It’s easy to determine, but we must keep in mind some fundamental signs, which include the loosening of rusty screws. The exposure to rain and chlorinated water from the pool damages screws to the point of failure, which tends to be most dangerous in the case of the anchors that attach the main metals and beams to the pool cage’s concrete base. All this means that the metals forming the structure begin to loosen bit by bit and the aluminum frame loses its integrity.
When the screws detach and the metals loosen, the screen also loosens. You will also notice unattractive wrinkles and bubbles in the pool enclosure.
There will also start to appear rusty stains in the pool’s interior and in the surrounding areas.
The bracing cables that hold the pool cage come loose, in some cases this happens due to the aluminum foil that they have at the lower end, this plate connects to the concrete base with anchors and often corrodes and breaks. In other cases, the anchors themselves lose their heads and the aluminum plate is released. Either situation is dangerous because the pool cage remains vulnerable to strong winds.
The doors close with difficulty and in some cases, they detach because the hinges break. The same happens with the door closures, which get blocked and stop working due to corrosion that causes the springs and smaller inner components to break.
Aside from posing a safety hazard, everything starts to look opaque because along with these problems comes mold and paint loss that completely ruins the home’s appearance.
It’s easy to determine- when a screen was installed between 10 and 15 years ago, it begins to take on a white color. This occurs because the black coating on the mesh threads deteriorates with climate exposure and falls off, exposing the fiberglass that begins to shine in the sunlight. Once in this condition, the screen beings to rip from the edges of the metal with the slightest wind and holes caused by small animals and insects that frequent Florida yards begin to appear.
Another common cause for repair is when the spline (the rubber cording that fits the screen to the aluminum frame) begins to come off. This appears in different areas of the enclosure and occurs because the rubber material hardens over the course of the years due to sun exposure and begins to lose its consistency, which causes it to come off its metal groove, and, by consequence, the screen also comes off.