Summer weather is still suppose to last into October however I thought it was a good time to discuss the benefits of each style of winter covers. Many of you may already have a winter cover that you’re happy with, while others may be considering a different option for this year. There are really three main types of pool covers and we will talk about the pros and cons of each.
Standard cover: T
PRO: This cover does a good job of keeping out sunlight as well as most debris.
Standard covers are made of a “tarp” like material and are held down with water bags. This material only lasts between 1 – 3 seasons before it has to be replaced. One of the other main drawbacks of this type of cover is that it holds very little weight. Essentially, if a dog, animal, or person attempts to walk on the cover they will get very wet. Standard covers also require a pump, which means that one must be vigilant throughout the off-season as to ensure too much water does not build up on the top, causing the cover to cave in.
Standard winter covers aren’t very pretty to look at for seven months out of the year, as their appearance is not what I would call “aesthetically pleasing”. That being said, they do the job!
PRO: These covers have somewhat of a trampoline appearance, with spring-loaded straps connected to the cover, and anchored into the concrete, to hold it in place. There are two types of security covers. The main type we offer is made of a mesh material. This cover is very effective in keeping leaves and debris out, and can also support a great amount of weight, including heavy snow loads. Because it is mesh, no pump is required on top(the rain water just passes through), and so once it is on for the off-season, there is typically no additional upkeep to worry about. These covers normally last between 10 and 15 years. The other type of safety cover consists of a solid vinyl material. The main benefit of a “solid” security cover is that does not allow any water to pass through, which means that the water should still be clear in the spring opening season. Solid safety covers normally last between 6 and 10 years.
CON: The main drawback with mesh safety covers is that they allow water to pass through, which means the pool water can be very dirty when it comes time to open it in the spring. This cloudy/murky water is usually clear within 2-5 days of opening, but it does take some work getting it back to normal. With the solid safety cover they offer a much prettier opening, however they require a pump on top (which has to be adjusted periodically throughout the off-season). These cover pumps can be expensive and only typically last 2-4 years. Solid covers also do not last nearly as long as mesh covers.
Mesh Safety Covers are the most popular due to their safety, aestetics and ease of maintenance.
PRO: Automatic covers come in many forms and varying price ranges. The two biggest benefits are the fact that they are wonderful solar covers and they offer constant protection against unwanted guests/swimmers. They also help keep leaves and debris out of the pool during the season, potentially cutting down on time spent cleaning/maintaining the pool.
CON: Auto covers are made of a vinyl material that typically wears out after five years or so. The cost of replacing this material is quite expensive and considering their initial cost, can be quite frustrating for homeowners. Another problem with these covers are that they are such good solar covers, sometime they can heat the water too much. This occurs during the month of July when most pool owners do not want their pool water to be any warmer therefore they tend not to use the cover during this timeframe.
In my opinion a mesh safety cover is still the best bang for your buck!