Talk to me about Auto Covers

DorsalSpine

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Jul 8, 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
I would suggest that it depends on your tolerance for how dirty it looks. Black cars are pretty when they are clean. The same for my dark grey truck. Our cover is dark grey and you can't see the dirt from a distance. Up close you can see it all. It helps that the pool is not right next to the house. I'd go with black if that fits the look of your house best.
 

CrystalRiver

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Jun 19, 2020
648
Massachusetts
On the topic of covers, has anyone seen or heard of an autocover being used in a situation where there is a tanning shelf on the end, which the autocover overlaps, but does not completely cover, because the shelf is not the same width as the pool? It wouldn't really be a safety issue because I don't think anyone could fit between the shelf and the bar, but it might just look really weird. I could find a separate cover option for the remainder of the shelf.

It only takes an opening the size of a Coke can for a person to fit in and become entrapped.
 

mummer43

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Jul 31, 2016
83
Lehigh Valley, PA
We made it official with our pool builder today and told him we are going to go with an auto cover. I also let him know that I want to explore the option of putting an auto cover on the raised hot tub. He seemed skeptical that it wouldn't be super expensive, but he has never done one. He uses Coverstar brand covers and they offer a system for spas that is more compact and I pointed that out to him. He's going to look into it and let me know.
 

CPS Reno

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Feb 6, 2019
114
Reno, NV
Here are a few pics of a spa we did an auto cover on. It's a lot of work and it's hard to make it work well consistently, mainly because there's just less room everywhere.Wray2.jpgWray3.jpg
 

Matt F 3

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Feb 1, 2020
128
Plainfield Il
We have a royal blue auto cover thats been on only 3 weeks it's showing the dust in it. But thats to be expected, it's a cover to keep the dust and dirt out of the pool and peolpe also.




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YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
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Evans, Georgia
Hey Randy ( @CPS Reno ).... any clue as to the cost of that little one?

Also, I doubt it insulates as well as the normal thick foam type covers so the owner will have added cost to keeping the spa hot and ready, eh?

Maddie :flower:
 

CPS Reno

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Feb 6, 2019
114
Reno, NV
We did this project in early 2018 and charged $10k for the cover system, but that's with the lid made from brick and VERY custom cover box area. If I had to price one now, that's inline with our usual auto covers, I'd charge about $8k. Right now, for a 16' X 40' pool with encapsulated track, we charge $11.5k for an auto cover. So, you can see the "spa" covers are harder i.e. more expensive when you compare size. Yes, they don't insulate well, but we usually put a thermal blanket on top of the water and they both help a lot.
 
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