Currently, there are two main types of low profile pool enclosure on the market; the original tracked enclosures, and now more recently, the trackless enclosures.
Deciding which one is best is not an obvious decision, so here are the fundamental differences to take into consideration. And to make this comparison a little easier to visualize we referenced two models from the pool enclosure specialist Pool Enclosures.
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The two models compared are the tracked K1000, and the trackless KT1000. They can both be found at Pool Enclosures.
The product comparison is based on the following important criteria: Ease of use, Product performance, Aesthetics, Design and construction, Flexibility, and Price.
Ease to use: Whilst both enclosure types are relatively effortless to operate, the Tracked enclosure has the edge in terms of how easy the enclosure is to open and close. The tracked enclosure requires only one person to open and close the enclosure, whereas the trackless enclosure ideally requires two people. This is to ensure the enclosure does not become misaligned by being pushed from one side only.
Product performance: In terms of performance both enclosures are equally matched. They both offer great insulation properties due to the nature they are both low profile. This design feature also helps in terms of ease of use, and product maintenance.
Aesthetics: There are two aspects to the overall aesthetics of the products. Firstly is the materials used, and the second is how high or obtrusive they are as structures. For buyers with aesthetics as a high priority, the Trackless enclosures tend to win here.