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How to Repair Your Pool Enclosure Screen?

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Updated: May 24, 2024
Published: April 20, 2024

Repair Your Pool Enclosure Screen: Tips from Shelter Structures


Having a pool enclosure is great for protecting your pool from debris and providing privacy. However, the screens on pool enclosures can become damaged over time from factors like sun exposure, wind, and normal wear and tear. When you notice rips, holes, or fraying in your pool enclosure screen, it's important to repair it right away to prevent further damage. Repairing a screen is an easy DIY project that you can often tackle in less than an hour.

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In this article, you'll learn the signs that indicate you need to repair your pool enclosure screen the signs that indicate you need to repair your pool enclosure screen. You'll also get a step-by-step guide to walk you through the entire repair process. With some basic tools and screen repair supplies, you can extend the life of your pool enclosure screen and keep your pool protected.

Signs that You Need a Pool Enclosure Screen Repair

How do you know when those small tears in your screen have gone from minor to major? Watch for these signs that it's time to repair your pool enclosure screen:

  • Visible holes or rips - If you notice any tears larger than a quarter, it's time for screen repair. Small holes can quickly grow bigger.
  • Fraying around the edges - Fabric fraying around the edges of the screen often leads to larger holes and rips.
  • Discoloration - Sun exposure can cause pool screens to become brittle and discolored. Once it starts looking worn, the material is weaker.
  • Sagging screen - If your screen is sagging or drooping in areas, the underlying support grid is likely damaged. This will lead to bigger problems if not fixed.
  • Insects or debris coming through - One of the main reasons for a pool enclosure is keeping out insects, leaves, and other annoying things carried by the wind. If they can penetrate the screen, it needs to be repaired.

Take action as soon as you notice any of these issues to prevent more costly damage. The sooner a screen is repaired, the easier the fix will be.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Repair Your Pool Enclosure Screen

Ready to tackle that ripped-up screen? Follow these detailed steps to properly repair your pool enclosure:

  • Supplies Needed:
    • Screen repair kit - Look for a kit designed for outdoor screen repair that contains fiberglass mesh patches, sealant, and spline cord.
    • Scissors - Sharp scissors will cut the screen cleanly. Choose 6-8 inch utility scissors.
    • Roller or squeegee - A hard rubber roller or a pliable plastic squeegee will adhere to the patch smoothly.
    • Screwdriver - A standard flathead screwdriver can pry out the old spline cord.
    • Screen spline cord - Purchase a spline specifically made for screen repair. It slides easily into the frame channel.
    • Clean the damaged area - Use a garden hose in a high-pressure setting to thoroughly clean the screen around the ripped or damaged area. Remove any dirt, debris, mold, or stuck-on gunk so you can fully see the hole or tear that needs repairing. Scrubbing with a brush may be needed to dislodge stubborn debris. Get it completely clean and dry.
  • Cut away the damaged screen - Use sharp scissors to carefully cut out the damaged screen area, staying about 2 inches beyond the perimeter of the hole or tear. Cutting a clean rectangular shape will allow the patch to fully adhere. Snip slowly and watch for any stray or loose fibers that could unravel more of the screen. Cutting too close could compromise the repair.
  • Cut a patch piece - Place the fiberglass patch material directly over the cut hole and use a permanent marker to neatly trace its rectangular shape. Cut out the patch following your outline, leaving about a 1.5-inch border all the way around the traced shape. This extra material ensures the patch will fully cover the hole with ample overlapping screen to grip.
  • Secure the patch - Lay the patch over the hole, aligning the edges smoothly. Use a hard rubber roller or broad plastic squeegee to firmly adhere the patch into place. Roll or press over the entire surface to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Apply sealant around the edge if needed per the product instructions.
  • Trim the excess - Once the patch is fully secured, use sharp scissors to neatly trim off the excess patch material so it is flush with the surrounding screen. Trim evenly, and don't cut too close. Removing the overlap provides a clean finish.
  • Replace the spline cord - Use a flathead screwdriver to pry out and remove the old spline cord from the screen frame channel. It may be brittle or stuck. Install the new screen spline cord by pressing it evenly into the frame channel around the full perimeter, securing the screen patch tightly. Notch corners.
  • Check for small holes - Thoroughly scan the entirety of the screen, especially around the repair, for any additional tiny holes, tears, or gaps developing. Use screen repair tape immediately to seal up any potential weak spots or gaps before they can worsen.
  • Clean up the cord - Trim off any excess spline cord hanging over the edges of the frame channel using sharp scissors. Run your hand along the cord, pressing down to smooth out any bumps or raised areas around the frame.
  • Test the repair - Turn on your garden hose to a strong spray setting and thoroughly test the repaired section from all angles, watching for leaks. If any pinhole leaks are found, press the patch more firmly into the screen or apply additional tape. Verify it is watertight.

There you have it! With this detailed DIY screen repair process, you can permanently patch holes and tears in your pool enclosure screen, saving the cost of replacement. Stay vigilant and repair minor damage as soon as it is spotted, and your screen will endure for many more years.

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When to Replace Your Pool Enclosure Screen

No matter how diligent you are with repairs, there comes a point when your pool enclosure screen is too damaged and worn out to salvage. Watch for these key signs indicating full replacement is needed:

  • The aluminum frame is bent, dented, or corroded - The frame must be structurally sound to keep the screen material taut and withstand weather. If it is damaged, warped, or has gaps or holes, repairs to just the screen will be temporary as the tension is lost.
  • More than 15-20% of the screen surface is damaged - Once tears, holes, and fraying add up to affect a significant total area, the screen's overall integrity is too compromised to rely on. It can no longer adequately protect your pool.
  • The tiny mesh holes have enlarged - Pool screens are woven with tiny holes precisely sized to keep out debris while allowing airflow. As the material ages and stretches over the years in the sun, these holes enlarge past an effective size, allowing more unwanted objects to get through.
  • It billows and sags despite frequent repairs - If you find yourself repairing all visible holes and tears but the screen still billows, sags, or droops, looking deflated in areas, the underlying material is stretched out and weakened beyond repair.
  • It can no longer be pulled evenly taut - The screen mesh naturally loosens over time with sun, wind, and weather exposure. If you cannot get it tightened evenly across the entire surface, either the material or the frame itself are too far gone.
  • Repair time exceeds enjoyment - If you're making repairs after every storm, high wind day, or few times you use the pool, a new screen will save you time, money, and headaches in the long run.
  • Visible corrosion, fading, or crumbling - Screens degrade slowly in the elements. If the material looks extremely faded, is corroded or crumbling in areas beyond just holes, or has texture/thickness changes, its lifespan has ended.

While an old screen may still somewhat deter debris, its purpose is to fully protect your pool. Don't wait until it completely disintegrates. Replacing it at the opportune time based on these signs will give you many more years of like-new performance from the new screen. Protect your investment.

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Final Words

Having to repair your pool enclosure screen means you get more use from the investment you made when installing it. Fortunately, DIY screen repair is fast and easy, and it uses the right materials and some basic skills. Just be diligent about checking your screen often for any developing holes or tears. Address them promptly with tape or patches, and your screen can last for 15 years or more!

Of course, screens don't last forever. If you start spending more time patching holes than swimming in your pool, it may be time for full replacement. With a brand new tightly-woven screen that can handle the sun and storms, you'll once again have a debris-free oasis in your backyard.

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