Swimming Pool Covers - Protecting Your Investment

by Pool Builders on 08-09-2010 in Articles

Swimming pools can add fun, beauty, and value to a home. However, if they are not properly cared for they can be dangerous and expensive. Protecting your investment by regularly using a swimming pool cover will help create a safe, easy to maintain, and energy efficient one for your family and friends to enjoy.

Perhaps the biggest concern is safety, especially for families with young children and animals. There are two ways to protect against accidental drowning - mesh and solid covers. Mesh covers are meant for long-term use, and can be used all year. They allow rain and snow to fall through, which eliminates the threat of drowning. Solid covers, on the other hand, collect precipitation and create puddles of water, so an additional drain panel or water pump may be necessary.

Pools can take a lot of time and effort to maintain, but with the proper care you can prevent bacteria and prolong the life of your investment. An uncovered pool is exposed to too much sunlight. This causes a reduction in chemicals and ultimately fungi will grow on the pool walls. Using a cover will prevent this problem and make it easier to own a home swimming pool.

Unwanted falling leaves and debris can be difficult to clean. There are light pool covers available for everyday use during the pool season, as well as heavy duty winter covers - both keep large debris out, reducing the need for time-consuming skimming and vacuuming of the pool. Mesh covers will still allow rainwater and snow to drain into the pool during the winter, but keep it clean enough for easy maintenance in the spring.

Pool covers dramatically reduce the cost of owning. Solar pool covers absorb heat from the sun to warm the water in the evenings during the pool season, which reduces the need to use a heater. Swimming pools also lose energy through evaporation, but covers can help to conserve water by decreasing the amount of evaporation.

Many people think pools are too expensive and too much work. However, swimming pool covers can make owning a pool much more enjoyable by reducing the amount of work and money it requires for an indoor, outdoor, in-ground or above-ground pool's upkeep. Finding the pool cover to best suit your needs is important, as it brings peace of mind that your investment is safe for your family, friends, and animals.

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