Welcome to our guide featuring a wide array of swimming pool covers!
Swimming pool covers can have multiple functions. First and foremost, covering your pool is an important step in winterizing. Covering your pool in the winter helps prevent debris from falling in, and unwanted critters from taking up residence in your swimming pool.
Swimming pool covers also work to warm our pools, by absorbing sunlight and transferring the heat into the pool. This can help save money and energy that would otherwise be spent on heating the pool.
Depending on the strength of the cover on your pool, it may also be a good safety measure. They can prevent children or animals from falling into the pool when the pool is closed.
Security is a another advantage of pool covers. An automatic pool cover can work will as a deterrent for unwanted swimmers.
There are three standard types of pool covers, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. These three basic kinds of covers are standard winter covers, security covers, and automatic covers.
You climate and your lifestyle will have a lot to do with your choice in pool cover. If your winters are not heavy and you don’t get much snow, you may be able to get away with a lighter, and less durable pool cover.
The standard winter cover is first of the three basic pool cover types. This is your basic sheet of material, that you pull across your pool and weigh down on the sides and corners to keep it in place. This kind of cover is good for keeping out sunlight, and debris in the fall. This kind of cover does have drawbacks though.
Namely, since this kind of cover is simply a sheet of material, it does not have a long lifespan. After a few years of use, it can become ragged, and deteriorate through use. Also, because this kind of cover is held down by weights around the edges, it cannot hold much weight on its top. Anything venturing out on top of the cover will surely fall through the cover. Standard covers range between $75 and $225 depending on the size of the area you need to cover.
The second kind of pool cover is the security cover. A security cover is made from a mesh or solid vinyl material and is connected by spring loaded straps, anchored into concrete. This kind of cover can hold larger load of weight and are equally good at keeping out debris. These kinds of covers last between 6 and 15 years depending on wear. Security covers can range from $1200 to $3000
Automatic pool covers are the third kind. There are a wide variety of automatic covers available. Automatic covers are excellent solar covers for your pool. Because they are such good solar covers, they can reduce the cost for heating your pool. They are also amazing keeping debris out of the pool, even during the swimming season. This can reduce the maintenance and cleaning that you will have to do for your pool.
Automatic covers are often made from a vinyl material that does wear out pretty quickly. The lifespan of the material in an automatic cover is approximately 5 years. This is a large drawback, given that the installation of an automatic cover can range from $5,000 and $15,000 and replacing this material can cost between $2000 and $4000.
Do to the mechanics that are present in automatic covers, there is a chance that they can break down, and require maintenance. This is yet another cost that can be quite frustrating. Also, automatic covers cannot bear much of a load, so they do not work well in winter in the places where you may have heavy snowfall. (Source: River Pools and Spas)
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A standard cover is on this above ground pool. Th material is simple, and application is easy. For an above ground pool, without a dedicated heater, a solar cover like this is very useful to keep the water warm for swimming.
This is a long rectangular pool with a standard solar cover on it. The tarp is connected to a bar on the end of the pool for easy retraction. This reduces the hassle of constantly replacing and removing the cover if you are using it to help heat the water.
A standard winter cover in place, preparing this pool for the off season. The tarp here is weighted down by long bags filled with water. This helps keep the cover from blowing away. While these weights can hold down the cover against wind anything too heavy placed on the cover would sink into the water.
Here’s another example of a standard winter cover, set over a rectangular pool. The thin material is weighted around the edges for stability.
A winter cover for an above ground pool. Rather than being weighted down by bags of water, this cover is clipped to the sides of the walls of the pool. Again, this is good protection from winds and other elements, but would likely not hold much weight on the top of the cover.
This is a solar cover on an odd shaped pool. many covers can be custom fitted to your specific needs. This pool also has a crank on the far end, for reeling in the cover with ease.
A good example of a security cover on this rectangle pool. Because of the tethering of the cover to the concrete, you can see that the cover is far more secure from things falling into the pool. It can support far more weight.
Security covers can be formed to fit pools of various sizes and shapes, even fitted around other features that your pool may have.
Here’s a great example of a simple application of a security cover on this hexagonal pool.
This pool has multiple covers, a security cover for longer term covering, as in the winter or long periods of non usage, and a solar cover for temporary covering.
This pool cover is unique and does not really fit into any typical category. It is a retractable dome with hinged arms. This is an interesting and creative solution to pool covering.
This is a close up of the spring clasps anchored into the concrete that make the security cover a safer and more sturdy option that your typical standard winter cover.