What to Consider When Choosing the Mesh for Your Re-screen (or New Screen Enclosure)

Is it time to re-screen your pool cage or screen enclosure? Or have you recently purchased a screen enclosure or pool cage and are wondering how to go about choosing the best mesh for your enclosure?

The process might seem daunting, but it is easier than you think!

Here in this article, we are going to walk you through the different considerations to keep in mind when looking at various screen meshes. This article will provide you with the high-quality information you need to make the best mesh choice for your personalized screen enclosure.

How long do you plan on staying there?

The first thing you will want to consider when choosing the best mesh for you and your screen enclosure or pool cage is the length of time you are planning on staying at this home. Since each type of mesh has a different life span, you can choose the best option for you based upon how long you intend on using your structure.

It is ideally recommended to avoid low-grade fiberglass mesh as said mesh is not designed to last more than a few years (3-5 years), so you won’t be able to get as much bang-for-your-buck as you would be able to with a stronger mesh that is designed to last for several years.

A premium fiberglass screen such as Phifer 18/14 is the best starting point for most property as it has a longer lifespan at 7-9 years and the marginal cost difference is minimal.

With a burst strength test rating in excess of 180 pounds, polyester mesh comes with a 10 year warranty and this type of mesh won’t turn the shiny white color that fiberglass mesh does at it ages. That means you’re also not going to get those tears along the aluminum members common with fiberglass. Polyester mesh also has a biocide designed to prevent mildew and algae growth, additionally improving the life expectancy of the mesh itself and preventing algae growth in our sub-tropical climate.

Do No See’ums, and sand flies bother you?

If you want to stay as protected as possible from insects and tiny bugs, then you would benefit from a mesh that is made with a tighter weave. Tighter weaved meshes are able to keep more tiny bugs away since the open spaces within the mesh are smaller.

Both polyester and fiberglass meshes are available with this tighter weave option.

Mesh Size
  Standard No See’um
Fiberglass 18/14 20/20
Polyester 14/16 17/20

Are you going to want to clean the aluminum framing?

It is important to clean the aluminum framing of your screen enclosure or pool cage from time to time to ensure the structure will look as good as possible without becoming an eyesore.

The best way to clean the aluminum frames is with a power washer. However, after a few years of exposure to the harsh UV rays of Florida, the common Phifer 18/14 mesh becomes  weak and brittle and can’t withstand the force of the high pressure water.  The lower grade artisan and New York wire mash fare even worse.  On the other hand, polyester mesh can withstand power washing throughout its life.

Therefore, if you are looking to properly maintain your structure to its best recommendation, then a polyester mesh might be your ideal fit.

Do you have pets?

If you have pets, then you might want to consider adding pet screen to your pool cage or screen enclosure.

Pet screen goes around the bottom of your screen enclosure and is made of a fiberglass material that is four times stronger than standard screen, thus being able to withstand the demands pets place on screens.

Still, with enough persistence, pets could get through the pet screen even though the screen is incredibly strong. Such an instance where this might occur would be when squirrels or other animals are on the opposite side of the fence.

If you feel like you could see this scenario playing out at your residence, then it would be a positive idea to consider a solid metal kick plate surrounding the bottom of your screen. This kick plate can either be 16 or 36 inches tall and will protect against any damages occurring at the bottom of your screen.


Finding the ideal mesh for your pool cage or screen enclosure is easy when you consider all of the variables that will affect your enclosure. You will want to keep in mind how long you are planning on living at this home, the amount of tiny bugs you commonly have in your area, how often you plan on cleaning your aluminum frames, and the number of pets you have. All of these variables will play a role in helping you decide what mesh option you will benefit from the most!

Why Many Pool Cages In SWFL Need A Re-screen After Only 3 Years

If you recently purchased a new home and found the screen mesh to be tearing or falling out after just a couple years, you’ve certainly wondered how long screen mesh should last.  And you’re not alone, many home owners around southwest Florida have thought the same thing after needing to re-screen their relatively new pool cage.

There is a reason for that and here in this article, we are going to guide you through why that is and we will offer solutions that will help you enjoy a longer lasting screen that will endure for many years to come.

Standard Grade Meshes Are Not Made to Last

The main reason why many pool cages and screen enclosures have to be re-screened so soon after construction is that the mesh they used to begin with was not made to last.  Of course, this might not seem right, after all why would a company deliver such a low grade material?  To find an answer for that you have to consider who is building most of the screen enclosures around Naples.  They (screen enclosures) are nearly all built by general contractors and developers with the objective of keeping costs low.  They know that in the midst of everything else going on when buying a home, details such as granite counters, and tile, are more in your eye than the type of screen mesh on your enclosure which probably doesn’t even make it to the back of your mind.  For this reason, they (home builders) frequently skimp on the materials used and thus a low grade screen is used.

When building pool cages and screen enclosures, most contractors in the Naples region use what is called “artisan mesh.” This mesh is a low-grade fiberglass mesh with a life span around 3 years, made in China and is the general, standard quality used by most contractors. Since it is the cheapest mesh available to contractors, most contractors use it for their structures to help them save a few nickels and dimes, even though it will be more expensive for the customer in the long haul.

Good News

The good news is there are stronger meshes available to you that will provide you with the stability and durability you are looking for when it comes to your pool cage or screen enclosure screen.

Let’s take a look at the screens that are built to last and that will provide you with some extra comfort in their longevity:

Phifer 18/14

The Phifer 18/14 mesh is a premium fiberglass screen that would be an ideal starting point for finding a stronger mesh as this mesh has a longer lifespan at 7 to 9 years. The marginal cost for this mesh in comparison to the low-grade fiberglass mesh traditionally used by contractors is minimal, but the benefits you will receive from a longer lasting mesh will certainly be worth the minute extra cost.

The Phifer 18/14 premium fiberglass mesh has a burst strength test rating that exceeds 60 pounds, It has a good ability to withstand most of weather the southwestern Florida receives over its 7-9 year life span. That said, while this material will withstand power washing for the first few years of its life, it is susceptible to tears from power washing as it ages (before it reaches its life expectancy.

Phifer 20/20

The Phifer 20/20 Standard Mesh is a premium fiberglass mesh with the same benefits and features as the Phifer 18/14 mesh, but features a tighter weave, allowing you to escape from and stay protected from even tinier insects, like No See’Ums.

Polyester 14/16

The Polyester 14/16 is a super-strong polyester mesh that is tear and puncture resistance and has stability from UV damage. In fact, it is over 100% stronger that the American made fiberglass screen with a ball burst strength test rating about 180 lbs. Even though the openings with this mesh appear to be larger than the two premium fiberglass meshes mentioned above, the tensile strength of each individual strand is thicker, ultimately making the openings smaller and stronger for long-lasting use.

Furthermore, polyester mesh has a biocide protectant that is designed to help prevent mildew and algae growth which will further improve the mesh’s life expectancy while preventing algae growth, even in our local sub-tropical environment.

Polyester 17/20

Lastly, the polyester 17/20 has the same features as the polyester 14/16 but with a slightly different weave option. This mesh still maintains the strong quality that all polyester meshes carry throughout.

An added benefit of polyester mesh is that it can withstand the strength and power of most non commercial power washers, so even as you need to clean your mesh over the course of several years to come, you can do so appropriately with the Polyester 17/20, knowing that even after 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of having the screen, you can still use a power washer to clean it!


Not every pool cage or screen enclosure has to be re-screened every 3 years. The reason many pool cages and screen enclosures are re-screened so often is because of the low-grade fiberglass mesh that is used. When you upgrade to a more durable and more strong mesh, such as a higher-grade fiberglass or a polyester mesh option, you can enjoy a screen that can last for more than a decade.

I-Beams And Corrosion To GCA Standard

It was about that time. Try as we might have for a simple restoration and repaint, it just wasn’t in the books for this screen enclosure in the south Fort Myers area.. With its old, white I-beams deemed unpaintable (more on this down the page) and hard to rescreen, it was decided between us and the homeowners that it was indeed time to replace the entire pool cage in south Fort Myers. However, this would be a good thing! The new screen would include one of our favorite items to install and build, a picture window, also known as a clearview window. It is an extremely large opening of the screen enclosure that is unobstructed by any aluminum beams, offering a maximum view from inside. These windows provide an alternative to the ‘cage feeling’ that one often feels inside the pool “cage” and make for a great view of the surroundings, such as this homeowner’s beautiful water front view. And rightfully so, as he quite literally had one of the most spectacular back yards imaginable!

This customer received our quality polyester mesh, 2604 powder coat acrylic paint, and NyloTech fasteners, complete with a 10-year warranty. Not only did he make an investment towards the asset of his home, he created a more pleasant, clean and fun experience for his family when enjoying the outdoor pool area and swimming facilities that overlook the amazing waterway behind the home.

Follow us as we go through the project from beginning to end results!

To discuss a project like this at your home reference project #12860.

As you look at the before images, you’ll notice it is built with I-beams, as in the beams are an I shaped aluminum extrusion as opposed to rectangular.  This type of beam was used in the early 90s, and has since became obsolete, making it near impossible to get members for repair, and the inverted corners on the extrusions corroded and cannot be prepped for painting.

The final project, engineered for maximum view.  No more I-beams.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Getting Your Pool Enclosure Rescreened

All pool enclosures will eventually need to be rescreened, whether the screen’s lifespan is 20 years or just 3. Weak or discolored screens detract from your home’s value and usefulness without giving you anything valuable in return. Screens can become torn and damaged to the point that they no longer serve any purpose at all. As a pool enclosure specialist once put it, “A screen with tears is like a boat with holes in the bottom.”

Replacing the screen yourself is out of the question. Rescreening requires specialized knowledge and skills. At the same time, learning about the rescreening process can help you make better decisions when it’s time to have the job done. Here are 6 things you need to know about pool enclosure rescreening.

  1. The right screen makes all the difference

    When you request bids for your pool enclosure, you may get a wide range of prices. It’s always tempting to choose a low bid. Yet, the difference in bids may have more to do with the quality of screen that’s being used than it does with someone giving you a great deal. To be sure your new screen is worth the time and effort, you should stay away from cheap Artisan screen. Instead, choose Phifer screen or better.

    Polyester screen is stronger than Artisan screen or even Phifer fiberglass screen. The manufacturers stand behind polyester screen with a 10-year warranty, but these screens often last 20 years or longer.

  2. You can choose a No See Um screen if tiny bugs bother you

    Both fiberglass and polyester screen come in a No See Um weave. No See Ums are those tiny flying bugs that are plentiful in Florida. People who have lived in Florida all their lives may be so used to them they barely notice them anymore. People new to the state often find No See Ums so annoying they spend little time outside where the bugs can bother them. No See Um screen eliminates the problem because the mesh is so fine that even bugs too small to see can’t get through it.

  3. The best time to change the fasteners is when you’re getting a rescreen

    Many pool enclosures are put together with cheap steel builders grade screws. That kind of fastener rusts in a few short years, weakening the pool enclosure (read: Is your pool cage still rated for 150 mph?) and making it look ugly. Better fasteners are available, though. Nylo-tec fasteners retain their perfect appearance longer and stay strong in the long term.
    Replacing fasteners without rescreening is a difficult and time-consuming task. The work actually costs more than just a screen replacement. However, if you have the fasteners changed at the same time as the rescreening is done is much less expensive than getting the two jobs done independently. As a bonus, your pool enclosure will all be new at once.

  4. A full rescreen is more economical than replacing miscellaneous panels

    After taking a casual look around your pool cage, you might come to the conclusion that you can get by with replacing just a few of the panels. The problem is that it’s much more expensive to choose that method than getting a full rescreen. First, the individual panels cost more per size than the larger area of mesh that is used for a rescreen. You pay for just one service call when you have the full rescreen done instead of many service calls for each individual replacement. You save on labor costs because the workers only have to work around the plants and other objects surrounding your pool enclosure once.

    With standard screen, a full enclosure rescreen typically costs about 1/5th as much as replacing the entire pool enclosure panel by panel. Choosing the complete rescreen, then, will save you a huge amount of money that you can save or put into other home improvements.

  5. Screen enclosure work is dangerous.

    It’s crucial that the screen enclosure company has Workers Comp insurance. Why? Working high above the concrete below, climbing on tall ladders, maneuvering around all the obstacles surrounding your pool enclosure is dangerous work. You could end up on the wrong side of a lawsuit if an uninsured worker is injured.

  6. A contractor’s license is required

    When you hire a screen enclosure contractor, you need to make sure they have a valid contractor’s license. Licensing ensures that the contractor knows the state standards for screen enclosure work and follows those rules. Don’t take their word for it or believe what it says on their business card without investigating it for yourself. In Florida, a bona fide contractor’s name will appear on the website of the
    Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

when is the right time for re-screen

When Is It Time For A Re-screen? [PICS]

Just like tires, paint, and roofs, screen mesh has a life span.  If your screen has a few tears in it, you might be wondering, if you should get a full re-screen or just replace the panels one by one.  It is a fair consideration in an effort to maximize your value, as service calls for miscellaneous panels have a higher rate than a full re-screen.  In other words, you get more screen for your dollar when you do a full re-screen.

To find a good solution, lets think about tires on your car.  If your tire blows out due to an ‘event’, like running over glass on the road, you would probably just get the one tire fixed.  On the other hand, if your tire blows out because it has 40,000 miles and is worn, you’re probably best replacing all of your tires.  The same goes for screen on your enclosure.  If you just have an ‘event’ that tears the screen, like getting cut with a weed whacker, you should probably just get the panel replaced.  If the screen is tearing because it is worn out, you should probably go for the full re-screen.  Like tires, screen has a life expectancy in Florida conditions, based on the type that it is.

Artisan (builders grade): 3-5 years.  This is the material commonly used by commercial builders like Lennar, and GL homes.

New York Wire: 5-7 years.

Phifer: 7-9 years.

Polyester Screens (Ultra Screen & Super Screen): 15+ Years.

As the screen reaches these ages it gets extremely weak, and changes color.  When the screen is new, the material is at its strongest, but as it ages in U/V rays it gets weaker.  For example, new Phifer 18/14 will hold up to a power-washer.  At 7 years old, a power-washer will shred the Phifer 18/14.  Once it reaches its life expectancy, the coating wears away, the mesh changes color, and a gust of wind is enough to tear the mesh.

What Does Old Screen Look Like?

Take a look at the enclosure below. You’ll notice that the screen has a white shade — this 9 year old Phifer screen has reached its life expectancy.

Once The Screen Reaches It’s Life Expectancy…

You’ll notice tears at the edge.  It looks like the screen has been pulled out of place and can simply be put back in… this is not the case.  What happened is that the screen has worn out so much that even a little bit of wind, or slight expansion of the metal from heat tears the screen.  This enclosure below has screen that has reached its life expectancy and torn at the edge, you now see it hanging down.

Back To The Question…

If your screen is aged and reached its life expectancy, you can replace a panel here and there, but more tears are sure to follow as the screen is considerably weaker.  In the case of Phifer screen, testing has shown that it loses about 90% of its original screen after 7 years.  You’ll also have a noticeable difference in color between the old screen and the new panels.  The new panels will be a crisp charcoal color, while the old panels will have a white shade.  The best bang for the buck is a full re-screen, as opposed to multiple service calls.

If you just had an ‘event’ tear the screen, like the neighbors kids throwing a football through it, or your husband lighting it on fire with the grill (seriously happens more than you think), a replacement of the panel will be fine.  Either way, we are here for both provided you are in our service area!

Notice the old white screen panels next to the crisp charcoal new screen panels.


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Why Is It Sooo Much Cheaper To Replace All The Fasteners With A Re-screen?

It is no secret that the cheap builders grade screws and tapcons used many pool enclosures don’t last very long.  With exposure to water, salt, concrete, and different metals, the builders grade steel screws usually rust and become quite week in a matter of just a few years.  This means that while your pool enclosure was rated to 150mph (or the applicable wind code for your area) it now no longer is – and the old screws are an eyesore leaving red rust stains all over.  That said one of our most common services is a fastener replacement.  We go through and replace all (99.9% as some screws may be covered or embedded) the fasteners on the enclosure with an upgraded fastener that will stand the test of time.  Once you could up all the tap-cons going into the ground, and all the little metal screws at each connection, an average 20×40 screen enclosure will have around 2,000 fasteners.

That said, when you replace all the fasteners with a re-screen, the fastener price is extremely discounted.  Lets give an example (figurative numbers only): assume you have a 20×40 pool enclosure and need the fasteners replaced.  The cost of this would be $2,400; just for a fasteners replacement, no re-screen.  After further consideration you decide you might as well re-screen at the same time. The cost of your re-screen is $2,000.  Now since we are doing a re-screen the cost of your fastener replacement drops to $1,400.  That’s a $1,000 discount on the fasteners if you do a re-screen as well.

In other words you can get a fastener replacement only for $2,400 or a Full Re-screen and fastener replacement for $3,400.

Lets talk about why you get such a big discount, when we do the fasteners as well!  Here’s the thing, when we do the full fastener replacement, we need to get ladders, scaffolding, and walk boards (equipment) into the enclosure.  Move them around in the enclosure, and then back out of the enclosure….. all without removing the screen.  Our equipment isn’t small with some pieces being 30+ feet long!  It’s no easy task moving it all around, and re-arranging all the equipment without damaging the screen.  Ultimately what this means is that we need to take longer to ensure that no screen is damaged, and possibly replace a couple of pieces of screen depending on how your enclosure is shaped.

When we do a full re-screen, we just remove all the screen first and then we can bring in and re-arrange our equipment as needed.  This lets us move faster.  Quite a bit faster and we pass the time savings cost on to you!

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Screen Enclosure Restoration (painting): A Firsthand Look

If you’ve ever seen a builders grade enclosure  after a few years, you know what I’m talking about — the paint turns green, the screws rust, and the screen tears.  They’re not a pretty sight and become an eyesore to an otherwise beautiful home.  Our GCA Standard Enclosures, use materials to avoid these problems from the get go.  Unfortunately 95% of enclosures were built with builders grade materials that won’t stand the test of time.  Fortunately we’ve perfected the process of restoring screen enclosures for about half the cost of a new one.  Restorations have became so popular that we not complete over 200 per year!  Lets take a look at this pool cage restoration in Naples Florida!

First thing,  before getting into the nitty-gritty, you need to know what a screen enclosure restoration consists of.  It starts with removing all the screen, and upgrading the fasteners to Nylotech/Protech fasteners.  We then thoroughly clean the cage, cover the area, and clean it for painting.  All of the aluminum members are painted.  After the paint cures, new screen is put in.  Once complete it looks like new!

This Screen Enclosure In Naples Is Looking Pretty Rough….

No secret!  The aluminum members are turning green.  The screws are rusty and have stained the white metal, red.  The home owner called us to see about painting the enclosure.  After the estimate, which was done conveniently online, the customer hired us to complete the project.

Take a look at the enclosure in the picture below of what it looked like before we started.

Screws are rusted. Paint is turning green. Screen is hanging down.

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The screen has torn and is hanging down!


The aluminum members are stained brown and green.


The low grade steel screws have rusted.

But Wait There’s more

Take a look at the rest of the pictures to get a true understanding of just what kind of shape this pool enclosure is in.  You can click on each picture for an enlarged view.

We Can All Agree

That this cage is a mess.  Besides the fact that this enclosure is is looking decrepit, with so many screws rusted/corroded the cage is a mere fraction of its original strength.

While this cage may seem like its day is done, restoring pool enclosures like this are just another day at the office for Gulf Coast Aluminum.  So lets get started.

The first thing we do is remove all the screens and and replace the fasteners.  With new fasteners the enclosure is much stronger and will be able to support ladders and walk-boards used for completing the rest of the project.  It will also eliminate the rust so we can warranty the paint.  In the picture below you’ll notice the fasteners are bronze, as the owner has decided to switch to a bronze enclosure.  The enclosure has also been thoroughly cleaned, before the painting occurs.

Fasteners switched to bronze and pool enclosure cleaned! Looking better already.

With the fasteners done, the next step would be to cover the whole deck with plastic and then paint the enclosure.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to grab any pics of this step.  Once painted we wait a couple days for the paint to cure and then we come back out to re-screen.

Now We Are Looking GREAT

Check out the pictures post completion.  It really looks like a whole not screen enclosure from what you seen above!

That’s A Wrap!

Ready to have us do your enclosure?  If you’re in our service area you can give us a call or get your estimate conveniently online!

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Our Top 8 Most Popular Services

Most people think of Gulf Coast Aluminum as a ‘pool cage builder’.  That is true (kind of).  We do build quite a few pool cages.  In total though, pool cages are a very small amount of what we do overall.  We tend to think of ourselves as more of a service provider.  You’ll see why starting with our first service (in no particular order).

Screen Repairs

Have a screen out?  We’ll fix it.  Screen repairs from one to a few panels are our most popular service.  Our service guys usually see around 20 people per day.  We can get screen repairs done quickly, with scheduling usually no more than a week out.

Full Re-screens (and fastener replacements)

The most common screen used as a lifespan of 7-9 years.  Many of the homes in our area were built just over 9 years ago.  That means the pool enclosures are at re-screen time.  Our crews can get most re-screens done in 1 – 2 days.

CLICK TO ENLARGE: Common builders grade screen enclosure turning green, and fasteners rusting. We will be doing a restoration on this enclosure.

Screen Enclosure Restoration

Many of the pool cages that were built during the housing boom, used metal with a low grade epoxy paint, and cheap steel fasteners.  10 years later they look pretty… awful.  The aluminum members have turned green, the lower rails have corroded, and the steel fasteners have rusted leaving red stains running down the structure.  Our restoration process rescreens, upgrades the fasteners, and repaints the enclosure to have it looking like new, at about half the cost of a new screen enclosure (our new enclosures used a 2604 powdercoat and Nylotech fasteners for a much higher quality enclosure than builders grade).

Epoxy paint is turning green. Fasteners are rusted. Soon enough though, we will have this enclosure looking like new.

Front Entryway

Screening in the front entryway is extremely common.  The projects generally cost $1,000 – $2,000 and in most areas can be done without permit (this means things happen faster).  We have several dozen doors and many features.

Screen Rooms

Screen rooms have a solid roof and are often referred to as a lanai or added on lanai.  They’re popular because most home builders leave a lanai that is too small to be used (like 8′ x 8′), or worse, leave no lanai at all, only a slider door that opens to the back yard.  Our screen rooms offer the ability easily add on an under roof lanai with screen which can be used as a sitting area, dining area, or entertaining area.

Pool Cages

Finally we get to pool cages.  We no longer offer builders grade enclosures, only our GCA Standard.  Our GCA Standard uses long lasting materials, a 2604 powder coat, so that in the future you won’t need the restoration.  You can read more about the: GCA Standard Pool Enclosure

Romano Patio & Pergolas

The Romano uses wood grain finished aluminum to give the visual appeal of classic wood with the resilience of aluminum.  A solid roof could be done for rain protection, or a pergola style roof for strictly shade.  The Romano is one of our newest and most inquired on services, so we expect this to move higher up the list through 2017.

This sunroom is constructed of implact glass with a tiled insulated roof to match the home.


Sunrooms are one of the more complex and pricey structures we offer.  Our sunrooms are done with seamless fabrication which means that custom pieces made to conceal all screws.  They start around $10,000 for a small acrylic ‘fill-in’ (under existing roof) and have been priced as high as $200,000 for a large impact glass sunroom under air, with tiled roof (click on picture to the left).



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Lets Screen That In!

Most homes built by general contractors in Southwest Florida come with a small undertruss patio.  Thats the good news.  The bad new is that what they don’t include in screen.  That’s just not to practical.  Open the doors for a few minutes and bugs will invade your house quickly.

This undertruss patio will soon be screened in!

Once the homeowner realizes there is no screen, we often get the call to screen it in.  Screening in a lanai like this usually costs around $1,000.  For us, it is a 1 day project and we can usually get to it quickly.  No permit is required in most places (there are exceptions).  Take a look at this finished project below.  Have a project liked this in our service area?  We’d love to do it!  Call us or get your estimate conveniently online.

Undertruss lanai enclosure now complete. Another project by GCA

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The Myth Of Privacy Screen

A screen you can see out of, but no one can see in.

That’s the myth….. its a large myth.  In fact we get over a dozen calls a week from customers looking for a “screen you can see out of, but no one can see in.”  The truth is, no such product exists.  The mythical privacy screen you hear of is simply a dense solar screen being labeled as ‘privacy’.  In cases where the solar screen has been applied for privacy, customers are generally unhappy with privacy as you will see below.


This darker area (releative to the other point) is solar screen commonly sold as ‘privacy screen’.


This section is regular screen.

What you see above is the “privacy screen” next to a standard screen.  I’m sure we can all agree, that privacy stuff, just isn’t too private.

The Privacy Screen Myth Explained

Many people believe such a product exists because they have screens on the windows of their house which make it difficult to see inside during the day. This is because of differential lighting. When the sun is shining bright and it is comparatively dark inside the house you can’t see inside, conversely if it was dark outside and you had a light on inside the house everyone would be able to see inside because it is brighter. Solar screens, exaggerates the effect of the lighting.

With a screen enclosure you will have similar lighting inside and outside the enclosure so no matter how tight the weave of the screen you can see inside the enclosure. In the case, of a solid roof screen room or under truss lanai, or garage, the with tightly woven solar screen provides a high level of privacy.


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