When considering a pool enclosure, you have options for both a standard-type cage around your pool to protect it, or a panoramic option. Because the differences aren’t always obvious, let’s talk about what those choices mean and what benefits they bring.
Standard cages have typical panel sizes that can be easily constructed in a variety of shapes. While the size of these panels varies, they tend to be about the size of an average window. The panel can hold either a screen, or in more advanced versions, a waterproof pane that allows you to see outside. Materials may vary, but aluminum is typically used, especially for larger cages with complex roofing requirements. Sometimes standard cages are “telescoping” and can be withdrawn from smaller pools.
The primary benefits of a pool enclosure are all present with a standard cage model. You can keep away mosquitos and debris while still enjoy the sights, sounds and airflow that a screen covering allows. Standard cages tend to be less expensive than panoramic cages, but prices can vary greatly from project to project, so you should always ask for a quotation for both styles to get the bottom line before making up your mind.
Panoramic cages are a custom version of the standard cage that focus more on views of the beautiful sunset, landscape or surrounding wildlife. The “panorama” comes from the extra-large screens or panes that are installed in these cages, usually much larger than the average residential window. These screens may cover most or all of an entire poolside cage wall. With well-maintained panes or thin screen mesh, it can feel like there is nothing separating you from the beauty of nature waiting outside. These screens have become popular in areas around Lanai, Hawaii as well as areas in Florida, including Siesta Key, Venice, Northport, Manasota Key, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda.
Of course, the panoramic view will still protect you from bugs, leaves, and other dangers to your pool – it just tends to favor views along the Gulf Coast of Florida more than the standard version. If your pool overlooks a lake, sunset, garden, grove of trees or other landmark, a panoramic cage can help highlight this beauty and ensure that you never miss it (and that nothing gets in the way of the perfect picture). You can choose to install only one panoramic pane in the direction that you want, or many extra-wide panes for a free view in every direction. If you already have a standard enclosure, it’s possible to install a panoramic section in your current structure, where you most want it.
Again, prices can vary based on the project. Panoramic cages may be a little more expensive, since they tend to require larger, high-quality panes or sections of screen mesh and durable aluminum materials for support – as well as extra-careful handling during installation, of course! If you think a panoramic clear view is just what your pool or screen enclosure needs, contact us for more information and a free no obligation estimate.