Choosing a Good Winter Cover for Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 09-24-2012 in Articles

Believe it or not, fall is already here and, before you know it, winter will be in full swing. Unless you have a heated pool, chances are you're not going to be using your pool much for the next few months. In fact, even those who have heated pools often take dips less frequently in the winter. Even if the pool water is warm, the world outside isn't! It's for this reason that you really need to invest in a reliable winter cover for your pool. This will keep your swimming pool clean during the winter months and ready to spring back to life come summer.

Most people think a winter cover is just for keeping dirt and debris from entering the pool. While covers certainly do serve this purpose, they have many other important benefits as well. First of all, keeping dirt out isn't just about having a pretty, sparkling pool. It's about keeping those particles from entering and slowing down your filtration system, and keeping them from getting stuck on the bottom of the pool where, over time, they become impossible to remove. Aside from just keeping bad things out, winter covers also protect your pool from the harsh winter weather. Some covers are designed to reflect the sun, which causes snow that collects on your cover to melt quickly. This keeps your cover and your pool from having to put up with a lot of extra weight, which can cause major damage to your pool over time.

Covers are also somewhat of a help in terms of safety. While most people wouldn't go near a pool in the winter months, small children and pets can still get curious and make dangerous mistakes, like falling into the icy, cold pool. Covers keep that from happening. Not only do they provide a barrier to entering the pool, but they also signify to others that the pool is "closed" for the winter and not to go near it.

Now that you know why you need a cover, all that's left to do is to actually get out there and buy one! Make sure you don't choose just any cover though. Contrary to popular belief, winter covers are not all the same. Some are much better than others, and you want to be sure you choose one of the good ones and one that is right for your pool. This means that you need to know the shape and exact dimensions of your pool and that you need to research your options thoroughly.

Always buy your winter cover from a reputable retailer, preferably one with a long history in the industry, and look for a reliable manufacturer, such as Splash Pools. If you're unsure whether or not the cover you're interested in is good or a dud, go online and do a search of the specific cover. This will likely lead you to reviews written by others who have used or who are currently using the cover, and can be a good way to find out the whole truth before making a purchase.

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