Is an Automatic Pool Cover Worth the Added Expense?

November 16th, 2015 by

Not only is putting a swimming pool in your backyard fairly expensive, but it can create some extra work and worries for you too. You have two small children, they can swim a little, but you still worry about them going near the pool when you are not around. Not only that, your wife is in love with the big old trees that are not far from where you want to put the pool and there is no way she will let you cut them down; you can just imagine the mess from them on those windy days. A friend told you an automatic pool cover would solve a lot of your worries, but you question whether or not they were worth the added expense. So are they worth the added expense?

Before we just throw out an arbitrary yes or no in response to the question, maybe it’s best to tell you a little bit more about automatic pool covers first. Answering yes or no without all the facts is a little like your doctor giving you a prescription before he has diagnosed what is wrong with you.

Here are a few benefits Automatic pool covers have to offer.

Quality parts = Quality Products. Automatic pool covers are good examples of you get what you pay for. They are made of high quality parts that include such things as high grade aluminum and stainless steel, state of the art electronics, high torque motors, and other high quality and extremely durable materials and parts.

They look good. Do to technological advances and thinking outside the box, swimming pool covers can now be designed to fit any shape pool and do it in a way that they are virtually hidden from view when retracted off the pool. You have spent a lot of time designing your backyard poolscape and you do not want an automatic cover to take away from its looks. Even when closed over the pool the cover fabric comes in a variety of colors so you can choose one that helps it blend into the surrounding poolscape.


Automatic pool covers offer outstanding cost savings benefits. When closed over the swimming pool an automatic pool cover will save you on chemicals, water loss from evaporation, and energy costs by not having to constantly reheat the pool. When you add these up you actually have a product that can pay for itself in as little as 2 – 3 years.

An automatic pool cover keeps your pool cleaner and saves you a lot of needless cleanup time. There is no better feeling than activating a switch and have your cover open and clear sparkling swimming pool water invites you to come in and get refreshed. No leaves, branches or other debris to clean up first. So go ahead and jump right in and enjoy it.

Speaking of activating a switch; all the energy saving benefits and everything else you get from a pool cover will do you no good if it is never put on your swimming pool. That is where the ease of use of the cover comes into play. With a simple activation of a switch they roll on and off your swimming pool in less than a minute. This ease of use makes them used substantially more than any other pool cover product on the market.

And by far an automatic pool covers number one attribute, safety. There simply is no safer way to cover your backyard swimming pool. When closed over the pool, it forms an ‘isolation barrier’, that means that all the sides of the pool are then sealed from accidental or intentional entry into the pool by intruders, small children, non-swimmers, and pets. That is an incredible piece of mind to have when not using your pool and it is safely covered until the next time you go to use it.

So after all this, to answer the question is an automatic cover worth the extra cost? When you factor in the cost saving benefits they have to offer and the fact you cannot put a price on saving a life; then one might say they really are not that expensive at all.

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With more than 15 years of experience at Coverstar, Mark is the autocover expert and Product Manager for Automatic Safety Covers at Latham. In his free time he enjoys camping, hiking and exploring the nation's beautiful national parks with his family.

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