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.
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.