1) What is a retractable pool/spa enclosure? Is it a
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 answer session.
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
3) I have an existing pool, will it work on my
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
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
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
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
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
11) Does your system have different colors with
respect to the aluminum?
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
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 has gaps.
14) Is the Roll-A-Cover enclosure taxable as
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
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 apart?
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,
B) Engineering capabilities with a
trackless design that no-one in the industry
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
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 painting
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 protection.
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.
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 $65-$110 per ground square foot. It matters
on design, color and customization requirements, if
any. Our retractable sunroom models have a range
from $70-$145 per square foot. Could be more or it
could be less. Our products have been designed with
components and structural capabilities that far out
way the industry standards. We do apologize if our
prices seem higher than companies that make similar
claims, but this is why we ask everyone to compare
the difference in the field and not on paper or
through a high powered salesman. We could build less
expensive enclosures, but is that really where you
would like us to go? Make a product that doesn’t
have quality powder coated paint or offer acrylic
glazing panels? How about offering those obtrusive
TRACKS that allow others to stand more rigid were
our enclosures are structural enough to stand alone
without those ugly tracks that retain dirt, mold and
Giving us a opportunity in designing a enclosure
that not only fits your site design requirements but
also your needs is truly what sets us apart.
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) 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.
The most confusing part about a trackless enclosure
is why not have tracks?
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 pool.
20) 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 around.
21) 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
22) 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