Pool Cover Rollers - Do You Really Need One and How Do You Choose One?

by Pool Builders on 07-07-2010 in Articles

Customers often ask "do I have to have a roller to go with my pool cover?" The answer is no you don't have to have a roller, but they do make handling and operating your pool cover much easier. In fact with a roller it would take approximately one minute to remove the cover from the pool and even less than that when putting the cover back on. Many rollers come with four lockable wheels, these castors allow you to easily move the wound up cover out of the way when it is not being used.

How to choose a pool cover roller
There are many pool cover rollers available on the market, and choosing the correct one for your pool will come down to a number of factors.

*If you have a larger pool, say 50 square metres and above, it will probably be advisable to choose a fully mobile roller with 4 lockable wheels. This will allow you to move the cover around with ease. Also, generally the fully mobile rollers have a greater clearance from the ground to the bottom of the tube, allowing for more rolled up cover onto the roller. For pools under this size, a stationary roller will be quite adequate and are usually cheaper.

*If possible, avoid telescopic tubes. One piece tubes are simpler, there are no bolt or plugs in the middle of tube which leave minute gaps for the chlorine laced water to leak through and rust the tube from the inside, thus one piece tubes are usually trouble free.

*Think of durability when choosing. Rollers with plastic legs or feet which are constantly exposed to the sun are not going to last as long as a roller that is made of aluminum. Rollers with plastic legs or feet should be avoided even if they are cheaper. There are now many powder-coated aluminum rollers that are price competitive with the plastic variety.

How to set up a pool cover roller

*Pool Cover Rollers are not meant to be bolted down or in some way fixed to the end of the swimming pool. A pool cover roller is meant to be stable enough to stand at the end of the pool unsupported and reel in or deploy the cover without the need to secure it to the pool deck. Therefore, when the cover is not on the pool, the roller with the cover wound onto it should be able to be moved away from the pool edge so that it does not interfere with swimmers or people moving around the pool.

*If room in the swimming pool area permits, the pool cover roller bar should be approximately 300mm to 400mm wider than the widest part of the swimming pool. This will allow for a smooth roll up operation and will also accommodate a cover that is cut slightly wider than the pool itself.

* If the pool has a protruding section, like a swim out, which may require the roller bar to be impractically too wide, you may consider folding that section of the cover when rolling up the blanket. This works better when the folded section of the pool cover is among the last section of the cover to go onto the roller bar, and conversely is difficult of the fold is among the first section to go onto the roller bar. A separate "drop in" piece of the cover can also be considered to overcome this.

* If possible, the roller should occupy the end of the pool where there is the least foot traffic eg; placing a roller just inside a pool gate is inviting someone to trip over it. Generally speaking the deep end of the pool is usually located away from the gate and is the least likely end for swimmers to access the water.

So a solar blanket pool cover is designed to make life easier and your swimming season longer, but they can also present some problems of their own. A pool cover roller is designed to eliminate the problems associated with handling pool covers. It is not mandatory to have a roller but having one working together with a pool cover just makes having a swimming pool a whole lot better.

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