Swimmin Pool : I am a big fan of organically shaped pools. Is a manual pool cover too difficult to deal with?
Swimmin Pool : I am a big fan of organically shaped pools. I don’t want an automatic pool cover with tracks because I will be the one stubbing my foot constantly. I’m a klutz. Is a manual pool cover too difficult to deal with? I’m in my 60s and don’t want a struggle. Should we stick with the rectangular pool so that the auto cover is an easier option?
sara: Just don’t cover it. I love seeing mine all year long.
dawn: We live in Indiana. I don’t think you would like looking at an uncovered pool here.
sara: oh, true. I am in SC.
candice: It’s an odd concept to us in Texas too. My neighbor behind us has a cheapy plastic cover that looks like a swampy black lagoon in the winter. I’d rather see the water even if I can’t get in it..
dawn: I’m not a fan either, but here in the Midwest, a pool cover is necessary. Probably two covers. We also need the “winter” cover for the heavy snow.
angie: We have a free form fiberglass pool and our auto cover tracks are flush in the concrete. The only part slightly raised is the end where the cover retracts for opening.
tamy: can I ask what a cover like that costs?
angie: Tamy $10,000.
cher: can I see a pic of your pool and cover please?
angie: I don’t have any great pictures of the cover but this one is when it was first installed. The second picture with the cover open you can kinda see the tracks are flush with the concrete.
cher: which fiberglass is this one? It looks similar to one we’ve been looking at. How deep is it? And dimensions? that looks really nice!!
angie: thank you! It is the 14×30 Fantasy model by Imagine Pools. It has about 4 feet of a splash deck that’s ~ 18 inches deep and then from 3’6” to 6’. I think it also comes in 15 x 35.
joey: we paid about 18k for a coverstar
larissa: There’s no way you can trip with the cocktails on the automatic pool covers, you’re good to go! You won’t even notice it. 🍻 Highly recommend for a cleaner, easier maintain, warmer pool (lower costs) and more time to sip cocktails beside the pool rather than pool maintenance! If you enjoy the aesthetic of the pool, leave it open! When you don’t want to deal with the maintenance, it’s off season, etc, close it and forget it.
angie: I absolutely agree. Very little pool cleaning or having to adjust chemicals d/t heavy rains. It is so worth the cost.
joey: I’ve had both and I Loved my automatic pool cover!!..its keeps the heat in, the pool clean and safest for little kids..sometimes I wish I had my old rectangle pool back.. And I have a exotic shaped now.. And almost need a fence around it to keep my 9 month old safe.
melis: Ours was built in 1978, but I don’t think auto tracks sit on top anymore unless your pool is a non-rectangle. I’m pretty clutzy and can bang into anything but haven’t tripped on them yet (it’s been 3 years). The ease of an auto cover is worth the track. My mom is 70 and easily opens my pool alone. I don’t think she could do that without an auto cover.