Thursday, October 23, 2014

Automatic Cover System Types

Automatic pool covers have seen a number of innovations in recent years which give greater flexibility to the types of pools that can include an automatic cover. Automatic pool covers travel through aluminum tracks that are installed on each side of the pool. These tracks form a rectangle around the pool.
Because automatic pool covers are rectangular in shape, they have traditionally been an easy addition to rectangular shaped pools. However, through these new innovations, automatic pool covers can also be installed on freeform pools during the construction of the pool or even to existing pools.

Coverstar Automatic Covers systems come in three different types, Underguide, Recessed Topguide and Deckmount. The system type that is used will depend on the shape of the pool and the location of the cover track. Let's look at these three different options:


An underguide cover system provides an attractive and effective solution for rectangular pools. The entire motorized drive mechanism is mounted below the deck and sliders through aluminum tracks that are mounted along the side of the pool underneath the coping. This conceals the track and allows it to be virtually unnoticed.

For a more integrated look, encapsulation can be mounted directly to the pool wall during the construction of the pool. The coping is then poured over the top of the encapsulation, locking it in place. The encapsulation includes a channel where the cover track will be inserted during the installation of the cover system. This method allows the cover track to be built back into the wall of the pool.

The cover housing can be covered using lids that are aluminum, or in order to blend in with the surrounding pool area, they can be stone or concrete.

Recessed Topguide
Recessed Topguide systems are used when covering a non rectangular shaped pool. In this case, the drive mechanism is again mounted below grade in a cover housing. The cover track is located outside the shape of the pool.
There are different tracks that can be used. Standard topguide track sits on top of the finished pool deck. It is secured to deck using screws and anchors. While the track does have a low profile similar to that of a door threshold, it is sitting above the deck.
Recessed guides can also be used in this case as shown in the picture above. During the construction of the pool, tracks are positioned along the sides of the pool and poured into the deck with the top of the track being flush with the finished pool deck.
When using either of these track options, it is important to keep the tracks as close to the pool as possible to minimize the amount of pool deck the cover will be pulled across.
Deck Mount
A Deck Mounted system can be installed on existing pools. Both the drive mechanism and the cover track are mounted directly on top of the pool. With the drive mechanism on top of the deck, benches can be built over them to provide a covering, as well as a perfect location to sit and visit.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 International Pool & Spa Trade Show

Nov. 5-7, 2014 the International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo will be held in Orlando FL at the Orange County Convention Center. During this trades show, Pool Builders from around the world come to see the new pool products and innovations that will be exhibited by hundreds of vendors. Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, will be one of the vendors who will once again be participating in this event.

During three days of exhibits, Coverstar will highlight many of the features that set their automatic cover system apart from other manufacturers. Some of the features include:

  • Eclipse Stainless Steel Mechanism – The Eclipse mechanism is engineered with heavy duty stainless steel components that have been machined and laser cut to provide smooth operation for years to come.
  • CS300HD Spa Mechanism - The CS300HD spa mechanism is made from the same SS material as the Eclipse mechanism.  It can be installed on spas or smaller pools that are up to a 16 x 32.  It features a much smaller motor side offset than the standard system.
  • Heat Sealed WebbingCoverstar uses an exclusive, patented process to heat seal webbing around a polymer bead and weld it to the cover in one step. This heat sealed webbing is much stronger and longer lasting than standard sewn webbing.
  • Touch Pad Control with Wifi – The touch pad with Wifi can send homeowners notifications via text or email when the cover is opened, when the cover is closed, if the cover has been left open for longer than a set amount of time and more.
  • Coverstar Ipad App - The Coverstar app not only includes presentations that highlight the benefits of a Coverstar automatic cover, it also includes a cost interactive savings calculator that will show homeowners what their potential savings can in operating costs when an automatic cover is added to the pool.  The app also includes a design tool which allows homeowners to choose from many automatic cover options and displays photographs of pools that include similar features.

To learn more about Coverstar automatic safety cover products and programs, visit us in booth #3802 at the International Pool, Spa & Patio Expo.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Coverstar Featured Product - 2 1/2" Leading Edge Tube

In April of this year, Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products,  released a new 2 1/2 inch Leading Edge Bar, which was designed to be used in applications that had previously used a 3 inch round leading edge bar. The new 2 1/2 inch leading edge bar provides improved deflection in both the vertical and horizontal directions.

The 2 1/2 inch leading bar includes covered end caps that slide into the ends of the leading edge tube to provide a nice clean look. This leading edge bar can be used when the automatic cover system will have a guide space that is 24 ft or less.

When ordering a cover system that will include this leading edge bar, there are two different options that it is compatible with that can be selected.

The first option is called a loop leading edge. In this application, the leading edge bar slides into a sleeve along the front edge of the cover, concealing the tube so it blends in with the rest of the cover.

The second option is called a rope leading edge. In this application, a rope bead is installed along the front of the cover providing the locking mechanism that the leading bar can slide onto. When using the rope leading edge option, the aluminum leading edge bar remains exposed as it travels across the pool during the operation of the cover.

For more information on this or other Coverstar Automatic Safety Cover products, please visit us at

Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Install a Solid or Mesh Safety Cover

Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, has created a video that shows the process for installing a solid or mesh safety cover.   The video will outline the tools that are needed as well as steps and tips to simplify the installation of the cover. 

To view this video, click on the image below. 

Safety Cover Installation

Friday, September 19, 2014

How to Measure for a Safety Cover

Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, is often asked how to measure for a solid or mesh safety cover using the point to point or A-B method.  To help answer this question, we have created the following instructional video.  Please click on the image below to view this video. 

AB- Measuring of a Safety Cover

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coverstar Automatic Cover as a Winter Cover

As the swimming season is coming to a close, we wanted to share some information that is often requested this time of year regarding using a Coverstar Automatic Safety Cover as a winter cover. The answer is that it is a matter of personal choice. We neither recommend nor discourage use of the motorized cover as a winter cover. In order to help you make a decision, we have listed below some of the items you should consider when making your choice.

1    When proper precautions are taken, Coverstar Automatic Covers can be successfully used as a winter cover.

During the winter the proper water level must be maintained as the water supports the ice and snowmelt build-up. The best method is to blow out the plumbing lines and use filter plugs & cover plates so that the water level does not have to be lowered. (If the pool has tile, which might be damaged by freezing, lower the water level to 1 inch below the tile).

T    The cover pump must be left on the cover and plugged in, so that as water accumulates from the ice and snow melting, it will be pumped off of the cover. Excessive amounts should not be allowed to build up on top of the cover. Attempting to break and remove snow, or ice from the cover can cause damage to both the cover itself and the tracks. The cover should never be operated if it has water, snow or ice on it.

4     There are some risks associated with using the motorized cover as a winter cover, such as the water level dropping below the recommended level. If the pool loses water because of a leak or for any other reason, there may not be enough support for the cover and snow load. This could cause the tracks to pull down, possibly damaging the coping that it is attached as well as the cover itself. However, if there is adequate slack in the cover and the water level is properly maintained, there is little likelihood of problems occurring.

5    The cover is not warranted against damage to the cover or pool due to winter use, just as the warranty does not cover damage due to such things as mudslides, earthquakes, falling trees, etc.

6     Leaves and debris should be removed from the cover as they accumulate to avoid damage and staining the cover.

7     A cover should only be used as a winter cover if it has the proper slack. Proper slack is determined by where the cover touches the water. When the water level is lowered, the cover should normally touch the water no more that 12 inches from the edge of the pool. Actual slack requirements may vary depending on local conditions.

8    Another consideration has to do with the longevity of the cover. The cover will not last as long when used as a winter cover because of added exposure to the elements. If it is not used as the winter cover, it should be cleaned and rolled up during the wintertime.

9     A great alternative to using a Coverstar automatic cover when winterizing your pool is to use a Coverstar Mesh or Solid Safety cover. These covers are designed specifically to cover the pool during the winter months. They provide safety and peace of mind knowing that the pool is secure. It will also help keep dirt, leaves and debris out of the pool so less work is required to open the pool in the spring.

We hope these items of consideration are helpful as you prepare your pools for winter.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Solid & Mesh Safety Covers by Coverstar

Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, offers mesh covers for maximum drainage and solid covers that block 100% of sunlight - in a variety of material weights and colors. All can be custom designed to fit any size or shape pool precisely, including any special features such as raised walls, diving boards, stairs and rails. The professional Coverstar team will help you select a cover with the performance and features that best meet your needs.

The stronger the cover, the safer the cover. Coverstar applies exclusive, patented design and manufacturing innovations to give our mesh and solid safety covers unmatched strength and durability.

Unique features such as our exclusive center web and extra-long installation tool make it fast and easy to install and remove your Coverstar cover. All Coverstar covers keep debris out of your pool, and block virtually all sunlight – so you save on chemicals and enjoy cleaner water at opening time.

Mesh Safety Covers

Coverstar Premium 98 High-Shade Mesh
  • 98% Shade, 7 oz Weight
  • Allows water through for drainage and safety while keeping sunlight and debris out.
  • Available in green and tan
  • 20 year warranty
Coverstar Standard 95 Shade Mesh
  • 95% Shade, 5.2 oz Weight
  • Lightweight for easy installation and removal - about half the weight of Coverstar's Full Weight Solid cover.
  • Allows water through for drainage and safety
  • Available in green, blue, grey, and tan
  • 20 year warranty
Solid Safety Covers

Coverstar Lite Solid
  • 7 oz Weight
  • High-end construction and features
  • Custom engineered mesh designed to inhibit algae growth in pool
  • Available in green and blue
  • 12 year warranty
Coverstar Heavy-Duty Solid
  • Full 12 oz Weight
  • Patented INVIS-A-DRAIN - 1/4" drain holes located down the center of the cover; mesh drain filter panel underneath. Minimizes debris passage for easy clean, no puddling. A Coverstar Exclusive!
  • Keeps out all debris and sunlight
  • Available in green and blue
  • 20 year warranty