Automatic Swimming Pool Covers: Basics and Benefits

There are a few additional components you might be considering for your swimming pool setup, and a cover is naturally often on this list. Automatic pool covers have been growing in popularity among pool owners in recent years – what exactly do these covers do, and why might you consider going this route? 

At Packman’s Pools, we’ll discuss every element of swimming pool planning and design with our clients around Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah, including covers and other components. In this two-part blog series, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about automatic pool covers – today’s part one will go over what they do and their key benefits, while part two next time will go over some of their possible downsides or additional considerations to keep in mind.

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How Automatic Pool Covers Work

As their name implies, automatic pool covers operate via an automated system to cover and uncover the pool. This involves a motorized reel along with tracks that run between two sides of the pool. The cover itself is made from extremely sturdy and durable PVC fabric, designed to resist damage from sun exposure and other elements.

What are the key benefits of an automatic cover for your pool? Our next several sections will take a look.


One of the chief benefits of an automatic cover is safety. The thick PVC fabric used in these covers makes it almost impossible for anyone to get into the pool without first taking off the cover, which can prevent accidents and provide peace of mind.

Furthermore, the automatic nature of the cover makes it easier to use – instead of manually putting on and taking off a winter or safety cover, you can simply press a button. This is especially helpful if your pool is in an area with unpredictable weather which requires frequent covering and uncovering.

Water Conservation

Another major benefit of an automatic pool cover is water conservation. Pool covers can significantly reduce evaporation from your pool, conserving hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water each year – this can be especially important for those in climates with frequent droughts and other challenges.

Cleaning and Chemical Balance

Having an automatic cover also makes it easier to keep your pool clean and balanced. The cover prevents dirt, debris, and other elements from entering the pool while still allowing light through – this can help you maintain a better chemical balance in terms of pH and chlorine levels, reducing the amount of time you spend on maintenance.

In part two of our blog series on automatic pool covers, we’ll go over some of the potential downsides to consider when making your decision. To start discussing your swimming pool setup, contact Packman’s Pools in Salt Lake City or other parts of Utah today!