A Smarter Design for Installers & Pool Owners



We sent our engineers into the field to work alongside installers to better understand design improvements that would simplify installation, improve performance and enhance aesthetics.


Learn about the specific design and installation features that make our automatic pool cover system better for installers and homeowners.

Improved Aesthetics



Hidden Webbing


A drawback of standard, automatic safety cover fabrication is that it results in a visible seam along the cover perimeter. This means the webbing color has to match the pool cover color in order to achieve the desired aesthetic. Because the cover and webbing are two different materials, color matching is not always perfect.


Feature:

Our SentryWeld fabrication technique uses a welded seam to reduce the webbing to a narrow section that is hidden inside of the rope guide track. This eliminates the need to match the webbing color to the pool cover.


Benefit:

Improved design aesthetics to better match expectations and a simplified ordering process for installers and homeowners.

Custom Printed Covers


A drawback of standard, automatic safety covers is that you’re limited to stock color options that don’t always fit the aesthetics of the surrounding patio and landscape design.


Feature:

Customize your cover with any type of artwork. Custom colors, gradients, patterns, monograms, murals, hi-res photography & more.


Benefit:

Create a cover that matches your landscape design scheme and personal style.



For inspiration, visit our cover design ideas gallery to see what’s possible.

Quicker & Easier Installation



Easy Mechanism Transition


With traditional safety cover systems, you have a left mechanism and a right mechanism that are not compatible. This requires distribution partners and installers to forecast and stock parts and components for two different mechanisms. This can create hesitancy around early-ordering inventory since you run the risk of ending the year with excess inventory you can't use. And if you order too late, you run the risk of supply chain and shipping delays.


Feature:

In less than 30 minutes, you can transition a right mechanism into a left and vice versa. The Sentry Cover system uses two “double dog” gears instead of a single, double dog gear used in current systems. With our system, the installer can remove two plastic caps (circled in orange in below image) to switch the threaded pin from one double dog gear over to the other, allowing the system to operate in the other direction.


Benefit:

Because the same components are used between right and left mechanisms, you only need to stock one set of parts. This not only reduces the risk of early-ordering but also helps overcome supply chain delays to ensure projects stay on schedule. Even in the rare occurrence where an installer has the wrong mechanism at a job site, they can quickly switch the mechanism over and avoid lost time.

8’ Encapsulation Sections with Self-Aligning Bracket


Most systems have 22’ long encapsulation pieces. Not only are these lengths more prone to damage, they require two people to transport. Longer encapsulation sections also take longer to properly align.


Feature:

Our encapsulation sections come in 8’ lengths, making transport and installation easier. To ensure rigid alignment between sections, we designed a self-aligning (vertically and horizontally) bracket that installs in the angled channel.


Benefit:

Smaller, 8’ encapsulation sections not only reduce the likelihood of damage but also make installation quicker and easier. One person can transport sections while another installs. The self-aligning bracket means installers won’t have to go back and make adjustments. This helps reduce installation time.

8’ Lid Sections to Reduce Damage


Just like with encapsulation sections, the most common lid extrusion is 22’ long, which means lid damage and distortion occurs frequently.


Feature:

Our lid sections are designed in 8’ extrusions and have the same structural integrity as a single piece lid. To prevent lid distortion, we use a T-profile so that a rigid splice can be used between sections. Splices are held in place by a bolt, which exerts pressure onto the adjacent wall.


Benefit:

Avoid the frustration and delays caused by damage. Shorter sections mean one person can carry and install the lid while another can continue making progress elsewhere.

Improved Performance



Proprietary Rope Design Tested to Last 30% Longer


Cheaper ropes have a thinner core that allows for too much stretch and elongation, creating misalignment problems. A misaligned cover jeopardizes safety and results in excessive wear, reducing the lifespan of the cover.


Feature:

We specifically designed our safety cover rope with a thicker fiber core tested to perform 30% longer than typical industry standards.


Benefit:

A stronger rope core reduces misalignment problems helping to maintain safety and reduce maintenance.

2" Pulleys to Improve Rope Performance


When the rope goes around a pulley, it must bend and unbend. A smaller pulley requires a sharper bend, which places greater stress and friction on the rope. Therefore, a smaller pulley will wear out a rope faster than a larger one.


Feature:

To increase load capacity and combat friction, we use 2" pulleys in the motor end bracket assemblies.


Benefit:

Less friction and a greater load capacity helps increase rope life and improve safety cover performance. This helps reduce unnecessary maintenance calls to help keep your team and resources focused on the right projects.

Improved Pulley Housing Design to Reduce Misalignments & Increase Pulley Life


On most systems, the pulley housing is designed with a cast post on the top and bottom of the housing. This results in a gap between the two posts which can cause frequent misalignments and excessive wear on the ball bearings, reducing the life of the pulley. A misaligned cover may jeopardize safety–the core function of the system.


Feature:

To eliminate the gap, our 1” pulley housing is designed with a single, fully machined post to ensure perfect alignment. This improvement ensures a uniform load on the pulley and bearings, reducing the chance for a misaligned cover.


Benefit:

Fewer misalignments results in greater safety and less maintenance.

Fastened Leading Edge Bar End-caps


Because end-caps aren’t typically fastened to the leading edge bar, they often fall out, resulting in unnecessary maintenance calls.


Feature:

To eliminate the problem, we added fasteners onto the end-caps of the leading edge bar. This also gives the installer a place to attach the bonding wire, where required, to the leading edge bar using the same screws that hold the end-cap.


Benefit:

Installers & homeowners avoid unnecessary maintenance calls and costs.