Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays from Coverstar

As 2014 comes to a close, we look back on the wonderful year it has been.  We appreciate the opportunity to work with so many fantastic pool builders, dealers and distributors.  We are looking forward to 2015 and are excited about the upcoming release of several new products.  

Included in the new product releases schedule for Jan. 30th, we will be releasing the new AutoDrain. AutoDrain is a unique cover pump that rides on the cover fabric to automatically positions itself over the automatic safety cover as the cover is closing.  The AutoDrain will turn on automatically when water is detected and will continue to operate until the water has been removed.

While the pool is being uncovered, the AutoDrain will ride on the cover until it has come to rest under the lid over the cover housing.  The AutoDrain eliminates the need for the homeowner to manually place and remove the cover pump, each time the cover is operated.

From all of your friends at Coverstar and Latham Pool Products, we wish each of you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Canadian Pool and Spa Show 2014

Dec. 3-4, 2014, the Canadian Pool & Spa Conference was held in TorontoON Canada.

During these two days, Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, joined with our friends from Coverstar Canada in sharing with pool builders many of the features that set the Coverstar automatic cover system apart from our competitors. Some of the features highlighted include:


  •  AutoDrain - The AutoDrain is a new innovative cover pump that automatically positions itself on to of the cover while the cover is closing.  It eliminates the need for the pool owner to manually place and remove the cover pump from the top of the cover.  


  • Eclipse Stainless Steel Mechanism – This mechanism was engineered to provide strength in the harsh pool environment, as well as easy and reliable operation for years to come.


  • New CS300HD Spa Mechanism - This new spa mechanism includes a strong motor that will allow the system to operate covers upto a 16 x 32.   It includes pulley brackets that allow it to be installed in cover housings that range from 10 - 14 inches wide, making it possible to easily install it in our polymer housing. 

  • Ipad App – The app provides compelling information about both automatic and solid and mesh safety covers.   It also includes a cost savings calculator and photo galleries.




  • Wireless Touchpad - The wireless touch pad will communicate with a hard wired touch pad switch. It can be used when a pool owner needs a second switch to control their automatic cover, but they are unable to run wires or conduit to that location.  



  • Heat Sealed Webbing – This webbing is much stronger and longer lasting then standard sewn on webbing,




To learn more about these and other Coverstar products, please go to www.coverstar.com.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Coverstar Introduces AutoDrain


Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, is pleased to introduce AutoDrain.  AutoDrain is a unique cover pump that rides on the cover fabric and positions itself on the automatic safety cover.
The AutoDrain will help keep the closed pool safe as because it turns on automatically when water is detected and will continue to operate until the water has been removed from the top of the cover, eliminating the safety hazard of standing water on the cover. 

Because the AutoDrain positions itself on the cover automatically, it also eliminates the need for the homeowner to manually place and remove the cover pump every time the cover is operated.

The AutoDrain can be installed on an existing automatic covers.  In these cases, a  2-1/2" clearance is required between the pool wall and the bottom of the cover housing lid. 

This new innovation is patent pending and will be available as of January 30, 2015.

 

 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Coverstar Automatic Safety Cover Benefits

Automatic pool covers have seen great 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 not only be installed on rectangular shaped pools, they can also be installed on freeform pools that vary in shape and size.
Regardless of the type of track that is used when installing an automatic cover on a pool, there are a number of benefits that the homeowner will gain by adding a Coverstar automatic pool cover to your swimming pool.
The first benefit is Safety. Although an automatic cover doesn’t replace the need for adult supervision, it does give peace of mind knowing that there is another layer of protection between your loved ones and your swimming pool. Coverstar automatic safety covers have been tested and do comply with the safety standards outlined by ASTM F1346-91.

The second benefit is Savings. Pool owners can see dramatic savings in these areas by using an automatic cover:


Because an automatic safety cover is so easy to use, your pool can be covered when it’s not in use. Covering your pool will dramatically reduce water evaporation and heat loss by up to 70%.


Your automatic cover helps keep your pool chemistry in balance. Your pool looses chemicals through water evaporation. An automatic cover seals the water in, reducing chemical loss by up to 70%. Buying a swimming pool is an investment in family fun. An automatic cover maximizes the value of your pool investment.


Your automatic cover reduces the amount of energy needed to clean your pool. Electricity is required to run the equipment that cleans your pool. An automatic cover keeps dirt and debris out of your pool, saving you up to 50% on electricity.

Not only will the pool cover save you money, you will feel satisfied knowing that you are conserving precious resources.


An automatic cover reduces water evaporation by up to 90%. Keeping your pool covered eliminates the need to constantly add water to your pool. Imagine saving time, money and natural resources all at the same time.

The third benefit is convenience. When closed, an automatic pool cover will keep the dirt, leaves, bugs etc out of the pool. This will give pool owners more time to enjoy the pool and less time cleaning and maintaining it.
Automatic pool covers are custom made for the specific pool it is installed on. Whether you have a square or a freeform shaped pool, in most cases, your pool can have an automatic pool cover.



Friday, October 31, 2014

Coverstar - The Strongest Name in Automatic Safety Covers


The stronger the cover, the safer the cover.  No company builds in more exclusive design and manufacturing features to ensure the strength and performance of its automatic covers than Coverstar. 

Most automatic cover manufacturers sew webbing material wrapped around rope to the cover. With this method, the webbing often fails before the fabric does.  Coverstar uses an exclusive, patented process to heat seal webbing around a polymer bead and weld it to the cover in one step.  Independent lab tests show Coverstar’s webbing to be over twice as strong as competitive webbing sewn to a cover. 

 Mechanisms

Our unique mechanism is engineered with heavy-duty components and with ropes and pulleys that are stronger than any others used in the industry.  The extreme precision of the machined and laser cut parts allows for smooth operation and many years of hassle-free use.  

 Coverstar Motors

Coverstar motors are completely sealed, using a proprietary method to prevent water damage.  Other less reliable means of water protection could mean an expensive motor repair. 
 
PowerFlex Ropes

PowerFlex Ropes come with a two year no-break warranty. 

Mechanical Torque Limiter

The torque limiter is adjustable to protect the motorized mechanism form too much stress. 

 Durable Fabric

Coverstar fabric is made using an advanced vinyl formulation and superior fabrication methods, which make it the top of the line.

For more information on these and other Coverstar features, go to www.coverstar.com.

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:

Underguide

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.
 
For more information on Coverstar Automatic Safety Covers, go to www.coverstar.com.

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.