Choosing the Right Above Ground Pool Cover  

by Pool Builders on 02-24-2009 in Articles

It can often be difficult for people to choose the right above ground pool cover. This is because there are a wide variety of different covers, and each of them serves a unique purpose. To determine which one would work best for you, you first need to look at the different choices that are available. The information below can provide you with all you need to know to make the decision that is best for your situation.

Do You Need Safety?

The first thing to consider when choosing the right above ground pool cover, is whether you are looking for one that can provide your family with safety or not. Most people do not think of pool covers as safety devices, but for thousands of families each year they are. If you have small children in your home or neighborhood, then it is important to consider choosing a pool cover that can save their lives.

Young children will often be drawn to water as a place to play when grown-ups are not around. If you have a pool cover that is strong enough to hold their weight, then even if they do happen to crawl into the pool there will be no risk of them drowning. Not all covers are strong enough to protect someone though, so this is an important point to consider.

Is there a lot of Debris?

If your pool is located in an area that gets a high amount of debris each day, then choosing a solid above ground pool cover such as a framed style that has a long overhang would be best. A mesh or net style, that might be good at protecting your children should they fall into the pool, would not be very helpful in keeping debris out.
Also, if you get a pool cover that is not made out of a strong enough material and does not provide a drain hole for the water, then when you try to remove the cover all of the debris will sink into the pool.

Ease of Use

Perhaps one of the most important things for people to consider when choosing the right above ground pool cover is how easy it is to use. There are many covers which can be quite difficult for a single person to operate. Similarly, there are covers that are extremely easy for one person to put on and remove alone. Round styles with a tie for security are especially easy to put on by yourself, because one side can be secured while the other is being pulled up over the rim of the pool.

In order to choose the right above ground pool cover you need to consider several factors. There are different types of covers that should be used for various situations and to produce different benefits. For safety, a mesh or net style is perfect but when it comes to keeping debris out of the water, a mesh style would do you virtually no good. If you consider the information above, you will have a better idea of what type of cover would work best for you.

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