Automatic pool covers are easy to use and provide an added layer of safety and protection to your pool. With the push of a button, you can slide your retractable pool cover on and off your pool to keep loved ones out of harm’s way. Besides the safety benefits, a Coverstar automatic pool cover can also keep your pool looking as brilliant and sparkling as the day it was first installed in your backyard.
The price range for a Coverstar autocover can vary based on your overall pool design, but the benefits will give you back more time to enjoy your backyard oasis with friends and family.
The Benefits of a Pool Safety Cover are Priceless
The peace of mind that your loved ones are safe is worth more than even the most expensive pool cover, but Coverstar automatic safety covers also offer cost-saving benefits for pool owners.
By the numbers, an automatic pool cover offers the following savings and maintenance benefits:
- Up to 90% reduction in water evaporation
- Up to 70% reduction in pool heating costs
- Up to 50% reduction in electricity costs
- Up to 70% reduction in chemical use
A safety cover may seem like a significant investment, but it’s a sound investment in the safety and longevity of your pool.
Automatic Pool Cover Price
The price range for an autocover can vary based on your overall pool design and the customizations you choose. An automatic safety cover can start as low as $10,000 for a small, aftermarket deck install or a basic under track setup. For a larger pool with more complex features, a safety cover can cost upwards of $20,000.
Automatic pool cover: $10,000 – $20,000
Note: This range is a basic estimate, exact pricing will vary.
With endless possibilities to choose from, additional custom features may increase the cost of an automatic pool cover above $20,000.
Automatic Pool Cover Cost Factors
Regardless of your budget or the vision you have for your dream pool, you have a variety of options to choose from to customize an automatic pool cover to complement your pool design. With these options in mind, the end result will be a pool cover that not only looks good, but enhances the safety and enjoyability of your beautiful new pool.
Click the arrows below to explore the various automatic pool cover factors which include: 1) Materials 2) Track Options 3) Pool Shape Features.
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The price of your autocover can vary based on the materials. The fabric and the drive mechanism that allows the pool cover to open and close can affect the cost. We offer drive mechanisms in stainless steel or marine-grade aluminum.
We also offer various models to allow users to choose the best automatic safety cover for their individual needs.
- Our Coverstar Eclipse autocover includes a full stainless steel mechanism. This top-of-the-line model is twice the size and strength of the competition.
- The CS3000 includes marine-grade, anodized aluminum brackets and rope reel and stainless steel pulleys. The CS3000 withstands the test of time and is one of the most reliable autocovers you can find.
- We also offer the Atom, which works well with smaller pool models and the CS300HD, which is ideal for spillover spas and the smallest pool models. The Atom’s smaller, low offset gives a more attractive appearance and allows for a more symmetrical layout of your pool’s border.
There are various track options that can influence retractable pool cover prices:
- Undertrack System: An undertrack system is embedded in the pool wall or mounted to the bottom side of the pool coping. This option offers a clean aesthetic, as the track remains virtually invisible.
An undertrack system is ideal for a rectangle-shaped pool, but can also be used with free form pool shapes, using a design convention known as “pool-in-pool.” This type of undertrack is more expensive to install in free form pools and also costs more than many top track options.
- Top Track System: If you have a freeform pool, you may want to install a top-track system under an aluminum lid or mounted to the deck surface.
- Recessed Track System: A recessed track system is embedded in the pool deck, and something pool owners may want to consider during pool construction. This track system will sit flush with your pool deck.
Pool owners often wonder if an automatic safety cover works with pool shapes besides the classic rectangle shape. Thanks to the wide range of Coverstar models and options, automatic pool covers can work with most pool shapes and sizes.
The price of your cover can be affected by the shape and design of your pool:
- Lower Prices: If you start with a basic rectangle shape and aluminum pool cover lid, you will usually start on the lower end of the price range.
- Higher Prices: Unique pool shapes or pool-surround features such as jumping rocks, beach entry or an infinity edge can require additional customization, which can cause an increase in price.
Automatic safety covers require professional installation and a licensed electrician to set everything up correctly. A qualified professional can help you determine switch placement and electrical configurations. This will also allow you to determine if you already have the proper setup to incorporate an autocover or if you will need to install any additional wiring or power sources.
If you already own a pool and want to add an automatic safety cover, good news, this is definitely possible! Make sure to speak to a qualified Coverstar dealer to customize the cover for your particular pool shape and size. They will work with you to find the right autocover system and ensure it’s installed correctly. You’ll also need to enlist the help of a licensed electrician to make sure your autocover is properly wired.
If you’re in the market to upgrade or replace an existing pool cover, you may be wondering how much this will cost. Replacement autocovers can start around $2,000, but this can vary based on size or shape, travel charges and any additional repairs to the track system to restore functionality.
- Replacing the Fabric: Pool owners may need to replace pool cover fabric every five to eight years, but this depends on environmental factors. If you live in a cool climate with less direct sunlight, your pool cover fabric will last longer than in hot, dry places with more sun exposure.
- Replacing the Parts: Pool owners may need to replace the moving parts of the autocover. Like the fabric, this can vary based on geographic location. Harsh weather conditions or excessive dust and debris can wear on moving parts, which leads to more frequent replacements.
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Lots of insurance companies consider an automatic pool cover safer than a fence. An automatic pool can also mean big energy savings! This will help keep your pool warmer and maybe allow you to keep the pool open for longer.Are automatic pool covers worth the expense? ›
Lots of insurance companies consider an automatic pool cover safer than a fence. An automatic pool can also mean big energy savings! This will help keep your pool warmer and maybe allow you to keep the pool open for longer.How long does an automatic pool cover last? ›
Most automatic safety pool covers on average last 4 to 6 years if you maintain them properly. We recommend that you buy a pool cover that comes with a pro-rated warranty. That way, you can always ask for a replacement if you notice issues within a few weeks of purchase.Can you walk on automatic pool covers? ›
The automatic pool cover can be walked on, but for the main purpose of rescuing someone or removing fallen leaves, twigs and other debris. However, it is not meant to be jumped on or played on. Putting the weight on the cover excessively or frequently can damage it over time.How much money will I save with a pool cover? ›
Savings of 50%–70% are possible. Pool covers on indoor pools not only can reduce evaporation but also the need to ventilate indoor air and replace it with unconditioned outdoor air. You can also shut off exhaust fans when an indoor pool is covered, which saves even more energy.What is the disadvantage of pool cover? ›
Lack of space
Depending on the design of your pool cover, you'll require some space to store it safely out of the way. Most covers now can be built under a deck or even as part of the deck, but if your space is restrictive this can prevent you from installing any form of cover.
An automatic pool cover is one of the best ways to prevent pool heat loss because it keeps the warm water inside your pool and keeps cold air out so the water maintains a consistently comfortable temperature. Pool covers can reduce your pool heating costs by up to 70% by reducing evaporation.Do automatic pool covers work in winter? ›
In summary, automatic pool covers can be used as winter covers if proper precautions are in place to prevent accidental damage. If you choose to cover your pool with an additional winter cover, the automatic cover should be cleaned and rolled up in the cover box.Should you cover pool every night? ›
Pop quiz: should you cover your pool every night? If you want your pool to be ready for swimming tomorrow, yes, you should! Don't underestimate how powerful a simple solar cover can be: according to In the Swim, a properly fitting cover can reduce up to 95% of heat loss.Can automatic pool cover motor get wet? ›
More recently, manufacturers have been making submersible motors that won't break down if they get wet. But even that extra precaution can't save every motor from water damage. Experts recommend letting the motor dry out before attempting to work it again.
Automatic pool covers are rated to hold around 2,000 pounds, which is a lot of weight. However, snow, ice, and water can be very heavy, too, especially if it becomes concentrated in one area.Does a pool lose water with cover? ›
Mesh safety covers are porous and do allow for evaporation. Remember, you can lose 1-2 inches of water in the summer, but it is also very dry with less humidity in the winter.How much heat does a pool lose overnight? ›
A pool that is uncovered can lose up to 5° F overnight; a good cover can cut that loss by half. Used at night or whenever your pool is not in use, the pool cover can help save fuel costs by cutting heat loss regardless of the type of heating you utilize.Is it expensive to keep up with a pool? ›
Homeowners can expect to pay $20 to $50 per week for maintenance. Weekly pool maintenance typically costs less since the pool cleaners can keep up with the cleaning schedule and avoid water-quality challenges. Monthly pool maintenance costs $30 to $260, and an annual visit is priced anywhere between $960 and $1,800.Is solar cover better than auto cover? ›
A safety cover does a better job than the solar cover does when it comes to protecting the pool from dirt, debris, and evaporation. The solar cover will heat the pool water during the day better than a safety cover, but the safety cover will contain all heat in a 24-hour time frame better.Can an automatic pool cover be installed later? ›
The good news is that most inground pools can add an automatic pool cover at any time, meaning it's not too late for your inground pool to enjoy all the added benefits an automatic pool cover provides.Can a automatic pool cover be used instead a fence? ›
The 2015 version of the code allows pool owners to install automatic pool safety covers for their spas and inground pools instead of installing a pool fence.What is the best color for a pool cover? ›
Color. “A UV-protected, translucent blue color offers a better balance between heat retention and pool chemical protection,” Dobrica says, adding that a clear cover will warm the pool water the most, but it will also allow more UV rays, which can make chlorine less effective as a disinfectant.Does leaving a pool cover on cause algae? ›
Make sure the cover is clean.
Keeping leaves and debris off your pool cover will make it easier to open in the spring, but it also helps prevent algae in the winter. Left unattended, these things can disintegrate and wash around your cover when it rains.
Your pool water level should not be too low, as the water must support the cover in situations where you receive a heavy snowfall. At the same time, ideally you don't want the water to touch the underside of the cover under general conditions as that contact will create a wet spot where debris will accumulate.
Absolutely! A cover does nothing to interfere with the water circulating through your system. It doesn't touch your pump or any other piece of equipment you have. When your pool is covered during these winter months, you can run it less, thus protecting the pump from premature aging.Should I leave the pool cover on when it rains? ›
If you use a pool cover during a light rain shower, this is totally fine and can help make the clean up a little easier as it protects the water from debris. However, if heavy rain or a large storm is on the way, it's best not to use your pool covers.Why get an automatic pool cover? ›
Automatic covers reduce the amount of energy needed for the filtration of the pool. Electricity is required to run the pool pump and filter. An automatic cover keeps dirt and debris out of your pool, saving up to 50% on electricity because the filtration equipment can be operated much less frequently.Is it OK to not cover your pool in the winter? ›
One question many people have when it comes to winterizing their pool is: Is it necessary to cover my pool in winter? The short answer is no, it's not necessary. But it's not necessary just like brushing your teeth is not necessary and you'll survive if you don't.What happens if you don't cover your pool in the winter? ›
If you don't cover your above-ground pool, it's going to get dirt, leaves, and other debris in it. Even if you don't have any trees nearby, the wind will still blow debris into the water. Not to mention rainwater!Should I leave my pool running all the time? ›
Every pool should cycle through all of its water at least once a day, so most pool owners will want to run their pumps for at least 4-8 hours daily. But you don't have to run those 4-8 hours all at once so you can split the pump time up at different parts of the day to ease your energy budget.Is it OK to leave pool pump off? ›
Not running the pump 24/7 is also a sanitary issue, and is the primary cause of a murky pool. The moment you turn off your water pump, debris, algae and bacteria start to build up, which can eventually lead to cloudy or green water.What happens to a pool cover when it rains? ›
Every time it rains, the cover pump will automatically activate and evacuate the water when a certain amount collects by the pump and then shut itself off.Can you leave automatic pool vacuum in pool overnight? ›
Cleaners aren't meant to stay in the pool 24/7. This is true for all cleaners. Pressure side cleaners run on a schedule every day so why take it out? Leaving the cleaner in the pool 24/7 increases its exposure to corrosive chemicals in the water, such as chlorine or shock.Can you leave a pool cover on all the time? ›
The cover should not be continually left on for more than 7 days continuously. Pool covers are very effective at reducing chemical usage. Make sure you continually monitor the water quality and quantity of chemicals required to maintain water chemistry within the recommended levels.
Draining Your Pool
For lock in covers, drain to 15” below the coping. For water bags, safety covers, and above ground covers drain your water to 18” below the coping or top rails.
If you see your pool cover sagging, tightening the springs can help bring it back into balance. If snow or water accumulates, use a leaf blower to remove it, sprinkle pool salt across the cover to assist with melting snow, and again, utilize a pool cover pump.Can an automatic pool cover be opened manually? ›
Can the cover be opened/closed manually? Yes, it can .How often should I change my pool cover? ›
Typically, a good-quality solid safety pool cover lasts from five to ten years, depending on how often it is used and how much it is exposed to many elements such as dirt and sunlight. Pool covers offer several benefits such as: Preventing drowning and other related accidents.Why is my pool losing 1 2 inch of water a day? ›
Pool Is Losing 1 Inch of Water Per Day
Losing more than ½” of pool water per day indicates you likely have a leak in your pool's structure or your pool pump system. You should call your pool service for a thorough leak inspection.
How much water does my pool need to refill from evaporation? The average amount of water evaporation during the summer is approximately half of an inch loss per day. Multiplied by seven days, that's 3.5 inches per week.How much water should a pool lose per day? ›
How Much Should a Pool Evaporate in 24 Hours? On average, swimming pools lose about a quarter of an inch of water each day, yet variations in wind intensity, humidity and sunlight can drastically change water loss rates. Some of the strongest and most intense wind in the country can be found in mountainous regions.Does an 80 degree pool feel cold? ›
A temperature of 80 degrees is generally warm enough for children and senior citizens to enjoy and cool enough to make for an invigorating dip. Of course, you should keep in mind that every degree you raise the temperature your costs will proportionally increase.What is the perfect pool temperature? ›
Despite this, the average pool temperature, which is said to be ideal for all, is between 77-82°F. These temperatures are low enough to prevent bacteria from growing, but also warm enough to take the chill off.What is the best temperature to keep your pool? ›
Pool water temperatures typically range from 78ºF to 82ºF. The American Red Cross recommends a temperature of 78ºF for competitive swimming. This coincides with good fuel savings. However, this may be too cool for young children and the elderly, who may require a temperature of 80ºF or higher.
This requires weekly to monthly maintenance, which entails detailed tasks such as scrubbing, skimming, and vacuuming, as well as checking filters, water levels, and pool chemicals.How can I save money on my pool? ›
- Use a pool cover. ...
- Keep on top of things. ...
- Turn off water features when you're not using the pool. ...
- Only use your filter when necessary. ...
- Use an energy efficient pump. ...
- Don't over-clean. ...
- Turn the temperature down. ...
- Create the right environment for your pool.
Borrowers have several options for swimming pool financing. Homeowners with good credit, and enough equity to back the loan, can use home equity loans or home equity lines of credit to pay for pool costs. Homeowners without enough equity could use unsecured personal loans.What are the pros and cons of retractable pool covers? ›
Some advantages of automatic pool covers include: minimizing heat transfer, reducing evaporation, keeping the pool clean, and increased safety. Some disadvantages of automatic pool covers include: restricted chemical movement, overheating, collecting rainwater, ongoing maintenance, and, of course, cost.Are automatic pool covers good for winter? ›
In summary, automatic pool covers can be used as winter covers if proper precautions are in place to prevent accidental damage. If you choose to cover your pool with an additional winter cover, the automatic cover should be cleaned and rolled up in the cover box.Is it a good idea to cover pool equipment? ›
The use of a full cover for your pool pump equipment can help prevent damage by keeping small critters out from around your equipment. Animal damage accounts for a significant amount of pool pump and heater repair costs every year in the U.S. This can be prevented by the use of a cover for the pool pump equipment.Should you cover your pool every night? ›
Pop quiz: should you cover your pool every night? If you want your pool to be ready for swimming tomorrow, yes, you should! Don't underestimate how powerful a simple solar cover can be: according to In the Swim, a properly fitting cover can reduce up to 95% of heat loss.Is it good to cover your pool every night? ›
Using a pool cover overnight can reduce evaporation. Plus, the cover will trap accumulated moisture, and it'll naturally go back into your pool. You'll be rewarded with a more consistent water level and maybe even a lower water bill.Do automatic pool covers keep heat in? ›
An automatic pool cover is one of the best ways to prevent pool heat loss because it keeps the warm water inside your pool and keeps cold air out so the water maintains a consistently comfortable temperature. Pool covers can reduce your pool heating costs by up to 70% by reducing evaporation.How much weight can an automatic pool cover hold? ›
Automatic pool covers are rated to hold around 2,000 pounds, which is a lot of weight. However, snow, ice, and water can be very heavy, too, especially if it becomes concentrated in one area.
Covering won't lower the temperature of your pool drastically, but it will prevent the water from getting warmer. If the water is at the temperature you want, make sure to keep it that way by covering it up tightly whenever you're not using it, especially during the day.What type of winter pool cover is best? ›
Depending on how thick the material is, vinyl covers are typically used in higher quality winter and safety covers. Dean says, “I recommend it for most pool owners since it will save you safety headaches and some maintenance costs over time.”Does a solar cover work better with the pump on or off? ›
The pool cover does not have any effect on the pool pump circulating water around the pool. In fact, we would recommend it as it reduces the number of hours that the pump needs to be run and therefore extends the lifespan of your pool pump.Does a pool heat faster with cover on or off? ›
A cover over your pool will keep the water at a warmer temperature than an uncovered pool. Not only does this mean you can jump in earlier in the day, but it also reduces heating costs. Whether you use a heat pump, solar, or gas system, a pool cover will increase heat retention by up to 75%!Are black solar covers better than blue? ›
Color: Solar pool covers come in many colors, including clear, light blue, silver, dark blue or black. Choosing the right color is important, because it determines how effective the cover is at transferring heat and blocking UV rays. A clear color is best for heat gain, while a dark color is better for heat retention.Is it OK to run pool pump with cover on? ›
Absolutely! A cover does nothing to interfere with the water circulating through your system. It doesn't touch your pump or any other piece of equipment you have. When your pool is covered during these winter months, you can run it less, thus protecting the pump from premature aging.Should pool pumps be covered? ›
While your pool pump is made to move water, it is not fully sealed off from the environment. This is because pool pump motors are air-cooled and rely on airflow to prevent them from overheating. Because the pump is not waterproof, you'll need to protect your pool pump from the elements to keep it working properly.Can I run my pool pump in the rain? ›
Should I run my pump while it's raining? Zagers says yes! We recommend that our customers run their pumps rain or shine UNLESS you have an electrical storm. In that case, lightning could strike an outside circuit, which could damage your pump and other equipment.