A. Unfortunately, that's a pretty common question. The answer is, it's a deck built in the true style that decks are normally built. Instead of building it out the back door, it covers the pool, usually flush with the surrounding surface.
A. Decks are not very common in the valley of Phoenix, because of the style of homes that we build. The typical home does not lend itself to the addition of a deck.
A. For a deck to be built anywhere, we need at least a 12" elevation above the existing ground. Most back patios don't lend themselves to that, BUT a pool cover does, because the bottom of the pool is usually over 3' deep.
Q. Is the deck strong enough?
A. Good question...... Most people want the deck to handle parties, people, tables, DANCES! etc.
The answer is, YES!! IT IS STRONG ENOUGH! The design is verified by a certified structural engineer, licensed by the state.
The decks are built to normal building standards for floors and decks and usually far exceed structural requirements, in fact most exceed commercial requirements for floor loading because of the way they are actually built.
You may want to put a spa on top of it, or drive over it. In those situations, we may want to reinforce it a little.
Tell us your particular needs and we'll be sure to create a beautiful deck that works for you and of which you can be proud.
Q. What does a deck cost? Excellent question!
A. Answer is...... IT DEPENDS! Here are some of the variables that affect the cost of a deck.
The surface area of the pool
The span of the members
The shape, a curved pool is more difficult than a rectangle
Different levels, steps, or benches cost a little more
The material used on the deck. The composite material is much more expensive and also requires a more substantial deck structure
In all, there are up to 12 different factors that go into our calculations. Accuracy is very important to us. There could be other factors that may affect the cost also, but call any time for a free detailed quote.
A. Don't be afraid to call. We never mind giving information that helps our customers.
Q. How long does it take to build a deck?
A. Most decks are done in about a week. The larger more complicated decks take longer. The simpler ones could be done in a few days.
Q. Will water get into the bottom of the pool with the new deck? If so, what happens to it?
A. Yes, water will pass through the deck openings. We install an automatic pump that senses water and will automatically pump the water back out to the backwash line on the pool filter.
The automatic pump is powered by a ground fault interrupt circuit that protects anyone from being shocked.
Q. Can I gain access to below deck?
A. Yes, on every deck, we make an access hatch which allows entry to below the deck.
Q. How do I store things below deck?
A. Since water will come through, any item will need to be in a rain proof container. We have seen customers put Christmas decorations in the large plastic storage boxes. Any old pool equipment they want to save goes down there.
You may want to set some skids on the bottom to set things on so that when water comes in, it doesn't collect underneath. Whatever goes below needs to be in a water proof container.
We also offer a hanging storage
Q. What happens to the pool during it's retirement?
A. Most pool surfaces are not meant to be without water in them. Some pool surfaces can go without water better than others. From what we see, surprisingly, the older plasters stand up better than the new ones.
Most likely the pool will have to be replastered or resurfaced when you are ready to use it again.
Q. When I want to use the pool again, what do I have to do?
A. When you are ready to use the pool again, the deck can be removed, pool resurfaced, and it's ready to go. The deck or supporting structure and equipment do not damage the existing pool structure.
As a matter of fact, Deckover has applied for patents for features that make it easier to remove the deck someday.
Q. Is there a warranty on a Deckover Pool Cover?
A. Yes, as follows.
Composite decks have at least a 20 year warranty; some have a
limited lifetime warranty on the decking planks that are used. The
structure carries a 2 year warranty.
Wood decks have a 2 year warranty on the deck and structure.
All built components have a 2 year warranty.
Pumps, electrical, and other purchased components have a warranty as supplied by the manufacturer.
If you have any other questions, call us!
We'll try to answer!
Q. How can I build my own deck?
A. Yaaa, don't unless you have an engineer as a good friend.
Questions? Call us!
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