Pool Covers Come In Many Shapes And Sizes

by Pool Builders on 02-27-2011 in Articles

Energy efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to the reasons why you want to use a swimming pool cover when the pool isn't in use. Swimming pool covers come in as many cool designs as you can imagine. Once swim season is over for the year it's time to start looking for an energy efficient, safe way to cover your pool for the winter months. You can find covers that either attach to the deck or to the swimming pool or hot tub itself.

Even if you have a cover, you need to make certain you have the area fenced and locked even in the winter months because an errant child running through the yard could easily stumble and fall in.

  1. You can shop for a low budget cover and if you want help in keeping the water temperature warmer - look for a bubble cover. You can use a bubble cover under your regular swimming pool cover - these are solar type sun catchers. The bubble covers are made of a material that looks similar to packing bubbles, it floats on the surface of the pool and the bubbles also absorb solar energy and disperse it to keep the water warmer than a simple plastic sheet cover. Solar bubble covers are low cost and can help increase sun absorption by up to 15 percent.
  2. High-end covers: Spending a bit more money will buy you a cover with a longer useful life. A deluxe cover can also be operated either manually or with electronic mechanisms. You have choices of vinyl covers or even insulated vinyl. Choosing an opaque vinyl cover will draw in the sunlight and increase solar energy efficiency by up to 40%. If you want to make more of an investment in a swimming pool cover you can purchase one made of more durable materials. Rather than using a basic bubble cover made from polyethylene, select a cover made of vinyl. The vinyl cover will last longer than bubble covers. They are also more resistant to wear and tear. These vinyl covers are especially advisable if your swimming pool is exposed to extreme weather conditions in the winter months.
  3. Installing your pool cover: Most covers operated on a reel system in which you hand crank the cover over the swimming pool. They can also be simply stretched out and laid over the water's surface and stretched out to the sides. If you want to upgrade you can install a motorized swimming pool cover.
  4. Safety first: Be advised that even in the winter you need to be vigilant with safety. If you opt for a floating cover you will also need to make certain the safety fence around your swimming pool remains locked and you might even want to keep your pool alarms activated. If the snow piles you, you'll need to make certain to clear the snow away from the fence so children can't climb over it.
  5. Another safety tip: You can purchase a safety cover that extends snugly over the edges of the pool and could be sturdy enough to support the weight of a child. Even in this instance, though you need to be vigilant and it is still recommended to have your pool alarm activated even in the winter months.

Your swimming pool should always be prepared for the winter months by closing it for the season and installing your pool cover.

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