What Kind of Pool Safety Cover Should You Buy?

by Pool Builders on 08-31-2009 in Articles

If you own a swimming pool then you need to own a swimming pool cover.  Owning a pool cover will save you hundreds of dollars in maintenance fees and hours of cleaning time.  Of course, there are a lot of different types of pool covers out there.  How do you decide which pool cover is right for you?  Pool covers come in a wide variety of materials, sizes, styles, colors, etc.  If you have infants or small children at home, however, you will want to make sure that the cover you choose for your swimming pool is a pool safety cover.  Safety pool covers are made to help parents ensure that the risk of pool related incidents stay at a minimum. 

Of the many different types of safety pool covers, there are two types that are the most popular: mesh and solid.  Each kind of pool safety cover has its benefits.  This article will give you a brief overview of both of these very types of safety covers for your swimming pool.

Solid Safety Pool Covers

The solid safety pool cover is just what it sounds like.  A pool cover that is made of a solid material-usually extra thick vinyl.  This kind of safety pool cover is ideal for families with very active kids who spend a lot of time playing around the pool, even when the pool itself is not in use.  This solid cover is built to withstand the weight of up to a few small children.  The simple truth is that when kids are playing they do not always watch where they are going.  The solid cover will help keep them safe if they accidentally stumble past the edge of the pool.  This is an important cover for a home in which the children have not yet learned how to swim.  Other benefits for this kind of cover include reduced electricity costs.  The solid cover keeps your pool's water from evaporating and reducing the temperature of your pool.  This means that you will not have to use as much electricity keeping the pool's water at a certain temperature.

Mesh Safety Pool Covers

The mesh safety cover is not meant to withstand a child's standing weight and it certainly isn't meant to act as a solid barrier between them and the water.  Instead, the mesh safety pool cover is made up of a thick mesh.  The holes in the mesh are small enough that your child cannot fall through them but big enough that water can move freely through the cover as it needs to.  Mesh safety covers are a good idea for people who live in climates that see a lot of rainfall as the mesh allows the rain water to enter the pool and keeps the pool owners from having to deal with standing water issues.  It is also a lot easier to remove and store than a solid safety pool cover. 

Both of these pool safety covers [http://www.poolcoverguide.com/pool-safety-cover.html] are good ideas for pool owners that want to ensure the safety of their family members as much as the cleanliness of their pools.

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