Hi all. I'm looking for reports of anyone whose had an Ameridome or similar style winter pool enclosure. Pool Domes | Ameri-Dome Inground Swimming Pool Enclosures
I have a torn meniscus among other issues that has not healed since June. I've seen a specialist who wants me to keep up my pool physiotherapy, which I've been doing at home. We may be considering surgery next month.
Hubby thinks we should consider an Ameridome (inflated dome using air with heater) so i can swim in winter. We're in Michigan, and had at one time looked at retractable "hard" domes but concluded that our terrace poses an engineering problem and the cost (eg 80-90k) plus the aesthetic of the structure retracted on the deck in smmer wouldn't likely work for us.
I priced an Ameridome (vinyl) structure with blower and heater and it doesn't really cost that much more than a new custom winter cover, which I need soon anyway.
The website suggests you can just turn off the blower, etc. in heavy storms/high winds, etc. if desired, and says lots of customers in the Midwest do so.
I know the heating bills will be double trouble, but hubby pointed out likely not much more than physio and he's game. My equipment is all in a heated pool house so I shouldn't have any operational issues that way.
Lastly, I don't close my own pool presently due to arthritis in back, so by staying open, I would theoretically "save" $600 a year on the always-sad closings and (happy) re opening. But for the same reason I may end up hiring in someone to erect and dismantle the structure each year so that's not really much of a factor except I prefer to spend money swimming rather than not-swimming
Please share any thoughts, caveats or reviews! Thanks in advance!