sealant paint if you prefer the look of bare metal. Painting doesn't just give the frame an attractive facelift, it also helps prevent future rust issues.
Contact a pool screen enclosure repair service if it is time to restore your older screen.