Useful Buying Guide for Swimming Pool Covers

December 13, 2017

Pool covers are ideal for protecting pools when they are not being used. Covers prevent windblown debris, insects, leaves, and twigs from falling into the pool water. They help to minimise the amount of water lost to evaporation and maintain water temperature.

Maintaining water levels and temperature saves money by lowering the costs that are linked to the pool. While using a pool cover, the heater does not have to continue running often or as for long as it usually would. Minimising evaporation conserves a large amount of water annually.

Cleanliness and Protection

A clean pool helps to maintain the right chemical balance and provides a healthy swimming environment. It also cuts down the time and costs of cleaning the pool. Covers are beneficial for preventing young children and animals from falling accidentally into the water. They give the pool protection from harsh weather conditions.


Manufacturers use different types of materials to produce covers according to the purpose they serve. Pool covers may consist of solid polyethylene, open-weave mesh, and heavy duty polypropylene. They are available in a range of sizes and shapes. Virtually all swimming pools can have a suitable pool cover.


Thickness and size are among the major factors that influence the prices of pool covers. A cover should ideally be larger than the opening of the pool that will be covered. Extra material is necessary for ensuring there is enough room to secure the cover around the pool. It is important for owners to measure the pool accurately before they order or buy a swimming pool cover.

Leaf Nets

  • Leaf net covers make it possible for water to go through the weave while preventing windblown debris, twigs, and leaves from getting inside the pool.
  • Nets can be used on their own or along with another kind of cover. Combining the leaf cover with another cover means that a significant amount of debris can be collected and prevented from entering the water.
  • Drying and properly storing covers in a cool and dry location will curb the growth of mildew and harmful mold.
  • Leaf nets are made from polycarbonate or polyethylene materials.Debris collection, the severity of weather and maintenance are the key factors that determine how long this type of cover can last.

Solid Covers

Solid pool covers protect pool during winter months to avert damage that results from frozen water as well as algae problems. Sunlight is necessary for algae to grow. A solid pool cover also enables pools to retain heat.

Pool owners can avoid the challenge of the cover hazardously sagging under the weight of melted snow or rain by choosing a cover that comprises a drain port. Mesh covers are another solution that allows snow and rain to pass through while keeping debris out.

Safety Covers

Safety covers are specially designed to prevent unauthorized pool use and accidental drowning. These are usually more costly than other types of pool covers. Covers must comply with the stringent safety guidelines to achieve this designation, including the ability to support the weight of people and pets that may accidentally walk along the pool cover.

Solar Covers

Solar pool covers or solar blankets use renewable energy from sunlight to maintain a pool. This environmental option is cost-effective and conserves water. It helps to significantly reduce the costs of pool ownership and maintenance.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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