Pool Cover Guide
Certain products make pool maintenance a lot easier, and probably the most effective is a pool cover. When you buy a reliable product it can stop the warmth from escaping, leaves from falling in, and sun from damaging the pool. The problem with a lot of pool covers is durability, but when you understand what the best products are capable of, it can make your purchase a lot easier.
Because of this, we have created the following buyer’s guide. By the end of it, you’ll understand they are a must-have.
What To Look For In A Pool Cover
The Right Fit
A lot of people think that there are only a handful of sizes available and although this is true to an extent, you shouldn’t rely on guesswork. Because a pool cover that is too small will be ineffective, you need to get the measurements right. Refer to the user manual that your pool came in for your size.
If your pool has an unusual shape then you might need to look a little harder or buy something bigger and cut it to size.
Ease of Installation
There are different ways. a pool cover needs to be installed and some are easier than others. Some types can be fixed via stakes in the ground whilst others require a reel and clamps.
It might mean you need the help of someone else but usually, the better products don’t take long to fix into place.
Because it acts as a layer of protection, it should be pretty durable but a cheaper product might not have the build quality to withstand a heavy storm. Strong winds can cause all sorts of a debris to land on the pool cover so it needs to be made from a durable material.
Also, some pool covers buckle when they hold more rain or snow than usual. If you don’t want to be buying another pool cover within a year or so, make sure it has a reputation for longevity.
Leading on from sturdiness, it is a good idea to check the scrim count of the pool cover. This is the fibers per square inch and is an indication of the quality. The higher the scrim count, the more resistant it is to tear.
Different Types of Pool Covers
There are plenty of different designs available but they all tend to fit into three main types of pool covers.
These are pretty self-explanatory but the solid materials make them durable, but heavier and a little harder to take on and off. On the plus side, they last a long time so expect it to be of service for more than a few winter.
This is the season that they are particularly good for so if you have long, harsh winters, it is a good option. Expect to pay a bit more than some of the other products though.
These work a little differently in that they are not a sturdy cover and are more focused on heat retention. These are great for extending the number of days you can use your pool as they have air bubbles in the cover that keep the warmth in the pool.
They also absorb heat from the sun to warm the pool and can be purchased in a large cover or in small, circular discs where you have to throw a fair amount over the water.
Solar pool covers float on the surface and is good for areas that get plenty of sunlight.
Mesh pool covers are good at collecting fallen leaves and stopping them from entering the water and because of the holes, they will not bend or break under the weight of heavy rain or snow.
They are lighter, relatively easy to install and fixed via a cable.
How Long Should A Pool Cover Last?
Although every product is different, and the conditions of the area you live in can play a part, most pool covers should last around 3-7 years.
The cheaper products on the market might last less than a year so be careful where you try to save money.
How Much Does A Pool Cover Cost?
Although som proper try and save money in this area, you aren’t going to get a lot of use out of a product that costs $40. This is why we recommend anything between $100 – $250 as a good start point.
This is going to get you a pool cover that is miles better than the one included with your pool although the reel can be just as expensive with certain types.
Should You Cover A Pool?
Proper pool maintenance starts with a quality pool cover. If you clean the pool yourself, you will find that the job is a lot easier when you protect the water with a decent pool cover.
When there is less debris in the pool, it helps to increase the lifespan of the pool, as well as the appearance. Although you should never rely on a pool cover to secure your pool from a child, some can provide an added layer of protection. Like we said though, never tasker your eyes off a child around a pool or leave them to play in the backyard alone.
What Is The Best Type Of Pool Cover In Winter?
Although both solid and mesh pool covers are good at keeping debris out of the water, a solid pool cover is going to be more durable and able to withstand heavy rainfall collecting on top whilst protecting it better.
It also stops algae from developing at the same rate. A solar pool cover is tailor-made for the end of those summer months when you want to squeeze out as many opportunities to use the pool as possible.
When Should I Replace My Pool Cover?
Even if you haven’t had it long, there are certain telltale signs that a pool cover needs replacing. The most common are tears and rips on the materials as well as any fraying on the webbing or the cover has changed color.