Automatic pool covers offer convenience, safety, and efficiency to pool owners, but one question often arises: Can you stand on an automatic pool cover? We’ll explore the truth behind this commonly asked question, examining the factors that influence how much weight an automatic pool cover holds and provide a safe surface. Armed with this information, you can make informed decisions about your pool cover investment.
Understanding Automatic Pool Covers
Automatic pool covers operate on a motorised system running on tracks, allowing pool owners to open and close their pool cover with ease. They provide a host of benefits, including reducing evaporation, preventing debris accumulation, maintaining water temperature, and enhancing safety by providing a barrier against accidental entry. These covers are typically made from durable materials such as reinforced vinyl or high-strength fabrics, which helps them handle large weight capacities.
Although regular automatic pool covers do provide some degree of protection against accidental entry, they should not be confused with automatic safety covers. Safety covers, which are specifically designed to bear weight, must adhere to the American Society for Testing and Materials ASTM F1346-91 standard, requiring a minimum weight capacity of 485 lbs to protect children and pets from falling into the pool. This weight limit minimum is easily enough to handle the weight of two adults and a child.
Standing on an Automatic Pool Cover
As most brand name automatic safety pool covers like Coverstar and Latham can handle the minimum ASTM weight of 1070 lbs, a couple of adults standing on a safety cover should not be a problem at all. Quality brands will often exceed the ASTM limit and be able to bear about double the standard’s weight limit. Always check with your pool cover installer for the weight limit of the cover you purchase.
While regular walking and jumping on a safety cover is not advised, the occasional walk is something these covers can handle as their purpose is to be strong enough to withstand pool users falling on the cover.
Safety First: Making the Right Choice
If pool safety is a primary concern, consider investing in a safety pool cover. Safety covers are specifically designed to meet the American Society for Testing and Materials F1346-91 standard and can bear a significant amount of weight. However, remember that no pool cover, even a safety cover should be used as a play area. They are designed as a safety and accident prevention device. Regular jumping and abuse will compromise the strength and integrity of the cover, causing the material to stretch, tear, or become otherwise damaged, reducing its effectiveness and lifespan thus weakening it’s designed purpose when you need it.
Automatic pool covers offer numerous benefits, but they are not designed to act as a long term weight-bearing surface such as using it for a lounging bed or play area. By understanding the limitations of automatic pool covers and following the advide above you can ensure the longevity of your pool cover safety to protect the well-being of your family and your pool.
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