Things to Consider When Buying a Pool Cover

For most of the country, swimming pool access is seasonal, except for the lucky ones in South Florida and Southern California. Each fall triggers the end of pool season, which means people across the country must begin the act of closing their pools.

Winterizing a pool, as some refer to it, involves preparing the water and pool equipment for the winter as well as covering the pool. Ensuring that pool debris stays out of the way during the off-season will reduce cleanup time during pool opening operations for the next season. Choosing a pool cover is an important part of closing the pool to protect the pool from harsh winters.

There are two main types of winter swimming pool coverings: 1) a solid vinyl cover and 2) a mesh cover. Solid vinyl covers come in different thicknesses and different qualities with warranty coverage. Mesh covers usually come in standard quality.

The pricing of solid vinyl covers goes hand-in-hand with durability and longevity. A wide range of solid vinyl pool cover options is available for any size varying by price, thickness, and warranty. Standard thickness options are 8mm, 12mm, and 16mm.

Mesh covers are lightweight, which allows them to be installed and removed, usually by one person. Additionally, they allow water to flow slowly through them to prevent water from accumulating on top of the cover. This is one of the main benefits of a mesh cover as it eliminates the need for a submersible pump to dispense the pooling water. 

An equalizer pillow is a recommended accessory for mesh pool covers in places where water will freeze. One downside to a mesh cover is that while it allows water to pass through the pool, it also allows dirty water to pass through the pool that mixes with the debris on top of the cover. Used to be. This can result in the need for serious attention to the pool water and cleaning when it is time to open the pool.