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Among the most important things when closing down your pool for winter is a pool cover. Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, you will need a winter cover that can protect your pool from run-on water, debris and dirt from entering the pool and for general safety purposes.
This article will break down the different types of pool covers so you can figure out which is best for you.
Types of Safety Swimming Pool Covers
There are three types of winter pool covers that we will break down here.
1. Solid Woven Pool Covers
Solid woven is the most common type of winter pool cover you will find around. A solid woven winter cover has a coating on both sides, making it water-tight, preventing both water and debris from entering the pool.
A solid woven type of winter pool cover is considered the best in terms of pool maintenance since it doesn't encourage algae growth. This is because UV light that eats up free chlorine is not allowed into the pool, hence preserving chlorine and keeping algae away from your pool.
Robelle Rip-Shield Pro-Select Winter Pool Cover has always been my preferred winter cover due to the latest technologies and solid design, which prevents UV light from entering the pool.
2. Mesh Pool Covers
If you don't like water collecting on top of your winter pool cover, the best choice for you is a mesh pool cover type. The mesh pool covers allow water to pass through into the swimming pool but prevents debris from entering the pool.
Mesh pool covers have a prolonged lifespan since water passes through them, making them the best option when you need a durable winter pool cover.
The only issue with mesh pool covers is that they can allow very fine silt or dirt to pass through. But that should not be a big problem, since the fine dirt can be removed by vacuuming when the pool opens at the beginning of the summer.
3. Leaf Catcher
A leaf catcher is a type of pool cover that covers the solid woven or mesh pool covers so that tree leaves are trapped. If your pool is located near trees, you may need a leaf catcher to trap leaves and prevent them from entering the pool when the time comes for removing the winter pool cover.
Also, if you want to save yourself from lots of spring cleaning, the best solution for you is to use a leaf catcher when closing your pool.
4. Safety Covers
Apart from winterization, if you are concerned with the safety of your children or pets, you may need to avoid drowning accidents by using a pool safety cover.
Safety pool covers also act as winter cover and are high quality and more heavy-duty than solid woven or mesh pool covers. They are designed to prevent debris and to provide security by preventing drowning.
Due its high quality, a pool safety cover is a little expensive compared to solid woven and mesh, but it is worth spending the money to prevent drowning accidents while also preventing debris, UV light, and water from entering the pool during the long winter and fall.
Winter Pool Cover Sizing
After deciding which type of winter pool cover is best for you, you need to determine which size is best for your pool.
Ideally, in in-ground pools, winter pool covers are ordered based on the actual dimensions of a swimming pool. The same applies to the above-ground pools. If you have a pool that measures 20 by 40 inches, you will need a 20' x 40' pool cover.
Winter pool covers are always made to overlap by 5 feet, so that if you have a 20' x 40' pool, the winter cover that you will get will measure 25' x 45'.
Weighing a Winter Pool Cover
To keep the weight of an in-ground pool cover in check—whether woven, mesh, or leaf catcher—water bags are always used. Winter pool covers come with tie-downs that can keep the weight of the pool cover at bay. Others come with loops that keep them secure when water tubes are used.
For above-ground pool covers, cable and metal winches are included to keep above-ground pool covers secure. Cover clips can also be used on above-ground pool covers to avoid damaging the winter cover when strong winds come.
Finally, safety covers anchor on the studs that are usually drilled on the walls. For a safety cover to be stable and strong to prevent accidents, however, they are drilled on the ground using studs.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.