Above Ground Pool Cover
When it comes to protecting your pool from just about every hazard that can cause it to require repair, an above ground pool cover is a must-have. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, just like the pools themselves. However, some covers are better than others, and there are certain traits that, when you know what they are, makes it easier to pick a quality product.
With this in mind, we have created the following buyer’s guide.
What To Look For In An Above Ground Pool Cover
The Right Fit
Although you might think that one size fits all here, this is not the case. Although you can buy them in a variety of sizes, if your pool has a unique shape or is an octagon, for example, you will find it harder to get quality above ground pool covers.
You need to make sure the product you buy has enough room to overlap the sides so there are no gaps. If you are unsure of the measurements of your pool, check the box or user’s manual.
Easy To Install
Installing an above ground pool cover can be tricky, but some products make it easier. This type of pool cover will be easier to remove than an in-ground cover and should be fine for one person to manage.
Naturally, a solar cover product might be bulkier which makes things a little difficult but should still be manageable.
Once it is in, you don’t want to have to worry about the pool cover until you’re ready to swim again or you need to clean the water. The durability of the product is also important as if there are strong winds, or a storm blowing sticks and debris onto the cover, you want it to be resistant to tearing.
This is what is known as the fibers per square inch. It is a sign of the durability and quality of the pool cover. The higher the scrim count, the more resistant the material is to damage.
Your above ground pool cover should last longer than the first summer. Most tend to last over 5 years as a minimum. The cheaper options might not give you so much use so look out for products that are known for only lasting a short time.
Different Types of Above Ground Pool Covers
As the name suggests, these are built a little sturdier than others and are more of a permanent option that will be able to secure your pool for long periods. Anyone closing their pool off for the winter might consider these.
They are more expensive than some of the other options, and not to mention a fair bit heavier, but the benefit is in a lasting, durable cover made of quality materials.
These are not your ordinary pool cover as they don’t secure the top and make it safe from children trying to climb in. The main reason people buy solar above ground pool covers is that they help to maintain the temperature of the water.
Working like bubble wrap, they use air bubbles to prevent the warmth of the pool from escaping. Equally, they absorb the heat from sunlight which also heats the pool.
They float on the surface and can come in a disc form where you need to buy multiple units to spread over the surface or one large cover.
Because of the design, any water or snow that falls on the cover falls through so it will not break under the pressure and weight that adverse weather can bring.
These still trap leaves and debris so they don’t fall into your pool and are usually secured with a cable. Because they are lighter, most of the time they are easier to install.
What Is The Best Type of Above Ground Pool Cover?
Although they all have unique benefits, certain covers are better for certain pools.
A solid pool cover is good for protecting it over winter and ensuring algae doesn’t grow at the same rate. The downside is that you need to remove snow and any rain that collects as when it gets heavy, it can cause damage to the cover.
A solar cover is great if you live in a sunny area and get enough sunlight to warm the pool. It can be the difference between getting extra days in the pool and having to seal it off for the winter, although they are not effective during the colder months. Also, solar covers are not as good if you have young children around as they are not a protective layer.
A good all year round is a mesh cover. They don’t give you the extra warmth when the sun is out but are durable and still protect the pool from debris.
How Much Does An Above Ground Pool Cover Cost?
Although they might be cheaper, any option around $50 might not be as durable so you might find yourself buying another before the year is out. If you are looking for a solar above ground pool cover then expect to part with around $100 – $250.
The reel will be another expense which can cost as much as the cover but it can reduce the cost of refilling the pool because of evaporation.
Should You Cover An Above Ground Pool?
Although safety should be your top priority, there are other reasons to purchase an above ground pool cover. Firstly, it doesn’t take a lot of debris to ruin some pools. A cover makes it easy to keep dirt, debris, and bugs out.
However, safety is another reason. You should never rely on any pool cover, and certain styles are not going to give you any further protection should a child fall in, but some brands are more secure than others.
Some winter covers are easy to install with stakes on the ground so there is no excuse for not protecting the pool. This will not only make it safer but it will prolong the lifespan of the pool.