How to Select the Best Winter Pool Cover

Updated on March 28, 2019
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The use of a pool cover during winter is essential to preventing the growth of algae and other problems from arising.
The use of a pool cover during winter is essential to preventing the growth of algae and other problems from arising.

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 debris and other 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

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 pool 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 Super 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.

The only big issue with a solid woven pool cover is that water will collect on top, which significantly reduces the lifespan of the solid woven pool covers. However, the water that collects on top of the solid woven pool cover can be easily removed using a swimming pool cover pump.

2. Mesh

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

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

If you are concerned with the safety of your children or pets, you may need to avoid drowning accidents by using safety covers.

Safety pool covers are high quality and more heavy duty than the solid woven or mesh pool covers. They are designed to prevent debris and to provide security by preventing drowning.

Pool safety covers are expensive, but it is worth spending the money to prevent drowning accidents.

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.

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