Those are the two questions we run into the most. Various industries have been welding fabrics for many years. A few of these industries include: the large fabric building structures you may have seen, the commercial roofing industry and the pond lining industry. Alta is the only pool cover company in the United States to make the investment to replace outdated sewing technology to improve the durability and lifespan of pool covers. Our goal was to make the best pool covers on the market and we are proud to say we have succeeded.
Alta Enterprises' welded covers are made from strongest most abrasion resistant material on the market. We also use the same proprietary UV inhibitor found in fabric building structure material in our pool covers. This UV inhibitor is designed to protect fabric that is exposed to the sun all day, 365 days a year for years on end. We use the same proprietary UV inhibitor in the production of our pool covers that are used in fabric building structure material. Beyond material quality, what truly sets Alta's covers apart from all the other covers on the market is our welding process. Alta will match any pool cover warranty on the market at no extra charge.
All seams on Alta covers are welded on the top and the bottom, including the full perimeter edging. All seams are butt seams as opposed to overlap seams. While this is more labor intensive and takes longer to manufacture, it provides the strongest seam possible and it virtually waterproofs the covers. Sewn covers use an overlap seam that exposes the edges of all panels to the water and, in addition, these seams can catch on lane lines. There are literally thousands upon thousands of perforations in sewn covers from the sewing machine needle.
All of these perforations and exposed seams are points of entry for water. Some covers can as much as double in weight from water absorption! Perforating the covers at the seams also weakens them- think of the perforations in a paper towel roll. Welding the covers creates a bond that is stronger than the base material. There is simply no stronger seam on the market!
Alta offers an optional sun guard built into all welded covers. This means there is no deck reel cover to be lost and due to the fact the sun cover is built onto the pool cover, it will always be used. Because of the materials used and our manufacturing methods, Alta covers have the longest expected useful life. A properly cared for cover can last 9-11 years. Alta's standard cover warranty is 5 years. We are so confident in our covers we will match any manufactures warranty at no extra charge.