Ultimate Guide to Pool Covers

by Pool Builders on 10-25-2009 in Articles

1. What is a pool cover?

Pool covers are large fabrics that are used to cover swimming pools in order to protect the swimming pool from stains or damages caused by various elements. There are various types of pool covers, each with their own special functions, which will later be discussed in detail.

Using it has a variety of benefits for the pool and the pool owner.

First, it prevents most dirt and debris from getting in the pool, thus keeping the pool cleaner for longer durations. The owner will not have to spend as much time and effort cleaning the pool. It also protects the pool from debris that may damage the pool.

Next, it also functions as a safety measure for households that have young children or small pets. It catches unsupervised children that accidentally fall in the pool thus preventing accidental drowning.

Last, it helps reduce pool maintenance expenses. It can effectively seal in the things that should be in the pool. It prevents water from evaporating too quickly thus saving the owner from water expenses. It also helps retain the heat of the water longer thus saving up on energy expenses for heating. Moreover, with it, pool chemicals can work more efficiently for longer durations thus saving on pool chemical expenses.

2. Different types of pool covers

1. Net Covers function mainly as a safety measure to prevent accidental drowning for children who may fall into the pool. Its holes are small enough to not fit childrens heads or bodies. It is large enough though to fit their limbs. This way, they will not be able to walk on it. They will not mistake it for a solid surface. It cannot, however, prevent dirt and debris from getting into the pool.

2. Mesh Covers are like finer nets that do a good job in filtering most debris such as dry leaves, fallen branches and small rocks. Water, however, can still pass through it. This is good because it means that water will not accumulate on it, but it can also be bad because it means that microscopic dirt particles will still get into the pool.

3. Solid Pool Covers, unlike mesh covers, completely blocks out any dirt or debris - even water, therefore keeping your pool a lot cleaner. A drawback to this however is that rain water for example, along with some debris will accumulate on the cover. This can weigh down on and damage the cover. It needs to be regularly cleared of these unwanted clutters.

4. Winter Covers are used primarily for winterizing swimming pools. It is also solid like solid pool covers only that it is more durable so that it can withstand the harsh conditions of winter.

3. Installation, Care, Usage and Maintenance

For pool covers to function effectively, it needs to be installed and secured properly on your pool. An improperly installed cover can sag and fall into the pool or can get blown off or damaged by strong winds. Faithfully follow the instruction manuals and guidelines that manufacturers provide with their product. If one is not provided, research in the internet.

Take time to clean it regularly as well and store it in rooms with good conditions to make sure that is will last for many years. Install the cover during times when the pool will not be used for long durations.

There are also various pool cover accessories that can help the cover to function more effectively. One such accessory is the water tube bag that is attached to the edges of the cover, secures it in place, and seals it to prevent it from being blown off by strong winds. Other heavy objects such as pots or bricks should not be used as substitute for the water bag because these can scratch and fray the surface of the cover.

Another Accessory is the winter cover seal. Used primarily for above-ground pools, it is like a large roll of plastic cellophane that is used to make an air tight seal on the edges of the cover to keep it from getting blown off by the wind as well.

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