Our Pool Cage Restoration Process
Most frequent questions and answers
Replace a few screens or do a complete Re-Screen?
The average life span of screens is 10-14 years. When deciding to replace some or all of your screens we can evaluate the screens to see if it makes more sense to all or just a few. We will also check the cable ties, screws and wind mitigation of the screens to help you better prepare for storms.
Why would you restore your current pool cage?
- It makes economical sense. Restoring a pool cage is about 1/3 the cost of building a new one. Seasoned real estate agents know that the ROI on restoring a pool cage is much higher than building a new one.
- With new paint technology it lasts almost as long.
- You do not have to go through the county for permitting, engineering, wind mitigation, and plans.
- You do not have to have county inspectors wandering around your home finding other things that may be against code.
- You do not have to wait 5-6 months, we complete most restoration jobs within 3-4 weeks.
- The screws we use to replace the old rusted ones are 304 marine grade stainless steel and will never rust.
- You are helping the environment by not wasting the energy put into building a new one.
How long does it take to complete the process?
About a week. We will be at your location 4-5 different times. Each visit has its own purpose.
Who should you choose to restore your pool cage?
Osprey Pro Screen. (I am a little biased)
Why? Because you can trust us to do the job right and be professional from start to finish. There is a reason why we have so many positive reviews online. That reason is because we take pride in what we do and we do it well.
What is the process of restoration?
- We power wash the cage in a way that gives us the best surface to paint. This must be done within a week of painting and done with more pressure than normal power washers use.
- We change out the screws to 304 marine grade stainless and using one size larger screws than the previous size. Note: There will always be 10-15 screws that will not be replaced. This is normal and will not effect the structure. (The average cage has about 800 screws in it) The screws not replaced will be brushed, primed and painted.
- We sand and wire brush the areas that are need it. You do not want to sand anymore than needed because the original base is still the best for painting.
- The taping off begins. Using tape, paper, plastic and tarps; everything is covered that needs too be covered before painting.
- The cage will then receive a coat of sealer that will give the best base to paint. We use Loxon sealer.
- The paint is applied using a Titan 440 sprayer. This is powerful enough to break the paint down into a mist which is what you want when painting aluminum.
- Now the cage is allowed to dry. This takes 2-3 days normally.
- After the cage has cured the last step of screening begins! Once this is done and the clean up is complete you will be ready to enjoy your LIKE NEW POOL CAGE.
Screen Choices & Specialty Screens
Standard screen is called 18/14 screen and lasts on average 10-14 years.
◾ Florida glass
◾ Solar screen
◾ 20/20 screen
◾ Super screen
◾ Pet screen
Each has its own uses, pros and cons. When we talk with you we know what questions to ask to advise which screen is best for you.
Does it matter what brand is used?
Yes. ADFORS and PHIFER are currently the only two brands used by professionals. Why? The other brands do not last as long. We reccomend ADFORS. We could tell you the whole story but the bottom line is ADFORS used to be a lesser quality than PHIFER but the company built a new factory using materials and technology surpassing PHIFER. Now they not only last as long but they do not use cancer causing chemicals that PHIFER does.
Things to Look for When Choosing a Pool Cage Restoration Company
This is What You Get When You Choose Osprey Pro Screen