Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
I added retractable screens to both my front and back decks last year (the screens go up/down via a remote control). The screens are made from what the company referred to as "pet-safe" screening. My girls sometimes try to climb up the screening, usually to catch a bug, but the screens hold up to their climbing. No damage to date, and this is the second year we've used them.
That said, I can't speak to the quality of the material that the fellow in your neighborhood will be using, nor can anyone here. In your shoes, I'd ask him for some names of his other customers in your area and then speak to them to see what their experiences have been.