Inground Swimming Pool Covers - What Are Your Choices?

by Pool Builders on 06-16-2008 in Articles

If you have an in-ground swimming pool, you may want to consider getting a cover for it. However, there are a variety of swimming pool cover options that you have to choose from. You basically have four choices of swimming pool covers.

* Solar Swimming Pool Covers

* Leaf Net Swimming Pool Covers

* Winter Swimming Pool Covers

* Safety Swimming Pool Covers

Which pool cover you select depends mostly on the benefit you want from it. In fact, you might even want multiple pool covers to satisfy multiple problems or needs.

Leaf Net Swimming Pool Covers

Leaf nets are basically large nets that are meant to capture only leaves. They are not going to do a good job of keeping much else out. In my experience, very few people are ever interested in a leaf net, and the only people who want one are those who have large amounts of trees and need to keep the leaves out even during the summer. If you want to cover your pool for the winter, go ahead and look into a regular winter cover or maybe a safety cover.

Winter Swimming Pool Covers

Winter covers are essentially giant tarps that you use to cover your pool when you close it for the winter. You can purchase them in the size meant for your pool.

Keep in mind that the actual size of the tarp is larger than the size of the pool, so that you have a sufficient amount of cover on the perimeter to hold it down, either with water bags or some other sort of weight. The water bag type of weight can be a bit of a hassle and messy, but on the upside you don't have to worry about what would happen if it fell in the pool.

If you were using cinder blocks to hold the cover in place, you're running the risk of destroying a large section of liner if it got dragged into the pool somehow.

Winter covers generally do a better job of keeping the pool water cleaner than do the basic safety cover. However, if you have kids, keep in mind that winter covers are not the least bit safe, and can even potentially cause trouble for even able adults who might accidentally fall on such a cover. Such covers could potentially envelope anyone who fell onto it, and make it far more difficult to get out of the pool than it normally would be.

If you want to use one of these covers, be sure you've locked up the pool area securely to minimize the risk of accidents.

If you decide on one of these swimming pool covers, look for your size online and order it there. You will save a bit of money by doing so.

One last thing before running out and buying a pool cover. You need to consider if you need a safety swimming pool cover. If you have children (or pets) this might be a very wise decision -- cause it might save their life.

Basically, the pool cover you choose will depend on your needs. If you want to keep leaves out, you need a leaf cover. If you want to enjoy the security in knowing that your pool is safe, you need a safety pool cover, and so on. There is a ton of information on the different kinds of pool covers and there are just as many places that sell them too. Just take your time, do your homework and you'll be all set.

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