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The lifespan of a pool cover will depend on the type. A simple tarp placed over the water will not last very long – 1-3 seasons at most. In contrast, thermal blankets can last several years if properly maintained. Some people even claim such covers can last a decade or more. However, the thermal blanket’s ability to lock in heat will deteriorate over time.

On the other hand, simple vinyl safety covers or pet and child safety covers can last even longer. All these covers do is keep debris and water out of the pool. They’ll often stay functional for 6 to 10 years.

Automatic pool covers involve the most moving parts. They should be serviced annually; otherwise, parts can break within as few as three years.

Contact us for pool cover maintenance – you don’t want to let your investment get damaged and need replacement. We provided the service and quality for your pool cover needs.

Yes. No matter the shape of your swimming pool, we can create a pool cover to fit. However, pool covers can be difficult and impractical when used on irregularly shaped pools. For example, curved pools may not allow for pool covers on rollers. Please bear this in mind when choosing an automatic pool cover. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Overall, pool covers work best on rectangular pools. Nevertheless, with a variety of pool cover designs, we can make a bespoke pool cover to fit the vast majority of different pool shapes.

An automatic pool cover will extend or retract over your pool at the click of a button. These are custom made to fit the shape and size of any pool. Here at Designer Covers, we provide two types of automatic pool covers.

PoolDeck Slatted Automatic Covers use slats to roll up and extend across the pool. It’s an elegant and stylish way to protect your pool. Plus, because the slats are air sealed and buoyant, it serves as a child and pet pool safety cover. Check out the product page.

Automatic Vinyl Safety Covers use vinyl connected to a track system to protect the pool. Such covers can last a very long time. Even better, they can open and close in less than 60 seconds. Check out the product page.

Not all pool covers are designed with child and pet pool safety in mind. Thermal blankets, for instance, will not support anyone’s weight. Instead, they’ll only lock in the heat, saving you money on your energy bills.

In contrast, our automatic covers and the Pet and Child Safety Cover are both approved pool safety devices. They’re designed to temporarily bear the weight of a person or animal, preventing them from falling in. However, they will not take excessive weight for a sustained length of time. Doing so can cause the pool cover to become damaged.

For further information, please refer to our article on pool cover safety.

The most basic type of pool cover is simply a tarp. However, a tarp is unlikely to offer the benefits in safety and energy savings that a Designer Pool Cover will provide.

We offer four types of pool cover:

  • Thermal blankets
  • Pet and child safety cover
  • PoolDeck Slatted Automatic Pool Covers
  • Automatic Vinyl Safety Covers

Our pool covers are designed to be the most durable, elegant, and stylish covers on the market. Not only will they save you money, but they’ll also improve your properties overall appearance. Each of our pool covers is custom-made to fit your pool’s exact measurements: whether it’s indoor, outdoor, residential, or commercial.

Yes. Pool covers are extremely cost-effective. Failing to cover your pool means heat is lost from the surface. That’s money being wasted – and it’s not great at shrinking carbon footprints. For eco-conscious pool owners (or those trying to save a lot of money), pools are much more energy efficient if covered.

That’s not all. Uncovered pools also require extensive cleaning, which means more filtration, more chemicals, and more evaporation from the pool. All these costs add up to a sizable sum. Even worse, you may need to conduct pool repairs more often – and the debris can risk pool safety.

Don’t waste time and money on an uncovered pool; choose an energy-saving safety cover.

For further information on the cost benefits of pools, check out this article.

Pool covers work exactly how you imagine. By covering the pool’s surface, they prevent debris and water from getting in. That reduces the additional cost of cleaning and chemicals. But they also prevent heat from escaping – meaning cheaper energy bills.

Not all pool covers provide safety benefits. However, those that do, provide a firm or buoyant surface that prevents anyone from falling in, be it pets, dogs, or even adults.

We recommend getting your pool serviced once a year before the summer season starts. However, you should at least get your pool serviced every couple of years, and even more, if it is an automatic pool cover. Automatic pool covers contain more moving parts and so are a greater risk of damage. By ensuring your pool cover is regularly serviced, you can save costs long-term.

Fully automatic pool covers have tons of pros that you’ll come to love if you get one for your pool, but we also have to go over some of the cons. That way, you’ll have a complete understanding of what you’re getting for your money, as automatic pool covers are not exactly a cheap investment.

The Pros

Here are some of the most significant pros of automatic pool covers.

They Work By Themselves

The most obvious upside to automatic pool covers is that once you install them, they do 90% of the work themselves. You don’t have to go out and drag the pool cover across your pull before securing it in place. The automatic pool cover simply slides in and out of place, making for a hassle-free process that works perfectly every time.


You never have to worry about it getting stuck or coming loose, which can sometimes happen with manual pool covers because they go on differently every time.

They Make It Easier To Keep Your Pool Clean

Because automatic pool covers do an overall better job of covering pools than their manual counterparts, it’s more difficult for dirt and debris to make their way into the pool. This leads to the pool being overall easier to clean when you do inevitably have to clean it. So, the automatic pool cover saves you both time and resources in this respect.

They Can Remove The Need For Fences

Depending on where you live, the county or city often requires pool owners to have fences around their pools for safety reasons. You don’t want your pool being a potential hazard to children and pets, but you also might dislike the idea of having a fence. In this case, an automatic pool cover can act as a legitimate alternative.


Not every county or city allows automatic pool covers to replace fences, but some of them do, so you should see which case applies to where you live. Automatic pool covers are fantastic even if you still need a fence, but potentially not having to have a fence is a very enticing reason to buy an automatic pool cover.

They Can Help Heat Your Pool

For those who are fans of getting into the warmer pool water, automatic pool covers are great because they do a better job of heating a pool than regular pool covers and solar pool covers.


Suppose you are not a fan of your pool water being on the hotter side. In that case, this might come off as a drawback to you. Still, the amount of heat your pool gets will heavily depend on the sun and the overall temperature outdoors.


In areas that get extremely hot at certain times of the year, you may find your pool getting almost too hot. However, the automatic pool covers won’t heat your pool to unbearable levels outside of those instances.

The Cons

With some of the essential benefits out of the way, here are a few cons to consider before purchasing an automatic pool cover.

They Are More Expensive Than Manual Pool Covers

The cost of an automatic pool cover is far from cheap. Outside of sliding deck covers, automatic pool covers are the most expensive pool covers by a significantly large amount. Typically, the average winter pool cover can cost anywhere from R2000,00 to R4500,00 and a solar pool cover can cost between R12500,00 and R18000,00


Compare those to an automatic pool cover’s price, which often sits between R150000,00 and R350000,00. While you certainly get your money’s worth out of an automatic pool cover, the high price is something you should keep in mind regardless.

They Require More Maintenance To Be Kept Up

The upkeep of an automatic pool cover naturally demands more from you than a regular pool cover, as it’s more difficult to fix if it somehow breaks. This is not to say that you’ll experience ongoing or recurring technical issues with an automatic pool cover, but because it is a more