Unsurpassed Swimming Pool Style

Unsurpassed Swimming Pool Style

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Elegant and Stylish Pools Deserve
Elegant and Stylish Pool Covers

The NSPI Pool Awards take place annually, showing the South African public just how many fantastic pools and designs there are in this country, at the same time proving that style and elegance abound. But the weather isn’t always kind, and both wind and rain can play havoc with our beautiful swimming pools and any attempt to garner swimming pool style.

Imagine this scenario: there is a stunning house set back against the mountain with a rim flow pool overlooking the sea below. The entertainment area has been built to incorporate the pool as a central feature, with its crystal clear water. Beautiful. Now imagine this picture again as the wind starts to blow and the dust settles on the water and leaves sink to the bottom. The once warm water quickly cools down and the clear water becomes filled with debris. The heat pump works valiantly to replace lost heat and in the face of the combined assault of wind, heat pumps and sunlight, evaporation rises to concerning levels.

But take heart. This unpleasant picture can quickly be transformed. Think of this same pool covered with a blue thermal cover manufactured to fit the pool perfectly. At night the pool light creates a surreal blue effect through the cover while guests are entertained around the pool. So often, great effort and thought, not to mention expense, are spent on creating stunning pools and in heating them. And sadly, this is where it also often ends, with little or no thought on what happens to the pool every day. The good news is that there is a wide range of elegant and stylish covers that will suit almost every pool and every need.

In our imaginings, the use of a thermal cover will greatly assist in heat retention and in so doing, make the heating of the pool far more effective. The cover itself will add 6-8 degrees to the temperature of the water – in effect you have solar panels directly on the water. The same cover will reduce evaporation by as much as 90 percent and act as a barrier to prevent dirt and other debris from entering the water – keeping the pool clean for the home owner and guests.

PowerPlastics Pool Covers prides itself on supplying such solutions and in delivering a product and service which matches your pool. Thermal covers are supplied in both blue and black and can be fitted to all shapes of pool.

If safety is of concern, the new Solid Safety Cover, available in blue and beige, is the most sophisticated solution. The Solid Safety Cover has taken the effort out of fitting the old fashioned hooks and eyelets cover and makes use of a lightweight structure of aluminium poles and ratchets. The result is an elegant solution and no unsightly holes around the pool coping or the paving area around the pool.

Stylish roldeck pool cover

Pool cover roll up
A roll-up PowerPlastics station is used to store a pool cover when the pool is in use.

At the top of the range, this company supplies the Starline Roldeck automatic pool cover, seen in the two photographs above. Designed for ease of living, this stylish cover will enhance the value of any home and it is installed to become an integral part of the pool structure itself. This aspirational cover oozes style and is available in white, blue, grey and translucent blue.

Why create a masterpiece of a pool and entertainment area and leave the job unfinished?

This article first appeared in the September 2008 issue of NSPI Swimming Pools & Spas.

Janek is a talented professional photographer and designer who has had more than 45 printed books published, and has contributed to many more. Born in the United Kingdom, he has lived in South Africa for most of his life, and has a wealth of experience that spans a wide range of different media types and styles. He quit a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry to follow his heart, working first for daily newspapers, and then on magazines, photographing everything from wildlife to exclusive elegant homes, pools and gardens. Self employed since the 1980s, he launched his first give away advertising-powered publication, Home Care, which had a circulation of 100,000 copies and was distributed free in metropolitan areas. He was co-publisher of a national swimming pool publication for eight years where he gained a wealth of knowledge about pools and spas, which he can now pass on to the visitors to poolsprofessor.com. Into the 21st century, Janek’s focus has changed, and today he builds websites, including several of his own and is co-owner of Pools Professor.

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