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temperature inside the enclosure remains
“THE AVAILABILITY OF GOVERNMENT
far warmer than the external temperature.”
One traditional design on the market is
GRANTS IN BOTH THE AREAS OF
Certikin’s Endless Summer enclosure, and
last year the company launched two new
COMMUNITY POOLS AND FOR
custom-built telescopic models. The latest
designs do not require any floor tracks; the
SCHOOLS HAS ATTRACTED A LOT OF
doors are hung from the top, so no door
track is left on the ground. There is also a
ATTENTION AND WE KNOW MUCH
spring-loaded wheel system that enables
the enclosure to operate on a variety of
EFFORT IS GOING IN TO RAISE CASH
surfaces. At the end of the building,
concertina-style doors allow it to be
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opened at one end only, and there is a full
height option, which can be useful when
TWO MONTHS SUMMER POOLS INTO
there is a prevailing wind. It is also possible
to motorise the enclosure, and a
ALL YEAR ROUND POOLS”
toughened glass option means the product
can also be used by pubs and restaurants
as a movable patio cover.
Certikin consider that a telescopic
enclosure gives the user the best of both
worlds, allowing them protection from the
elements when needed, and the freedom
to enjoy the summer sun as it shines.
Covered pools have other advantages
aside from their aesthetic appeal, and one
such benefit is increased safety and
security. According to Mandy Kelsey of
Summit Leisure, suppliers of the
retractable Algarve pool enclosure,
covering the water gives the user the same
piece of mind as a safety cover. The
Algarve design features key-lockable
doors, so no-one can enter the area
without permission, and the pool is always
safe, which is ideal for situations where
children or pets are likely to be present.
Like other retractable enclosures, the
Algarve can be moved away during fine
Covered Pools have the added benefit of safety and security for pool owners
weather, and it does not run on rails or
tracks. As with any form of cover, the user
can also benefit from reduced
maintenance, as the water is shielded from glass panes set into an aluminium addition, the installation of a cover can
leaves, dust and pollution, and the structure, and works on the premise that prove surprisingly cost effective.
structure itself is easy to keep clean. in order for the maximum amount of solar By protecting the pool from the
The product range at Arqualand is also energy to pass through the glass without elements, it is possible to make substantial
good for those with security in mind. As being reflected away, it must do so at heating and maintenance savings, and by
Estelle Michaels from the company says, exactly 90°. With the position and using natural sunlight to warm the
the structures are made from the same strength of the sun’s rays constantly enclosure, it will also be more
material as that used to make police riot changing, this means structures with fewer environmentally friendly. spn
shields, and it is reportedly 200 times sides may experience fluctuations in
stronger than glass. Each has a lockable temperature.
door and windows that only open from the In addition to their practical benefits,
inside. Both fixed and telescopic designs the introduction of a pool enclosure or
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are available, and in addition to similar structure can also be a great way of
ARQUALAND
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freestanding enclosures, it is also possible adding value. “I think many people who
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to select those which attach to the side of are currently looking to install a pool are
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a building. now starting to budget an enclosure into
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pc www.certikin.co.uk
Pool Cover International also focuses their overall costing, and if they’re not,
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attention on telescopic enclosures, the then they should be,” says one supplier
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installation of which will keep the water “Although the cost of putting in outdoor
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approximately 10 - 12°C higher than an swimming pools has come down, with new
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outdoor facility, and runs on toughened products making it far more affordable,
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nylon wheels with integral bearings. This there is still the real concern of the
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around the pool, which remains unspoiled. going up!”
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There are a number of alternatives to The case for covering outdoor pools is a
SOLARDOME
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the telescopic-style structure, including strong one, and the benefits to pool pc www.solardome.co.uk
Solardome, a rounded glass construction owners are clear to see. This is an SPLASH
that can be used to cover spas and hot increasingly popular way of ensuring that
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tubs. The durable building is composed of the pool can be used all year round, and in
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