1) What is a retractable pool/spa enclosure? Is it a winter cover?
Yes, it protects the pool from inclement weather but it also acts as a
permanent enclosure, which is useable year round in most applications
as an indoor pool/spa application. As an outdoor enclosure, simply
roll it back into its open position and the pool or spa are outside.
Our products, which are designed as a trackless system, have so many
benefits over a tracked system which is available in the industry.
Read on and we will provide the differences within our question and
2) Is a Roll-A-Cover enclosure a thin tubular designed product
that is cheap looking?
Roll-A-Cover enclosures are designed to withstand wind speeds in
excess of 140 MPH and a snow load in excess of 60 per square foot. The
system has been designed with strength, longevity, and safety in mind.
It's an addition over your pool/spa with wheels! We are at least
twice the structural design over any other form of trackless
enclosures in the industry. We are a custom fabrication manufacturer
which means that, we build to design if need be which gives us an
incredible amount of design flexibility. Enclosures not only have
architectural enhancements designed within the system it also has
custom components that can only be appreciated by seeing one of our
many enclosures in the marketplace today.
3) I have an existing pool, will it work on my pool?
The chances are, yes. There may have to be a few modifications to your
site in regards to the size of your existent surface and or quality of
its level and flat surface. We always require the site to be evaluated
by you, an architect, local contractor or by our Roll A Cover team.
4) Do your Roll-A-Cover enclosures have to be fastened down?
There is a different tie down requirement for each application. Most
applications have only the fixed section fastened with an anchoring
system and all temporary anchors set for each additional 7" rolling
section. The internal locking system provides the protection from
intruders but for storms, we recommend having your enclosure secured
to a satisfactory structural concrete surface.
5) Is it hot in the enclosure?
Our enclosures have a UV protective coating on the ¼” inch
polycarbonate (non-acrylic) and a 10-mil twin wall roof system. We do
have the option of sliding doors with screens around all perimeter
side walls for added air flow. We also offer ¼” tempered glass as
option which, as long as it meets the local codes for your application
is what we recommend doing.
6) Does the heat gain benefit the pool water?
Of course! It has the ability of protecting the heating of your pool
water from your heating system plus raises the water temperature by
10-40% and also increase the ambient air temperature by 15-25 degrees.
Don't forget about the protection from leaves dirt and other falling
debris. We have projects in Canada that have shown 70-80 degrees
inside the enclosure when the sun is out and the outside is under 40
degrees. There are a lot of environmental conditions that can change
this projection however.
7) Who would I buy this enclosure from?
We recommend that you contact our corporate office at a toll free
number 866-393-7292 and ask for a design consultant. We have many
representatives throughout the world for our product but of course, we
have a factory direct program for areas where we are not represented.
You could buy our enclosures as a self install or have our in house
installation team do the job for you.
8) How big can your enclosures go?
How about 32' wide and 100' long, is that big enough? Or maybe a 10'
by 10' hot tub room. Our products are trackless; if you need a greater
span, one of our accessories used for rough terrain is a low profile
track. This component will allow greater widths. We have engineering
to support our products; it's the way we do business. Everything
matters with your local town requirements with wind and snow. We
design so 99% of the time we are able to build your dream enclosure
with governmental approvals. If we can’t built it for you we would
refer you to someone who can.
9) Are there different heights?
Yes, 2', 4', and 8' heights and even higher based upon the design
requirements of your site. Remember, we are also a custom fabrication
shop so our abilities are endless. We have built retractable sunrooms
with a height of over 15' high.
10) I don't have a rectangular pool and there is a waterfall at
one end. Can you put your enclosure on our pool?
Everything is possible, but it also has to be practical. That's for
the designer and you to work out. We can do a tremendous amount of
customization with our systems, but there are limitations to the
systems design capabilities as well.
11) Does your system have different colors with respect to the
Yes and the colors that are stock are White, Hunter Green, and
Sandstone. Hundreds of other colors are available but at an additional
charge. We are now offering anodized black and standard anodized as
stock choices also. We have provided over 15 different colors to the
Roll A Cover family since our conception.
12) How long have you been in business?
Our background doesn't end with our over 45 years of combined
fabrication experience, we also have been active in the hot tub and
pool industry for over 20 years. Roll A Cover products were introduced
over 5 years ago and since then companies like Forbes magazine and
several major publications have viewed our products as the most
quality driven products on the market. Please review our news section
in our web site for all updated awards and endorsements.
13) Our site for the enclosure to roll on is fairly level, is
that good enough?
It's important to have the site level and solid so that the system
doesn't have to flex that much or roll over huge gaps in your block
pavers or bluestone. For a sunroom the back wall needs to be plumb,
square to the front rolling ground surface, parallel and smooth. We
could add additional wheels if needed so that if your rolling surface
14) Is the Roll-A-Cover enclosure taxable as property tax?
It's up to your local town. We consider our products portable in
design but each town's views may be different from one to the other.
It should be considered portable because it doesn’t have a fixed
perimeter. Regarding taxes, remember, every enclosure that is over 100
cubic feet requires a building permit.
15) How easy is it to roll?
Very! Usually 2 people would push or pull the system and in seconds
the enclosure is open or closed. If it's a bigger system it may take a
couple of minutes by moving each section separately until the entire
system is opened or closed. The retractable sunroom models often
require just one person to open it and close it. It depends on the
depth and rear wall height so when your system is being designed
please don’t forget to ask on how well your systems going to roll with
one person or two. As a design note, the wider the bays the better it
rolls, as well, that is one of the reasons that we developed a 7’ wide
bay so that you get easier opening process than a narrower bay.
16) I have viewed, over the internet, several other companies that
market similar concepts and product features. What sets Roll-A-Cover
A) Decades of design, installation, construction and
manufacturing experience with years in the pool, hot tub and swim spa
industry. The owner, Michael P. Morris also owns 2 Hot tub retail
stores since the early 80’s and also has been a pool installer as well
as a custom builder. His experience in the aluminum fabrication sloped
glazing industry is probably his greatest art with his decades as a
sunroom and greenhouse retail, fabrication company.
B) Engineering capabilities with a trackless
design that no-one in the industry could match.
C) Several custom components that allow our enclosures to
provide the finest weather-tight overlap in the industry. We don’t use
large 3-5” gaskets between our bays, we are so well designed that we
have the aluminum rafters overlap each other to a 1/8” with a hidden
gasket for added protection.
D) Decades of fabrication experience in customizing our
enclosures to your unique site conditions. We have built walkways,
skylights (Fixed and retractable), bi-fold doors, fixed sunrooms etc.
It's endless what services we will provide.
E) Roll-A-Cover is an American design/built product unlike the
majority of companies in our field that import their enclosures from
overseas and have severe limitations on their design and customization
F) Powder coated paint for ease of cleaning and longevity from
fading, and chalking versus the standard baked on paint surfaces. We
do offer anodized aluminum as an option but once you have enjoyed the
longevity and cleaning ability of our powder coat surface you would
find that anodized and baked finishes are truly an old generation
G) Built in condensation gutters, which is truly a design
marvel versus a non-protective rafter. You will always have
condensation dripping down from a highly moisture interior space but
our condensation gutters do offer a significant amount of dripping
H) ¼" glazing on the walls and a 10 mil roof system for greater
strength and longevity.
(non-acrylic) products are used as our glazing versus acrylic that
cracks under extensive weather changes and impact with yellowing
expectations within a few years. As an FYI, at 1”thick polycarbonate
is considered bulletproof glazing.
J) Full management staff as your support. From our sales to our
design department with our manufacturing staff having over 4 decades
of experience, our staff is ready to serve you. From our manufacturing
to shipping, your installation process is closer each day. To our
field support and owner driven management team, you are our first
K) 5" nylon clear wheels with stainless steel self-lubrication
brass housing for ease of roll and long term, maintenance free use. We
do NOT use any ball bearing products on sill wheels.
L) We always recommend acquiring a build permit. We are a
manufacturer with installation support, but we are not familiar with
all local requirements. We do supply with our standard enclosures an
engineering plan stamped for your permit process but site specific
requirements may be a added requirement. We can definitely guide you
through the process so don’t be afraid to ask.
We are always available for an on site visit, but please understand
that we do ask for a retainer that would cover our travel costs. This
is necessary due to the amount of world wide inquiries that we have.
17) Can I install the Roll-A-Cover products myself?
Absolutely! We pre-cut, drill, tap and assemble many of the parts
that you would receive. It's basically been pre-assembled and then
dismantled and ready to be shipped. We are always available with
corporate staff and not-subcontractors to assist you in the install or
take the project from start to finish. We have had every single
client that has installed their own praise us for such a quality
installation manual as well as a well designed and prepared enclosure
product. NO SAWS REQUIRED! Just descent carpentry skills and manpower
and standard screw guns and hand held tools.
18) How does a Roll-A-Cover product compare in price to other products
of similar concept?
It matters on how large you go. The smaller the enclosure, whether a
retractable sunroom or a retractable pool enclosure, the costs could
be as low as $65 per square foot of ground cover. Our enclosures
average around $65-80 per square foot. Now, price relates to quality,
architectural image and engineering capabilities. We always ask a
customer to not review the costs as much as the product. There's a
tremendous difference between Roll-A-Cover and any other retractable
product in the industry. We are willing to show you the differences;
it's up to you to ask to see them. As a strong marketing company could
boast on their design features we have achieved the goal of being
honored with several North American Awards and it’s not because of our
looks. The bigger you go the less per square foot it costs.
19) What is the real benefit of a Roll-A-Cover enclosure versus
a permanently fixed structure?
When the weather is fine, enjoy the outdoors. When the weather turns
for the worst, close your enclosure and enjoy your swimming or dining
area. There is also minimal maintenance except for hosing off the
exterior panels when there is dirt on the system. With our powder
coated paint process the sheen of the aluminum protects the system and
allows for ease of cleaning. You should wipe down your rafters on the
outside twice a year and the inside at least once a year.
20) The most confusing part about a trackless enclosure is why not
We can offer a track system but why? A track is designed with a
tracked enclosure because the system itself can not stand on its own.
It will cave in under downward force. Also a track contains dirt and
debris from the pool and weathering elements thus it gets grimy, algae
builds up and its ugly with those tracked areas. You will have an
ugly obtrusion sitting on your concrete surface where kids run around
and play, not to safe. It will also reduce your true flat area
surface for chairs and tables because of the rise on the sides of the
21) I adore my backyard and the beautiful impression that it has with
the great flowerbeds and trees; would I loose that?
Look at the beauty of our design and the way that you can see through
our enclosures to the outside or through your house windows to your
back yard. Our enclosures are not unattractive like most pool
enclosures that use aggressive looking aluminum or steel; they were
designed with you in mind. Our enclosures are beautiful in themselves
and for no-additional charge give you a back yard appeal that your
neighbors will envy. With no visual hardware or screws that all other
enclosures require to keep their enclosures together our clean looking
details are truly the pride of our products design. Rounded and bull
nosed components with an overlapping of aluminum and a built in hidden
gasket gives you the added protection from the bugs and leafs that fly
22) We always see the companies corporate staff being used in the
marketing of Roll A Cover products, is there a reason?
Oh there sure is? We not only stand behind our products but we
absolutely would put our face to them every day of the year. Have you
ever wondered why no other companies attach a corporate figure to
their products? Its simple, we are proud of what we have built and
what we are offering in the marketplace.
23) Your management team, are they owners or employees that are here
today and gone tomorrow?
First, we have talked about Michael P. Morris’s experience and as one
of the owners obviously he is here to stay. Dennis Martens, who is the
Vice President is a owner as well as a instrumental part of supporting
the clients whether they are searching for information about our
products or they have become a family member by purchasing one of our
enclosures, he’s responsible for the sales and support at Roll A Cover
and he does a fabulous job. Then there is Kerry Taylor who is also a
Vice president in the Engineering department but also an owner. He has
not only been a instrumental part of the design of each enclosure
model but also heads up the project design team and engineering
support department. When we comes to terms with your design Kerry is
the one that brings the accuracy of the design to you for your
approval then transfers all of the detailed documents to the
manufacturing department. David Pate, who has been apart of Mr.
Morris’ fabrication business since the late 80’s has not only
demonstrated his vast experiences as a fabrication leader but also has
brought to Roll A Cover an art that is second to none. We have several
other top quality long term employees that you will have opportunity
in meeting once we start your project.