AboveGround Pool Winter Cover Dilema! What Is The Best Cover  

by Pool Builders on 12-19-2009 in Articles

Are you ready to close your new pool for winter? There are some differences between an above ground pool cover and an inground pool cover and there are different cover considerations. We lay out what you need to know at AboveGroundPoolCover.org
Trying to figure out how to cover your above ground pool?
I was new at "pool maintainance and security" just a few short years ago also.
I spent a fair bit of time trying to figure out the techniques so probably I can save you some time and let you in on a couple of pool cover secrets.

Here are the5 things to consider
1. Pool size is important. Inground pools and above ground pools have some obvious differences.
An above ground pool is free standing, normally shallower and has all pipe work exposed which is in contrast to an inground pool setup.
Above ground pools and below ground designs require you to leave water in them over the winter shut down. With an above ground pool it is more important as your sides may collapse with too little water.
Now lets add in the weight of a aboveground pool cover. Lets assume you have the water drained to half (much too low in my opinion) You then attach the pool cover and secure from all sides.
Now the rains come, your cover fills with water, pressure pulls from the top sides in all directions and your pool folds in. Bad scene.
So, consider your pool design and size. Drain water just below the skimmer. Buy an above ground pool cover that is larger than your pool serface as it needs to rest on top of the water left in the pool.
Then, when the rains come, you have left enough slack in the pool cover to hold the rain, and not cause pressure on the attached sides of your pool.

2. water levels. We touched on these above. The best exercise is to drain your water just below your skimmer opening. This way you can remove pipework and store it out of cold. You could drain a little more if you wish but not much.
Remember, it will be hot and sunny in the spring, you will need to fill up the pool and (in my area) water costs money, so I watch what I waste.

3. What shape Of Above Ground Pool Cover Do I Use? This depends on time of year mostly, and a bit on personal preference. I use a heavy duty above ground swimming pool cover all year because I like the added benefit of keeping in my heat and reducing evaporation. I find my heater works less if I cover my pool, even in summer after the daily use.
I'm unique in my neighbourhood in that come winter, I do not use a above ground pool winter cover but instead I leave my pool open. I top of the water, put in the chemicals and enjoy the site of the pool all winter long. I clean it about once per month and it keeps circulating.
Many pool owners will have an above ground pool solar cover for the summer, light but durable and easily removable.
Then they have a heavy duty above ground pool winter cover to seal the pool over in the winter time.

4. Does an Above Ground Pool Cover add to security? You bet it does. There are aboveground pool winter covers that connect and secure to all sides of your pool. Once in place, an adult can walk on top of them without sinking into the water. This provides a hugh piece of mind for anyone worried about children or pets entering the pool.

5. Repair and fix that above ground pool cover. Mary just asked the following question: "I have a 2 foot tear along a seam in the tarp. Any ideas on how to repair this so it wont tear again?"
Here is what we sugest. Most pool supply stores will carry a tape just for this purpose. Make sure both sides are dry and clean and apply the tape. It is stronger than even duct tape, which eventually breaks down from the chemicals.
Of course, remember the proper install of the pool cover, resting on the water below, so you do not get a strain on your above ground pool cover.

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