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  1. With the enclosure, can I swim in my pool all year round, especially in colder climate areas?
  2. Will my property taxes go up?
  3. What is the difference between the conventional and trackless design?
  4. What's the maximum size the enclosure can be built?
  5. What's the difference between a low-shield, high-shield and ellipse-shield enclosure?
  6. Will it keep my child out?
  7. Can the Aqua Shield Enclosure be mounted against the house /garage/wall?
  8. Can leaves and bugs get in the enclosure?
  9. Do I need a dehumidifier to control the humidity?
  10. What does the enclosure consist of?
  11. Does the enclosure come with doors?
  12. What is the glazing made of?
  13. What is the frame made of?
  14. What holds the enclosure to the ground?
  15. How is the Aqua Shield Telescopic Enclosure installed?
  16. What kind of foundation is required?
  17. Can I install the enclosure on my wood deck? Plastic Deck? Brick/Stone Deck?
  18. Can I install the tracks flush to the patio surface?
  19. What is the life expectancy of the product?
  20. Do I need planning permission for this type of pool enclosure?
  21. Is is easy to slide the enclosure open or closed?
  22. How expensive is an Aqua Shield Telescopic Enclosure?
  23. How easy is it to install the enclosure myself?
  24. I want to use my pool in the winter. How warm is the pool water and air temperature under an Aqua Shield Eclosure?
  1. With the enclosure, can I swim in my pool all year round, especially in colder climate areas?
A. Aqua Shield's Telescopic Enclosure is designed and built especially with the colder climate areas such as Canada, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado (northern United States) in mind. Aqua Shield Telescopic enclosure uses a thermal glazing specially manufactured to capture the sun's rays to create a warm enclosed environment while minimizing loss of heat generated by sun and water heater. A reinforced vinyl sweep attached to the frame sections seals in the warm air and keeps the drafts out.

 
 2. Will my property taxes go up?
A. No. Aqua Shields are considered temporary removable structures.

 
 3. What is the difference between the conventional and trackless design?
A. Aqua Shield's conventional models are designed to slide and hold the enclosure simultaneously.  The tracks provide security from all sorts of extreme weather, while allow a smooth and easy sliding motion of the sections (just like a sliding door closet in your home).  The enclosure can be opened or closed in five minutes.  Conventional models require a flat foundation. 
Aqua Shield's trackless design offers the same advantages as our conventional model but does not require a perfectly flat foundation.  Since there is no track, it takes more time to roll the sections in place.  The sections also have to be fastened to the ground when anticipating windy or stormy weather conditions.

 
 4. What's the maximum size the enclosure can be built?
A. Aqua Shield Enclosure is available up to 50' wide, length up to 125'.

 
 5. What's the difference between a low-shield, high-shield and ellipse-shield enclosure?
A. The low-shield is a quarter of a circle, its height depends on the width. It is walk able in the front or the back of the enclosure.
The high-shield is half of a circle, its height also depends on the width. The high-shield offers more head room throughout the enclosure. It is ideal for people who want to use the diving board.
The ellipse shield is not as high as the high-shield, but still offers the same amount of head room throughout the enclosure.

 
 6. Will it keep my child out?
A. Safety features include locking pins to keep the frames fixed and lock for the door.

 
 7. Can the Aqua Shield Enclosure be mounted against the house /garage/wall?
A. Yes. We have designed many enclosures that have been attached to the house. Simply open your house door and you are in your own private spa.

 
 8. Can leaves and bugs get in the enclosure?
A. No; the design of the track and the vinyl sweep prevents this.

 
 9. Do I need a dehumidifier to control the humidity?
A. This is a matter of choice.  The structure is self-venting and all materials used in the construction of Aqua Shield products are not affected by condensation.  Should it occur simply open one of the sections.

 
 10. What does the enclosure consist of?
A. Aqua Shield Enclosure arrives fully assembled and consists of a set of tracks, complete frame sections, and a set of end panels, one with door and all necessary hardware.

 
 11. Does the enclosure come with doors?
A. A patio door is fitted as standard at one end. Optional extra: A second door or a double door.

 
 12. What is the glazing made of?
A. Aqua Shield's Telescopic Enclosure uses a rigid, yet lightweight, corrugated Polycarbonate glazing that is 8mm thick. It is chosen for its excellent light transmission, (yet prevents "see-through" for added privacy,) profile structure, ability to withstand extreme temperatures, antifog treatment, fade resistance, and long service life.

 
 13. What is the frame made of?
A. US grade 6061-T6 reinforced extruded aluminum alloy one piece seamless arches, precision engineered to slide on wheels with self-lubricating stainless steel ball bearing for smooth traction.

 
 14. What holds the enclosure to the ground?
A. The enclosure is held simultaneously to the track by our "Safe Grip Track System", allowing for easy operation and added security during high wind and heavy snow load conditions.

 
 15. How is the Aqua Shield Telescopic Enclosure installed?
A. To install, the tracks are first mounted on a flat foundation, parallel and at opposite sides of the pool or patio. Then, the frame sections are dropped onto the track, beginning with the smallest section first.

 
 16. What kind of foundation is required?
A. A flat foundation of 3.5" reinforced concrete is mandatory prior to installing the tracks.

 
 17. Can I install the enclosure on my wood deck? Plastic Deck? Brick/Stone Deck?
A. Aqua Shield Enclosure works with any kind of deck, provided the proper footings are laid.

 
 18. Can I install the tracks flush to the patio surface?
A. Yes, with new pool/patio installations. The contractor must provide a concrete channel that is square and parallel to allow for our tracks to sit flush with the new patio surface.

 
 19. What is the life expectancy of the product?
A. With normal use, Aqua Shield Enclosure will provide you with many years of trouble-free, year-round enjoyment. Aqua Shield guarantees the aluminum structure for 10 years; the polycarbonate manufacturer guarantees the glazing for 10 years.

 
 20. Do I need planning permission for this type of pool enclosure?
A. Generally not, as the Aqua Shield telescopic enclosure is considered a temporary removable structure.  Permission would be required for any commercial use, or if the location is in a sensitive area. Please check with your local township for any ordinances and permits you may require.

 
 21. Is it easy to slide the enclosure open or closed?
A. Yes, because of the revolutionary track and wheel design, you can easily open or close the enclosure in less than a minute.

 
 22. How expensive is an Aqua Shield Telescopic Enclosure?
A. Comparable pool enclosures (permanent, non-telescopic) cost approximately from $50/sq. ft to up to $120/sq. ft. Compare: Aqua Shield Telescopic Low-Shield models are approximately from $23/sq. ft.

 
 23. How easy is it to install the enclosure myself?
A. Aqua Shield Telescopic Enclosure arrives fully assembled. If you're handy around the house, the average enclosure requires two people, four-five hours to install.

 
 24. I want to use my pool in the winter. How warm is the pool water and air temperature under an Aqua Shield Eclosure?

A. Click on the link below to view tables, that show the temperature fluctuations during a three month period of an actual Aqua Shield Enclosure installation over a pool, located in Ashby, Massachusetts. It compares how the outside air temperature has virtually no negative effect on the temperature of the pool water and air inside the enclosure.
Heat generated by sun and water heater is sufficient to maintain a comfortable environment inside the Aqua Shield in the cold winter months.

 

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