At the start of August, Daisy Pool Covers released the new 350i Pool Cover under their Cost Effective range.
The 350 illusion is a solar pool cover that takes on the natural colour of your pool while still saving 97% of water evaporation, saving chemicals, money and time.
Derek Prince from Daisy Pool Covers says, “We’re really excited to launch this solar pool cover. For customers that have carefully selected their pool colour to complement their backyard, why not give them the option to show their pool colour while still allowing them to save water, time, money and heat.”
While this pool cover is not meant to be clear, it can also appear white at certain angles but it will allow the natural pool colour to come through.
As with all Daisy Pool Covers, they feature Daisy’s trademarked UltraDome™ technology to outperform all others in terms of durability and insulation. This pool cover is also Smart Approved Watermark certified and Climate Care Certified.
Daisy Pool Covers recently won a number of awards at the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) Awards in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.
The awards were for “Marketing Campaign” and Daisy entered their “Adventures of the Hydro-Sapien” campaign that ran in summer 2019/20 through social media and in-store video.
The campaign takes us on a journey with the Daisy Hydro-Sapien as he navigates the wild world of protecting his precious swimming pool water.
The Adventures of the Hydro-Sapien won Gold in Victoria, Highly Commended in QLD and Highly Commended in NSW. The Hydro-Sapien also gets entered into the National Awards which are at the end of the month.
The campaign was implemented to showcase the benefits of a pool cover in a fun and engaging way, as well as providing content to Daisy’s trade customers for in-store activity. Stores used it as a “Silent Salesman” to help educate browsing customers. You can download your copy of the in-store looped Hydro-Sapien video here via Wetransfer.
Daisy are always looking to help their customers drive sales by promoting the benefits of pool covers in a short, sharp and creative way, and have already launched a second campaign to showcase the benefits of pool covers in an animation format. You can download this in-store looped version here
While Sealed Air’s Bubble Wrap air pockets provide cushioning and protection, it also acts as an efficient insulator. A research program between Sealed Air and Daisy Pool Covers™ led to the development of the UltraDome™ cell shaped pool cover that addresses the sustainability challenges and economic burdens of commercial and domestic pool ownership.
Sealed Air and Daisy Pool Covers™ development that led to the delivery of the UltraDome™ bubble and recent research that has enabled 15 tonne of post industrial waste to be returned and repurposed into new pool covers.
This innovation is a now finalist at the 2020 Packaging Innovation and Design Awards – Household Category.
Pool ownership – the sustainable way
Pool covers are integral to managing your pool sustainably, but only 1 in 3 pool owners invest in a pool cover.
Learn 3 reasons why the UltraDome™ bubble addresses the resource, cost and time challenges of pool ownership.
Save Water, Reduce Costs
Each year, pools lose more than 1.5 times their total water capacity due to evaporation. Despite Australia’s water crisis and conservation efforts, 69% of Aussie pool owners use their garden hose to top up their pools. That’s a huge 71,365,320,000L of water used to top up pools each year. Daisy Pool Covers reduce water evaporation by 97% so you can reduce your dependency on our water supplies and save time by not having to top up daily.
Save Electricity, Reduce Costs
While the sun and warmer climates contribute to warming your pool, you invest in a huge amount of energy, time and infrastructure to keep your pool at its optimum temperature. Without sufficient insulation, heat quickly dissipates. Daisy Pool Covers trap the sun’s heat and can warm pools by 8◦C using the sun’s natural energy. This means more pool swimming days, more fun and less dependency on heating.
Easy Maintenance, Save Time, Reduce Costs
Maintaining the right water chemistry and hygiene is important, but it shouldn’t be onerous. When chlorine is added to pool water, it returns to its natural gaseous state and escapes through evaporation. So in addition to replenishing water supply, you also need to replenish the chlorine content. Daisy Pool Covers reduce evaporation by 97% and that means stable chlorine concentrations over time, less maintenance and reduced chlorine usage.
Australia’s Favourite Award Winning Technology
At Daisy, integrity in service and product are what we stand for.
The original and best, all Daisy Pool Covers are Australian made and designed to withstand the tough Australian conditions. We back our products with years of research and development to deliver world-leading, high performing pool covers and rollers that last longer.
When you purchase a Daisy Pool Cover you are saving in costs and pool maintenance while gaining more benefits.
We have a selection of Daisy Pool Covers and rollers to choose from based on cost and performance but all come with our quality guarantee and warranty.
Without inundating your inbox with yet another supplier Covid-19 update, we just wanted to reassure you that Daisy is in an operational position at this point in time.
We are doing all we need to keep our staff safe and everyone we come in contact with as safe as possible in these uncharted times.
This update is to keep you informed of what we, as a part of an essential service sector are doing to keep you supplied with pool covers and rollers.
Daisy Pool Covers is operating as normal and all orders are being processed, manufactured and dispatched in standard time frames. All of our transport companies are fully operational in normal capacity and they are taking their own social distancing measures. However, all intrastate and interstate deliveries are being completed as normal other than the possibility of a slight delay in delivery time for the new hygiene and social distancing measures.
All orders are being dispatched and delivered, regardless of where you are.
The only operational change is our Area Managers have been grounded and all travel has been cancelled.
All installers are continuing to complete their jobs, when we book jobs we are informing consumers that we are conducting installs without contact and maintaining our hygiene when leaving the site.
Like everyone else, we are requesting anyone that is not 100% healthy to please stay home.
The good news is all 100mm tubes are now in stock and all back orders have been dispatched.
Stock flow is reliable, and while it looks as if the China crisis is over, the supply chain has returned to normal as all imports are now flowing as normal.
Pool Covers have never been affected as they are totally Australian-made products and we have always had a reliable supply.
The only slight delay in tubes is now 125mm that are due in the first weeks of April.
All standard domestic cover and roller orders are back to the standard 2 day lead time to dispatch.
In this time of crisis and uncertainty we all need to be mindful of our cash flow, Daisy included. We will continue to run our standard trading terms however, if you are having problems with paying us please contact us early so we can work out payment plans. Daisy, along with the industry, needs reliable cash flow to survive. In saying this, we will have to be strict with our settlement terms to minimise our exposure to bad debt losses.
We thank you all for your understanding and support during these unique times.
Our most recent Summer Payback winner has been chosen, and she couldn’t be happier!
Nicky from Carramar WA, purchased her 525B Pool Cover from Gareth at Jim’s Pool Care Carramar. Pictured below with Gareth from Jim’s and John from Daisy Pool Covers.
When we spoke with Nicky, she explained that they had never had a pool before moving into their current home. The pool needed a little bit of love and care to get it back to looking better than it did.
Nicky knew nothing about looking after a pool as she has never done this before. So, she called Jim’s Pool Care as she felt it was better for someone to come over and look at her pool.
Gareth from Jim’s Pool Care explained that if you are going to be using the pool constantly over a long period of time that it would be better to use Daisy Pool Cover, as they are the best in quality but also the best in support and services.
Nicky says that choosing Jim’s Pool Care and a Daisy Pool Cover was the best thing she has ever done as her pool looks great but has also learnt so much about how to look after her pool. Considering that she never knew anything about Solar Covers before and having Gareth recommend using Daisy, Nicky can see that it was the right choice for her family’s needs.
If that wasn’t a great enough outcome, Nicky went on to say that she never has won anything ever before! When Daisy Pool Covers told her that she had won her money back for her pool cover she just couldn’t believe it.
“Who gives anybody their money back by simply registering their warranty when purchasing their product,” Nicky said. She had to confirm with her husband that this was correct and not some sort of scam!
When her suspicions were made obsolete, Nicky was so happy that a company that she knew nothing about until recently were happy to giver her the purchase price back. Nicky is very happy that Daisy came through very quickly with their promise of what was won and she couldn’t be happier and has thanked everyone at Daisy Pool Covers involved.
Daisy Pool Covers recently launched their “Adventures of the Hydro-Sapien” campaign, which takes us on a journey with the Daisy Hydro-Sapien as he navigates the wild world of protecting his precious swimming pool water. Daisy Pool Covers launched this campaign as a way to educate pool owners on the benefits of owning a pool cover while having a bit of fun!
The Hydro-Sapien shows us how his Daisy Pool Cover saves time, saves water, retains heat and saves on chemical costs!
The videos can be seen across YouTube and Daisy’s social media channels Facebook and Instagram.
Since the release barely a month ago, the social reach of the Daisy Hydro-Sapien campaign has been staggering! This has got to be one of the most popular campaigns we have seen for a very long time, the overwhelming consumer engagement and viewing popularity has been put down to the unique storytelling of the Daisy Pool Cover benefits using our fun-in-the sun outdoor personality that we all relate to while we are enjoying our pools
There have been so many pool shops asking for the full loop video so they can play the Hydro-Sapien videos in store to grab customers attention and to start conversations that inevitably result in sales. So, here is the WeTransfer link for you to download all the episodes in one file (click the image):
Recently, the industry has seen the introduction of a so-called “breathable pool cover”. At Daisy Pool Covers, we were intrigued by this new pool cover with holes punched in it and thought we would explain what they do and how they work. While many may think that “the latest product is usually the greatest”, we did our homework to discover what makes them different, or not so different to the market leading solar pool covers that Daisy have been producing since 1983.
Taking a close look at this new breed of pool cover, they are designed with holes punched though the cover. The covers benefits claim that when you allow your pool to breath, it results in a cleaner, longer lasting pool and a healthier swimming environment. What the team at Daisy Pool Covers discovered was no matter what type of pool cover you purchase, there is absolutely no alternative to looking after your pool’s chemical balance and uncovering your pool water once in a while.
The key to longevity in your pool cover, surface and equipment is keeping your chemical balance consistent. If you keep your pool water balanced, as recommended by SPASA Australia, you will not reduce the lifespan of your equipment, pool surface or pool cover. Not only will it save you money in the long run (out of balance water can cause expensive damage to your pool), but your swimming experience will be so much better without your pool being unbalanced or dangerous to swim in.
The Daisy Day was designed to educate pool owners to remove their pool cover to let the pool breathe and test the pool water. This is to ensure pool owners are keeping an eye on their water balance, to make sure there isn’t an imbalance, causing damage to their cover or equipment down the track. The Daisy team works hard to actively promote best practice pool and pool cover usage to prolong the life of all pool surfaces, pool covers, equipment; giving customers the best swimming experience possible.
What does a breathable pool cover do?
A breathable pool cover is meant to release gases from the pool water into the air through tiny holes punched into the pool cover, whilst stopping evaporation of pool water. We’ve taken a look at the claims made by breathable pool covers and given our own opinion based on industry knowledge, research and testing out in the field.
A “breathing” pool cover won’t be able to correct an out of balance pool. Fibreglass resin suppliers, along with the swimming pool industry, know that without correct water balance you will get a myriad of problems from damaging the pool’s surface to shortening the life of pool equipment (covers, pool cleaners, pool toys – anything the water comes into contact with) as well as a potentially dangerous swimming environment.
Pool covers don’t cause incorrect water balance, and they cannot fix it either. Best practice is to use a pool shop that you trust to regularly check and maintain the water chemistry.
A misconception not widely known, is all pool covers are technically breathable. They are made of Polyethylene (PE) a material that by its chemical nature naturally allows a gas transmission rate for oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gasses including chlorinated gases. There been a huge amount of research completed by Sealed Air (the inventor of original bubble wrap and solar pool covers) that shows that PE pool covers do actually breathe. For a 500 micron pool cover, the oxygen transmission rate would be approximately 500cc/m2 per 24 hours at 23°C, meaning PE pool covers do naturally ‘breathe’.
Sealed Air (the Australian company that make Daisy Pool Covers raw materials on Daisy’s dies) invented the Bubble Wrap technology, and believe me, they know their stuff, especially when it comes to the ins and outs of “Moisture Vapour Transition Rate” (MVTR) and the “Oxygen Vapour Transition Rate” (OVTR). The origional bubble wrap was designed with a Nylon barrier layer to stop the air and other gasses moving through the material to avoid the packaging bubbles deflating during use. The pool cover formulation was redesigned to allow the pool cover material to naturally breath, without requiring additional holes.
Breathable pool covers still need to be removed regularly, like all other pool covers; they aren’t a set and forget option like they might appear. Pool owners will still need to remove their pool covers, no matter which one they buy, to ensure they are regularly testing their pool water and retain chemical balance in the pool.
The FAQ section from the breathable pool cover website states:
Can we leave our breathable pool cover on permanently or for long periods of time?
It is not recommended that any solar blanket be left on a pool permanently. Aquavent is no different in this respect and should be removed for maintenance as per the Maintenance Guide.
Pool owners should be checking the following regularly:
Please click here for more information on swimming pool water balance.
Breathable Pool Cover Testing
Let’s look at the testing methods and results that have been conducted by Aquavent.
The testing done on the “breathable pool covers” included the following:
3 small tubs with no specified volume
Added approximately 2.5mg/L of granular pool chlorine
Measured chlorine levels over 7 days
97% chlorine loss over 7 days with Aquavent pool cover
96% chlorine loss in an open tub (no cover)
62% chlorine loss with a Daisy cover
pH levels roughly the same
Water temperature is warmer with a Daisy pool cover (20.1 degrees) than with Aquavent (18.3 degrees) and no cover (17.8 degrees)
Using an Aquavent “breathable pool cover” does not keep chemicals in the pool nor does it keep the water warm. They claim that a Daisy Pool Cover has a higher pool chlorine level, that adding a normal dose of chlorine each week will result in over-chlorination of the pool. This finding doesn’t take into account the fact the pool owner would be dosing their pool based on pool water testing. If the chlorine levels were adequate, no chlorine should be added. In fact, the testing indicates to the contrary. You will need to use more chemicals with an Aquavent cover than you do with a Daisy pool cover to properly maintain the pool water. AND, you will need to consume more power to maintain the water temperature
The test was conducted similar to the first test, but the initial water chlorine level was 5mg/L.
Then each day, an additional 2.5mg/L was added. Because chlorine doesn’t escape as much with a Daisy cover, after 7 days the Daisy sample had 8.7mg/L of chlorine prior to the final dose, versus the Aquavent cover which had 3.1mg/L.
The average chlorine loss per day for Aquavent was 39% versus Daisy at 15% and no cover had 21% loss.
The odd result from this test is that Aquavent covers had a HIGHER loss of chlorine than if you had no pool cover at all!
The final test was water transmission for evaporation:
Daisy was 0.03g/h.m2 (grams per hour per square metre).
Aquavent was 0.26g/h.m2
No cover/open tub was 67g/h.m2
In essence, Aquavent has a water transmission rate (evaporation) is 8.66 times greater than Daisy.
Overall findings from testing
The so-called “breathable” pool cover testing indicates the Aquavent cover will maintain chemical levels lower than an uncovered pool. This just isn’t possible as it would mean you would go through MORE chlorine than with a completely uncovered pool.
In the Aquavent testing, there is no allowance for testing water or adjusting the water balance. Some level of dosing will always be required in a well-managed pool. The testing regime undertaken is continually adding chemicals to the water without any rationale to test the water to see what dosing is required.
The Aquavent FAQs state that they are no different to other solar pool covers and no pool cover should be left on permanently. They state that pool covers should be removed for pool maintenance for as per their Maintenance Guide.
The FAQs also warn, pool damage can still occur through poor pool maintenance.
As you can see from the photos of the Aquavent pool cover, there is water sitting on top of the pool cover (over one month without rain, you can see from the day the cover was installed there is no water on top). The day after installation, water was pooling on top of the cover and then showing the same amount of water on top after 3 weeks and then 4 weeks.
Evaporation rate for 100% where water sits on top of the cover as water is evaporating, then re-filling (supposedly seeping through the “breathing holes”).
Insulation and heat saving are zero where the water is sitting on top of the cover. Heat transference is dissipated through the water surface. If there is a cover or membrane that has water on both sides, there is zero insulation. Traditional solar covers get some water on top of the cover during operation or rain but that either drains into the pool or evaporates quickly which will leave no water on top of the cover.
Water Ingress into the Bubble Hole
Simple testing of the Aquavent shows the vent hole sits in the water. When we put a sample piece of the cover material on the water the ‘vent and drain’ bubble was touching the water. This means (according to Aquavent themselves) that the vent hole touching the water would make the ‘venting’ of chlorine or any gas trapped in the pocked under the cover redundant.
Water seeps through the cover and sits on top (see photo below). Water also can’t drain out of the bubble if the hole at the bottom is touching the water. You can see by the image below that the water can’t drain from the ‘vent and drain’ bubble as it is in the water. If the chlorine dissipates through the holes but water remains in the bubble, it’ll be untreated and may well turn green.
This simple test showed that after a relatively short period of time without being in the swimming pool environment water did enter the bubbles through the vent holes that they were supposed to drain out from
This would also bring into question how heavy the cover will become with all the water that cannot drain out. The small sample was significantly heavier with the retained water. A traditional cover (without holes) will increase in weight by approximately 50% with water hanging on the outside of the bubbles as they are removed off the swimming pool. Pool covers with holes that retain water in the bubbles will dramatically increase the weight of the pool cover.
With water being retained in these holes, a build-up of debris, dust and salts will occur over time, stopping any perceived benefit that these holes may have.
In conclusion, Daisy does not believe there is any net gain from having a pool cover with holes punched into it. Daisy, along with industry leaders, believe the breathable pool cover is like a square wheel, great to be new in the industry, but it just does not perform to the standard that Daisy Pool Covers sets for itself.
Our installation teams have been out and about at some amazing locations recently. Some of the installs have been a bit different, so we thought we’d share a few with you. At Daisy Pool Covers, we will always come up with a fitting solution for your pool so you can save money, water, chemicals and time with the right cover and roller.
In WA, the team installed a 525B Solar Cover right on the canals in Mandurah, south of Perth. What a view this pool owner has!
Also in WA, east of Perth near the hills in Martin, we had an interesting shaped pool cover to install with a step area pus angled edge. Again, what a view these pool owners have!
Over in North Bondi, NSW, this pool owner decided he would mount his Daisy Power Roller UNDER his deck area. What a great idea!