We often showcase photos of our installations when they are finished but it is always great to see what the pool cover or pool area was like beforehand to see how much difference a new Daisy Pool Cover or Roller can make.
This pool in Eaglevale had roller burn, leaves and debris everywhere before the new cover was delivered and installed. Check out the difference it made with a new 525 Solar Cover. Remember, a great pool cover cleaner like Aquafingers will help remove debris and dirt from your pool cover, helping it last longer.
This pool cover replacement had a similar situation with leaves, debris
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 would also bring into question how heavy the cover will become with all the water that cannot drain out. 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 so busy with Under Bench Rollers, this product just continues to grow!
The UBRs have been so popular at SPASA Pool, Spa and Outdoor Living Expos around the country and our teams are getting asked about them at every show, which is turning into huge growth for the product.
From commercial to domestic, we have been installing custom under bench rollers as well as the full colour range including a new install of a Charcoal Shimmer UBR.
What we have found chatting to people is that those who are building a new pool tend to look at the Below Ground Box (BGB) first because they are doing major works around the pool before paving being installed. People with an existing pool usually are looking at 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. The UBRs are less prone to scratching and have a wider range of colours to suit the pool owner’s backyard.
If you need more information or a refresher on the UBR range, contact your Daisy Representative or click here to contact us, we’re happy to help!
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.
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.
There will always be a cheaper product, but when weighed up with the cost over time, what seems like a great, cheap pool cover can actually cost you more than if you purchased a Daisy Pool Cover in the first place.
It literally does pay to go for quality over the shelf price of a pool cover.
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.
Daisy’s Summer Payback campaign announced its third winner this week, with Sue from Boorooma, NSW purchasing her cover from Narellan Pools Riverina and taking out November’s prize of winning her Daisy purchase back!
Sue said, “Wow thank you so much!! I am so excited! My original daisy pool cover should have lasted me a least another year or 2 as it was still in good condition but when we were carrying our large umbrella back into our pool area I fell into the pool and went through the cover!
With what the pool covers saves us we need a new pool cover straight away, we were a bit bummed having to outlay more money for a new cover but we went down that same day and got one and even got a pre cut one because Narellan Pools put in our pool, now look at us I won and I never win anything.”
For information on the Daisy Summer Payback promotion, click here.
Since their launch earlier this year, the Daisy Below Ground Boxes have been selling extremely well.
For those wanting a clutter-free pool area or have a smaller pool yard, the Below Ground Box is a great investment and is so easy to use, see our new video here:
Customers can add value to their home while hiding their cover and maximising the space in their backyard.
Daisy’s Below Ground Boxes are full aluminium with anodised aluminium lids and come with a 5-year pro-rata warranty.
As the trend turns to more stylish pool cover options, we’ve also got the Under Bench Roller that allows poolside seating as well as hiding your pool cover and roller! Click here for more info on the UBR, pictured.
Zahlia Hartley from the Sunshine Coast has won the 2017-18 Daisy DAB challenge winning an iPhone 8 (her choice!). Concluding on Valentine’s Day, it was a hard fought challenge, with Zahlia taking out the competition with 853 votes over summer!
More about the Challenge
For the summer of 2017/2018, Daisy launched the Daisy Dab Challenge! There were three simple steps… All you needed to do to enter was to do a DAB by the pool, submit your entry and ‘Share the Love’ on a voting platform.
The competition was hard fought with entrants sending in their most creative entries to be in to win monthly prizes of a Parrot Drone and $200 worth of pool supplies. However to win the grand prize of an iPhone 8 or Galaxy 8 it was all about who had the highest number of votes!
How Zahlia won
Zahlia had found out about the competition from her mum who used to work at a pool shop in Buderim. Zahlia’s family still go there for their pool supplies, and on a recent visit they learned about the Daisy Challenge through some point of sale material and encouraged Zahlia to enter the.
Zahlia’s creativity sparked into action, and she had the idea to create a video at her little sister’s birthday party! Synchronised DAB’ing was born!
And the deal? Zahlia had a pact with her younger sister that if she won, her sister would get her old phone… win-win!
From the moment she submitted her entry, Zahlia, her sister, and their family constantly ‘Shared the Love’ and worked with their networks to accumulate an enormous 853 votes in total! Great work!
The competition overall was a tough one, with a few strong contenders. Zahlia said that she was “so happy that all of her hard work and sharing so much actually paid off!”
Three worthy monthly winners
The Challenge attracted many creative entries – three of which were rewarded with brand new Drones and spending money!
The three monthly winners were:
November 2017: Jess from NSW
December 2017: Troy from QLD
January – mid-February 2018: Brie from NSW
Congratulations everyone. Enjoy your new iPhone8, drones and spending money!