You do not just buy any winter pool cover that you see on sale at the malls or online. There are a lot of things to consider when shopping for the best winter pool cover.
In this article, I will share with you the main features to look for so that you will have an informed buying decision.
Check out below to know the factors to look for when buying a winter pool cover:
Winter Pool Cover Types
There are about 3 popular types of winter pool cover, namely mesh winter cover, solid winter cover, and safety winter covers.
Mesh Winter Cover
This type of cover is meant to just float on top of the water. The mesh material allows water to pass through the mesh and only prevents leaves, larger debris, and objects from entering the pool. During winter, big blocks of snow are also prevented from entering the pool.
You may need to vacuum your pool quite often as dust and small particles can still get through the pool water. Also, this cover is suitable only to areas that don’t have extreme winter.
Solid Winter Cover
Contrary to the mesh cover, the solid winter cover is a tightly woven barrier that not only protects the pool from debris and contaminants but as well as from the sun light.
Constant exposure to the sun can cause pool stains as some pool fixtures and components can react to the UV rays of the sun. In winter, however, the solid winter cover is a better option as it is more durable and provide better protection from snow and ice blocks. If winter can get quite extreme in your place, it is better to invest in a solid winter pool cover.
Moreover, this type of cover works best in inground pools and not so much for above ground pools.
Safety Winter Cover
The Safety winter pool cover is suitable for both inground and above the ground pools. This surrounds the pool completely attaching it to the pool deck. This, however, requires brass anchors that will hold the cover from all sides.
Safety winter pool covers protect your pool from debris, dust, and debris. In addition, it also prevents children and pets to accidentally fell in the pool unnoticed.
The Cover Sizing
If you have already decided which winter pool cover to buy, it’s time to decide on the sizing. Sizing is important so that your pool cover can be correctly installed.
For inground pools, your winter pool covers should be the same size. Hence, if your pool is around 36’ by 36’ in size, your pool cover should also be 36’ by 36’.
When it comes to above ground pool, the sizing is a bit different. You need to choose a cover that slightly overlaps the pool. A 5 feet overlap is considered ideal. So, if you pool is 36’ by 36’, you should get a pool cover sized 41’ by 41’.
Learning how to buy a winter pool cover shouldn’t be a tedious task. If you know what to look for, the process is actually quite easy. With our simple guide above, the decision-making should be less hassle.
The design and shape of your winter pool cover should depend on your preference and the shape of you pool. However, the types and sizing are very important factors that you should not take for granted if you don’t want to have regrets.
Hope you find this article helpful. Until next the next blog!