Friday, December 7, 2012

Coverstar Participates in the Candian Pool & Spa Conference


Nov. 28-29, The Canadian Pool & Spa Conference was held in Niagara Falls, ON Canada. 

 During these two days, Coverstar joined our friends from Coverstar Canada in sharing many of the features that set the Coverstar automatic cover system apart from our competitors.   Some of the features highlighted include:

  •  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.  
  • Touch Pad Control Switch – The new touch pad can have 4 unique user pass codes programmed in to it.  It will also learn the amount of torque that is required to operate each cover.  The amp current limits can then be adjusted to allow the cover motor to automatically turn off if a problem is detected during the operating of the cover. 
  • Heat Sealed Webbing – This webbing is much stronger and longer lasting then standard sewn on webbing,
  • Eclipse Stainless Steel and CS3000 Aluminum Mechanisms – These mechanisms were engineered to provide strength in the harsh pool environment, as well as easy and reliable operation for years to come. 
To learn more about these and other Coverstar products, please go to www.coverstar.com.

 
For those that may not have been able to attend, please come and visit us at any of these upcoming shows:

Mid-America Pool & Spa Show - Jan 21-24, 2013 - Chicago IL
Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show - Jan 28-31, 2013 - Atlantic City NJ
SouthEast Pool & Spa Show - Feb. 4-7, 2013 - Atlanta GA
Southwest Pool & Spa Show - Feb. 28 - Mar 2, 2013 - San Antonio TX.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Coverstar Quality Control


Coverstar has worked tirelessly to offer not only the highest quality automatic pool cover system available, but also to make sure each order ships accurately.  To ensure that the correct parts are shipped with each order that is placed, Coverstar has implemented a robust quality control program. 

When an order for a cover system is submitted online, it is reviewed by two separate account managers before it is moved to production.  As the account managers review the order, they make sure that the system options selected are compatible with each other and will work properly.  After the order has been reviewed, it is moved to production.

As the order is being produced, there are a number of different hardware kits that are needed, depending on the type of system ordered.  To help ensure that these hardware kits are correct, each of the parts is individually bar coded and weighed.  Each kit must pass this weight check and have all bar codes scanned in order to pass the quality control check. 

 As the order is completed on the production floor, it is again checked twice for accuracy.    During this process, 30-40 digital pictures are taken of each order.  The pictures from the assembly department show all of the components of the mechanism box including showing what motor side the mechanism is.

The pictures from the extrusion department show the roll up tube and leading edge tube being measured, so the exact measurement that each tube is cut to is shown.  The pictures also show the type of lid and track, along with the quantities of each included in the order. 

The pictures from the cover department show the cover being measured, so the exact cover width and length is shown.  The pictures also show the fabric color, webbing type and rope. 

Once the pictures are taken, they are uploaded and attached to each order.  This allows the company that placed the order to access the pictures through their online ordering page.  They can scroll through the pictures and see exactly what shipped with each order, and which box each part was packaged in. 

Coverstar is committed to producing and shipping the highest quality automatic cover systems available.  This commitment is evident in the quality control program as it is followed for all full system orders, all replacement cover orders, and all parts orders. 
 

 

 

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

MESH & SOLID SAFETY COVERS - FAQ

Q:Where should the water level be for closing a pool with a winter safety cover?
A: The water level should be kept with in 12"of the top of the pool wall.

Q: What is the proper spring tension?
A: Initially, adjust the straps so that they are set to at least half compression. This will keep the cover tight and aid in draining. The springs should be checked periodically and the straps adjusted to maintain this tension.

Q: Should I treat the pool with chemicals before closing?
A:Be sure your pool has the proper level of sanitizer and algaecide before closing it for the winter. This will insure that the water is clear upon opening in the spring. If the cover is left on when the temperature has gone beyond 60 degrees F., it may be necessary to add algaecide to maintain clarity.


Q: Should I remove snow and water from the cover over winter?
A: Large accumulations of snow should be carefully removed, taking precautions not to damage the cover. Likewise if a large puddle of water accumulates it should be removed immediately by draining it to the drain or by using a weighted cover pump. The straps should be adjusted to prevent a re occurrence. Failure to perform this maintenance could result in stretching or damage to the cover components. Drainage can be facilitated by slightly loosening the strap that runs through the drain areas while tightening the straps away from the drain. A small amount of puddling is normal and will evaporate in dry weather. If you have questions about these or any procedures, please contact your cover installer.

Q: How does debris (leaves, pine needles, etc..) affect my cover?
A: Covered pools in heavily wooded areas are susceptible to accumulation of leaves, needles and other debris that will inhibit water flow to and through the "Invis-a-drain". It is very important to keep the drain clear of debris at all times.

Q: How can I protect my cover from abrasive coping?
A: For cover not ordered with sewn on padding, it is required that our loose 2' x 20' padding be placed as a barrier between rough or sharp coping and the cover itself. Periodic inspection of the cover is necessary for detection of early signs of wear.

 Q: Are there any special instructions for removal and storage of the safety cover?
A: The cover should be hosed off removing any debris that accumulated over the winter. If you have a cover with the invis-a-drain you should clear the drain also. Before folding the cover make sure it is completely dry. Cover cleaner and treatments, available at most pool supply stores, are also recommended.

Q: Do the anchors require any special care?
A: After removing or prior to installing the cover, clean out all the anchor sockets with a stream of compressed air or water. This biannual cleaning will assure proper anchor function. Applying spray silicone to these components will also be beneficial to their proper operation. When the cover is not in use, screw anchors down completely to keep out debris and to prevent tripping, foot injuries, and cover damage.

Q. I don't have any kids in my house. Why do I need a safety cover?
A. It's been well documented that any swimming pool is a magnet for children and pets in the neighborhood. A properly installed and maintained safety cover is the best way to ensure wandering kids or pets will not gain access to your pool when you can't be there to supervise.
Coverstar solid and mesh covers also come in different material weights. Your authorized Coverstar dealer can help you determine the cover type and weight best suited to your needs.

Q. I have a custom-shaped pool. Can I get a Coverstar safety cover to fit it?
A. Absolutely! Your dealer will measure your pool carefully, taking into account its shape, size and any and all features, such as stairs, rails, diving boards and raised walls. Based on these measurements, Coverstar will design a custom mesh or solid safety cover that will fit your pool perfectly!

Q. Can I walk on my cover?
A. Coverstar safety covers are built strong enough to support the weight of several adults, in the event they need to retrieve a child who has wandered onto the cover. However, it is not recommended that anyone walk on any type of safety cover.

Q. What kind of warranty does a Coverstar have?
A. Coverstar builds our covers better – so we back them better! We provide an exclusive 20-YEAR Warranty on all of our mesh and solid safety covers.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Coverstar Participates in International Pool and Spa Expo

Nov. 6-8th the International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo was held in New Orleans LA.  Pool Builders from around the world came to see the new products and innovations that were exhibited by hundreds of vendors.   Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, was proud to have participated in this event. 

During these three days, Coverstar highlighted many features that set their automatic cover system apart from their competitors.   Some of the features highlighted include:

  • Heat Sealed Webbing – This webbing is much stronger and longer lasting then standard sewn on webbing,
  • Eclipse Stainless Steel and CS3000 Aluminum Mechanisms – These mechanisms were engineered to provide strength in the harsh pool environment, as well as easy and reliable operation for years to come. 
  • Touch Pad Control Switch – The new touch pad can have 4 unique user pass codes programmed in to it.  It will also learn the amount of torque that is required to operate each cover.  The amp current limits can then be adjusted to allow the cover motor to automatically turn off if a problem is detected during the operating of the cover. 
  • New Lid Forming Kit – This reusable lid forming system will allow builders to quickly and easily form and pour beautiful concrete lid sections that can be installed over the cover housing.

For those that may not have been able to attend, please come and visit us at any of the following shows:

Canadian Pool & Spa Show - Nov. 26-29, 2012 - Niagara Falls Ontario Canada
Mid-America Pool & Spa Show - Jan 21-24, 2013 - Chicago IL
Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show - Jan 28-31, 2013 - Atlantic City NJ
SouthEast Pool & Spa Show - Feb. 4-7, 2013 - Atlanta GA
Southwest Pool & Spa Show - Feb. 28 - Mar 2, 2013 - San Antonio TX.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Coverstar Participates in the Latham Pool Builder Academy


Twice a year, Latham Pool Products organizes the Pool Builder Academy to give pool builders from around the country an opportunity to receive hands on experience while helping build a pool from start to finish in 3 ½ days.  Those that attend the academy vary in their experience within the pool industry.  Some are new pool builders who are just starting out.  Others are working in pool service and want to learn and expand into the construction side of the business.  Regardless of their experience level, they come with a desire to learn and a willingness to work hard to build a pool.  

When Latham Pool Products first introduced the pool builder academy, they would work with a homeowner that was having a pool built in their yard and get their approval to host the academy.  A few years ago, they decided to go one step further and to identify a family who would really benefit from having a pool, and with the cooperation of other companies, donate the entire pool. 

This most recent academy was held Oct 21-25 in Chesapeake VA.  The recipient of this pool was a wonderful family that has a special needs daughter.  This daughter absolutely loves the water and will benefit from the water therapy the pool will provide.  Her love of the water was evident at the conclusion of the build as we saw this precious girl sit on the edge of the pool with her father, and kick her feet in the water.  The smile on her face made all of the aches and pains from the long hours of work fade away. 

The Pool Builder Academy has given Coverstar the opportunity to, not only give back to the community, but it has also allowed us to meet many new pool builders and let them see our products first hand.

Coverstar is proud to have participated in 7 Pool Builder Academy’s. Below are several pictures that show the pool progressing through the construction process, including the installation of the Coverstar Automatic Safety Cover. 

















Friday, October 19, 2012

Solid & Mesh Cover Care

Water Level
The water level in the pool should always be kept within 12" of the top of the pool wall.

Spring Tension
Initially, adjust the straps so that they are set to at least half compression. This will keep the cover tight and aid in draining. The springs should be checked periodically and the straps adjusted to maintain this tension.

Water Treatment
Be sure your pool has the proper level of sanitizer and algaecide before closing it for the winter. This will insure that the water is clear upon opening in the spring. If the cover is left on when the temperature has gone beyond 60 degrees F., it may be necessary to add algaecide to maintain clarity.

Snow & Water
Large accumulations of snow should be carefully removed, taking precautions not to damage the cover. Likewise, if a large puddle of water accumulates, it should be removed immediately by directing it to the drain or by using a weighted cover pump. The straps should be readjusted to prevent a reoccurrence. Failure to perform this maintenance could result in stretching or damage to the other cover components. Drainage can be facilitated by slightly loosening the strap that runs through the drain areas while tightening the straps away from the drain. A small amount of puddling is normal and will evaporate in dry weather. If you have questions about these or any procedures, please contact your cover installer.

Debris & Standing Water
Standing water resulting from melting snow and rain must be removed immediately. Covered pools located in heavily wooded areas are susceptible to accumulation of leaves,needles and other debris that will inhibit water flow to and through the "Invis-A-Drain". It is very important to keep the drain clear of debris at all times. Water can be removed by placing a weighted pool cover pump in a suitable location on the cover. Cover pumps are available local pool dealers.

Abrasive Coping
For covers not ordered with sewn-on padding, it is required that our loose 2'x 20' padding be placed as a barrier between rough or sharp coping and the cover itself. Failure to do so will void the warranty. Periodic examination of the cover is necessary for detection of early signs of wear.

Removal
The cover may be hosed off and should be allowed to dry before fan folding for storage in its mesh bag. Cover cleaner and treatments, available at most pool supply stores, are also recommended.

Anchors
After removing or prior to installing the cover, clean out all the anchor sockets with a stream of compressed air or water. This biannual cleaning will assure proper anchor function. Applying spray silicone to these components will also be beneficial to their proper operation. When the cover is not in use, screw anchors down completely to keep out debris and prevent tripping and foot injuries.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Coverstar Featured Product - Heat Sealed Webbing

Automatic Pool Covers have seen great innovations through the years.  Some of these innovations allow automatic pool covers to be installed on a larger variety of pool shapes and sizes, while other innovations have improved the reliability of the cover.

In 2003, Coverstar introduced one of our innovations that significantly improved the reliability of automatic covers - Heat Sealed Webbing. 

The webbing is the material that is attached to the sides of the cover and that actually rides in and locks into the cover track.  Traditionally, the webbing is sewn to the cover fabric, making this webbing to fabric connection only as strong as the stitches. 

As the stitches are exposed to the harmful effects of the sun, they begin to weaken and eventually break.  Automatic covers with the sewn-on webbing are often replaced because the webbing went bad, not because the cover fabric went bad. 

Coverstar’s Patented Heat Sealed Webbing is attached to the cover through a process that actually bonds the webbing to the fabric without sewing.  This attachment is much stronger and much longer lasting than sewn webbing. 

To see more information on the differences between Heat Sealed Webbing and sewn webbing, click HERE.


Friday, September 28, 2012

No One Is Easier To Do Business With!

Custom Covers ship in just 4 days!

When it comes to delivery in-season, Coverstar can do in days what our competitors do in weeks! Our multiple manufacturing locations positioned strategically across North America enable us to ship custom safety covers in just 4 days in season!

More ways we make your life easier:

  • Mobile Phone App enaples safety cover quoting in real time right at your job site!
  • Faster Installation with our exclusive center web - allows quicker line-up. A Coverstar exclusive!
  • Patented Reduced Deckmount Springs for easy installation with less than 18" of deck space. Maintains tight cover fit. A Coverstar exclusive!
  • Removale Perimeter Padding attaches with Velcro - padding can be replaced quickly and easily at a fraction of the cost.
  • 35" Installation Rod is ergonomically designed to make installation and removal virtually effortless.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Reusable Lid Forming Kit

Coverstar is excited to announce the release of their new lid forming kits.  These kits will allow concrete lid sections to be formed and poured on the job site quickly and easily, and best of all, these kits are completely reusable.  The lid forming kits are available with either an inclined or a cantilever shaped profile and match the profile of Coverstar's reusable coping forms.

 








The new lid forming kits include:

  •   Molded plastic lid forming trays 
  •  Removable profile forms in either a Inclined or Cantilever shape
  •  Shape specific trowel
  •  Easier cleaning and maintenance 
  • Reduce complexity and time required to pour lids 
  •  Weight saver design for 20% lighter lid sections
  •  Channel for locking stone to bracket 
  •  Easy forming of motor and non-motor ends 
  •  Non-weight saver tray and adjustable divider that can be used to make lid sections with custom widths. 
  



A concrete lid is a great looking lid that helps the location of the cover housing blend in with rest of the pool.  The concrete sections of lid are removable, so the cover housing can be accessed as needed. 
Coverstar also has a number of aluminum and stainless steel bracket options available that can be mounted across the back of the cover box to support the concrete lid.  For more informaiton on this new reusable lid forming kit, please contact a Coverstar Representative.

 


















Thursday, September 13, 2012

Winterizing your Coverstar Automatic 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 an Automatic Coverstar 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.  We are neutral on this issue.  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.

2.      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 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).

3.      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.  This could cause the tracks to pull down, possibly damaging the material to which 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.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Coverstar Safety Cover iPad App Update


Coverstar automatic safety cover dealers know nothing helps them close sales like our unique iPad app. Now, Coverstar has expanded our industry-leading app to include modules on mesh and solid safety covers as well! Here's what you'll find:

Interactive Sales Presentation: Concise, compelling presentations make it simple to show homeowners all the safety benefits and features of a Coverstar mesh or solid safety cover, including fabric and color choices, warranty and maintenance info.

Photo Gallery/Upload: This easy-to-use module allows you to load in your own application photos and company logo to create customized photo galleries showcasing your past work and options offered.

Mesh/Solid Quoting/Ordering Tool: Links your iPad directly to measuremypool.com, enabling you to receive a quote in real time and create an order right from the job site!

Video Library: Includes reference library of measuring and installation videos for reference at the job site.

CLICK HERE to download the app!





Friday, August 17, 2012

Pool Safety Tips


Coverstar Pool Covers are easy and convenient to use, but they should not be the only source of protection for your family.  Please read the recommendations provided by industry and safety groups listed below and implement as many of them as possible for your pool. 

Multiple Layers of Protection
Don’t rely on only one system of protection – layering several safety precautions together provides the strongest safeguard.  You should never rely on any one layer to be fail proof.  Enclose the pool with a barrier.  In fact, fencing may be required in certain areas.  Keep all doors and windows leading from the house to the pool area secure.  Install self-closing mechanisms on doors.  Install only child-proof, self-closing, self-latching gates around the pool. 

Your Responsibility
As a pool owner, be aware that you must ensure your child’s safety.  Make sure you have rescue devises that are easily accessible.  Never leave a pool with its cover partially closed since children may become trapped under it.  Always drain standing water off of your spa or pool cover.  A child can drown in as little as two inches of water. 

Adult Supervision
There is no substitute for constant adult supervision.  Never leave a child alone – even for a second.  Most drownings occur during a five minute (or less) lapse in supervision.  There is a risk of a child drowning when around any body of water.  Maintain constant eye contact with your children when they are around the pool.  Do not consider young children water-safe because they have had swimming lessons. Post and enforce rules such as No Running, No Pushing, No Dunking, and Never Swim Alone.

Extend Safety Awareness
Instruct baby-sitters about potential hazards to young children in and around swimming pools and the need for constant supervision.  Alert your pool maintenance people, utility personnel and your neighbors to keep covers, gates, and doors to the pool closed and locked at all times. 

Pool Toys
Remember to keep toys and inflatables away from the pool when the pool is not us use.  These items can lure a child into the pool. 

Inspect Equipment
Inspect safety and pool equipment regularly.  Preventive devices are only effective if they are in working order.  Gate latches, gate closure devices, fences, door and pool alarms, and the pool cover should be inspected frequently to be certain they are working properly. 

Sources:  Drowning Prevention Study; United States Consumer Product Safety Commission; National Spa and Pool Institute’s Operation Water Watch; and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Automatic Cover Maintenance and Care


Water Level
Keep the water level in the pool at the mid skimmer level.  If the pool is overfilled, the water can flow over the lowered bond beam into the housing and flood the mechanism. 

Pool Chemistry
We suggest, as all cover manufacturers do, that you only cover pool water that you would swim in.  If the water is temporarily out of balance due to chemical additive, covering the pool will shorten the life of the fabric.  Use a good test kit frequently to maintain proper chemical balance.  You must avoid a build up of chemicals in the pool water that can result in serious damage to pool walls and equipment.  Such a build up can also create an improper water balance which may cause deterioration of the vinyl cover as well as other cover system components.  A deterioration so caused is not covered by the warranty.  After adding any chemicals to your pool, allow the chemicals to circulate before closing the cover.  If you are unsure if it is safe to close the cover, test the water at the surface with your test kit.  Some pH adjusters may create harmful levels of alkalinity (high pH) if not allowed to mix with the water before the cover is closed.  The same is true with chlorine shocks.  Some chlorine shocks require as long as 12-24 hours to return to swimmable range.  Since safety is often the major reason people purchase a cover, we recommend the use of a non-chlorine shock.  With this type of shock, the cover may be closed in 30 minutes or less.  Please check with your pool service company for proper usage. The use of floating chlorine feeders is not recommended because they vent chlorine gas that can burn the cover fabric and often remain trapped in the same location. 

Cleaning the Cover
When you uncover the pool, the water in the pool is transferred from the pool to the top of the cover.  The sun then dries it, causing high concentrations of chlorine on top of the cover that may damage the fabric.  You can wash the cover with a mild hand dish washing liquid as necessary to remove this accumulation.  However, do not use laundry detergent or any other chemicals to clean the cover. 

Cover Guides
Retract the cover completely off the pool and clean the cover guide rope and slider channel.  Use a high pressure nozzle on a garden hose to spray directly into the slots of the aluminum deck guides to remove build-up dirt and debris.  Repeat as often as necessary to keep the guides clean.  Spray into the pulley housing at the end of the guides at close range to remove debris from within the housing.  In windy and dusty areas with blowing dirt, covers may become inoperable until the debris has been hosed from the guides.  In these areas, guides will have to be flushed clean more frequently.  A build-up of sand and/or dirt will grind the webbings causing them to fail prematurely.  The webbings used on our covers have been proven over many years and thousands of covers to last beyond the life of the fabric if the cover guides are kept clean.  Premature webbing failure due to abrasion from debris in the guides is easily preventable and is not covered under the warranty. 

Housing Drains
On recessed systems, frequently check the drain(s) to be certain they drain the housing completely and do not allow water to stay in the housing area.  If water is allowed to stand in the mechanism area over periods of time, the system may become damaged by the constant moisture.  Damage to either electrical or mechanical components resulting from standing water or extended submersion is not covered under the warranty.  Clean leaves and debris from the housing as necessary.  Run the cover over the pool, prop the housing lid open or remove it, and remove the debris in the housing.  Accumulated debris can hinder the proper operation of the cover or damage the cover material. 

Mechanism and Pulleys
Clean all rotating surfaces and pulleys by spraying with a hose nozzle every 3 months or more often in sandy or windy areas.  Use a hose nozzle to completely wash all surfaces of the mechanism to prevent fine dust or sand from accumulating on the moving surfaces of the mechanism. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Automatic Cover Safety Instructions

To maintain the safety of your Coverstar Automatic cover and pool area, please follow these instructions:

Pool Water Level
Maintain the water level at the middle elevation of the skimmer opening.  If the water drops below this level, the cover may operate under stress.  Never cover the pool without the proper water level under the cover.  The water supports all weight on the surface of the cover.  If the water level is low and water builds up on the cover, severe damage may be done to the coping and/or cover system.

Using the Pool Cover Pump
Water accumulation on the top of the cover can come from rain, snow, over spraying sprinklers, or leaks that may develop in the cover.  Even what appear to be small amounts of water spread over the whole surface of the cover can migrate and accumulate in depressions.  This is dangerous.  Any accumulation of water on the surface of the cover must be removed immediately using the cover pump.  The cover is not a safety cover unless the pump is in place. 

Key Switch Location
All controls for the cover system must be located where the pool is completely visible during the operation of the cover.  All plants and shrubs should be maintained for continuous visibility. 

Partially Covered Pools
It is extremely important to always cover or uncover the pool completely.  Never leave the pool partially covered.  A partially cover pool presents a serious danger as people or pets may drown under the cover. 

Aluminum Lid
The aluminum lid is mounted on top of the finished pool deck and is used to cover the housing.  It is not inteded for anyone to walk or step on this lid.  It can be slippery when wet and walking on it can loosen the support brackets uner it.  Instruct children not to step on the lid.

Friday, June 29, 2012

No Covers Are Built Stronger!




Every pool professional knows: the weakest part of every safety cover is the seams. Only Coverstar uses interlocked and double overlapped seams to dramatically improve weight transfer from the cover material to the seams and webbing. In fact, Coverstar covers are shown to be the stronger than competitive brands' in independent pull tests!

More strong reasons to choose a Coverstar Safety Pool Cover:
  • Bar and box tack reinforcement on all perimeter straps for additional strength - a Coverstar exclusive.
  • Double Decker edge won't unravel - the cover material is first hemmed then sandwiched between double layers of webbing around the perimeter.
  • Heavy duty vinyl nosing pads protect cover against wear from coping and steps.
  • Chafing strip sewn to bottom of cover protects the webbing from coping abrasion wear - and won't mark the coping, like other strips!
  • Lower profile springs with heavy-duty overlap D-ring (standard on Heavy-Duty Solid and custom covers) - cover lies flat and fits tight!
And...because we build them better, we back them better: with a 20-YEAR WARRANTY (5-year full warranty)!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Coverstar Ipad App Update

This spring, Coverstar released a new iPad application. This tool was designed to help pool builders more effectively present and sell automatic pool covers in the home.  It provides clear, concise and compelling presentations on how Coverstar systems enhance the safety, savings and convenience of the prospective pool owner.  In addition, this application includes:

  • A Savings Calculator showing the homeowner exactly how much money can be saved by investing in an automatic cover
  • A design tool that allows the homeowner to pick certain features and displays a photograph of pools with those features.
  • A Photo Gallery
  • Maintenance & care guide

Click on the link below to go to the App Store to download the updated version 2.0 for FREE!

Included in this update, there is a dealer photo gallery where dealers can capture or transfer photos to their iPad and organize them within this powerful new photo gallery feature.

We hope you will find these upgrades helpful as you and your dealers use this app to sell Coverstar Automatic Covers. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Coverstar and Freeform Pools (part 3 of 3)

To continue showing the different track options when installing an automatic pool cover on a free form pool, we will now look at the third type of track that can be used in this application, which is standard topguide.  This track is not set in place during the construction of the pool.  This track will be set in place on top of the finished concrete deck.  This track is a low profile track (similar to a door threshold) that is screwed down on top of the deck.  It is important to check the measurements between the tracks on each side of the pool to make sure they are straight and square before anchoring them to the pool deck. 


When any of these track types are used for an automatic cover during the construction of the pool, the cover drive system is located in a cover housing which is below grade.  This is where the cover will roll up and be stored when the cover is retracted off the pool. 
This cover housing can then be covered using different types of lids.  Some of these lids are an aluminum hinged lid, while other lids are made of concrete so the lid blends in with the surrounding pool deck. 

The examples that have been given are based on adding automatic pool covers to new pools that were under construction.  However, it is also possible to install an automatic pool cover on existing pools.  In this case, both the cover drive system and the track are anchored to the top of the concrete pool deck.  With the drive system above grade, they can be covered using plastic deckmount housings or by building a wood bench over them. 




It is important to note that when installing an automatic pool cover on a freeform pool, it is important to limit the amount of concrete that the pool cover will be pulled across.  When a cover is pulled across concrete, it creates deck drag on the cover which will add stress to the operation of the cover system.  By locating the track close to the edge of the pool, this deck drag will be reduced, allowing the cover to operate more smoothly. 

Regardless of the type of track that is used when installing an automatic cover on a freeform pool, there are a number of benefits that a homeowner will gain by adding an automatic pool cover to their swimming pool. The first 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.