Good for the environment and safety: pool cover or roofing


Good for the environment and safety: pool cover or roofing


Summertime is pooltime – when it gets hot, a refreshing dip in the water does you good. Outside the bathing season you should definitely cover your pool. Once it is about the consumption of energy and chemicals. A covered water surface does not cool down so quickly. Lack of light inhibits algae growth. The pool cover is thus easy on the environment and your wallet, so the purchase pays for itself quickly. In addition, you have to clean the pool less often.

At least as important is the safety aspect. Wildlife and pets drown in unsecured pools. And, unfortunately, it's also common for children – such as guests – to miss the pool after dark, fall in and drown or suffer permanent damage. The property owner is liable for such cases. And even if the liability insurance covers the material damage, the suffering and the burden of conscience are not worth it in terms of money.

Walkable covers and canopies

If you are primarily concerned with the safety aspect, you can't avoid a walk-on pool cover or pool enclosure. Only in smaller pools can an ordinary film withstand greater loads – between thirty and one hundred kilograms, depending on the type of pool. The basis of a walkable cover is a PE foil, which is reinforced with crossbars made of aluminum. Pole covers are very popular because they combine several purposes. However, they are only really comfortable if they can be operated electrically. In the meantime, there are variants that can be operated via an app and integrated into a smart home concept. In terms of appearance, nothing beats a real pool enclosure made of clear plastic from Pool Systems, which is available as a kit, module or with installation service. With the right height and equipped with an access door, the pool can even become an indoor swimming pool that can be used all year round.

Against dirt and snow: the winter cover

As a winter cover, tarpaulins made of polyethylene (PE) with fabric reinforcement are usually used. Since the pool is drained in the cold season, they do not have to meet any special requirements for energy management. It is enough that the material is robust and UV-resistant. Of course, such tarpaulins can be used all year round, but then many of the positive effects of other solutions are missing. Inflatable winter covers protect very well against dirt, but they are a bit more complicated to handle and therefore not suitable for daily assembly and disassembly.

Good for every day: solar foil

Solar film is inexpensive and available for many pool shapes. The name is misleading, because of course the foil does not generate electricity (electricity and water do not get along). What is meant is that the film allows sunlight to pass through and thus warms the water by using the greenhouse effect. Solar films are usually constructed like bubble films in envelopes. Due to air pockets, the film floats on the water.

A disadvantage of the light incidence is the thereby accelerated algae growth. A black solar sheet solves the problem. Black absorbs sunlight, so it no longer penetrates into the water. However, the energy of the light heats up the foil – you know the effect of a dark car parked in the sun. The heat is released to the water during the night, so the energy-saving effect is maintained even without direct incidence of light.

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