Category Archives: Pool Covers

Stylish Options for Concealing Your Swimming Pool Automatic Safety Cover

When an automatic safety cover is deployed, it’s a thing of beauty. Not only is it easy on the eyes, it’s also protecting your family and saving you money on everything from your energy bills to your pool chemical costs. But, when the cover is open, you want it to be out of sight. That’s why we offer a number of stylish ways to conceal your cover.

Keeping Your Auto Safety Cover Under Cover

Here are some great options for not only keeping your cover out of sight when it’s open, but also protecting the cover fabric and mechanism.

  1. Classic Aluminum Lid. This attractive anodized aluminum lid is mounted to the top of the pool deck. The lid has a very low profile to minimize its visual impact and also to ensure it’s not a tripping hazard.
  2. Flat Lid. Our flat lid option can be used with a new or existing automatic safety cover system on rectangular or free form pools. The lid is crafted from heavy grade aluminum that has an ultra-long life architectural grade textured finish, ensuring it will provide many years of service. The surface is also gentle on feet.
  3. Flush Deck Lid. A flush deck cover lid option is designed to be installed when a pool is being built. It sits completely flush with the deck around the pool.
  4. Stone, Concrete or Other Lids. Lids can be made of stone, concrete, or other materials in order to blend in with the pool deck and be nearly invisible. We offer stainless steel brackets as well as an assortment of steel brackets to be used with these lids. We can also manufacture custom brackets to meet your unique needs. Aluminum trays can be used for tile or brick lids.
    In addition to a lid, some pool owners will get creative in concealing their auto safety cover. For example, constructing a wooden bench at that end of the pool provides both added protection and additional seating around the pool.


Pick a Lid You’ll Love

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a lid for your automatic safety cover, including what it will cost, how it will look, whether it is for a new or existing cover, etc. The best way to determine which lid system is right for you is to talk with a Latham dealer about your specific needs and budget. They can provide product details and photos so you can make a well-informed decision.

Kevin Losee
Written by Kevin Losee
Kevin Losee is the product manager for Automatic Safety Covers for Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products. During his 12 years at Coverstar, he has worked as an automatic safety cover installer, operations manager, technical support / order entry manager, and product manager. When not focused on automatic covers, he enjoys tearing up the trail on his mountain bike.

What You Should Know About Automatic Safety Cover Track Options

Automatic safety covers provide an array of benefits from protecting your family to lowering your heating bills. And, they can be installed on new or existing swimming pools. One of the key decisions you and your pool cover expert will make is what type of track will be used to guide the cover from one end of the pool to the other.

Let’s Talk Tracks

There are three types of track systems: under track, recessed top track, and deckmount. The type of system chosen for a particular project is based on the shape of the pool, the location of the cover track, and the timing of the installation of the cover track.

Under Track System

This type of track system is generally installed on rectangular pools. It is paired with a drive mechanism that is mounted below grade in a covered box. The track is mounted under the coping to keep it out of sight, providing a clean look to the installation.

The actual mounting of the track can be accomplished in two ways:

1) The first is to anchor it to the underside of the coping itself.

2) The second is to use what is called encapsulation. In this process, the aluminum encapsulation is mounted to the top of the pool wall and the coping is poured or installed directly on top, securing it in place. Encapsulation is available in different options to accommodate different types of pools.

Recessed Top Track System

A recessed top track system is similar to an under track system in that the drive mechanism is mounted below grade in a covered box. However, rather than being mounted under the coping, it is located outside the shape of the pool or along the sides of the pool.

There are two mounting options for this type of track system:
1) The first is a standard top track mounting on the pool deck. With a low profile and rounded edges, it is designed to provide a relatively seamless visual transition from the cover to the pool deck. And because it sits outside the shape of the pool, it is a great option when installing an automatic safety cover on a freeform shaped pool.
2) The second option is to use a recessed track. It is mounted along the sides of the pool before the pool deck is poured, and positioned so it will be flush with the top of the finished pool deck.

Deckmount System

Deck mount systems are designed specifically for existing pools. Both the drive mechanism and the low-profile track are mounted on top of the pool deck. Because the drive mechanism is mounted on top of the pool deck, often a bench is built to cover it. This not only protects the mechanism, it provides seating for those enjoying the pool.

Get the Specifics for Your Pool

It you are preparing to have a swimming pool installed, it’s a good idea to consider an automatic safety cover before the installation takes place. That way you can accommodate the track in the most inconspicuous way. However, as noted above, an auto cover can be added to a pool at any time. To find out what track system, cover, and mechanical systems make the most sense for your pool, contact your Latham dealer to talk specifics.

Kevin Losee
Written by Kevin Losee
Kevin Losee is the product manager for Automatic Safety Covers for Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products. During his 12 years at Coverstar, he has worked as an automatic safety cover installer, operations manager, technical support / order entry manager, and product manager. When not focused on automatic covers, he enjoys tearing up the trail on his mountain bike.

Pool Covers – Coverstar Authorized Dealer

The Pool Guyz featured on Designing Spaces talk about the advantages of a Cover Star pool cover.

With CoverStar’s Automatic Safety Swimming Pool Covers, you get everyday protection for you and your family at the touch of a button. The advantages of an auto cover, however, go beyond CoverStar’s promise of a product that’s both strong and easy to use.

Ask about an informative brochure today!