Our team of pool cover experts in Vancouver has been dedicatedly serving the regions of Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley and Victoria since the 90s. We’ve successfully completed hundreds of pool cover installations and repairs spanning from UBC, through downtown Vancouver, all the way to North Vancouver. No task is too big or too small for our specialists to handle. Our company specialises in various types of pool covers in BC, including automatic safety pool covers, infinity edge pool covers, and manual pool covers. As leading specialists in the Metro Vancouver pool cover industry, we solely focus on automatic motorised pool covers, ensuring top-notch quality and service.
Safety For Your Kids and Pets
Imagine having a pool cover that can do more than just cover your pool – that’s exactly what a safety pool cover offers! With a multitude of benefits up its sleeve, the shining star of these advantages is its capacity to prevent drowning. Just as its name implies, an automatic pool safety cover is, first and foremost, a safety guardian. Picture this: an ultra-durable cover acting as a friendly gatekeeper, effectively sealing off the pool and keeping your kids, pets, and even uninvited guests from unintentionally accessing the pool. These covers are so sturdy that they can comfortably hold several adults standing on them! Now that’s impressive, isn’t it?
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Benefits Of Owning An Automatic Pool Cover
Safety is a concern for pool owners with young children at home, as well as their visiting friends. A variety of safeguards are available, including fences and alarms.
While there is no substitute for proper adult supervision, one of the best physical barriers you can put in place to boost safety is a sturdy automatic pool cover aka pool safety covers.
As automatic pool covers are strong and durable, they offer the highest degree of safety when it comes to keeping people—especially children and the elderly and pets from falling in.
Get peace of mind whenever your pool is open and in use, especially important if you have young children with access to your backyard or when they are near the pool for any period without an adult around.
No one likes looking at dirty pool water or the hassle of cleaning their pool. An automatic pool cover ensures you have a cleaner swimming environment to enjoy.
The more often your pool remains covered, the less dirt you’ll have to deal with overall.
Imagine, if your pool is open for only two hours a day; that’s a fraction of the time that dirt, debris, pollen, leaves, twigs, bugs, grass clippings, and a host of other contaminants can find their way into the water.
This results in less time and effort needed for both manual and automated cleaning. You will cut the time running your automatic pool cleaner and the physical effort using a pool net to scoop out debris.
It also means less time for filtration cycles. You can run your pool pump—which powers water through the filter—much less each day. For example, if you typically run the pump eight hours, it may suffice to run it only four to six hours—saving both energy and wear on your pump.
Automatic pool covers also helps extend the lifespan of your filter. Since there will be less dirt overall for your filter media to trap, the filter operates more efficiently. You will also extend the time between filter cleanings.
That also benefits you because each cleaning causes some wear on the filter’s material so less cleanings means a longer product lifespan. Fewer cleanings save you the time and effort as well.
With children at home, a smart move is to choose a cover model that offers an on/off function that works only with a key. That way, you can keep the key to ensure control when the cover is on or off the pool.
The strength of automatic pool covers these days are extremely durable, easily supporting 2 adults and a child at one time. However, you should never use it for recreational play in any way.
Warn children that the pool cover is not a place to play. However, parents can gain some peace of mind knowing that if an accident occurs, and a child falls onto the cover, it will prevent them from getting into danger—or even getting wet.
Likewise, if you have pets that use the backyard and do not swim or do so poorly, a pool cover is a reliable means of keeping them safe as well.
Automatic pool covers are a great way to prevent water loss from your pool. According to a U.S. Department of Energy study evaporation is responsible for up to 70 percent of water loss in pools and spas.
It’s not uncommon to see anywhere from one-quarter of an inch to one-half an inch of loss per day on your pool water line. Over the course of a week, that adds up to a significant 2 to 4 inches.
If your pool’s water level seems lower than you expect it is most likely due to evaporation. There are three primary causes: high outdoor temperature, lack of humidity, and exposure to outdoor elements like sun and wind.
While it is impossible to completely control exposure to the elements an auto pool cover is a highly efficient means of taming the effects of the outdoor environment.
The pool cover material greatly reduces evaporation by blocking the heat that comes from direct sunlight on the water. It physically blocks wind that would otherwise hit the pool surface and produce water loss. Even if the air outside is very dry, a cover helps reduce the effects.
Using a well-fitted automatic pool cover can make a huge difference. One study suggests that by using one, you can cut water loss as much as 95 percent.
Besides saving water, having a motorized pool cover over your pool means no sun exposure degrading the chlorine in your pool so you don’t need to replenish it as often.
It can a fair amount of gas or electricity to keep a water heater or pump working to keep pool water at a comfortable temperature especially as fall and winter sets in, even if you live in an area where it stays warmer longer.
However, an auto pool cover can help extend your backyard swimming season while also saving you money. Save yourself extra energy costs when it’s chilly outside. A good pool cover helps preserve more of the warmth generated by your heater.
Water evaporation is the single biggest cause of energy loss, and as noted above, a cover can significantly cut evaporation. Even in the summer, nightfall in certain geographic regions brings a dramatic dip in temperature; in these cases, covering a pool when the sun goes down can help cut energy costs by minimizing evaporation.
As a result, a cover can lower pool heating costs by up to 70 percent, and they may save as much as 50 percent on overall electricity costs.
An auto cover can help lower your electric bill in another way: As mentioned above, by keeping your pool cleaner, you will need to run your pool cleaner for less time—saving energy. And cleaner water means shorter filtration run times, so your pump won’t have to operate as many hours per day to circulate water through your filter.
Traditonal mesh and solid tie-down pool covers offer many similar benefits as an automatic pool cover but they take a lot of work to roll out and put on your pool and to remove from your pool. You need to manually roll or spread them out over the water, and tie or anchor them down around your deck. To open up your pool for use, you have to drag the cover off, remove any ties or anchors from the deck, and fold and store the cover. Who wants all this hassle just to enjoy their home pool?
So, one of the greatest rewards of investing in an automatic pool cover is ultimate ease: They essentially store themselves—usually in less than a minute! Just flip a switch, and watch as the cover seals your pool. Your automatic pool cover conveniently puts itself away whenever you are ready.
It’s worth noting that convenience can lead to more regular use. Like any device, if using it requires a lot of effort, it’s human nature to use it less frequently.
By inherently being so easy to use, an automatic pool cover helps ensures you will use it as intended and a regular basis, day after day. This ensures you will spend more time enjoying your pool. Why not get maximum benefit out of your pool investment?
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The cost of a new auto safety pool cover can range from $17,000 to $20,000, depending on size and shape. If you are building an entirely new pool and haven’t spoken to a builder yet, we’d encourage you to contact one near you. Our cover specialists can work with the pool builder to come up with a cost effective solution.
Installing a new pool cover for an existing pool typically costs $14,000 – $15,000. Electrical connection is a consideration and clients often prefer a bench to cover the roller mechanism for aesthetics and act as a beautiful functional bench. These would incur additional costs. Our installers can recommend experienced carpenters for this work.
Auto pool covers can easily hold the weight of 3 adults. Each automatic pool cover manufacturer’s material is able to hold up to the test without ripping, tearing, or any other sign that the material is failing.
The material that goes into an automatic pool cover fabric is made up of very strong woven polyester fibers which are either then laminated, coated, or heat molten with PVC resin to give it additional strength and durability. Many manufacturers also treat their automatic pool cover fabric with products that give the material UV resistance, chemical resistance, fade resistance, and abrasion resistance among others. That is why you see photos of multiple people or even ATV 4 wheelers held up on a pool cover.
The short answer is yes! An auto safety cover can definitely be used as a winter pool cover in Canada, especially rainy regions with light snow like BC. The main concern with covers is the weight of the snow. Wet snow can be surprisingly heavy and can add hundreds of pounds to the cover potentially stretching and tearing the fabric. The weight could also pop out the cover’s pool coping.
Safety & Convenience
Installing an automatic pool cover is a great way to keep your pool safe and free of debris. They are a hassle free way to keep your family and pets safe, requiring very little effort in keeping them out when you’re not around.
Keeps Heat In The Pool
Putting a cover on the pool means you keep more heat in the water. More heated water means a more comfortable swim.
Much Less Debris In the Pool
Your pool will also require less maintenance – less stuff will fall in, so you’ll have to clean it less; and filters and traps won’t need to be cleaned as often either.
You’d be surprised at how much water can be lost to evaporation when the cover is off the pool.
Maintain Chemical Balance
If a pool is not exposed to any solar radiation, the water will stay in balance for much longer than if it was. This results in less maintenance and means your pool water is always at its best.
Lower Your Energy Bills
Since you’ll be using less heating and filtering, you’ll be using less power too.
Extend the Life of Your Pool Equipment
With less work on your end, you should have less trouble with maintenance, repairs and equipment life.
Absolutely. As long as there is enough deck space to install the tracks around it. A minimum amount of space is required on the sides for the tracks required for a proper installation. As each pool is different it’s best to send photos with your quote so installers can see the layout.