Installing Excelite swimming pool enclosure is a simple process. It can take about 2 days to complete the installation process. That is, if you have prior experience in swimming pool installation or you hire an expert.
Of course, you can also decide to build your own pool enclosure. However, this may take about 3 to 7 days. This is could be so, especially if you don’t have the technical expertise. The good thing is, it will reduce the pool enclosure prices (buying and subsequent installation cost).
When you import our enclosures from the main factory in China, all these parts come packed in a shipping box.
As a swimming pool enclosure manufacturer, we do our best to make the entire installation process simple. This is why all enclosure parts come with unique labelling. That is, from Part code 1 to part code 39.
Moreover, we also indicate the number of pieces you expect. As you open the packaging box, ensure that parts 1 to 39 are available. Also, there should be the same quantity as indicated in the product manual.
For example, if your enclosure requires five pieces of solid polycarbonate sheet, then check for component labelled Part Code 5 and section labelled Quantity = 4.
Do this for all parts. Below is a sample of our products list and part quantity.
Swimming pool enclosure part code and quantity
NOTE: Our technicians counter-check all these details more than twice, to ascertain that they are parked as per this specification.
This swimming pool enclosure installation guide will take you through a step-by-step process. It has both images and explanations. By the end of the process, you should be able to make a complete structure, as one in the figure below:
To make it easy for you to comprehend, our installation process will be divided into the following main sections:
- Rail assembly
- Arch & PC sheet assembly
Your retractable swimming pool cover will slide on aluminum rails. Therefore, locate and prepare swimming pool deck where you intend to install the enclosure.
The rails should run parallel to the length of the swimming pool. That is, you should install them on the opposite side of the pool. The distance between these rails should be the exact width of your DIY pool enclosure (assuming you will be doing it yourself). That is, for an enclosure of:
- L6579mm*W3905mm*H1101mm – distance between two parallel rails should be 3905mm
- L10868mm*W6183mm*H1771mm – distance between enclosure rails should be 6183mm
For accuracy, you should have a clear layout as shown below:
To install the enclosure rail assembly, you will require items: 12, 13 and 14. Kindly refer to our product code above.
Product 12 and 13 are basically hooks to hold the enclosure. Item 14 is a stud bolt, use it to secure the rail on the swimming pool bed.
NOTE: There are different types of fasteners (bold and screws). Do not substitute one for another. Use them exactly as indicated in this installation guide.
The distances Y1=Y2, Y3=Y4 and Y5=Y6 are to assist you make accurate dimensions. The oval drawing between the rails is a representation of a swimming pool (on aerial view).
Fix the rails and the hooks (12/13) on the swimming pool deck. Remember, we have different sizes of pool hooks – 3200mm and 1200mm.
Install the 1200mm at the furthest end of the rail one on the left and the other on your right. Then the 3200mm on the remaining section as you move towards the opposite side of the rail where you will install the enclosure door.
This what you should expect to have:
Since the rail is already in place, let’s move to another important procedure in the swimming pool enclosure installation.
Arch & PC sheet assembly
Here, you will start by joining Part Code 1 to Part Code 2. To join these two sections, you need to drill two holes with a diameter of 4.2mm.
First, you need to identify item labelled Part Code 1 in your do it yourself pool enclosure kits. Locate its center, then join it with section labelled Part Code 2. While holding Part Code 1, carefully place Part Code 2, with the holes being in the inner section of the curved surface.
The section of Part Code 1 with the two holes should lie flat on the surface of Part Code 2. Then use a hand drill to make two holes in this joint. The holes should have a diameter of 4.2mm. You can see this in the image below.
Hold the drill perpendicular to the surface. This is to avoid drilling slant holes. Slant holes will compromise on the integrity of the joint.
After drilling the two holes, it is now time to permanently bind them using a fastener. Do you remember the size of our holes?
A diameter of 4.2mm right? So, our fastener should have a diameter of about 4mm. Let me make this clear. We may talk about:
- M6*40 – for the case of our Part Code 36
- 4.0*8 – like in Part Code 8
Normally, M refers to thread designation, the first number on your left (for this case 6 and 4) is the nominal diameter in millimeters and the number on your right after (*) refers to length in millimeters. You can learn more about fastener specifications in case you have a number of swimming pool enclosure for sale you would wish to install for your clients.
For our holes, we shall take a faster with a nominal diameter of 4mm and a length of 16mm. That is Part Code 10 to join the two. Use a pop rivet gut to join this section. You should learn how to use a pop rivet gun and observe all the necessary safety precautions.
This is clearly illustrated in the images below:
As you can see, the protruding sections are not there. This he rivet gun squeezes them into a flat surface that holds the joint tightly. We highly recommend a rivet joint for this section of the pool enclosure.
PRECAUTION: Learn and understand how to handle these tools before using them. This is to avoid unnecessary accidents. In case you don’t know where to get these tools, you can contact our technical team.
Now, we have a structure that resembles the letter T as you can see in the image above. Assess the strength of this joint too. There should be no signs of weakness.
Let’s move to our next step.
You have Part Code 1 and Part Code 2 joined together. Identify Part Code 5 with the dimension 2086*1070*T3.
Hold the T-like structure such that, the curved section faces downwards. Carefully slide Part Code 5 through section of Part Code 1 until it reached the Part Code 2. Remember, Part Code 1 and 2 join at an angle of 90 degrees.
You will have an image as the one shown below:
Again, turn to the opposite side. Pick another the second section of Part Code 5. Repeat the same procedure. In each case, the sections should be held firmly on this frame.
By the end of this process, as a section of your retractable swimming pool cover should look like this:
NOTE: Instead of having a continuous Part Code 5 attached to the section of Part Code 1, separating it with Part Code 2 mainly acts as a reinforcement. This makes the cover stronger.
After this, we need to increase the size of our cover.
So, how do we go about it?
I hope you can remember the procedure we used to make the above section. Well, it is almost the same. Here we go.
Increasing the DIY pool cover
My objective here is to increase the size of my pool cover by adding more polycarbonate sheet. This is what you need to do.
Add another Part Code 1 on the other side. It should be such that, this part joins Part Code 2 and the two polycarbonate sheets (Part Code 5).
Again, here, we have a joint. So, we take our riveting gun and join the second Part Code 1, with the first Part Code 2.
This is what you will get (a section with two polycarbonate sheets, two Part Code 1 and one Part Code 2):
From our second joint, extend Part Code 2 by adding an extra section of 2. Again, as we did in the previous sections, rivet this section to form a joint. You can see this illustrated in the image above.
NOTE: Like in the previous procedures, you need to drill holes at the center of 4.2mm diameter. Remember to handle your tools as recommended in the industrial safety guides.
Again, assess the strength of each joint. There should be no signs of any weakness.
With that in mind, again take the third Part Code 5 slide it to fit as required. Do the same for the fourth Part Code 5.
Again, get another Part Code 1 and fit it in the furthest section. You must rivet this joint too. This will be our third Part Code 1. It should join the third Part Code 5, second Part Code 2 and fourth Part code 5.
This is how your final assembled part should look like:
In summary, you can see we have the following:
- 3 Part Code 1
- 2 Part Code 2
- 4 Part Code 5, separated with parts 1 and 2
I think we are clear at up to this point. I hope you have managed to assemble this section.
Still, this section of the retractable pool cover is not complete. To make it more functional you should identify the following parts from the DIY pool enclosure kit.
- Part Code 3
- Part Code 4
- Part Code 11
- Part code 20
First, you need to add additional parts to both ends of the telescopic swimming pool enclosure part you have just assembled above.
While holding the part in position, add Part Code 3 on end and Part Code 4, on the other. You should have an assembled section as shown below:
You should take note of the joints at both ends of the structure. That is, where Part Code 3 connects with Part Code 1. The joint will appear as shown in the circled part above.
Next, we need to create a permanent joint on this section. Therefore, we shall go for Part Code 11. This is our 5*50 screw. Observe this joint keenly. What do you see?
There is a small gap between the aluminum structure and the polycarbonate sheet. For this reason, you need to fill this gap with a small portion of Part Code 20 – a rubber profile.
At his joint, we have two holes, use T25 bits to fit Part Code 11. This will form a strong joint at this point. You can see this illustrated in the diagram below:
Again, assess the joint to be sure its firm and stable.
While still holding the structure in position, use a thin tool to push it in completely. It should fit in this space as illustrated in the image below. Do not exert too much pressure on the joint.
Here is what I mean.
With this in place, it is time to add more reinforcement to the structure. Remember, we are a swimming pool enclosure company that values quality and reliability of all our products. These enclosures should withstand a weight of 900kg distributed with 1.5m radius and wind speed of 230km/hr. You can read more about the benefits of our swimming pool enclosures.
Next, you will identify section labelled Part Code 6. You will then mount this part in the middle of every arc. Remember, we have four arcs. In this context, an arc is an area with a polycarbonate sheet, fitted within four aluminum rods.
Your final assembly should have:
- 4 Part Code 6
- 2 Part Code 1
- 2 Part Code 2
- 4 Part Code 5
You can see this clearly in the image below:
This is how your assembled section should look like at this stage. Clearly, an aerial view of this section will indicate that you have 8 equal sections with polycarbonate sheet.
I hope we are together up to this point. Now, let us move to the next step.
We are almost there. So, our aim is to get a semicircular shape. I know this what you have been waiting for.
Let’s go back to our product list. Identify component labelled Part Code 7. Well, it is semicircular in shape.
Install Part Code 7 to the already assembled section above. Use fasteners to hold these sections together. You should have this shape:
A side view of this section is basically a semicircular shape as shown in the diagram below.
However, an aerial view of this section reveals a rectangular shape with 8 sections. The eight sections are made of polycarbonate with four aluminum rods. The semicircular section (Part Code 7) appears as a small rectangular strip of metal.
Does this seem confusing? No, it shouldn’t. I will make it clear.
The two last images are basically a diagrammatic representation of structures in engineering drawing and design. Normally, engineers use different views to interpret structures such as perspective projection, parallel projection, orthographic projection, etc. You can learn more on engineering diagrammatic representations. This is useful when you want to build your own swimming pool enclosure.
In the already assembled section, you need to add more fasteners. This should make the entire component stronger. Use your hand drill to create 9 holes with a nominal diameter of 4.8mm along those holes with 6mm as the diameter.
Do this in the section highlighted in the figure below.
As before, hold your hand drill perpendicular to the section of the pool enclosure. This to avoid drilling slant holes or, parts with chamfered sections. Remember, when the holes are slant, it will be impossible to secure the sections as required.
Next, use a T25 bit to drive fasteners into the pool enclosure structure. Remember, to insert appropriate fastener into desired holes. The guideline here should be based on the diameter and depth of the hole.
You can see this in the diagrams below:
As you can see, we have already assembled a complete retractable swimming pool cover. We shall call this cover “A”. This is the first cover you need to assemble in any swimming pool enclosure installation process.
NOTE: I have taken quite a lot of time explaining this. The reason being, all the remaining sections will just be a repetition of this process. We shall only add some parts depending on the expected function. That is, we expect the enclosure to either move back and forth or, to have a locking mechanism.
I guess assembling the remaining parts should not take much of your time once you have mastered this.
You can confidently install your pool enclosure on the rail assembly. Install your frame A at the furthest end of the pool (opposite to the section you will install the door). A completely installed pool enclosure should look like this:
The image above is a pictorial representation of an already installed section. The diagram below is an end view of the enclosure. As you can see, the pool cover (frame A) has been installed on the inner rail assembly. This explains the reason for the visible spaces at the two extreme ends.
In most cases, the covers you will be sliding the retractable swimming pool covers towards frame A, to open the cover. This implies, this section could be fixed permanently on the rail.
Assembling frame B
As I had indicated earlier, assembling frame B of the retractable swimming pool enclosure will remain the same as that of frame A.
Frame B is the next frame after A, however, you need to be careful when it comes to choosing the various components you intend to use.
In this particular installation process, we shall use the following Part Codes: 3, 2, 21, 22, 6 and 4. The dimensions vary slightly. Below is an illustration of how a complete assembly of frame B should look like.
Remember, our swimming pool enclosures are designed such that, frame B can slide over frame A when you open the enclosure.
Moreover, for frame B, you will include component labelled Part Code 19. Again, you must cut Part Code 20 in appropriate size and use it to fill the space between the aluminum profile and the polycarbonate sheet.
Hoping that you have successfully installed frame B for the retractable swimming pool enclosure, we can move to the next frame.
The installation process of frame C is similar to that of frame B. In this particular assembly process, you will require the following key components: Part Code 23, 3, 2, 4, 19, 24 and 6
Here, you need to mount the arch connecting to frame B to item labelled Part Code 19. However, you don’t need to mount the remaining two arches to Part Code 19.
Below is an image of a fully assembled of frame C.
Again, like in other sections, you will cut Part Code 20 to appropriate length. Use it to fill the gap between the PC sheet and aluminum profile.
Now, we have two frames – Frame A and Frame B.
It is now time we need to assemble the two frames in a pool rail system. Immediately after Frame A, fix Frame B and then C. Your DIY pool enclosure should look like this:
The remaining section may require a slightly complex procedure. Remember, it is now time to fix the pool enclosure door as well. I hope you remember the length of swimming pool enclosure – L6579mm*W3905mm*H1101mm.
That implies, our frame will be the last. So, we need to install a door to our retractable swimming pool enclosure. Privacy and security are some of the key features of the polycarbonate swimming pool enclosure. Thus, the door is also as important as installing the other sections.
Well, let’s start the process:
Installing swimming pool enclosure door
The door forms an important section of swimming pool enclosure installation process. When installing various frames, you realized that there is an aluminum rod at the center of each frame. That is, for the case of Frame A, it was Part Code 2.
Your swimming pool enclosure door will have two sections. That is, you will be able to open one door to the left and the other to your right.
To construct this door, you will require the following key Part Code: 28, 10, 25 and 26.
Let us start with the door that slants to the left. You will use Part Code 25. Mark the section where you want to install the lock for the swimming pool cover. It should be almost at the center, as indicated in the figure below:
Place Part Code 28 on the frame and drill two holes with 4mm in diameter. Then use a rivet gun to connect the two using Part code 10.
Next, we need to install a pool enclosure door that slants to the right. The procedure is same as the previous one. That is, pick Part Code 26, and install Part Code 28. Join the two using Part Code 10, with the help of a rivet gun.
Remember, location of Part Code 28 should be at the same height in both sections of the door.
In both cases, you should ensure all joints are strong enough. The locking systems are a safety measure that most not be weak, otherwise, some will definitely access your swimming pool without your permission.
The door materials are also manufactured from aluminum and polycarbonate sheet.
Installing the door to the pool enclosure frame
You need to install your door to Frame C. Start with the door curving towards your left hand side.
Drill holes with a diameter of about 4.8mm. Start by drilling these holes on Frame C along the existing holes. Mount half of the door to the frame (the assembled Part Code 25).
Ensure the door balances well on the frame before you begin joining the two using a screw ST 5.5*50 (Part Code 11). See the illustration below:
Ensure all the screws are tightened. A weak door will collapse only after a few days. Furthermore, it won’t provide the required level of security.
Yous should repeat the same procedure for the other half of the door. That is, to install the fully assembled section of Part Code 26. Thus, we shall have two doors (Part Code 25 and 26) as mounted on Frame C as shown in the diagram below:
However, to be sure that the swimming pool enclosure locking mechanism can protect the facility from intruders, you have to add Part Code 31, 32, 30 and 33 as illustrated below.
That is, drill two holes on the swimming pool deck, then insert Part Code 33. Whenever you want to lock the swimming pool, you will insert Part Code 32 in Part Code 33. Both the hole and the position of the 33 and 32 should be in the same line.
On viewing the swimming pool enclosure from front view, you will definitely see a semicircular structure. Below is a detailed illustration of the locking mechanism:
Look at this cross section carefully, you will notice we have a number of semicircular shapes. These are the various frames of the retractable pool enclosure.
It is so because, Frame A is the smallest, followed by Frame B and Frame C is the largest. You can see this from a fully installed in the diagram above. Again, you should note that, the pool enclosure prices vary depending on the number and size of frames.
You should also include a locking mechanism on Frame A of the DIY pool enclosure. That is, use Part Code 31, 37, 38 and 30.
Lock Part Codes 37 and 38 to lock item 30 on the profile. Again, you should lock Part Code 36 to lock 31. Remember to have all these items inline as you did while installing that on Frame C. The procedure remains the same. For detailed illustration, you can review the figure below:
As you build your own pool enclosure, you should include the following on the main door fixed in Frame C.
Ensure Part Code 32 and 33 are in a line. Again, you need to cut the dust cloth and then assemble Part Code 34 and 35. Use Part Code 37 and 38 to lock Part Code 34. Use Part Code 39 to lock Part Code 35 on Part Code 34. Just ensure to adjust them to the correct height. Here is an illustration of all these:
Drill holes with a nominal diameter of 4mm to connect Part Code 27. Use a rivet gun and Part Code 8 to mount Part Code 27 on the inside section of the door. Below is a detailed illustration of this process:
Again, back to Frame A, drill holes with minimal diameter of 6mm so that Part Code 9 can be installed. Below is an illustration of this process:
Lastly, Part Code 29 should be mounted on both sizes of the arch. This will allow users to pool the enclosure back and forth depending on the weather condition. Below is an illustration on how to go about the entire process:
As you can see, our retractable swimming pool enclosures are easy to install. Furthermore, we are the only pool enclosure manufacturer that provides a simple to understand manual for the entire procedure.
Swimming pool enclosure installation is a simple process. If you opt for the DIY process, you can save a lot of money. Alternatively, you may opt to hire a trained technician.
Is there any point or process you need more clarifications in our installation process? Well, you can contact our technicians.