A pool cover automatic serves several purposes, the most important being a safety feature to keep toddlers out of the pool. They prevent a lot of other stuff getting in the pool, too, such as yard waste, leaves, branches, frogs, and mice.
There’s a considerable difference between pool covers and pool decks. Pool covers are usually made of PVC and roll across your pool to cover the top. Thicknesses vary from tarp weight to ‘shutter’ weight. When they are rolled out, they usually sit below the edge of the coving, floating right on top of the water line.
A pool cover automatic is more of a safety feature than a good look. Although some are walk-able, it’s not recommended to party on them. They won’t hold the weight of many or even several people. When the cover is rolled off the pool, the reel then sits on its rolling mechanism at one end of the pool. Some retracted pool covers are hidden below the coving or deck. They can have their own retractable cover that obscures them from view.
Rolling pool decks, on the other hand, are much longer lasting, durable and usable. And costly. Rolling pool decks are usually flat, heavy platforms. They slide off the pool in one big piece to reveal the water below. This type of cover sits like a box on the edges of the pool. When the deck is rolled on top of the pool, it can be used as a patio to hold furniture, umbrellas, firepits etc. The material can be wood, which isn’t as durable as synthetic decking, fake wood made of vinyls that are extremely durable and strong.
Pool covers and rolling decks can be installed when the pool is being built or added on later. A rolling deck needs enough land next to the pool to slide on to. Pool covers roll up around themselves so they don’t need anywhere near the room that a rolling deck does. Sometimes in small backyards, rolling decks aren’t feasible.
And what are the costs of a pool rolling deck vs pool cover? You can get the simplest manual pool cover for between $150-$300. Low-end safety covers cost start at $400-$500, and high-end models can cost $2,000 or more. When you step up to an automatic cover, you’re looking at $1000 – $10,000 installed. Rolling decks can cost up $30,000 to $40,000.
Every pool is unique so getting an accurate price means calling cover installers to come out and look at your pool for installation quotes.