What is an Automatic Pool Cover?
An automatic pool cover operates automatically. With our convenient automated cover system, you can keep your pool safe and beautiful by covering and uncovering your pool with the simple turn of a key. The strong, long lasting fabric cover creates an isolation barrier and serves as a layer of protection for your children. The custom formulated vinyl fabric helps retain heat and chemicals and seals out leaves and debris to reduce time and money spent on maintenance.
The ease of use of an All-Safe® automatic pool safety cover makes it a much sought after option for pool safety and maintenance. The automatic pool safety cover is best suited to simply-shaped pools with single level decking. Automatic pool covers are often referred to as inground pool covers, electric pool covers and retractable pool covers.
Retractable pool covers run on a set of tracks. Tracks that run in a straight line are utilized to transport the automatic cover over the pool. The tracks run parallel to each other for the length of your pool. Your pool needs to be level from end to end to accommodate the tracks. Your pool shape can vary from rectangle to freeform as long as the tracks can still run parallel to each other.
If you are building a new pool, you can arrange for these tracks to be installed under the coping but the tracks for the cover must be mounted on the surface of the deck on existing pools. Therefore, adequate decking must be available to accommodate the tracks. In the case of new pool construction, all these factors can be considered during the design phase and the tracks can be mounted under the coping. Communicate your desires to your pool builder and then contact All-Safe.
A key switch controls the pool safety cover and the operation is effortless. The automatic pool safety cover can be enclosed in a redwood bench when it is rolled up. These benches can provide an attractive storage solution for your automatic pool safety cover. During the construction phase, an underground vault can be built to house the motor and cover.
Is an Automatic Pool Cover Right for You?
All-Safe® automatic pool covers provide a range of benefits and are very easy to use. Benefits include safety, reduced need for maintenance, protection from leaves and debris and energy savings. Retractable covers can be installed on top of your existing deck, under the edge of the pool’s coping or even built-in during pool construction to glide seamlessly under your coping.
In addition to being easy to use, the electric pool cover provides an excellent layer of safety. The electric pool cover will also conserve energy as it cuts chemical costs and reduces heating bills.
- Outstanding swimming pool safety barrier.
- Operates with the turn of a key.
- Seals out dirt and leaves.
- Insulates and retains heat.
- Reduces chemical loss.
Not all pools are well suited to utilizing electric pool covers. Straight tracks are necessary to transport the cover over the pool and not all pools have enough decking to accommodate the tracks.
In addition, the tracking system cannot be used when the pool has multiple levels or extremely irregularly surfaced decking. Some freeform shapes also eliminate the possibility of using electric pool covers.
An electric pool cover is best suited to a rectangular or simply shaped pool with single level decking, since the cover must slide over the pool on straight parallel tracks. On existing pools, the tracks for an electric pool cover are mounted on the surface of the pool decking. An electric pool cover can be used on pools that are irregular in shape if there is enough decking around the pool to accommodate the tracks. The motor for the electric pool cover can be housed in an underground vault in the case of new construction. If the pool has already been built, the cover can utilize a deck-mounted bench for storage.
Automatic pool covers are more expensive than other types of safety pool covers and are not feasible in all applications. New top track/under track systems or replacement systems vary in pricing. New top track/under track systems will typically range from $5,000 to $10,000+. Replacement fabric for an existing automatic system can start at $1,500+. Cover size and features will determine final price; contact your local dealer for more information. If price is your number one concern, a pool safety net or pool fence will be less costly and more versatile.
The automatic pool safety cover is also available in semi-automatic, manual, and snap-down versions. The semi-automatic cover is manually pulled closed and automatically opened. The manual cover is opened and closed without the use of a motor. The snap-down cover does not use tracks and is shaped to the contour of your pool. The material used for our covers does not allow water to pass through; this helps to reduce evaporation and helps maintain the temperature of the pool.
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Assembled with the finest materials available and designed specifically for durability, All-Safe® automatic pool covers represent state-of-the art pool safety cover technology. Every model exceeds industry-wide safety standards. No matter which system you choose, you can be assured that our automatic pool safety covers will provide you years of trouble-free, easy operation.
- virgin PVC resin, BASF Palatinol N plasticizer with no “fillers”
- nylon fibers impregnated using “molten” vinyl process (not laminated)
- low shrink, non wicking fibers
- algae-free and chlorine, abrasion and fade resistant
- waterproof submersible “smart motor” with bi-directional auto-stop
- watertight electrical cables
- built-in electric torque limiter
- stainless-steel sealed double bearing pulleys
- 413 die cast aluminum rope reel
- ⅞” non-corrosive 303 stainless-steel driveshaft
- 413 die cast aluminum rope reel
- zero maintenance, oil-impregnated brass bushings
- hard-coat anodized with architectural grade powder coating
- 6063 aircraft grade extruded aluminum cover tube
- hard-coat anodized inside and out
- internal rib design for increased rigidity
- 6063 aircraft grade extruded aluminum
- hidden stainless-steel deck screws
The deck-mounted toptrack option for safe pool covers fits almost any shape or size existing pool. A low-profile track is mounted on the deck of the pool. The mechanism retracts into an attractive redwood or vinyl enclosure, which also functions as a bench. Exceeds A.S.T.M. safety standards for safe pool covers.
The recessed toptrack model of safe pool cover offered by All-Safe® fits both free-form and rectangular pools. A low-profile track is mounted on the deck and, when retracted, the safe pool cover disappears into a housing recessed below the deck. Accommodating both new and existing pools, the system exceeds the A.S.T.M. safety standards for a safe pool cover.
Recessed undertrack automatic inground pool covers are designed for rectangular pools built to accommodate this system. The track is mounted inconspicuously under the pool’s coping and the mechanism is housed below the deck. When automatic inground pool covers are open, the mechanism, track, and pool cover all but disappear.
The fabric in an All-Safe® automatic pool safety cover contains the following important features:
- Low shrink, non-wicking fibers.
- The polyester base fabric is carefully controlled during weaving for straightness, so there is no curving or warping of the finished pool safety cover.
- The tensile strength is better than the 16-18oz. coated vinyl available and far superior to any laminated vinyl in the weight range.
- Colors are fade resistant and maintain their luster throughout the life of the pool safety cover.
- Specially formulated vinyl for chlorine resistance and abrasion resistance.
- Algae-free fabric means a pool safety cover that cleans easily, and a longer lasting pool cover life.
- The vinyl is made with virgin PVC resin, BASF Palatinol N plasticizer, and contains no “fillers.” Other coated and laminated vinyls add chalks and other fillers to keep costs down. In addition, other vinyl fabrics do not use the highest volatility. In other words, they have higher plasticizer migration. When the plasticizers migrate out of the PVC, the vinyl becomes stiff and brittle. Our fabrics are designed for minimal plasticizer migration.
All-Safe® automatic pool safety covers are offered in a variety of colors. Our automatic pool safety covers feature fabric that is fade-resistant and will maintain its color throughout the life of the pool cover.
When shopping online, it’s important to know who you’re dealing with. We have seen pool fence websites online one day and gone the next. Before making a decision, consider the background and history of the company. Some companies make claims that are not true or exaggerated. Here are some of the most important elements to consider when purchasing a pool fence. We’ve created a simple comparison chart to demonstrate how All-Safe stacks up against the other brands.
Some of the biggest differences between All-Safe and other brands lie in the technical build of the materials. All-Safe simply uses the best and strongest materials to keep your family safe.
|Industry’s Largest selection||Yes||No|
|Strongest fabric in the industry (“molten” vinyl, not laminated)||Yes||No|
|Longest fabric life (proprietary fabric)||Yes||No|
|Best fabric warranty (7-year limited warranty)||Yes||No|
|Fastest and Most Powerful Waterproof Motor||Yes||No|
|Numerous Color Choices (10 color options)||Yes||Some|
|Zero-maintenance Drive System||Yes||Some|
|Exceeds applicable ASTM Standards||Yes||Some|
|Over 20 Years in Business||Yes||Some|
The installation of an All-Safe® automatic pool cover requires training, patience and experience. When installed properly, automatic swimming pool covers look fantastic and provide an excellent layer of safety.
There are various types of automatic pool covers but this type of pool cover requires the most attention to detail. The installation process of an automatic pool cover begins with an official measurement. From the measurements, a custom-sized pool cover is manufactured. Once the pool cover has been delivered, the installation may begin.
An automatic pool cover can be incorporated into the design of pools. When this is the case, an automatic pool cover can be recessed into underground vaults. An automatic pool cover that is installed in a recessed vault requires special consideration during the building of the pool. Please speak with your pool builder regarding an automatic pool cover prior to building the pool.
For existing pools, an automatic pool cover is installed using one of two methods; snap-down anchors or track. For snap-down anchor installations, the pool cover is attached to the deck using a small snap-down anchor. An automatic or semi-automatic pool cover requires that two parallel tracks be installed for the pool cover to slide through.
There are numerous options to choose from when considering an inground pool cover. Automatic pool cover options offered by All-Safe® include the automatic, semi-automatic, manual, and snapdown pool cover.
Automatic Cover – runs on two parallel tracks and is operated automatically by a motor. This type of cover is the easiest to use but is also the most expensive.
Semi-Automatic Cover – also runs on two parallel tracks and is closed via a motor, however, the cover is opened manually. This type of pool cover is still quite easy to use while costing less than a fully automatic cover.
Manual Cover – does not use a motor at all. Opening and closing of the cover is handled via a roller with a crank. The manual inground pool cover can run on tracks or be snapped down around the perimeter. The main advantage of a snap-down cover is that the pool cover can be the same shape as your pool, even if irregular. A snap down cover does not run on tracks.
There is also a track system cover which is opened and closed manually. The cover is pulled closed with ropes and opened with the use of a hand crank. Both Manual and Automatic pool covers are made from the same strong, durable, long lasting, vinyl fabrics. While not as convenient as an automatic cover, the manual track cover provides the same safety and maintenance benefits.
What are the advantages of Automatic Pool Covers?
The automatic pool cover is wonderful for both safety and for maintenance. It seals out dirt, leaves and debris, keeping your pool sparkling clean. Evaporation is eliminated, so fewer chemicals are needed. Heating costs are greatly reduced as the automatic pool cover insulates your pool and helps it retain heat that has been absorbed by the sun’s rays during the day.
Will a Automatic Pool Cover work on my pool?
Automatic pool covers are designed for use on standard or on freeform shaped pools. They are preferably installed on pools having a single level deck surrounding them but can be made to accommodate certain unique applications. The more simple the shape and the more level the deck, the more suited your pool is to an electrically operated automatic pool cover. The tracks must run in straight parallel lines regardless of the shape of the pool.
How will Automatic Pool Covers affect my pool use?
All-Safe® automatic pool covers offer the most convenient access to the pool water. Operated by electrical power, pool owners can open or close their electric pool covers with the turn of a key. Easy access to the pool water makes pool maintenance go more smoothly and encourages more frequent swims.
Strength or dexterity is not required to operate electric pool covers and they are often the choice of pool owners who require pool therapy or have family members who require therapy. Electric pool covers are ideal for lap pools that may get daily use.
You will probably use your pool more if you have an automatic pool cover. Your pool will be warmer, cleaner and more inviting. Nothing is easier than the key switch operation of an automatic pool cover.
Will an Automatic Pool Cover impact the aesthetics of my pool area?
Views from your pool area will not be blocked since the tight fitting automatic pool cover has a very low profile. As with all automatic pool covers, the water will not be visible when the cover is in place. A sparkling clean pool, free of leaves and debris, will be revealed upon removal of the automatic pool cover.
Will holes have to be drilled in my deck to install an Automatic Pool Cover?
Automatic pool covers utilize tracks that must be mounted on the surface of the deck. If you are building a new pool, you can arrange for the tracks to be installed under the coping instead of on the deck surface.
How strong are Automatic Pool Covers?
The durable, reinforced, state of the art fabric has been continually improved over the last 30 years and is designed and manufactured to support the weight of several adults. Unnecessary walking on automatic pool covers is not recommended.
How long do Automatic Pool Covers last?
Automatic pool covers are capable of withstanding caustic pool chemicals, ultra-violet exposure, blowing dirt and debris and extreme heat and cold. This world class product provides a powerful, reliable, non-corrosive system of uncompromising quality. It has been analyzed and tested to exceed the need. Each motor comes with a ten-year warranty and a 6-year warranty covers the fabric.
Will Automatic Pool Covers satisfy regulatory agency requirements?
Our automatic pool covers are manufactured to the strictest safety guidelines. Specific pool enclosures can be required by certain governmental and social service agencies. If you plan to adopt a child, open a day care or become a foster parent, you should contact the agency you are working with. They will be able to tell you which pool enclosures and specifications will be in compliance. Your local building department can determine which type of pool enclosures will fulfill requirements for new construction. Unfortunately, All-safe can make no determination or guarantee as to the suitability of its pool enclosures for purposes of satisfying the requirements of any specific jurisdiction.
How long will it take to get an Automatic Pool Cover?
Once you have approved an installation order and a template/measure has been completed, it will take about 2 weeks to manufacture your automatic pool cover. Another week should be allowed for shipping. The actual installation of your automatic pool cover will typically take just one day. Call us for a free consultation and estimate or locate an independent All-Safe® Dealer near you.