How do you protect your pool while maintaining its aesthetic appeal?

17 February 2023

Summer means swimming and relaxing in the pool. On the other hand, it’s important to protect your pool from the elements, pollution and intruders, while maintaining its aesthetic appeal. That’s where the above-ground pool enclosure comes in.

In this article, you’ll learn more about above-ground pool enclosures, the different models available on the market, their advantages and disadvantages, and the criteria to consider when making a purchase.


Above-ground pool enclosures

Also known as pool verandas, above-ground pool enclosures are available on the market in different heights. Here are the most common:

The low pool enclosure, discreet and aesthetic protection

As its name suggests, this shelter is low-profile. Its low height gives it the advantage of being discreet and aesthetically pleasing, while guaranteeing the safety and cleanliness of the pool. Ranging from 60 to 90 centimetres, the low pool enclosure blends easily into the garden, keeping the water clean and cool.

Discover the different models of low enclosures offered by Verandair, the pool enclosure specialist for over 30 years.

low pool enclosure with veranda

The mid-high shelter, to extend your bathing season

If you want to install a pool enclosure without having to obtain planning permission, opt for a half-height pool enclosure. This construction does not exceed 1.80 meters in height, and is therefore not considered a habitable surface. This saves you a lot of red tape.

The mid-rise pool enclosure extends the swimming season by 2 to 4 months in summer, and helps keep the water warm and clean. Because it’s higher than the low enclosure, you can leave the enclosure closed and take a dip in your pool in cool weather!

Discover BOSTON, the customizable half-height pool veranda from Pool Cover by Verandair.


The high enclosure, for year-round pool enjoyment

This type of shelter is the largest and most imposing. If you’re looking to create a truly relaxing space to enjoy your pool all year round, opt for a high pool enclosure.

With its considerable height, this shelter gives you additional space adjoining your home. A high pool enclosure lets you swim all year round, while you relax and read a book in the sun whenever you like.

Whether set against a wall or free-standing, the high pool enclosure creates a bright, relaxing space. By adding a high pool enclosure, you improve the comfort of your home.

Discover all our high pool enclosure models:

high pool enclosure

Pool enclosures for local authorities

The retractable pool enclosure for communities is an ideal solution for having an open-air pool in summer and a covered pool in winter, offering year-round swimming enjoyment. What’s more, installinga pool enclosure ensures safety around the pool and reduces maintenance costs.

At VERANDAIR®, we offer extra-wide pool enclosures to meet the needs of sports centers, public pools, wellness centers, hotels and similar establishments. Our experienced technicians will carry out a complete study to draw up a pool enclosure project perfectly adapted to your situation and needs.

If you’re a professional and want to be able to use your pool all year round, Pool Cover by VERANDAIR® is the expert in retractable pool enclosures for public and community pools.

summum pool enclosure

Advantages and disadvantages

Like all equipment, the above-ground pool enclosure has its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages :

  1. Protect your pool from the elements, pollution and intruders.
  2. Swimming season extended.
  3. Lower pool maintenance costs.
  4. Improved safety around the pool.

Disadvantages :

  1. High purchase price.
  2. Complex installation.
  3. Aesthetically less pleasing than without shelter.
  4. May require administrative authorization according to local regulations.

Criteria to consider when making a purchase

The purchase of an above-ground pool enclosure should not be taken lightly. Here are a few criteria to consider before making your choice:

  • The size of your pool: The dimensions of your pool will determine the type of enclosure you can install.
  • Your region’s climatic conditions: If you live in a very sunny region, a high shelter may not be necessary.
  • Your budget: The cost of a shelter can vary considerably depending on its size, type and quality.
  • Quality of manufacture: The quality of manufacture of the shelter is essential for its durability and resistance to the elements.
  • Safety: The shelter must be equipped with an effective locking system to prevent accidents.


The above-ground pool enclosure is an effective solution for protecting your pool from bad weather, pollution and intruders, while maintaining its aesthetic appeal. There are many different types of shelter on the market, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Before buying an enclosure, it’s important to take into account certain criteria such as pool size, climatic conditions, budget and manufacturing quality. Although the purchase and installation of an above-ground pool enclosure can be costly and complex, the benefits it offers in terms of safety, extended swimming season and reduced pool maintenance costs are well worth the effort.


Is an above-ground pool cover compulsory?

No, it’s not compulsory to protect your pool, but it’s strongly recommended for safety and energy-saving reasons.

How much does an above-ground pool enclosure cost?

Price depends on size, model, accessories and customization. Prices can vary from a few hundred to several thousand euros.

How long does it take to install an above-ground pool cover?

Installation time depends on the model and size of the structure. In general, this can take from a few days to a week.

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