As we gradually inch out of lockdown, summer 2020 will go down as the season in which the swimming pool stepped up as a real value add when stuck at home in lockdown. The new habits we formed in the last six months will not melt away as soon as lockdown is over. People will not flock back to gym and pilates, or resume jogs along busy promenades.
Parents will not resume all their children’s extramural activities or even school itself. Big holidays are being replaced with cautious staycations and those who can continue working from home will do so. In short, people have adapted, many finding their home to be a far more flexible living space than previously imagined with just a few enhancements to the space, pools included.
Pool covers have come of age. Today, almost any pool can be covered and should be covered, according to market leader PowerPlastics Pool Covers.
“You may have installed the biggest screen possible in the family room and use WiFi boosters to keep the kids and laptops happy. You may have decided to get a professional landscaper in. You may have started plans for your kitchen refurb, but have you paid any attention to how you use the pool? Does it add to your outdoor living area or is it just the thing that got left behind?” says Carolyn Idas, from PowerPlastics Pool Covers.
The GeoBubble thermal range illustrates just how versatile and ‘smart’ pool covers can be. “GeoBubble covers have a number of benefits for the home with sustainable habits in place. Within the range are covers to heat the pool naturally, to kill off algae, to save power and save chemicals. They are all water-smart too, curbing 98% evaporation.
“We often hear from our GeoBubble customers that within a day or two they feel the rise in water temperature, up to 10 degrees C in certain cases. With a cover, pool owners can swim much earlier in the summer season and for parents looking for ways to balance the study, play and exercise schedule for their children stuck at home, a naturally heated pool is a huge bonus,” says Idas.
Ensuring child safety around the pool has been paramount during lockdown and needs to stay that way. When looking for your safety cover, go with the brand who first put safety covers with batons on South African pools. PowerPlastics Pool Covers was not only the first, its safety cover is the only one with SABS 10134 accreditation.
Automatic slatted covers are also growing in popularity and the Solar-powered Slatted Cover has made this range more accessible in terms of pricing and it being a retrofit option.
Pool covers aside, a home pool can also become a way to do endurance training with the addition of water resistance jets. The Jetstream Trevi system uses high-powered jets to transform even the smallest pool into a gym pool.
“Just as hand sanitizer and masks have become second nature, so pool covers need to become the standard behaviour in the home. A house needs to be finished based on how one uses the space and that includes the pool in this home-centric era we find ourselves in,” concludes Idas.