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