WHAT IS A SOLAR COVER? A solar cover is a lightweight thermal blanket which is laid loose on top of a swimming pool. Made of translucent plastic material, a solar cover incorporates specially shaped air bubbles within the extrusion which absorb the sun’s rays, so that water in the pool is warmed by 4-8°C. At night-time when the temperature is cooler, the bubbles acts as an insulating layer to minimize heat loss from the pool.
Solar covers are widely used in spring and autumn to extend the swimming pool season. This enables owners to get more use out of the pool and enjoy more comfortable water temperatures.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A SOLAR COVER?
- A solar cover uses radiated heat from the sun to warm the pool for free.
- At night-time, a solar cover greatly reduces heat loss to the atmosphere.
- If your pool is heated, using a solar cover can reduce heating costs by up to 70%.
- A solar cover reduces water evaporation by up to 90%.
- A solar cover lessens chemical consumption.
- A solar cover keeps leaves, debris, bird droppings and birds out of the pool.
WE OFFER TWO HIGH QUALITY COVERS:
- Our premium grade 460g/sq.M “Aresti” material which is 500 micron thick. This material is without doubt one of the most robust and durable solar covers on the market today. Translucent with a hint of turquoise, Aresti comes with an outstanding 3-year guarantee.
- Our lower price 368g/sq.M “Artura” cover, which is 400 micron. This cover, translucent blue in colour, combines quality of product with a long working life and a 2-year guarantee.
HOW ARE OUR SOLAR COVERS DIFFERENT? “Aresti” and “Artura” are new, third generation designs which incorporate GeoBubble technology. GeoBubble technology makes use of smoother, more uniform, kidney-shape bubbles which allow room for expansion as the air inside the bubble heats up. The material is thicker too – 50% more than a standard bubble. This product delivers ultimate heating and insulation properties along with a remarkable resistance to UV and pool chemicals. Together these qualities result in a greatly extended product life.
WHAT ABOUT SHAPE AND SIZE? We custom manufacture each cover to perfectly fit a pool’s unique shape and size. This includes Grecian corners, Roman and walk-in steps.
HOW ARE THE EDGES OF THE COVER FINISHED? Our covers normally come hemmed with PVC tape at each end of the cover, together with eyelets. As an option we can hem all four sides of the cover (see Options table below). Hemming the cover protects the edges from abrasion.
HOW EASY IS IT TO USE A SOLAR COVER? Our Artemidos Roller makes it easy to lay a solar cover on the pool, and then take it off when the cover is no longer required in place.
HOW MUCH DO OUR SOLAR COVERS COST? Start by emailing us a plan of your pool, together with dimensions. Alternatively, call us. Tell us which options (from the table below) you’d like. We’ll come back to you with a speedy quotation.
Our base price for a solar cover assumes that you will measure the pool and install the cover after we have delivered it to you (Cyprus only). This is a simple task. But for a modest additional charge (A in table below), we’ll come and measure your pool and then install the cover for you after it’s made. In that way we assume full responsibility for getting everything right.
WHAT OTHER OPTIONS DO I HAVE? In the table below you’ll see a range of options to enhance your solar cover installation. Pick which options are important to you and we’ll include those in our quotation.
|A||We come and measure your pool. When the cover is made we’ll come and install it for you||€125|
|B||Hemmed border all 4 sides of the cover. Eyelets on both ends 8 x 4m|
Hemmed border all 4 sides of the cover. Eyelets on both ends 10 x 5m
Hemmed border all 4 sides of the cover. Eyelets on both ends 12 x 6m
NB: We don’t normally hem borders around Roman steps
|C||Adding cut-outs for single rail or s/s ladder/s. Hemmed border not possible on the cut-outs themselves||€5|
|D||Replacement strap kit. 8 bungee-type straps (suit 8 x 4m pool)|
Replacement strap kit. 10 bungee-type straps (suit 10 x 5m pool)
|E||UV-stabilised cover, for when your cover is rolled-up on the roller. Greatly prolongs the life of your solar cover. Blue one side, matt black the other||€40|
WARRANTY: Our 3-year (Aresti) and 2-year (Artura) guarantees are pro-rated and conditional on the solar cover being protected from the sun when rolled up on the roller. We can supply a special protective cover for this (E in above table).
CAUTION Unlike a safety cover or winter debris cover, a solar cover is not secured to the edge of the pool and can be dangerous if a person – particularly a child – falls onto the cover. Do not swim under a solar cover. Be careful and never leave a child near a pool without responsible adult supervision.