Automatic Swimming Pool Covers: Possible Downsides

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics and benefits of automatic pool covers. These motorized options allow for both safety and convenience when operating a pool cover, but there are also some possible downsides present with them that you should be thinking about as you consider your options.

At Packman’s Pools, we’re happy to assist clients around Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah with all their swimming pool planning and installation needs, plus with important accessories like pool covers and more. Flipping things around from part one of our series, let’s discuss the possible downsides of automatic pool covers that you should at least consider when comparing them with other options.

automatic pool covers downsides

Tougher to Clean

One of the first drawbacks of automatic pool covers is that they can be a bit more difficult to clean. Pool covers trap dirt and debris, which prevents it from entering the water, so you’ll want to make sure yours stays clean. With manual pool covers, this isn’t too complicated since all you need to do is pull it off and hose or brush it down.

With automatic covers, though, debris and dirt can accumulate in the channels they run through – which are often built around the pool’s edge – making manual cleaning more difficult.

Higher Upfront Cost

Another downside of automatic pool covers is their cost. They’ll generally be more expensive than manual covers, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re on a tight budget. It’s common for automatic covers to cost twice as much as the manual versions, so this is definitely a factor that needs to be taken into consideration.

Weight and Stress on Motor

The motors used to power automatic pool covers need to be quite powerful and built tough since they will have to support significant weight when the cover is deployed. This means that motors for automatic pool covers tend to be quite bulky and require a significant amount of energy to operate. This can lead to higher electricity bills, so you’ll want to factor in the added cost when making your choice.

The weight placed on the motor also means that it may need more maintenance over time, as well as potentially shorter lifespans than manual covers.

Winter Upkeep

Finally, automatic pool covers will also require more winter upkeep. When you close up your pool in the colder months, most standard manual covers can simply be pulled over and secured onto the surface of the pool. With an automatic cover, however, you’ll need to make sure that the motor and other components are properly winterized for storage. This process can take some time and effort, so keep that in mind when making your decision.

At Packman’s Pools, we’re here to help you decide which type of pool cover is right for you. Whether it be an automatic or manual version, our experts can provide advice and assistance on the process – so feel free to reach out anytime, whether about this or any of our other pool design and installation services.