Managing Director of Daisy Pool Covers, Derek Prince, has been a long time supporter of Variety: The Children’s Charity.
The main reason Derek and Daisy Pool Covers support this worthy cause is because the money raised goes to underfunded children in need. Variety helps the people in need that slip through the cracks or simply don’t get enough funding.
The awesome thing about Variety events is the donations go straight to the charity for the children and their families in need, no donations go towards participants and their expenses. The participants fund themselves which is why Derek can boldly ask for donations knowing that all money will make a huge difference.
Participants like Derek and his team in Car #18 get to see some of the donated money going to work even when they are on the Variety challenges and attending events!
Derek and Car #18 will be departing on the 2019 Variety Bash on August 23rd and plan to raise a lot of money! If you feel inclined to support this worthy cause, please ensure you write Bash Car18 on the donation.
Click here to donate and for more information (Please write Bash Car#18 on your donation).
Click here for the event and fundraising information.
Donations to Variety: The Children’s Charity are tax deductible. Payments can be made as follows:
Cheque payments should be drawn in favour of Variety WA.
Electronic Fund Transfers can be directed to Westpac Bank: BSB 036-037 | ACC 34 6499
Please nominate Bash Car #18 as the beneficiary of your donation and send an email with your name and reference and contact details for a receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. An official receipt will be issued for all donations over $2 received.
Funds raised by the participants in the 2019 Variety Bash will help Variety provide practical equipment, programs and experiences to empower WA children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.
Over in WA, the Daisy Commercial team have been very busy!
Here are three of the latest commercials installs from our team.
Manjimup Aquatic Centre
Replacement covers for the three indoor pools 25m x 18.4m plus their leisure pool and a leisure pool with beach. These were all Thermotech 4.5mm Foam Covers.
Most aquatic centres replace covers as soon as they are worn out because they have had the tough experience of maintaining the heat and condensation (indoor pools). It is just too expensive to not have pool covers on when the pools are not in use.
This outdoor swimming pool required a 12.5 x 6m 525B solar commercial cover with edge binding installed onto an existing Daisy commercial roller.
This was another replacement commercial cover job. Stopping the heat loss and evaporation is paramount here.
Koorda Shire Pool
Another massive outdoor pool measuring 33m x 12.8m. This pool needed a 525B solar commercial cover with wind skirts, and new mobile Stainless U frame rollers with 150mm tube and 900mm stainless hand wheels.
New solar pool covers were needed to help with heating when the pool is closed and to stop evaporation along with the new Daisy Stainless Steel Rollers.
Solar pool covers help keep the pool clean, but they wont keep all the leaves and dirt (they definitely help though).
So if there’s a sprinkling of leaves on your cover, how do you clean the leaves off when you want to roller it up?
Well, there are a few ways to do this and the best way for each pool shape and location may vary, so here are some options: If the pool cover is dry
• Use a blower to move all the leaves off If the pool cover is wet
• Use the pool broom or your cover cleaner to sweep the leaves into one area then remove off the cover with a bucket Alternative
• Roll up the cover and the leaves will roll forward, collecting more and more in a line as they go. When you get to the end, pick up the last few metres and flick all the leaves behind the roller (easier with two people, one on each side).
Or, like Derek does, just keep rolling the cover off and let all the leaves drop into the water. Then, pick up the pool scoop and simply scoop the line at the end of the pool (you will get most of them this way).
Back before water restrictions, an option was to turn on your filter then use a hose to push it all to the skimmer box. This is not a recommended option any more.
When outdoor pool covers are installed to most domestic swimming pools, they reach the edge of the pool and sit on the water. Wind does not affect the pool cover as the wind will not lift the cover: the pool cover edge is right up to the edge of the pool so there is nothing for the wind to get hold of.
However, there are times when the pool cover is not all the way to the edge of the pool, or like in many commercial installations there are multiple cover and roller systems on the pool to cover the whole pool surface area. Where the edges of the cover are exposed to the wind along the pool they can be picked up by the wind. If they get picked up they can be blown around like a sail and become quite messy not to mention may be damaged, so we need to hold exposed edges of the cover onto the water.
Wind Skirting is a special woven mesh material that is sewn with Teflon thread (so the thread will never fail) to the edge of a pool cover. The special mesh material holds a stable lead core rope that is heavy enough to pull just the edge (10 – 30mm) of a foam or solar pool cover under the water.
By pulling just the edge of the cover under water the wind cant get under the pool cover so it sits neatly in place.
While Wind Skirting is especially made for multiple covers installed onto one pool in commercial installations, we still use Wind Skirting for domestic covers where you need to hold joint covers onto the pool. It may be for sections where the cover is cut to make the recovery and deploying easier or for large areas (like step areas) to be put on separately. We also use Wind Skirting on domestic pools for vanishing edges or infinity edged pools to rest on the inside of the wall to hold the cover in place.
Wind Skirting is sold by the lineal meter sewn onto the cover before it leaves the factory.
Contact us or our Commercial team for more information depending on the type of swimming pool you have.
We have had a busy start to 2019 with a string of SPASA Expos across the country and we’ve had some very interesting feedback along the way!
Interest in and sales of our Under Bench Rollers and Below Ground Boxes has been on the rise in the past year and we have seen this interest during our recent Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide SPASA Expos. People who are building a new pool tend to head for the Below Ground Box (BGB) because they are doing major works around the pool before paving being installed. People with an existing pool usually head for the Under Bench Roller (UBR) to get some poolside seating in and around the pool area while hiding the roller system. This has been perfect for those with limited space around the pool.
We have found an increasing amount of new pool owners initially wanting the BGB until they understand what the UBR is. The reasoning is that people say, ‘I don’t want to see the roller’. We totally understand the sentiment and discuss the lid options with them. Because the BGB is usually in a high traffic area, we only do anodised aluminium instead of powder coated colours to avoid scratching. When the anodised aluminium gets scratched you can’t notice it but if the powder coating gets scratched all you will see is the silver underneath.
While there are a lot of BGB sales we see a lot of people are opting for the UBR because it gives them the ‘extra’ reason for being with versatility and seating plus wood look colour options for aesthetics. We are seeing a great increase in both sales so they are both excellent options for hiding your pool cover and roller while swimming.
It all comes down to personal preference, there is no right or wrong answer here!
Autumn and Winter can bring a bit of wind with them, and we know with a bit of wind and weather it can bring an influx of leaves, dirt and debris. If you live in a windy area or get a heap of leaves and dirt into your pool, why not invest in a WinterKleen Mesh Cover? Not only for winter, WinterKleen Mesh Covers are used by many pool owners all year round to keep their pools pristine and clean while still letting the water to drain through! They also are a perfect partner to our range of Solar Covers (Solar in Summer, WinterKleen in winter).
We recently installed a WinterKleen in this curvy swimming pool, with two separate hand rails to account for. If you need help measuring your WinterKleen, contact us today.
For a refresher video on installing a WinterKleen, check out our video below.
Daisy Pool Covers Managing Director Derek Prince attended the SPASA Australia heating sector meeting in February. The meeting included respected industry leaders who all agreed to help formulate fact sheets so consumers can make better informed decisions regarding pool heating.
“As a SPASA Australia stakeholder, it is so important for Daisy to represent the industry on important changes and consumer information while being a strong voice to advocate pool covers,” said Derek.
People, whether in the industry or external, will make up their own minds regardless of facts, and we need this industry to stand together to advocate common standards and benchmarks so that we can advise governing bodies and on industry benchmarks, facts and standards.
Derek volunteered for a pool cover working group that will work with SPASA and industry stakeholders to develop industry benchmarks for all pool covers and to create informative fact sheets for the industry to utilise. This work will be the foundation of new standards and common communication to consumers, governments (local and national) and industry regulators.
With the absence of informative industry publications within SPASA Australia, vocal people are finding it easy to have their say on matters of importance, without having any real knowledge of the facts. Now is the time to get it right and set some important benchmarks.
For more information on the Heating Sector meeting click here.
The Daisy team recently travelled down to WA’s south coast to Albany to install Power Under Bench Rollers at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre.
For storage, they wanted Under Bench Rollers on castors with Power Rollers. Daisy Commercial team set up six rollers on the indoor basketball courts to test the rollers before they went onto the massive eight lane, indoor 25m swimming pool.
At Daisy Commercial, any swimming pool solution you require, we can help. Get in contact with us and we’ll be happy to assist.
We recently received an amazing update from Michelle, a long time Daisy customer:
“I thought you might like some feedback on your pool covers! Our 400 micron Daisy is 7 years old and was going pretty strong – I honestly think it had one or maybe 2 years still left in it – that was until it was shredded in a very bad hail storm recently. The hail was larger than golf ball size and many rooves in our area were smashed so we are not surprised it was damaged. It was always kept on the pool unless we were swimming and it’s on a roller that is covered from the sun. Yes, it was getting a bit brittle but in general for 7 years we have to say it was an awesome quality cover. Thanks Daisy! Let’s hope the new generation of pool covers are even better. Cheers, Michelle.”
We love hearing updates like this, but we are rarely surprised, as we stand by our pool covers and know that they will last the distance unlike some of the cheaper alternatives that are in the market.
Click here to view some of our other customer testimonials.