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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.

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It’s 2018: Make Sure Your Backyard Is Ready for Pool Season

The New Year is underway and people everywhere are trying to stick to their resolutions about everything from fitness to finances. If you want to make a resolution that will pay off this summer and for years to come, you should consider committing to enhancing your swimming pool and increasing your family’s enjoyment of it!

Resolving to Have More Fun

Summer is here!…Okay, not yet, but in just a few months the kids will be out of school and we will all be planning backyard barbeques with friends and family. But first, we need to make sure our pools and backyards are ready. Here are some planning tips to help this summer be the best one yet. Don’t have a pool? Well, it’s not too late to jump in on the fun.

  • Give your vinyl liner a spring makeover. While vinyl liners are strong and durable, they do eventually have to be replaced. The good news is that with new colors and patterns being launched all the time, and with advancements like our Ultra-Seam technology, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store as you make your selection.
  • Get a safety cover. Did you know the best time to get a quote on next year’s cover is in the spring? That’s right – if you need a new cover or you’ve decided to do away with that dirty tarp you were using, just ask your local dealer and get on the list for appointment scheduling in the fall. Nothing feels better than knowing you have a solid or mesh safety cover in place when you aren’t using your pool in the off months. Resolving to have more peace of mind in 2018 is a great idea.
  • Take advantage of our special savings offer. As an added incentive to make a resolutioon related to a new liner or safety cover, we are offering a $200 rebate when you purchase one of two product bundles.

If you are building a new pool or renovating an existing pool, here are some things to consider:

  • Add a tanning ledge. That shallow area at the edge of the pool is the perfect place to set a lawn chair on a hot day or watch your young kids splash and play.
  • Make it rain. Water features like fountains, jets, and waterfalls can give your pool a tropical resort feel and create the ideal staycation atmosphere.
  • Add or update an automatic safety cover. Is this the year you commit to the confidence and convenience of an automatic safety cover or to replacing your existing safety cover? If it is, you are definitely doing your family a favor!
  • Light it up. Adding lighting in and around your pool can take the nighttime fun to a new level.
  • And finally… get in it! Of course, the best pool-related resolution you can make is to use your pool or spa more often. Host swim parties for the kids. Plan dinner parties with your gorgeous pool as the backdrop. Take your laptop outside on work-from-home days and enjoy a little extra poolside or, combine your fitness resolution with your pool resolution and make lap swimming part of your workout routine.

And as added incentive to make a resolution related to a liner or safety cover, we are offering a $200 rebate when you purchase one of two product bundles.

Resolving to Get the Most From Your Swimming Pool Investment

Ultimately all the suggestions above have one thing in common: helping you get more return on your initial pool investment. From more fun to enhanced safety, you can’t go wrong with any of these New Year’s resolutions. Contact the Latham dealer near you to talk about your goals for the year ahead.

Tara Kar
Written by Tara Kar
Tara Kar is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator for Latham’s Canadian Division. Born and raised in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, she realized her passion for anything creative at a young age. From the dramatic arts, to backyard party planning, to Sunday cake decorating, her passion for creating is her driving focus. Recently married, her husband and herself enjoy quality time in their home, which they are renovating to include – you guessed it a pool!

Are Fiberglass Pools Affected by Cold Weather?

“Winter is coming. Can my fiberglass pool handle it?” This is a question we frequently get from potentional and existing owners. Consequently, they worry themselves without doing proper research on the subject. Well, in a nutshell, the answer to this question is… yes, your fiberglass pool can handle winter weather with ease!

Fiberglass: Unfazed by Winter

Neither hot nor cold temperature extremes are a problem for fiberglass pools. With proper care (though not much is required), they cycle through season after season, hardly showing any signs of wear. They can do this because of the exceptional qualities of their material:

  •  Structural stability. Fiberglass exhibits less expansion and contraction due to heat or cold than other pool materials like concrete and vinyl.
  •  Chemical stability. Fiberglass is chemically inert, meaning it doesn’t react with other substances. In other words, it is resistant to pool cleaning solutions, sanitizing chemicals, ultraviolet light, etc.
  •  Impressive strength. Fiberglass has a very high strength-to-weight ratio. That’s why that shell that was so easy for the installers to move into place is still very resistant to damage.
  •  Tremendous flexibility. Surprising for a substance that is so strong, fiberglass is very flexible compared to other pool materials. This means that while the soil around a pool may expand, contract, and move as it freezes and thaws, a fiberglass pool can handle the changing pressure without cracking.

Searching for Proof? Look North.

If ever there was a great testing ground for the cold weather resiliency of fiberglass pools, it’s Canada. Notorious for its brutal winters, the country has fiberglass pools from coast to coast. And as long as their plumbing is properly winterized, they open up every spring undamaged and ready for action. So, not only do the physical properties of fiberglass suggest it can survive freezing temperatures, real-world “stress testing” confirms it.

Ready to Learn More about Fiberglass Pools?

Fall and winter are great times to do your fiberglass pool research. After you learn all about the great qualities of the material, you can start checking out the many beautiful designs that are available. Then, when you’re ready to move ahead, you can contact the Latham dealer near you, who can help you pick the perfect pool and plan your install. From there it’s just kick back, fantasize about your summer pool days, and wait for the warm weather to arrive.


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Mike Fox

Written by Mike Fox

Mike has been in the Pool Industry and with Latham Pool Products for over 11 years. Prior to coming to Latham, his professional career was with Anderson and General Electric (GE) in Finance and Strategy. Mike has two sons, has coached many years of baseball, but now enjoys watching them with a nice IPA.

Top 5 Questions & Answers People have about Fiberglass Pools in Virginia Beach

fiberglass pool1. Do Fiberglass Pools float?

So, you’re expecting a resounding “NO!”, but the reality is that they actually float very well. But that’s not the kind of floating most folks ask about. They want to know if the shell will pop out of the ground after it’s installed.

The answer: No, in fact it’s the most perpetuated myth in the pool industry. A properly installed fiberglass pool will not pop up after the concrete deck is poured so long as it remains full of water.

2. What are the different sizes of Fiberglass Pools?

Fiberglass pools come as large as about 16’x44’. There are some models that may be slightly longer, but 16’ is the maximum width because of highway shipping restrictions. The smallest fiberglass pools are typically around 8’x16’. The average size fiberglass pool is 14’ wide and around 30’ long.

3. How much do fiberglass pools cost?

It’s difficult to say because pools range in price by region, but on average, a medium size fiberglass pool package that includes filter system, installation, and some patio will cost $30-$40k(this can vary though drastically). If you end up adding some additional patio and some other options you could end up spending more.

4. Do Fiberglass Pools work in colder climates or at the beach?

Yes and yes. In fact, there is no better pool to own in either situation than a fiberglass pool. The concern in colder climates is expansion and contraction due to massive temperature change. Well, if you’ve ever seen anyone unload a fiberglass pool, you’ve seen how much the pool shell flexes and moves and still maintains its strength. This is because, unlike concrete, fiberglass has extremely high tensile strength. This makes it ideal for colder climates because the pool shell can move and flex with its environment.

Regarding fiberglass pools and high water tables, the installation is much quicker and less expensive compared to other types of pools. This is because in a fiberglass pool installation, the hole only needs to stay dry long enough to set the pool and fill it with water, which normally only takes a couple of hours. In comparison, a vinyl liner pool will need to stay dry for several days, and a concrete pool for weeks or even months. This is why a high water table greatly complicates the installation processes for either of these types of pools but typically doesn’t affect fiberglass pool installation whatsoever.

5. How long does the installation of a fiberglass pool take?

Depending on the time of year and how much it’s rained, it typically takes anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to complete the pool installation and patio work. If the weather is great and our schedule is running on point, we’ve turned out projects in less than a week. When the weather is poor, we have had projects take well over a month. It all depends on Mother Nature.