How to Install a Pool Cover Roller

What You'll Need
Safety Glasses
Assorted Screwdrivers
Assorted Wrenches

A pool cover roller can be a huge help in keeping your pool clean. When the cover is rolled up, you have easy access to the pool, and you can easily pull the cover into place when the pool is not in use. Additionally, a dark or solar cover will absorb heat from the sun, helping to warm the pool, and a lighter color will reflect heat away, keeping the water cooler. Follow the easy steps outlined below to install a manual pool roller, and learn why an automatic roller might be a better idea.

Step 1: Choosing a Cover

Pool cover rollers are available in a wide variety of styles and colors, not to mention that each model will connect to the pool slightly different. Regardless of the style, your pool cover must be as wide as the pool, and at least as long.

Step 2: Placing the Mounts

A pool cover sometimes has clip-on mounts that do not require crews or bolts. In fact, some solar pool covers are simply water-proof sheets that are laid directly on the surface of the water. Other types of pool covers will mount on either end of the roll, usually connecting with screws directly to the top rail of the pool. For in-ground pools, it may be necessary to drill holes for the mounting brackets.

Step 3: Installing the Mounts

Once the mounts are in place, attach the cover. The roll usually clips easily into place so that it can be completely removed when necessary. Stretch the cover out to make sure that it fits properly, without any wrinkles or crimps in the material. In same cases, it might be a good idea to use a piece of 1x2 wood under the edge of the rail to connect the brackets. This would give them more support and prevent bending or tearing of the thin aluminum rail.

Step 4: Pool Cover Clips and Latches

At the far end of the pool, it is a good idea to install one or more latches that the cover can be attached to. This will hold the cover in place, giving the pool better protection. In most cases, these latches are simple plastic or metal brackets, often containing snap that the cover can connect to quickly and easily.

Going Automatic

An automatic pool cover reel might be a better idea than a manual model. It takes a few minutes to roll up a manual cover, but you may need faster results, like if a thunderstorm strikes. Electric pool covers are about the same price as a cheap garage door opener, and will save you many hours of effort over the years. Additionally, automatic reels can be put on timers or remote controls, giving you even more control over when the cover is used.