Different Types of Pool Covers

Are you looking to get a pool cover or replace an existing one but are overwhelmed with the options? Basically, you want your pool cover to cover your pool for safety reasons, efficiency, and pool protection.  Certain pool covers can prevent people and animals from falling into the pool. The cover will also help keep debris out of the pool which will save you on maintenance and chemical costs and help to protect against pool stains and algae growth.  There are three basic types of pool covers: mesh, solid and automatic. Mesh covers allow sunlight and water to filter through the cover. Solid covers completely block out the sunlight, precipitation, and debris from entering the pool. An automatic pool cover is a mechanical cover that can controlled with a button or switch. Let’s see which one is right for you.

Cover the Same Ground with Mesh Covers

Mesh pool covers are woven to create many tiny holes that permit water to pass through the cover which eliminates any standing water from collecting on the cover and does not require a cover pump on top. However, since sunlight, precipitation and small debris can penetrate through the cover, that can encourage algae growth and elevated water levels. So, you may want to consider an automatic step pump and adding chlorine during the off season or enrolling in our Winter Watch Program. Because of its design, it is lighter in weight than other covers making it easier to transport and store. It is custom fit to your pool and requires professional installation with anchors, springs, and straps. These anchors are installed in your pool decking or pool perimeter whatever that may be and may require drilling.

Cover Up with Solid Covers

Solid pool covers are usually made of a vinyl material making them heavier than mesh covers. Still, they can be folded and stored with a little extra effort. Since they have no holes, any precipitation, as well as debris, can collect and stand on the cover. It is recommended to have a cover pump that removes that water to not put stress on the cover and damage it. Any debris should also be removed. Just like mesh covers, they are measured to the shape of your pool and installed in the same manner with anchors, springs, and straps.

Cover One’s Tracks with Automatic Safety Pool Covers

An automatic pool cover is solid in design. They require a mechanical component that will control the covering and retraction process. An automatic pool cover is not designed to be used in the winter and would require special care and precautions to protect it for such. It would also require a cover pump to remove standing water and any debris would need to be removed. It is very user-friendly and a good accessory for in-season use to help keep the pool clean and warm. If you have an automatic pool cover, it can be rolled and stored in the cover box for the winter so a traditional winter cover can be used.

We’ve Got You Covered

Any of these covers could be a great addition to your pool. However, we do not recommend using a tarp with water bags as a winter cover. First of all, it has no safety component. It cannot support the weight of a person or animal and does not create a barrier to access. Additionally, it does not prevent debris from entering the pool during the winter as the cover can easily become dislodged for many reasons. Interested in replacing or updating your pool cover, call us today!

*This information is obtained from the Certified Pool and Spa Operator Handbook. This information may not be applicable to your pool based on your pool type and location. One should reference all applicable regulations and standards for your facility.

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