Pool Cover Options
They benefits are endless when it comes to covering your pool. It is important to choose the right cover that meets all of your needs. Things to consider when choosing your pool cover are climate conditions, the size of your pool, and what exactly the purpose of having the cover is, other than the obvious. The features you need in a pool cover can vary greatly depending on your location, how much you are willing to spend, and the size and shape of your pool. Here are three of the most popular styles of pool covers that can each accommodate different needs.
Also called a solar blanket can be a great cover for your pool. It is also a cheaper option compared to other styles and is very eco-friendly. This cover works by transferring solar heat into your pool water and then locks in the heat so it cannot escape from under the cover. This can slowly raise the temperature of your pool by 15 degrees! This pool cover style also reduces the loss of chemical and water that is caused by evaporation. You are in turn saving money by not having the added expenses of lost water, chemicals and heat. Another convenient feature of the solar cover is that it can easily be cut to fit on practically any shape or size pool.
This type of cover is commonly used to protect your pool from the harsh weather in the winter months and from the debris that is inevitable in this season. Winter covers come in two styles; solid and mesh. The solid cover works to prevent sun damage and the growth of algae that is common in the winter. This style however has a down-side of needing maintenance throughout the season to remove build-up on the cover. A mesh cover will not block the sunlight as effective as a solid cover but rain and snow can seep through the cover which makes for less maintenance. The disadvantage however, is that this style will require more water maintenance in the spring time.
A safety cover is highly recommended for pool owners who have small children and/or pets. This style is strong and long-lasting. It can hold people and animals but is light enough so it can be installed and removed easily. A deck anchor is usually what holds the cover in place. This is the more expensive option but it has the added appeal of improved safety and appearance even when it is not in use. This style is also available as a solid or a mesh. It is also safe for year-round use.
Most pool covers you find will simply do just that… cover your pool. But if you are looking for specific features, you want to be sure to do all of your research and know that you are getting the most value for your money.
This article was written by Allison Dresser who works with a MN Pool Contractor.
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