Questions & Answers

Commercial Projects FAQ:

1. How does a Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosure differ from a retractable awning?

A retractable awning is a cloth or vinyl cover that does not provide adequate protection during inclement weather. You will not be able to utilize your ourdoor dining area year-round with a retractable awning. Our retractable enclosures can simply be closed when inclement weather arrives. Your customer’s will not have to venture inside your restaurant since they will quickly be in an enclosed structure.

2. How does a Roll-A-Cover enclosure compete against a fully enclosed glass enclosure?

There are many reasons why our products are a superior choice for your business to generate year-round revenue. We are the only product that lets you control your business when the weather becomes inclement. Our enclosures can transform your space from a fully closed room to an open room in minutes, which will provide an un-obstructive view of the skyline so your customers can enjoy dining outdoors on a pleasant day. With a Roll-A-Cover, you will not need to supply air conditioning into the closed glass enclosure space since simply rolling your enclosure open exhausts the heat buildup that was once a heat tunnel for your patrons.

3. Does the glass in Roll-A-Cover enclosures have seal failure issues like the permanent enclosures on the market?

Our glazing combination of twin wall polycarbonate and tempered glass assures that our glazing will never fog up and requires only minor washing from time to time.

4. Why would our outdoor dining patio benefit from a Roll-A-Cover enclosure?

As you are well aware, most people would prefer to sit and dine outside if possible. With our unique retractable enclosures, you can now provide that experience whenever the weather permits! Also, you will be able to generate revenue year-round since the enclosure can quickly be closed turning your outdoor patio into an indoor dining experience when the weather becomes inclement. Most of our restaurant projects have a 1-2 year return on investment. Please contact one of our designers and they will be happy to work with you and provide all the pertinent ROI calculations for your location. With our pre-designed return on investment calculators, your business can easily be evaluated with regards to your dollars invested and when you could expect a return.

5. Why does Roll-A-Cover state that they are waived from most state smoking laws?

Most smoking ban laws state that a room must open at least 50% to the sky in order to qualify as a smoking area. That is exactly what our room will do provided the weather cooperates.

6. Why would a Roll-A-Cover enclosure change my restaurant or bar business?

If given the choice, many people prefer to dine outdoors. Your sales volume has to do with your business style and clientele; but Roll-A-Cover can help keep your customers at your restaurant when the weather turns for the worst. With a Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosure, you will be able to guarantee the space year-round, allowing you to book private parties and events, without concern for the weather. Not to mention the wow factor that our enclosures provide!

7. How does a Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosure compare to the other types of enclosure products on the market?

Our enclosures are retractable which allows you to open or close the room with ease as you or your guests please. Our product is extremely durable and will provide you with unprecedented protection and security from all types of weather conditions.

Pool FAQ:

1) What is a retractable pool/spa enclosure? Is it a winter cover?

Our enclosures protect your pool from inclement weather, but it also acts as a permanent enclosure, in most cases, which can be used year-round as an indoor pool/spa application. Your pool/spa can be outdoors instantly by simply rolling it back into its open position. Our products, which are trackless systems, have many benefits over a tracked system usually found in the industry. Since our retractable enclosures are trackless, there is no concern for tripping on the tracks. Also, debris will not collect in the tracks causing issues cleaning and rolling the system.

2) Is a Roll-A-Cover enclosure a thin tubular designed product that is cheap looking?

Most Roll-A-Cover enclosures are designed to withstand wind speeds of 140 MPH and a snow load of 60 per square foot once engineered based on the size of the system. The system has been designed with strength, longevity, and safety in mind. It’s a structural addition over your pool/spa with wheels! We are at least twice the structural design over most other form of trackless enclosures in the industry. We are a custom fabrication manufacturer which gives us an incredible amount of design flexibility. Our enclosures not only have architectural enhancements designed within the system, but custom components that you can only appreciate by seeing one of our many enclosures in the marketplace today. Our retractable enclosures most definitely provide the wow effect!

3) I have an existing pool; will it work on my pool?

The chances are, yes. There may have to be a few modifications to your site in regards to the size and smooth/levelness of your existent surface. We always require the site to be evaluated by you, an architect, a local contractor, or by our Roll-A-Cover team.

4) Do your Roll-A-Cover enclosures have to be fastened down?

There is a different tie down requirement for each application if required by engineering. 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 protection from intruders, but we recommend having your enclosure secured to a satisfactory structural concrete surface in case of storms.

5) Is it hot in the enclosure?

Our enclosures have a UV protective coating on the ¼” polycarbonate (non-acrylic) and a 10-mm twin wall roof system, which is standard. You can add sliding doors with screens around all perimeter side walls for additional ventilation when the room must be closed. We also offer ¼” tempered glass as an option, which is what we recommend as long as it meets the local codes for your application Not only would the system be easier to clean but the wall glass also comes in a few more color options verus the polycarbonate.

6) Do the heat benefits affect pool water?

Of course! Our enclosures can protect the heating of your pool water from your heating system plus raise the water temperature by 10-40%. It can 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 that have been 70-80 degrees inside the enclosure when the outside is below 40 degrees. However, there are many environmental conditions that can change this projection. Temperature change, which includes a variety of roof and wall glazing options, direction to the sun, shading by trees, and others.

7) How large can your enclosures retract?

Our enclosures can retract about 36′ wide and 100′ long. A hot tub enclosure can open to around 10′ by 10′. Our products are trackless, so if you need a greater span then please ask us. We are custom fabricators so we may have an option that fits your design needs. We have the proper engineering to support all of our products. We design our products to be able to build your dream enclosure with governmental approvals.

9) Are there different heights?

Yes, our standard heights are 2′, 4′, and 8′. The enclosures can be higher based on the design requirements of your site. Remember, we are custom fabricators so our abilities are endless. We have built retractable enclosures with heights greater than 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 on. We are capable of customization with our systems, but there are limitations to the systems design capabilities as well.

11) Does your system have different colors with respect to the aluminum?

Yes, our stock colors are white, sandtone, clear anodized, bronze anodized, and black anodized. Hundreds of custom colors are available at an additional charge.

12) How long have you been in business?

Aside from having 35 years of fabrication experience, we have also been in the hot tub and pool industry for over 32 years. Roll-A-Cover products were introduced back in 2000 and since then, companies like Forbes Magazine and dozens of major publications have recognized our products as the most quality driven retractable enclosures in the market. Please review our Testimonials page on our web site for all awards and endorsements we have received.

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 smooth so the system doesn’t have to flex or roll over huge gaps in your block pavers or bluestone. For a lean-to enclosure, the back wall needs to be straight, plumb, square to the front rolling ground surface, parallel, and smooth. Modeling your site after the detailed plans that we supply is critical to the systems operation.

14) Is the Roll-A-Cover enclosure taxable as property tax?

It’s up to your local town. We consider our products portable in design but each towns views may be different. It should be considered portable because it doesn’t have a fixed perimeter.

15) How easy is it to roll?

Very! 2 people can push or pull the system and in seconds our free standing 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 lean-to models often require just one person to open and close it. It depends on the depth and rear wall height. When your system is being designed please don’t forget to ask how well your system is going to roll with one person or two. As a design note, the wider the bays, the better it rolls. One of the reasons we developed a 7’ wide bay is because it is easier to open rather than with 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, owned 2 hot tub retail stores in the early 80’s and has been a pool installer as well as a custom builder. His experience in the aluminum fabrication sloped glazing industry is his greatest accomplishment.

B) Engineering capabilities including a trackless enclosure design that no one in the industry matches.

C) Several custom components that allow our enclosures to provide the finest weather-tight overlap in the industry. 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, therefore, we don’t use large 3-5” gaskets between our bays.

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. Are product line is endless!

E) Roll-A-Cover products are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.! The majority of companies in our field import their enclosures from overseas and have severe limitations on their design and customization abilities.

F) We use 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 will find that anodized and baked finishes are truly an old generation painting process.

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 high 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 with many optional upgrades and roof and wall glazing thicknesses.

I) Polycarbonate (non-acrylic) products are used in our glazing process versus acrylic that cracks under weather changes, which can cause yellowing of the enclosure within a few years. Also, 1” thick polycarbonate is considered bulletproof glazing.

J) Our sales, design, and manufacturing departments have over 6 decades of experience.

K) We provide 5″ polypropolean 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 our sill wheels.

L) We always recommend acquiring a building permit. We are a manufacturer with installation support, but we are not familiar with all local requirements. With our standard enclosures, we supply an engineering plan stamped for your permit process, but site specific requirements may be an added requirement. We can always guide you through the process, so please ask us for assistance anytime.

M) 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 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 $75-$150 per ground square foot. It matters on design, color, and customization requirements. Our retractable sunroom models have a range of $80-$145 per square foot. This number can be more or less depending on certain variables. Our products have been designed with components and structural capabilities that far exceed the industry standards. We can build less expensive enclosures, but your product will not have quality powder coated paint or acrylic glazing panels. Also, our enclosures do not have obtrusive tracks, but rather, a structural design that can stand alone without the tracks that retain dirt and mold. We give you a design for your enclosure that not only fits your site design requirements, but also your needs. This 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. The enclosure has been pre-assembled and then dismantled for shipment. We are always available to assist you with the install or we can install the project for you. All of our clients that installed the enclosure themselves thanked us for such a quality installation manual as well as a well-designed and prepared enclosure product. NO SAWS REQUIRED! All you need are decent carpentry skills, manpower, 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 beautiful, you can enjoy the outdoors. When the weather becomes inclement you can simply 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 benefits of a Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosure for your project are endless, whether you are a home owner looking to enclosure your pool or a business owner looking to generate year-round revenue.

19) Why not have tracks on the enclosures?

We can offer a track system, but why? A track is designed with a tracked enclosure because the system itself cannot stand on its own. It will cave in under downward force. Also, a track collects dirt and debris from the pool and weathering elements, thus, it gets grimy and algae can build up in the tracks. Aesthetically, it is not pleasing since the area around the enclosure will have tracks. You will have an unpleasant obtrusion sitting on your concrete surface when your kids are playing outside, which is not 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. Will I lose this view?

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 aesthetically pleasing and give you a back yard appeal that your neighbors will envy. The hardware and screws are not visible. Our clean looking details are truly the pride of our product 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 leaves around your yard.

21) We always see the company’s corporate staff being used in the marketing of Roll-A-Cover products, is there a reason?

We stand behind our products completely. We are proud of what we have built and what we offer in the marketplace.

To speak with one of our design consultants,
please call 866.393.7292 or email
We look forward to working with you on your project!