Is this you, struggling to keep the swimming pool clean in the fall and winter? Who wants to be out there in the cold and wet weather, holding a cold metal pole, dipping out trash bags full of soggy nasty leaves? And heaven forbid you accidentally fall in trying to wrestle a 30 lb. load of cold wet leaves out of the pool! That’s the true definition of cold right there! You don’t have to deal with it! There are a few pool cover options that can really make your fall and winter pool care a breeze.
Automatic Pool Cover
Automatic pool covers are released by a flip of a switch which makes it easy and convenient for the pool owner. They provide the best protection for keeping children and pets safe around the pool.They are the most expensive option but in the long run it saves you a lot of money. This cover prevents heat loss which means your heating bill will not be through the roof. It also keeps debris out of the pool so you will not have to run your filtration system as often and reduces the amount of chemicals needed to keep your pool clean. Additionally it reduces water evaporation, so there is no need to keep refilling your pool and increasing your water bill.
There are different options for how to hide your automatic pool cover and what types of tracks you use for the cover. A low profile aluminum lid can be mounted on your pool deck that hides the cover inside of it. Another option is a flat lid, which is similar to the aluminum lid except it is is level with the pool deck. The flush deck lid is installed when the pool is built and goes around your whole pool. Lastly, there are stone and concrete lids. These are the most discrete lids designed to look like your pool deck and are nearly invisible.
The type of track also plays a role in how hidden your automatic pool cover is. Under Track System, Recessed Top Track System, and Deckmount System are the three types of track systems you can choose from. The shape of your pool factors into whether an automatic pool cover is even an option for you. Automatic pool covers are mostly used for rectangular pools but it is possible to use it for shaped pools. It is easiest to install an automatic pool cover when a shaped pool is being built.
Safety Mesh Pool Cover
There is no doubt that a mesh safety cover is the pool cover that always leaves our customers the most satisfied. They last many years, provide a high level of safety, as well as keep most debris out of the swimming pool.
These covers must be professionally measured and installed, as they are custom made to fit the swimming pool perfectly. You don’t need to be worried about multiple levels, raised walls or planters, or any other complication. Believe us, we’ve seen it all, and they can be accommodated. We come out and carefully measure each pool for a custom fit. We drill into the deck and install flush – mount anchors that pop up when it’s time to put the cover on. The cover can easily be taken off and on with two people in a short period of time, making it an ideal cover for off-season and in-season use. The cover is attached onto the anchors using a sewn-in strap with spring tensioners. This allows the cover to be stretched extremely tightly all the way around the pool, preventing entry into the pool by debris, or even people. The cover is strong enough to last for years; pictures have even circulated online of this safety mesh cover with an elephant walking out on it! They have even kept automobiles from sinking down into the bottom of the pool, and saved kittens, dogs, and children from drowning in an unattended swimming pool.
An important thing to note is that this cover can stretch so tightly over the pool, that leaves and debris that fall on the cover cannot get under the tight seal around the edge of the pool, and can be blown off of the cover using a standard yard blower. This keeps the cover looking good during the entire off-season. Rain water seeps through the cover so that it won’t build up a huge puddle on top of the cover for you to deal with.
Swimming pools will need to circulate a short period of time daily, and it will need periodic adjustment of the water chemistry, so plan on peeling back a small area of the cover to visually inspect the pool, and test the water every 2-to-4 weeks. This method provides the best off-season experience that a swimming pool owner can have.
Solar Pool Cover
Also known as a bubble cover, this is a thin cover that has air bubbles all over it. It absorbs heat from the sunlight and is able to heat your pool up to eight degrees. Installation is very simple and once the cover is measured and cut to the shape of your pool it is ready for use. It helps to minimize the amount of dirt and debris that get in your pool. Many pool owners use a cover roller with this type of cover to make it easier to put on and take off the pool. A cover roller isn’t necessary though. An important fact to know is that these covers cannot withstand the weight of a small child, so it is important to take other safety precautions in order to prevent a dangerous situation
Water Bag Cover
The next type of cover we’ll talk about provides some of the benefits of the safety cover at a much lower cost, but doesn’t deliver quite the same satisfying experience.
You should take the maximum length and width of the swimming pool, add 5’ to each, and get a cover of that size or larger. It will be a large rectangle that cannot be cut or altered in any way. Long water tubes are filled with water and placed around the edge of the pool to keep the cover in place. The excess cover material can then be folded or tucked under the water bags for a cleaner, neater installation. These covers come in a mesh or solid material.