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The three main types of pool covers and their benefits

07 July 2017 Tommy

Reducing chemical loss, keeping your pool clean, saving you money – these are just a few of the reasons why we encourage pool owners to invest in a pool cover.

We've talked before about the benefits of using a pool cover, how using one is an essential part of caring for your pool over winter, and even the reasons why Daisy is such a great pool cover, but this time we're going to give you a brief explanation of the three main types of pool covers on the market and what makes them different.


Manual pool covers

As its name suggest, a manual pool cover needs to be physically pulled across the top of your pool and then secured with straps and anchors to keep it in position. When you want to use the pool, you need to roll or pull it off and then store it away. Using a pool cover reel does make it a little easier as they are usually on wheels. Some look like a big piece of bubble wrap while others look like a giant tarp.

While they're not aesthetically pleasing, they are affordable, easy to operate, and do a good job of keeping leaves and debris out of your pool once secured into position.


Semi-automated pool covers

This type of pool cover is typically activated by a remote, which uses a motor drive system to automatically roll the cover over the surface of the pool. Some models require you to help guide it into position while others simply require you to press 'stop' when it reaches the end. Semi-automated pool covers can be concealed under the pool deck or behind a water feature, and some are powered by solar energy.

Semi-automatic systems are easier and quicker to operate than manual pool covers, with most opening and closing in seconds with the press of a button or the turn of a key.


Fully automated pool covers

Often called the "Rolls Royce of pool covers", this pool cover does as its name suggests – it automatically covers and uncovers your pool with a simple press of a button on a touch pad or turn of a key switch. Usually installed during the construction phase, it acts as a horizontal fence, that's often secure enough to withstand the weight of several adults.

Fully automated pool covers are generally the most expensive option, but also the most convenient.

While we don't not stock the full spectrum of pool covers, we can help you decide which is the best for your pool, your budget, and your lifestyle. Call us on 1300 991 104 to find out more or visit your local Swimart store.

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