March 8, 2018

Auto Covers: An interview with Paul Stammer of Coverstar

There is a lot to consider when getting a new pool, or when updating an old one! Though automatic pool covers have been around for decades, they are just now becoming more of a fad. Is a cover like this right for your backyard? Let’s weigh the pros, and cons, with Paul Stammer from CoverStar.

What is the number one reason for an Auto Cover?

  • “The number one reason for covers is safety. All the other benefits blossom from there.”

What are the environmental reasons safety covers are great?

  • “Saves energy. Pumps can run less often and heaters will not kick on as often. This saves electricity, gas, and on chemical usage.”
  • “When a cover is closed, only .05 ppm is needed to keep the pool clean.”
  • “It also saves on loss of water due to evaporation, resulting in less chemical loss at the same time.”
  • “In a span of 3-4 years, the cover actually pays for itself with the cost savings on chemicals and energy.”

What are other reasons customers love auto covers?

  • “They allow the consumer to swim more often and longer into the season. Usually pools that have covers can be opened 30 days earlier and closed later in the season. This is because the pool can stay hotter with the cover closed. As well, it keeps the pool clean from leaves and other items that fall into the pool.”
  • “Another reason is piece of mind when you leave home for a few days. You have either a key switch or a touchpad with a number code. The cover cannot be operated without a key or a code, so no worries of anyone getting in the pool when you aren’t home.”
  • “The cover has a life span of 3-4 years without maintenance. In this time, the cover pays for itself with the cost of chemical and energy savings.”

Any maintenance tips?

  • “The cover should always be open when shocking the pool. This allows the chlorine to gas off as needed.”
  • “If the customer has a salt system, they should open their cover while it is super charging and never forget to turn the salt system back to normal.”
  • “Yearly you should clean your cover with a cover cleaner, do not use rubbing alcohol on your cover.”
  • “Tracks should be power spray cleaned when needed. Never apply lubricants to any parts of the system. Spraying the track lubes may do the opposite and clog the performance.”

What are some issues you find with the covers?

  • “I’m not a fan on salt. Salt sensors can fail, which results in consumers turning up the salt level, when the pool is probably already too high on salt. When salt pools are super charging, consumers forget to open their covers for this process, which can lead to issues. The cover should always be open when shocking it. That allows the chlorine to gas off as needed.  I always advise when shocking, leave the cover open and never forget to turn the salt system back to normal.”

There you have it! Lot’s of good information to think about if you are considering an auto cover. For more information, visit Coverstar’s website. Some of our favorite links include: Cover Care, CoverStar & Latham’s blog, and their FAQ page.

About Paul:

Paul started in the pool industry back in December of 1979 with a pool distributor in Indianapolis. He then worked with Spartan Pool Distributions and Weatherking Pool Distributions until 1993. At that time, Paul went to work for Imperial Pools out in Albany, NY. There he manufactured steel IG Pools, liners, steps and spas. Then, in 2009 during the recession, IG pool kits hit an all time low, and he was offered a position at a pool parts distribution company. He “felt like a fish out of water” selling pool parts, such as, pumps, heaters and cleaners for the first time. After all of that, in 2014, he began his journey with Coverstar Central. Paul was approached by Coverstar to come on board with Dealer Development. He said, “It was the best move I ever made, love it!”