We get a lot of questions on pool covers. We find folks commonly get confused regarding the benefits that one cover may provide in comparison to another.
In this post we’re going to discuss the 3 basic types of pool covers for your pool. Depending on what cover you choose, pool covers can offer protection, convenience, and improved efficiency. Some (but not all covers) can save people from falling in your pool and drowning.
Moreover, pool covers keep leaves and debris away from the pool, which reduces maintenance considerably. Certain pool covers are a crucial addition worth buying since safety is a major priority for all pool users and owners.
If you have done any research on pool covers, you probably got confused by the numerous selections offered and started wondering which pool cover is best for you. Therefore, what then, is the best option for your pool needs?
In the following post, we’ll try to break down the several forms of pool covers and provide you with the information you need to identify which is the most ideal swimming pool cover for your preferences.
Mesh Winter Safety Covers
A mesh safety pool cover is one of the most recent styles of pool coverings for in-ground swimming pools. This cover varies from a standard tarp cover in that it enables water and melting snow to travel past the mesh and then into the swimming pool. Because of its advanced design, it can help pool users conserve water.
Furthermore, mesh safety covers keep out any waste that might normally infiltrate your pool. Mesh covers, on the other hand, allow water and other elements easily due to their densely woven strands. This excludes the necessity to drain, simplifies maintenance, and saves load on the cover, hence extending its longevity.
Mesh safety covers compensate for the shortcomings of other types of pool covers. They can handle a lot of weight, and stay put thanks to strong and heavy-duty anchors.
Such pool covers are secured with a set of anchors and spring accessories and can be custom-tailored to the contour of your pool.
The primary objective of a solar pool cover is by insulating your swimming pool instead of protecting it. It accomplishes this by forming a barrier that traps the heat and reduces evaporation.
Solar covers are inexpensive and ideal for pool users who want to optimize the heat conservation of their pool. Furthermore, the same as the previous pool covers, they do an excellent job of preventing water loss.
A solar pool cover is sometimes referred to as a bubble pool cover since it is typically a thin cover with air bubbles all around it. It captures solar heat and can raise the temperature of your pool by up to 8 degrees. Installation is uncomplicated, and after the cover has been sized and trimmed to fit the design of your pool, it will be available to be used.
Furthermore, it aids in reducing the volume of filth and debris that enters your pool. With this particular type of pool cover, numerous pool owners are using a cover roller to make it simpler to place on and remove off the pool. However, a cover roller is not a necessity when using a solar cover and they can be extremely bulky and unattractive. We recommend installing an aluminum vault at the edge of your pool where the cover can be rolled and stored. The vault comes with a sleek aluminum lid which makes it less obtrusive.
It’s important to know that solar covers are not safety covers. These covers are meant to float on the surface of the water and cannot hold any additional weight.
Automatic Pool Covers
An automatic pool cover makes sense for a variety of safety and budgetary reasons. Yes, it will significantly increase your budget for a new pool or a renovation. But it has the potential to offset maintenance costs over the years.
These heavy-duty covers also help create peace of mind, especially in homes where you cannot monitor children and pets 100 percent of the time.
In most cases you just flip a switch, and watch as the cover seals your pool. And while you cover your pool, its saving money on heating costs, minimizing water loss from evaporation, and keeping the water clean for the next refreshing dip in your backyard resort.
An automated pool cover can also help extend your backyard swimming season while also saving money. You don’t want to pay for extra energy costs when it’s chilly outside, and a pool cover helps preserve some of the warmth generated by your heater.
Water evaporation is the single biggest cause of energy loss, and as noted above, a cover can significantly cut evaporation. Even in the summer, nightfall in certain geographic regions brings a dramatic dip in temperature; in these cases, covering a pool when the sun goes down can help cut energy costs by minimizing evaporation.
As a result, a cover can lower pool heating costs by up to 70 percent, and they may save as much as 50 percent on overall electricity costs.
An auto cover can help lower your electric bill in another way: As explained above, by keeping your pool cleaner, you will need to run your pool cleaner for less time—saving energy. And cleaner water means shorter filtration run times, so your pump won’t have to operate as many hours per day to circulate water through your filter.
It’s important to keep in mind that automatic pool covers are not cheap. The piece of mind you get will cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of between 20-30k depending on which brand and system you choose. Because automatic pool covers are strong and durable, they offer the highest degree of safety when it comes to keeping people—especially children—and pets from falling in.
So, one of the greatest rewards of investing in an automatic pool cover is ultimate ease: They essentially store themselves—usually in less than a minute! Your automatic pool cover conveniently puts itself away whenever you are ready.
An automatic cover should only be used as a winter cover if it has the proper slack. Proper slack is determined by where the cover touches the water. When the water level is lowered, the cover should normally touch the water no more than 12” from the edge of the pool.