Pros and Cons Of An Automatic Pool Cover

Here’s an interesting video pointing out the pros and cons of an automatic pool cover. In short, he mentions that some people think automatic pool covers cost only $5K or so when in actuality the range is closer to $12k to $22k per install. It all depends on elements like size of pool, material you choose, fabric or flat surface slat covers, hiding the motor housing and other installation considerations.

Here are some additional pros and cons not detailed in the video.


    • Safety: Automatic pool covers can prevent accidental falls into the pool, which is especially important for families with young children or pets.

    • Energy Efficiency: An automatic pool cover can help reduce heat loss and evaporation, which can save on energy costs for heating and water replacement. Many users can easily save 70% or more in heating and chemical costs, returning cost on investment in a few years.

    • Ease of Use: With a simple push of a button, an automatic pool cover can be easily opened or closed, making it convenient to use.

    • Keeps pool clean: By covering the pool, an automatic cover can help keep leaves, debris, and other foreign objects out of the pool, which can make it easier to maintain and clean.


    • More costly than manual cover: Automatic pool covers can be quite expensive to install, and may not be a feasible option for all pool owners.

    • Requires electricity: Since automatic pool covers require electricity to operate, they may not be suitable for pools that are located in areas where power supply is unreliable or limited.

    • Maintenance: Automatic pool covers require regular maintenance to keep them functioning properly, which can add to the overall cost of ownership.
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