The Universe is a medium height retractable pool enclosure. The Universe retractable pool enclosures are available in six sizes and your choice of two polycarbonate panel styles.
Retractable, polycarbonate pool enclosures create a greenhouse effect which allows you to enjoy your outdoor pool all year round, even during the winter.
Enjoy your outdoor pool in bad weather, keep out unwanted debris and add additional security by keeping small children, pets and animals away from your pool area.
Universe Enclosure Sizes (length by width by height)
The Type I Universe enclosure is the smallest size and the Type VI is the largest enclosure size.
Choose a pool enclosure size that exceeds your pool's footprint. If you would like additional space for tables and chairs, choose an enclosure with additional length or additional width.
Type I - 35 feet long by 17 feet 2 inches wide by 6 feet 7 inches high.
Type II - 41 feet 8 inches long by 18 feet 8 inches wide by 6 feet 7 inches high.
Type III - 41 feet 8 inches long by 20 feet 6 inches wide by 7 feet 3 inches high.
Type IV - 48 feet 8 inches long by 20 feet 6 inches wide by 7 feet 6 inches high.
Type V - 41 feet 8 inches long by 22 feet 2 inches wide by 7 feet 6 inches high.
Type VI - 48 feet 8 inches long by 22 feet 2 inches wide by 7 feet 6 inches high.
Universe Wind & Snow Maximum Load by Size:
Enclosure maximum width and height is dependent on wind and snow loads in your area. We offer various sizes of aluminum profiles to sustain required loads.
Type I - Wind 150 mph, Snow 70 psf
Type II - Wind 150 mph, Snow 70 psf
Type III - Wind 150 mph, Snow 70 psf
Type IV - Wind 150 mph, Snow 70 psf
Type V - Wind 150 mph, Snow 60 psf
Type VI - Wind 150 mph, Snow 60 psf
Polycarbonate Enclosure Panels
Choose from two options: Twin Wall or Compact polycarbonate panels.
Twin Wall Polycarbonate (10mm size)
- Twin Wall polycarbonate panels are designed with two polycarbonate panels separated by an air pocket in the middle which offers 15% better thermal efficiency than a compact polycarbonate panel.
- The two panel design offers a naturally obscured view which offers partial privacy from the outside.
- Twin Wall design is less expensive than the Compact Polycarbonate Design.
- Twin Wall is 200 times stronger than glass.
Compact Polycarbonate (4mm size)
- Compact polycarbonate is clear as glass. Allows you to maximize your outdoor views from inside your enclosure.
- Compact polycarbonate is more expensive than twin wall polycarbonate and has slightly less thermal efficiency than twin wall polycarbonate.
- Compact polycarbonate is 200 times stronger than glass.
Additional Information about the Universe Pool Enclosures
The Universe models are designed to have a roof height which you can walk under allowing you to get changed before you swim or dry off afterwards right under the enclosure.
The Universe line of pool enclosures offers a balanced compromise between a low and high enclosure. Universe has a rounded shape which gives a higher central line positioned over the middle of the pool.
The wider the enclosure, the higher the center of the building is – if you opt for a wider model you can even place table, chairs or sun loungers under it.
Sliding or swinging doors can be fitted to the front and back walls of the enclosure. Side-mounted sliding doors can be fitted into the side walls of the highest or lowest segment.
Available Colors for the aluminum construction:
Available colors for the polycarbonate panels:
- Transparent (clear see through panels)
- Translucent (embossed for privacy; highest level of privacy)
- Smoke (bronze shaded panels / tinted for partial privacy)
Available colors of sliding rails:
- Use your pool all year long and during winter.
- No need to open and close your pool each season.
- Enjoy added privacy with translucent or smoke polycarbonate paneling.
- Enjoy your pool with a closed dome during the winter or enjoy open an open air pool during the spring and summer months.
- Reduce cleaning costs by keeping dirt, leaves, and debris out of your pool.
- High clarity light transmission and protection against harmful UV radiation.
- Durable aluminum framework and polycarbonate retain their characteristics for years.
- Reduced cleaning time by keeping dirt, leaves and debris out of your pool.
- High solar efficiency.
- A flexible alternative to traditional construction.
- Comfortable and easy handling - barrier free access.
- Retains the heat created by sunshine and increases thermal coziness inside the enclosure.
- Prolonged use plus extra storage, planting or exercising space.
- Restrict access by children or animals to ensure their safety.
- Expand the usage of your home - indoor / outdoor entertainment by simply sliding the enclosure.
With the enclosure, can I use my Pool, Spa or patio all year round, especially in colder climates?
Yes, our enclosures are designed and built for year round use. The polycarbonate panels allow the sun’s rays in while providing good insulation properties.
The enclosures frame is equipped with a vinyl sweep that seals in the warm air and keeps drafts out. This creates a warm enclosed environment, minimizing heat loss.
Will the enclosure protect me from the harmful UV rays from the sun?
Yes, the polycarbonate panels protect your skin from harmful UV radiation.
Will the enclosure prevent children from getting in?
The enclosure is equipped with locking devices/pins for each door to safely close doors to guard against unwanted entry. However, a pool enclosure is not meant as are placement for a fence.
What are the sizes for the Standard Swim Spa models?
- Laguna Type I: 13’1” Width, 20’10” Length, 7'7" Height
- Laguna Type II: 14’8” Width, 20’10” Length, 7'7" Height
- Oceanic High Type I: 13’1” Width, 20’10” Length, 7'4" Height
- Oceanic High Type II: 14’8” Width, 20’10” Length, 7'7" Height
- Universe Type I: 9’8” Width, 17’0” Length, 3'6" Height
How big of an enclosure can I have for my swimming pool or Outdoor Living Entertainment area?
The widths are generally to 45 feet, and all lengths can be accommodated. However, this would be based on wind and snow load requirements where installed.
What are the features and benefits of polycarbonate?
Polycarbonate panels are 3mm - 10mm thick (Approx 1/8” – 1/2” thick). They provide the perfect combination of strength, high impact resistance, good acoustical insulation, high clarity and light transmission.
The polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable, flexible, lightweight, and weather resistant and protects against harmful UV radiation.
What types and color options do I have for the polycarbonate?
The COMPACT polycarbonate for, the pool, spa and patio enclosures are available in Clear (Transparent), Bronze Shaded Panels (Smoked) for Privacy or Embossed (Translucent) for Privacy.
Additionally, for the pool and patio enclosures, the Twin Wall Honeycomb polycarbonate is available in Clear, Smoked Brown, Green and Blue.
What color options do I have for the aluminum frame?
Silver, White, Beige, Antique Brown, Charcoal or Cobalt Blue (Wooden like finish is an increased price).
What kind of foundation is required to install the enclosure on?
A flat, level surface is required. Any of the following is acceptable:
- Minimum 3.5" thick foundation of reinforced concrete.
- Pavers set in concrete.
- Wood / composite decking.
What is the enclosure made of?
Polycarbonate panels and aluminum extruded arches; for years of maintenance free enjoyment.
Can leaves and bugs get into the enclosure?
No, as long as you keep the enclosure closed. The enclosure’s frame is equipped with a vinyl sweep that prevents outside elements from entering.
What does the enclosure come with?
The enclosure comes with all parts and material needed for installation. The shipment consists of tracks, polycarbonate panels with aluminum extruded arches, doors, and all necessary hardware with an installation manual.
What warranty is available?
Manufacturer's limited warranty applies:
- Polycarbonate panels: 15 years
- Aluminum surface finish: 10 years
- Packing elements, locks and other technical parts: 3 years
- Installation, if performed by the manufacturer / authorized installer: 2 years
What holds the enclosure to the ground?
The enclosure is held to the track which in turn is anchored to the ground. This allows for easy operation and added security from heavy snow loads or during higher wind conditions.
Can I install the enclosure myself?
If you are a handy individual, you should be able to do so. The average dome enclosure requires two people, 4-8 hours to install. The floor rails are mounted to a flat surface, the panels are affixed to the rail, and the roof and doors are installed.
Typical Pool enclosures require 2-4 people and take one to two days to install.
Who can install my enclosure, I don't want to do it myself?
Pool & Spa Enclosures, LLC can install your enclosure anywhere in the USA. The enclosures are designed for an easy install, so any authorized installer in your area, or a local qualified contractor will be able to install the enclosure.
Do I need a building permit for this type of enclosure?
The building permit requirements are determined by your local city or municipality. If a permit is required, we can provide you with necessary documentation for you to obtain permit approval.
How do I clean the enclosure?
While very little maintenance is required, if you live in an area that produces a lot of dirt or dust, then occasional cleaning may be needed. The polycarbonate panels can easily be cleaned by hosing down with warm clean water or with a soft cloth made from 100% cotton, using a mild dish detergent solution and rinsing with warm water.
NEVER use a solvent based cleaner (ammonia, etc.). AVOID using sponges or brushes that can scratch the panel’s surface.
Will the enclosure affect my property taxes?
It shouldn’t as it is not considered a permanent structure, to be sure, please check with your local municipality.