Discover Which Pool Cover is Right For You

by Pool Builders on 02-11-2010 in Articles

Your pool cover does two things. It protects your pool during the off season from leaves and other things that can get into and damage the pool. And it cuts down on the work it takes to maintain the pool. Within these two functions you have a few choices of pool covers. In this article I would like to address each of these types of swimming pool covers and let you choose which one is right for you.

You might be fortunate enough to get a cover for your pool when you first have it installed, but if not do not postpone getting one as it will save you a lot of money on cleaning and repair in the long run. Once thing you want to steer away from is buying a cheap pool covering. You are making an investment and you will certainly get what you pay for. If you put in the money it takes to buy a quality cover then you will not have to replace it as often.

The first type is the solar pool cover. These will keep your pool water warmer longer so that you can have a longer swimming season. It uses little cells in the pool covering's structure that makes it look like bubble wrap. These bubbles store the heat and transfer it to the water beneath it. Solar pool covers can also prevent your pool water from evaporating early, it will preserve the pool chemicals. This will save you on filling the pool time and again and spend lots of money on chlorine.

At the other end of the spectrum is the winter pool cover. This is a heavy duty cover and is much more durable than the solar cover. They are tear resistant and use anchoring cords to secure them and water tubes along the edges for extra protection. They have UV protection and will stop algae build up beneath the cover during the cold months. Winter pool covers can last up to fifteen years.

Another type is the safety cover. These are kind of pricey but guarantee absolute protection against anything or anyone from getting into the pool while in use. They are so durable they were once promoted with an elephant walking out onto one while it was in place on a pool. Not that you would want to leave the water in your pool over the winter but this cover will prevent the water from freezing should you not have an opportunity to do so.

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