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Are Pool Covers For Me?

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Are Pool Covers For Me?


In the past couple of years, CA Trademark Pools has seen requests rise for the use of both automatic and manual pool covers when preparing plans for initial pool installs.   Many homeowners are installing pools covers as a means of safety as well as to avoid unwanted fences around the pool in areas where the fence tends to stick out like a sore thumb or the aesthetic was not what the homeowner was expecting.   The three most beneficial reasons to get a pool cover are as follows

1.) Safety – To meet current local state building safety codes, pool covers must be able to hold the weight of two adults and a child.  If you are worried about children falling into the pool, covers can be a means to help deter that as most will hold 400 pounds of weight or more.

2.) Reduce Operating Costs – Because the pool is covered, less evaporation occurs and more water is retained.  By not having to add water through an auto fill or your hose, you are helping to cut water costs associated with owning a pool as well as chemicals needed.

3.) Cleanliness– By having the pool covered, you are helping to ensure dirt and other debris won’t get into the pool and helping to eliminate the time required to clean.  Having less dirt in the pool will translate into having your pool pump doing less work to keep your pool clean and the PH balance is likely to stay more neutral.

With the added popularity comes the desire to build a pool cover that can give you all the benefits while maintain an elegant and natural look and not something that was just slung over the side.  One way to do this is to use a pool cover that is “hidden” from view.  Pool covers such as these can be hidden under cement blocks that can be easily moved to reach the motor and do proper maintenance and clean.  By putting the motor on one end of the pool and installing metal tracks down the side, the cover itself can come out from underneath these blocks and slide down the length of the pool to cover it.  When you want to swim a simple flick of the switch effortlessly retracts the cover and pulls it back underneath the cement blocks completely hidden from view.  What was now a covered pool simply looks like any other pool with concrete around the perimeter.  When done swimming simply flick the switch again and the cover is positioned again to cover the length of the pool.


For a look at both automatic and manual pool covers in the greater Sacramento area, head over to to take a look at some of the options that may work for you!


To discuss how California Trademark Pools can help further assist you regarding a cover for your pool, please contact our office at 916-683-1202 or my personal cell phone at 916-479-3091.


Jerry Johnson President



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Swimming Pool Landscape Design

Posted under Pool Landscaping

When working with my customers to design their landscape plan for their backyard swimming pool environment, I keep some pretty basic landscaping principles in mind as I develop their plans.  As a result, everything I put into a design will tie back to one of these main principles.

1.        Comfort:  Room must be made for the right design elements to account for the sun movements during the day, wind changes, and room for lounging, so that while you are swimming, soaking, sunning, or entertaining, you will be happy in the appropriate setting that has been adjusted for just that right climatic condition.

2.       Beauty:  While that perfect swim is very important, the total environmental balance of blending the landscape components with the hardscape items, like the spa, sidewalks, and of course the pool, to achieve a harmonious balance throughout the entire backyard area is equally important.

3.       Privacy:  It is often a priority to include trees, screens, hedges, fencing, and walls, to fully or partially block views of the pool from outside the yard or to reduce noise for my customers further enjoyment of their yard.

4.       Safety:  Always paramount in any pool / backyard landscaping plan for your family and neighbors too.  This is by law as well.  This can include self latching gates, locks, alarm systems, pool covers, non-slippery and unobstructed pathways, and well-lit areas at night.

5.       Convenience and Flexibility:  It’s important to create areas that provide flow that logically moves traffic into and out of your home while still creating areas that provide for pool related activities, i.e., entertaining, barbequing, dining, etc.  Obviously the more convenient and flexible these are, the more you will enjoy your backyard and pool area.  Also, if items can be made to serve dual purposes this can also provide added flexibility.  So if for instance, a decorative seating bench can serve as storage for pool equipment or pool toys, this is an added benefit for the customer.

6.       Ease of maintenance:  This principle should almost go without saying but plants that shed a minimum of leaves or are drought proof and materials that are water resistant, fade proof, or rust-resistant can make taking care of the backyard more enjoyable for a homeowner and I always try to promote this with my customers.

Of course, with any landscaping design process, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder! However, you will always receive my best assessment of what I believe is the best alternative based on my experience and professional expertise. We will work together to find the best fit for your lot, needs, and pocketbook.

To discuss how California Trademark Pools can assist you in your swimming pool design and landscaping decisions contact our office at 916-683-1202.


Jerry Johnson


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