Keeping your pool covered in the wintertime is a smart way to protect it from accumulating dirt, grime, and debris. You can take the cover off in the spring, give the water a good cleaning, and start the new swimming season off right. But what type of cover should you use? That question depends on your personal needs and preferences. In this series of articles, we’ll compare pool safety covers to winter covers so you can decide which one would be best for your pool.
What Do You Want Out of a Pool Cover?
Figuring out what you’d like your pool cover to accomplish will help you to determine which of these two types of covers will be the right option for you. Do you simply want to protect your pool from the elements? Or are you also concerned about keeping children, pets, or other animals from accidentally falling into the pool? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, you’ll want to go with a cover that will accomplish both purposes.
What Purpose Do the Different Pool Covers Serve?
There are several different types of pool covers out there on the market. Solar pool covers are designed to help keep your pool warm for comfortable swimming. Since you won’t need to worry about warming the pool water during winter, there’s no need for a solar cover this time of year. Winter pool covers are built to keep debris from entering the pool. Safety pool covers are made to keep people or animals out of the pool. Some pool covers are designed with both of these functions in mind. Be sure to select a pool cover that’s specifically designed for the job you want it to do.
An In-Depth Look at Winter Pool Covers
Winter pool covers are a cinch to install, especially compared to safety covers. Using a winter cover is a quick, simple way to add an extra layer of protection from the elements to your pool.
A winter cover functions as a huge tarp that blocks debris from entering your pool. There are a couple of different kinds. Those made out of mesh keep out solid debris but allow the water from melted snow and ice to still enter the pool. Solid winter covers keep all that additional snowmelt water from entering the pool.
Besides just keeping out debris, winter covers also block the sunlight from getting through and causing evaporation of your existing pool water. Another advantage of blocking the sunlight is that it will help prevent algae growth. Cutting down on algae growth and preventing water evaporation should make your spring cleanup job a whole lot easier.
Though winter covers can help simplify your pool maintenance and winterizing routine, they aren’t designed for safety. If you’re worried about your kids, grandchildren, neighborhood kids, or pets getting into the pool, you’ll want more than just a winter pool cover – you’ll want a safety cover. In our next article, we’ll consider some of the benefits which safety covers have to offer.
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