WinterKleen Pool Cover Colour Range

Autumn and Winter usually bring a lot of gusty winds as well as additional leaves to our backyard and pool areas.

WinterKleen Debris Covers are the ideal choice for pools that experience excess garden and leaf debris. These pool covers are installed over your pool so that any debris that’s collected on the cover can be blown off or easily swept away.

Remember, the Daisy WinterKleen range work well in conjunction with the UltraDome™ bubble solar pool cover over the winter months. If you’re in an extra-windy area and a solar cover isn’t suitable, the Daisy AquaSaver also works well in conjunction with a WinterKleen cover as it will help save you up to 30% of water evaporation exiting your pool through the mesh cover.

Now available in four colours – Black, Blue, Green and Tan (all pictured below), you’ll be able to easily find one that suits your pool area aesthetics!

winterkleen nsw
Blue Winterkleen Pool Cover
WinterKleen Tan
Green Winterkleen

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 and Sealed Air: working together for over 30 years

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.

Pool Cover and Roller Installations – 2020

During December and January, our installation team and our retailers have installed some great looking pool covers and rollers. Some have amazing locations and views, while others were intricate installations or odd shapes. No matter your pool area, we are always able to help.

Check out some of these awesome pool cover and roller installations!

525B from pool over edge to spa

525B Solar Cover with spa included. Cover goes over edge of spa.

525B St interesting shape Picton WA

525B Solar Cover on an odd-shaped pool. Pool Roller set up on narrow paving area.

Above Ground Pool Cover

AGA Roller set up behind above ground pool with 525 Titanium Green Solar Cover.

adjustable ST and standard leg for different grounf heights Atwell WA

Adjustable ST Roller leg for use on different heights around the pool like decking.

End Mount

End Mounted SQ Roller on wall with a 525 Titanium Blue Solar Cover.

End Mount Under Bench Roller

Under Bench Roller in Wester Red Cedar end mounted to the wall.

infinity edge cover held by pool edge Northwood NSW

Stunning view from this installation! This infinity edge swimming pool looks very relaxing.

UBR WRC harder to roll because owner wanted away from pool for seating still works Canning Vale WA

This Under Bench Roller was installed further away from the pool, as the owner wanted more room immediately surrounding the pool's edge.

Evaporation Control: Best Practices for your Swimming Pool

Daisy Pool Covers has put together some information on best practice evaporation control for swimming pools that may be of use when talking to consumers in the market.

Owning a swimming pool in Australia today can be environmentally friendly and sustainable if the right processes are put in place by pool owners. Products that are Climate Care Certified have been approved by SPASA Australia to exceed the industry benchmarks on water and energy efficiency in swimming pools.

Evaporation is the biggest cause of water loss in a swimming pool but can be controlled. Products that are certified as Smart Approved WaterMark and Climate Care Certified through SPASA advocate that the number one solution to evaporation is putting a solar cover on your pool. This will save 97% of your pool’s water loss through evaporation.

The good news is that there is also a way reduce evaporation even when your pool cover is off or you cannot have a pool cover. Products such as AquaSaver put a non-toxic, ultra-thin invisible barrier on the pool surface, reducing water and heat loss. Liquid evaporation control is not as efficient as a physical pool cover, but it will still save some water when a pool cover can’t be used or only part of your pool is covered by a solar cover.

For best practice swimming pool evaporation control, an AquaSaver style product is best used in conjunction with an existing solar pool cover to help save water when the cover is off. If not all of the pool can be covered (for example, an odd shape) or no pool cover can be used, the invisible liquid barrier can save you up to 30% of evaporation on your pool.

For those with mesh, debris pool covers, this style of product will also help reduce evaporation and heat loss through the mesh.

There are many options for evaporation control in your swimming pool but always ensure your solution is Climate Care Certified by SPASA and has Smart Approved WaterMark certification for best practice evaporation reduction.

Summer Payback Winner – December

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.

Summer Payback Winner 2
Summer Payback Winner

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.

Interesting Installations #2

In the lead up to December the team was busy out there installing new pool covers and rollers all around Australia. Some are straightforward, others are more of a challenge and we love that!

 

container pool with Daisy roller mounted

Daisy SQ Roller mounted on a Sea Container Pool.

Adjustable Roller Pre Cut ThermoTech Green

A pre-cut ThermoTech Green cover in two parts installed on a Daisy Power roller with adjustable leg.

Commercial Wall Mount Power CaddyWM

A Commercial Wall Mount Power - Caddy WM.

Roller Length of Pool

Roller installed along the length of the pool due to odd shape.

Daisy Power Adjustable leg hinged TTG green foam

The pre-cut ThermoTech Green cover rolled up on the Daisy Power roller.

525B MKII Faulconbridge NSW fold step in before rolling

525B Solar Cover with an MKII Roller and fold out cover area for step.

Recent Pool Cover & Roller Installations: Before & After Photos

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.

Solar Cover Before

Eaglevale after 525B

 

This pool cover replacement had a similar situation with leaves, debris

Solar Cover before

 

Pool Cover Lane Cover After

Breathable Pool Covers?

Breathable Pool Covers?

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: 

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:

  • Chlorine level
  • pH
  • Total Alkalinity
  • Calcium Hardness

 

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.

First Test

The testing done on the “breathable pool covers” included the following:

  1. 3 small tubs with no specified volume
  2. Added approximately 2.5mg/L of granular pool chlorine
  3. Measured chlorine levels over 7 days

Results

  • 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)

Finding
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

Second Test

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Additional Testing 

July 17th – Installation Day
July 18th
August 7th, no rain.
August 15th, no rain.
August 18th, no rain.

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.

This means:

  1. 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”).
  2. 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.

Holes sitting on the water

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.

Water on top of Aquavent cover exactly 4 weeks after installation with no rain.

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.

Water in the pool cover bubbles

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.

Under Bench Rollers’ Growth Continues

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!

 

Pool Covers & Leaves

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.

See our FAQ on leaves and pool covers by clicking here.