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Take Cover: How Best to Protect Your Pool

  • September 12, 2014
  • 3 Minute Read
  • Pools

Not all swimming pool covers are created equal! There are several different types of pool covers, but the main goal of any cover is to help keep your pool safe and clean. It’s a wise investment for any pool owner and can limit the amount of money you spend down the line on pool maintenance or repairs. But how do you choose which is best?

Every pool cover serves a different purpose, so before selecting one, you must first determine your needs. Do things like walking your property and noting any large trees near your pool, and observing how much sun your pool gets throughout the day. Also, answer these questions: Do you have small children or pets that might wander into the pool? Will you use your pool year-round? Are you on a tight budget? Gaining this information will help you figure out how best to protect your pool, and which of the following pool covers is right for you.

Track-style pool cover– This type of pool cover can be installed for easy access to pool use year round. It’s convenient operation features a reel system at one end that opens and closes using tracks installed under the coping or around the deck. This system makes it easy to cover pools on a daily basis, and can be manually, semi-automatically, or automatically operated. Track-style covers are typically used on in-ground pools, but above ground pools with a deck can utilize a manually operated track cover.

Tie down pool cover– This pool cover is probably the most low maintenance option available. It’s usually made of vinyl or mesh and secures to the pool using ties and anchors. Tie down covers are often used in winter when pools close for the season. They’re pretty heavy, so it usually takes at least two people to operate them. Tie down covers are available for both in-ground and above ground pools.

Safety pool cover– According to the American Society for Testing and Materials performance standards, safety pool covers are required to hold at least 485 pounds within any 3-foot diameter, have no spaces large enough for a child to slip through, and provide adequate drainage of surface water to prevent drowning. Most tie down and track-style pool covers meet this standard, but it’s always safe to check on this information with the manufacturer. These covers are available for in-ground and above ground pools, and come in a mesh or vinyl material.

Solar pool cover– If you want warm water or a lower energy bill, invest in a solar pool cover. These covers are designed to absorb heat from the sun and keep it in, and also to keep water from evaporating and chemicals from escaping. They can be used for in-ground and above ground pools but, keep in mind, these are not designed for safety or to keep debris out of the pool.

Leaf net pool cover– If you have many trees in your yard, a leaf net pool cover may be your best bet. They’re made of woven polyethylene and are designed to keep leaves and twigs out of the pool. They can be used on their own or in conjunction with winter and/or solar covers to help keep the sharp twigs from puncturing the vinyl cover.

So, there ya have it! Which pool cover do you think would be right for you?