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f the pundits are right, 2009 is likely to
be the year of ‘holidays at home’.
It also maybe the year when people
can’t sell their homes and take a look at
things in a different way.
“We’ve always said that for those who
want to move but can’t sell then it changes
the thought pattern. They turn round and
decide to spend money on their homes
and that’s where the investment in pool
enclosures comes in”, said Estelle Michael
from Arqualand.
So it just might be it’s a golden
opportunity for the pool enclosure
companies to help customers make the most
of their swimming and outdoor facilities.
Pool enclosure companies say there’s a
ABOVE: Pool Enclosures Unlimited – evidence is overwhelming that a covered pool offers the
lot of interest in the market. missing ingredient to use of a swimming pool
Three companies reported starting the
year ‘waiting to hear ‘on a whole range of
THIS: Arqualand’s Estelle Michelle believes her branded covers offer the investment option for
people not able or willing to move homes currently
contracts.
“We’ve got plenty of prices out there
but just waiting,“ said one company.
Another told us: “We are confident this pool is protected by a swimming pool community pool project at Highworth near
year will be OK. There are a lot of tenders enclosure, the pool can and will be used Swindon and over a new 25m swimming
going out. Some people are spending and enjoyed so much more. For sure, not pool at Simon Langton Grammar School
rather than moving or buying other luxury everyone wishes to cover their pool, but for Boys in Canterbury.
items. One deal we’ve just closed is for a for those who have, their reality is being “The availability of Government grants in
Berkshire owner who has said they have able to swim and relax in a level or warmth both the areas of community pools and for
made a decision to stay where they are for and comfort unlikely to be found with an schools has attracted a lot of attention and
at least three years, maybe more, and so open-air pool.” we know much effort is going in to raise
they want an all year round pool and are The pool enclosure is also an attractive cash for pool enclosures to turn two months
paying £30,000 plus for it. That is a option for local communities seeking to summer pools into all year round pools,”
significant change.“ upgrade an outdoor pool to one which can said another enclosure manufacturer.
David Sachon of Pool Enclosures be used all year round and a high number of Says David Sachon: ”For the pool
Unlimited comments: “We are firm in our outdoor pools at schools, which one supplier professional and the pool owner, the
opinion that a swimming pool enclosure is told us were: “crying out for pool covers.” choice and type of pool enclosure now
the vital ingredient in the creation of a true Arqualand in 2008 completed two high available has never been greater, and
poolside leisure area. The evidence is profile outdoor enclosures which fit that’s no bad thing. If pool professionals
overwhelming. Simply put, if a swimming classically into this market – for a recognise that a swimming pool enclosure
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