Electric swimming pool covers aka automatic pool covers are a popular way to protect your children and pets from falling into your pool and keep it free of leaves and debris. They help keep the water clean and prevent it from evaporating.

The use of electric pool covers is not a new concept, but it has been gaining popularity in recent years. The first known use of swimming pool covers was in the early 1900s when people would put tarps over their pools to keep them clean. In the 1930s, there were also some patents filed for above ground swimming pools with lids.

In the 1970s, electric swimming pool cover systems came on the market and these have been getting more popular ever since.

3 Factors to Consider Before Buying an Electric Pool Cover and How They Affect Cost

Before buying a pool cover, it is important to know the size of your pool, how much snow falls in your area, and how often you plan to use your pool. These three factors will affect the cost of your pool cover as well as its efficiency.

Pool Shape and Size

Electric pool covers run on straight tracks so the shape of your pool needs to be taken in account in the design of your pool cover. Space needs to be available to mount the tracks. Your pool cover specialist will be able to help you work out the details.

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Covered Motor or Hidden Cover

Electric pool covers or auto safety pool covers as they are called in the industry uses a motor to pull the pool cover in place. This motor can be above ground or partially hidden within the build of the in ground pool. Contacting a pool cover specialist during the design and build phase of your pool may save you some costs as the pool build can integrate the hidden motor into the plan. Many pool cover owners opt for a hidden motor system that also act as a pool bench that compliment your pool area.

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Pool Cover Cost & Budget

A common question asked is “How much does an automatic pool cover cost?” Installing an automatic pool cover over an existing in ground pool costs roughly $12,000 – $13,000 for just the cover. Opting for a manual pool cover that operates with a crank can lower that cost by about half. For the safety and cleanliness benefits of electric pool covers, this is money well spent.

What Makes a Good Electric Pool Cover and Why You Shouldn’t Skimp Out On Quality

The best electric cover will be made of a material that is durable and strong. You want to make sure that it doesn’t leak and you won’t have to worry about it breaking.

You should also try to find an electric cover that has a warranty and is easy to use. You don’t want one that will take up too much of your time every time you want to use it.