Commercial Projects FAQ:
How does a Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosure
differ from a retractable awning?
A retractable awning is a cloth or vinyl cover
that does not
provide adequate protection during inclement
weather. You will not be able to utilize your
ourdoor dining area year-round with a
retractable awning. Our retractable enclosures can simply be closed
when inclement weather arrives. Your customer's
will not have to venture inside your restaurant
since they will quickly be in an enclosed
How does a Roll-A-Cover enclosure compete against a
fully enclosed glass enclosure?
There are many reasons why our products are a superior choice for your
business to generate year-round revenue. We are
the only product that lets you control your
business when the weather becomes inclement. Our
enclosures can transform your space from a fully
closed room to an open room in minutes, which
will provide an un-obstructive view of the
skyline so your customers can enjoy dining
outdoors on a pleasant day. With a Roll-A-Cover, you will not need
to supply air conditioning into the closed glass
enclosure space since simply rolling your
enclosure open exhausts the heat buildup that
was once a heat tunnel for your patrons.
Does the glass in Roll-A-Cover enclosures have seal
failure issues like the permanent enclosures on
Our glazing combination of twin wall
polycarbonate and tempered glass assures that
our glazing will never fog up and requires only
minor washing from time to time.
Why would our outdoor dining patio benefit from a
As you are well aware, most people would prefer
to sit and dine outside if possible. With
our unique retractable enclosures, you can now
provide that experience whenever the weather
permits! Also, you will be able to
generate revenue year-round
since the enclosure can quickly be closed
turning your outdoor patio into an indoor dining
experience when the weather becomes inclement. Most of our
restaurant projects have a 1-2 year return on
investment. Please contact one of our
designers and they will be happy to work with
you and provide all the pertinent ROI
calculations for your
location. With our pre-designed return on
investment calculators, your business can easily
be evaluated with regards to your dollars
invested and when you could expect a return.
Why does Roll-A-Cover state that they are waived
from most state smoking laws?
Most smoking ban laws state that a room must
open at least 50% to the sky in order to qualify
as a smoking area. That is exactly what
our room will do provided the weather
Why would a Roll-A-Cover enclosure change my
restaurant or bar business?
If given the choice, many people prefer to dine
outdoors. Your sales volume has to do with
your business style and clientele; but
Roll-A-Cover can help keep your customers at
your restaurant when the weather turns for the
worst. With a Roll-A-Cover retractable
enclosure, you will be able to guarantee the
space year-round, allowing you to book private
parties and events, without concern for the
weather. Not to mention the wow factor that our
How does a Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosure
compare to the other types of enclosure products
on the market?
Our enclosures are retractable which allows you
to open or close the room with ease as you or
your guests please. Our product is extremely
durable and will provide you with unprecedented
protection and security from all types of
1) What is a retractable pool/spa enclosure? Is
it a winter cover?
Our enclosures protect your pool from
inclement weather, but it also acts as a
permanent enclosure, in most cases, which can be used year-round
as an indoor pool/spa
application. Your pool/spa can be outdoors
instantly by simply rolling it back into its
open position. Our products, which are trackless
systems, have many benefits over a tracked
system usually found in the industry. Since our
retractable enclosures are trackless, there is
no concern for tripping on the tracks. Also,
debris will not collect in the tracks causing
issues cleaning and rolling the system.
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 of 140 MPH and a snow load
of 60 per square foot once engineered based on
the size of the system. The system has been
designed with strength, longevity, and safety in
mind. It's a structural addition over your
pool/spa with wheels! We are at least twice the
structural design over most other form of
trackless enclosures in the industry. We are a
custom fabrication manufacturer which gives us
an incredible amount of design flexibility. Our
enclosures not only have architectural
enhancements designed within the system, but
custom components that you can only appreciate
by seeing one of our many enclosures in the
marketplace today. Our
retractable enclosures most definitely provide
the wow effect!
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 and smooth/levelness of your existent surface. We always require
the site to be evaluated by you, an architect, a
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 if required by engineering. 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 protection from
intruders, but we recommend having your
enclosure secured to a satisfactory structural
concrete surface in case of storms.
5) Is it hot in the enclosure?
Our enclosures have a UV protective coating on
the ¼” polycarbonate (non-acrylic) and a 10-mm
twin wall roof system, which is standard. You can add sliding doors
with screens around all perimeter side walls for
additional ventilation when the room must be
closed. We also offer ¼”
tempered glass as an option, which is what we
recommend as long as it
meets the local codes for your application Not
only would the system be easier to clean but the
wall glass also comes in a few more color
options verus the polycarbonate.
6) Do the heat benefits affect pool
Of course! Our enclosures can protect the
heating of your pool water from your heating
system plus raise the water temperature by
10-40%. It can 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 that have been
70-80 degrees inside the enclosure when the
outside is below 40 degrees. However, there are
many environmental conditions that can change
this projection. Temperature change, which
includes a variety of roof and wall glazing
options, direction to the sun, shading by trees,
7) How large can your enclosures retract?
Our enclosures can retract about 36' wide and
100' long. A hot tub enclosure can open to around 10'
by 10'. Our products are trackless, so if you
need a greater span then please ask us. We are
custom fabricators so we may have an option that
fits your design needs. We have the
proper engineering to support all of our
products. We design our products to be able to build your
dream enclosure with governmental approvals.
9) Are there different heights?
Yes, our standard heights are 2', 4', and 8'.
The enclosures can be higher based on the design
requirements of your site. Remember, we are custom fabricators so our abilities are
endless. We have built retractable enclosures with
heights greater than 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 on. We are capable of
customization with our systems, but there are
limitations to the systems design capabilities
11) Does your system have different
colors with respect to the aluminum?
Yes, our stock colors are white, sandtone, clear
anodized, bronze anodized, and black anodized. Hundreds of
custom colors are
available at an additional charge.
12) How long have you been in business?
Aside from having 35 years of fabrication
experience, we have also been in the hot tub and
pool industry for over 32 years.
Roll-A-Cover products were introduced back in
2000 and since then, companies like Forbes
Magazine and dozens of major publications have
recognized our products as the most quality driven
retractable enclosures in the market. Please review our
Testimonials page on our web site for all awards
and endorsements we have received.
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 smooth
so the system doesn't have to flex or roll
over huge gaps in your block pavers or
bluestone. For a lean-to enclosure, the back wall needs to
be straight, plumb, square to the front rolling ground
surface, parallel, and smooth. Modeling your
site after the detailed plans that we supply is
critical to the systems operation.
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 towns
views may be different. It should be considered
portable because it doesn’t have a fixed
15) How easy is it to roll?
Very! 2 people can push or pull the system and
in seconds our free standing 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 lean-to models often require just
one person to open and close it. It depends on
the depth and rear wall height. When your system
is being designed please don’t forget to ask how
well your system is going to roll with one
person or two. As a design note, the wider the
bays, the better it rolls. One of the reasons we developed a 7’ wide bay is
because it is
easier to open rather than with a narrower bay.
16) I have viewed over the internet
several other companies that market similar
concepts and product features. What sets
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, owned 2 hot tub retail
stores in the early 80’s and has been a pool
installer as well as a custom builder. His
experience in the aluminum fabrication sloped
glazing industry is his greatest accomplishment.
B) Engineering capabilities including a
trackless enclosure design that no one in the
C) Several custom components that allow our
enclosures to provide the finest weather-tight
overlap in the industry. 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, therefore, we don’t use large 3-5”
gaskets between our bays.
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. Are product line is endless!
E) Roll-A-Cover products are designed and
manufactured in the U.S.A.! The majority
of companies in our field import their enclosures from overseas
and have severe limitations on their design and
F) We use 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 will
find that anodized and baked finishes are truly
an old generation painting process.
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 high moisture interior space, but our
condensation gutters do offer a significant
amount of dripping protection.
H) ¼" glazing on the walls and a 10 mil roof
system for greater strength and longevity with
many optional upgrades and roof and wall glazing
I) Polycarbonate (non-acrylic) products are used
in our glazing process versus acrylic that
cracks under weather changes, which can cause
yellowing of the enclosure within a few years.
Also, 1” thick polycarbonate is considered
J) Our sales, design, and manufacturing
departments have over 6 decades of experience.
K) We provide 5" polypropolean 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
L) We always recommend acquiring a building
permit. We are a manufacturer with installation
support, but we are not familiar with all local
requirements. With our standard enclosures, we
supply an engineering plan stamped for your
permit process, but site specific requirements
may be an added requirement. We can always guide
you through the process, so please ask us for
M) 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 we have.
N) Cost seems to be the most sought after
request and we are here to give you a reasonable
range. Our self-standing enclosures, which are
used for swimming pools or banquet facilities,
have a range of $75-$150 per ground square foot.
It matters on design, color, and customization
requirements. Our retractable sunroom models
have a range of $80-$145 per square foot. This
number can be more or less depending on certain
variables. Our products have been designed with
components and structural capabilities that far
exceed the industry standards. We can build less
expensive enclosures, but your product will not
have quality powder coated paint or acrylic
glazing panels. Also, our enclosures do not have
obtrusive tracks, but rather, a structural
design that can stand alone without the tracks
that retain dirt and mold. We give you a design
for your enclosure that not only fits your site
design requirements, but also your needs. This
is truly what sets us apart.
17) Can I install the Roll-A-Cover
Absolutely! We pre-cut, drill, tap and assemble
many of the parts that you would receive. The
enclosure has been pre-assembled and then
dismantled for shipment. We are always
available to assist you with the install or we
can install the project for you. All of our
clients that installed the enclosure themselves
thanked us for such a quality installation
manual as well as a well-designed and prepared
enclosure product. NO SAWS REQUIRED! All you
need are decent carpentry skills, manpower,
standard screw guns, and hand held tools.
18) What is the real benefit of a
Roll-A-Cover enclosure versus a permanently
When the weather is beautiful, you can enjoy the
outdoors. When the weather becomes inclement you
can simply 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. The benefits of a
Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosure for your
project are endless, whether you are a home
owner looking to enclosure your pool or a
business owner looking to generate year-round
19) Why not have tracks on the
We can offer a track system, but why? A track
is designed with a tracked enclosure because the
system itself cannot stand on its own. It will
cave in under downward force. Also, a track
collects dirt and debris from the pool and
weathering elements, thus, it gets grimy and
algae can build up in the tracks. Aesthetically,
it is not pleasing since the area around the
enclosure will have tracks. You will have an
unpleasant obtrusion sitting on your concrete
surface when your kids are playing outside,
which is not safe. It will also reduce your
true flat area surface for chairs and tables
because of the rise on the sides of the pool.
20) I adore my backyard and the
beautiful impression that it has with the great
flowerbeds and trees. Will I lose this view?
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 aesthetically
pleasing and give you a back yard appeal that
your neighbors will envy. The hardware and
screws are not visible.
Our clean looking details are truly the pride of
our product 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 leaves around your
21) We always see the company’s
corporate staff being used in the marketing of
Roll-A-Cover products, is there a reason?
We stand behind our products completely. We are
proud of what we have built and what we offer in
To speak with one of our design
please call 866.393.7292 or email
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