Dogs and cats make wonderful companions for your family, but even the most well-behaved pet can wreak havoc on your home on occasion. For example, the screens surrounding your pool or patio enclosure may have suffered some shredding from the claws of your pets, significantly weakening the screens and potentially leaving a hole for escape. Fortunately, a Phifer pet screen offers durability far beyond the strength of regular screens. A look at the differences and similarities between the two screen materials can help you understand the value of pet screen for your home.
Construction and Material
Pet screens are designed with the destructive potential of pets in mind. The materials used are strong and resistant to the claws of a cat or the brute strength of a dog. The screen is constructed from polyester yarn coated with PVC, making it about seven times stronger than regular screens. By comparison, cheaper enclosures and screen doors are constructed with the same lightweight materials used to make window screens. If you have a dog or cat, it’s vital to invest in pet screen for your pool or patio enclosure.
Visibility, Airflow and Pests
Some homeowners are concerned that the durable materials used in pet screens will reduce the visibility and airflow in their pool or patio enclosure. Although the individual strands that make up a dog or cat proof screen are thicker, the strands are placed further apart to avoid significantly impacting visibility and airflow. You may notice some slight visual differences between regular screens and pet screens, but the difference is negligible for most people. You’ll still be able to enjoy the fresh air in your enclosed patio without worrying about your cat or dog destroying the screen enclosure.
Many homeowners choose to enclose their pools and patios to avoid harassment and bites from perpetually present pests. Although the gaps between strands are wider in pet screens, they’re still close enough together to protect you and your family from pests.
The process for installing pet resistant screens is exactly the same as the process for regular screens. Existing door and enclosure frames can be refitted with pet screens. If you have a regular screen that is beginning to fail due to your pets, you can have it replaced easily.
If you have pets, replacing the screen of your patio enclosure with a Phifer pet screen is a good way to improve the durability of your enclosure. To learn more about installing pet screen in your Florida home, please contact Dulando Screen & Awning, Inc. at 407-862-6060 or fill out our online form for a free estimate today.