The Solar Pool Covers, Aqua Bubble Pool Cover & Ultra Dome that protects the environment

In the South African climate, swimming pool owners are only able to make use of their swimming pools for a limited number of months during the year. Water loss is of major concern with an average uncovered pool losing over 3000 litres of water a month. The Solar blanket is an excellent product introduced to extend the swimming season and to reduce evaporation by as much as 95%. Quality of material is key with a solar cover and the Aqua-bubble and Ultra Dome are just that, quality products backed by industry leading warrantees.

solar blankets & aqua bubble covers that save you money

The Solar Cover is available in two variants. The Ultra Dome is the industry leading 500 micron, 7 year reducing warranty Solar Cover. The Aqua-Bubble is a 500 micron, 4 year reducing warranty Solar Cover. Water evaporation is eliminated when a solar blanket is in place on a pool. As water is fast becoming an expensive and scarce resource the solar blanket offers the ecologically conscious pool owner a means to reduce water usage, chemical usage and electricity. The cost incurred purchasing a solar cover is recouped as result of water savings over the 7 year lifetime of the Ultra Dome. 

Each of the product variants is able to provide excellent heating benefits, raising the temperature of the pool water between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius. The solar blanket has two primary functions. Firstly UV light passing through the material warms the pool water directly below the cover. Through circulation of the water by means of the pool filter system the warm water is circulated throughout the pool, raising the overall temperature of the pool. The second function of the solar blanket is as an insulator. During the cool evenings or when it is windy, the solar blanket insulates the pool, preventing heat loss. It is possible to maintain a relatively constant water temperature over an extended time period. The swimming season can be started one to two months earlier than usual and can be continued one to two months later than usual.

The Ultra-Dome

The industry leading 500 micron, 7 year reducing warranty Solar Cover

Reduce evaporation up to 98%

The Solar blanket is an excellent product introduced to extend the swimming season

The Aqua-Bubble

This amazing cover is 500 micron and has a 4 year reducing warranty.

frequently asked questions

Do solar covers warm my pool?

The solar blanket on its own is a very effective pool water heating system. It is wise to first purchase a solar blanket and establish if sufficient heating benefits are achieved before spending more money on an entire solar heating system consisting of a heat pump or roof panels. Both of these water heating methods would need to be supplemented with a solar cover in order to minimize heat loss, evaporation and electricity usage.

How does the cover save me money?

Water evaporation is eliminated when a solar blanket is in place on a pool. As water is fast becoming an expensive and scarce resource, the solar blanket offers the ecologically conscious pool owner means to reduce water usage, chemical usage and electricity. The cost incurred purchasing a solar cover is recouped as result of water savings over the lifetime of the blanket. This is particularly true where the Ultra Dome is fitted due to its excellent 7 year lifespan.

What are it's components?

There is the Storage Roller.

The product has a Leading Edge. The towing kit allows the solar blanket to be fitted and removed easily. It offers additional reinforcing to the solar blanket.

Are you the cheapest?

As the market leaders we offer uncompromised quality and service.  As such we are by no means the cheapest option you will find, but we do believe we offer the best value for money.  You can expect product excellence, awesome service, meaningful guarantees and backup service you can rely on.

The Solar Blanket is R195 per square meter. The Aqua Bubble is R135 per square metre. Want a quote for your pool? Click here.

What guarantees are there?

The Ultra-Dome has a  7 year reducing warranty.

 The Aqua-Bubble has a 4 year reducing warranty. 

Damage caused by excessive chemical exposure is excluded from the warranty.

Is there technical info I should know?

In the South African climate, swimming pool owners are only able to make use of their swimming pools for a limited number of months during the year. Water loss is of major concern with an average uncovered pool losing over 4000 liters of water a month. The Solar blanket is an excellent product introduced to extend the swimming season and toreduce evaporation by as much as 98%.

The Solar Cover is available in two variants.

The Ultra Dome is the industry leading 500micron, 7 year reducing warranty Solar Cover.

The Aqua-Bubble is the 500 micron, 4 year reducing warranty Solar Cover.

Each of the above product variants is able to provide excellent heating benefits, raising the temperature of the pool water between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius. The solar blanket has two primary functions. Firstly UV light passing through the material warms the pool water directly below the cover. Through circulation of the water by means of the pool filter system the warm water is circulated throughout the pool, raising the overall temperature of the pool. The second function of the solar blanket is as an insulator. During the cool evenings or when it is windy, the solar blanket insulates the pool, preventing heat loss. It is possible to maintain a relatively constant water temperature over an extended time period. The swimming season can be started one to two months earlier than usual and can be continued one to two months later than usual.

The solar blanket on its own is a very effective pool_water heating system. It is wise to first purchase a solar blanket and establish if sufficient heating benefits are achieved before spending more money on an entire solar heating system consisting of a heat pump or roof panels. Both of these water heating methods would need to be supplemented with a solar cover in order to minimize heat loss, evaporation and electricity usage.

Water evaporation is eliminated when a solar blanket is in place on a pool. As water is fast becoming an expensive and scarce resource, the solar blanket offers the ecologically conscious pool owner means to reduce water usage, chemical usage and electricity. The cost incurred purchasing a solar cover is recouped as result of water savings over the lifetime of the blanket. This is particularly true where the Ultra Dome is fitted due to its excellent 7 year lifespan.

The different cover variants are all equally capable of achieving the desired heating benefits as a result of sun exposure and also reducing maintenance and running costs. The main difference between the 2 product variants relates to the lifespan of the material. The Ultra Dome lasts almost double that of the 500_micron Aqua-Bubble.

The Ultra Dome material is constructed using a rounded bubble shape and maximum wall thickness of the bubble is achieved in the base of the bubble where the bubble has most water contact. The bubble shape of the Ultra Dome does not allow for any weakness as corners are not evident in the bubble construction and as such the Ultra Dome is able to last a minimum lifespan of 7 years.

The Solar blankets’ lifespan is determined by variations in the material thickness and construction of the bubbles of the blanket. Shortcomings with regards to expected lifespan are generally attributable to usage and care factors. Excessive exposure to unbalanced water or concentrated chlorine levels or exposure to the sun when off the pool, are the main contributing factors to pool cover failure.

The solar blanket lives in a very harsh environment with UV (Ultra Violet) light and pool chemicals such as chlorine acting upon it. The chlorine in the water is constantly attacking the material, the UV rays produced by the sun degrade the blanket and heat will also play a part in accelerating the effects of chlorine and UV. The main contributing factor to the premature failing of a solar blanket is due to incorrect chlorine levels in a pool. This is especially true where chlorinators are in use and the chlorine levels are not being monitored correctly a with the result that chlorine levels concentrate over a period of time.

It is also important to note that when a blanket is in placed on a pool, the pool water will heat up. This warm environment is ideal for algae growth. It is very important to ensure that chlorine levels in the pool are stable to ensure that the pool does not start to turn green. A solar blanket cannot cause a pool to go green. Lack of chlorine results in algae growth and a green pool.

What's the difference between the covers?

The different cover variants are all equally capable of achieving the desired heating benefits as a result of sun exposure and also reducing maintenance and running costs. The main difference between the 2 product variants relates to the lifespan of the material. The Ultra Dome lasts almost double that of the 500 micron Aqua-Bubble.

The Ultra Dome material is constructed using a rounded bubble shape and maximum wall thickness of the bubble is achieved in the base of the bubble where the bubble has most water contact. The bubble shape of the Ultra Dome does not allow for any weakness as corners are not evident in the bubble construction and as such the Ultra Dome is able to last a minimum lifespan of 7 years.

The Solar blankets’ lifespan is determined by variations in the material thickness and construction of the bubbles of the blanket.

Shortcomings with regards to expected lifespan are generally attributable to usage and care factors. Excessive exposure to unbalanced water or concentrated chlorine levels or exposure to the sun when off the pool, are the main contributing factors to pool cover failure.

Are there optional extras?

Storage rollers are available to assist with fitting and removing the cover. Instillation is optional, as you can DIY this cover. 

What is the maintenance?

A clean, highly transmissive solar blanket is more efficient than a darker, dirtier one. A clean blanket will allow more of the sun’s rays to pass through the blanket to heat your pool water at all depths. 

Use mild soapy water and a soft brush to clean the solar blanket. This becomes especially necessary when there is salt build up on the cover with salt water pools. 

Debris and dust can be hosed directly into the pool skimmer box/weir. Before storing the blanket, clean it and allow it to dry thoroughly to prevent mildew. Fold it only on the seams and roll it from one end. If possible it is best to simply roll the blanket up without folding it. Place the blanket in a clean, dry, rodent-free area where temperatures will not reach 40 degrees Celsius. 

Exposure to the sun, water and pool chemicals during normal usage will eventually destroy the solar blanket. The time this takes to happen is dependent on the usage and care given to the solar blanket. When bubble disintegration, delaminating, flaking or peeling occurs, remove the blanket from the pool and replace it with a new solar blanket. 

If the pool cover has not achieved it’s expected life, then it almost certainly has been subject to excessive chlorine levels / unbalanced water and / or excessive exposure – either intermittently or continuously. 

The chemical environment in a pool is created by: 

  1. The amount of UV rays produced by the sun and the exposure of the blanket to these rays on and off the pool.
  2. The volume of pool chemicals (such as chlorine) in the pool water.
  3. The chemistry parameters that balance the pool water (pH) Potents Hydrogens, (CH) Calcium Hardness,(TA) Total Alkanility.
  4. The heat of the pool water (whilst the cover is on the pool).

Damage caused by excessive chemical exposure is excluded from the warranty.

this is what the Solar Bubble Cover looks like

Want to see what the covers looks like? Here are pictures of the solar blankets on lots of different pool sizes and shapes. We can fit the net to any sized pool or pond.

This is how

Deliana uses her solar blanket

“We’ve got the Solar Blanket, but only on a “Blow Up” Pool(Inflatable Pool). It really help so much with the heat and the water evaporation.

We only filled the pool up once this Summer.We normally leave the blanket on until our first swim then the water is nice and warm. The times we only get to the pool after 18h00 and we only take the Solar Blanket off then for the first time that day, the water is lovely and warm!

Will definitely never go without a Solar Blanket again! ? (Also help with the leaves falling in the pool!)

Deliana Claydon-Fink, Aqua-Net customer

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