As if there aren’t enough reasons to hate the winter season, this is also the time when you can’t enjoy your beloved swimming pool.
But did you know that there’s a solution to this annual nightmare? Winter domes!
Winter domes are large structures covering the pool with openings that allow people to access the pool and swim in winter.
Types of Winter Pool Domes
There are two main types of winter pool dome covers – inflatable winter domes and reinforced winter domes.
1. Inflatable Winter Domes
These are the most common types of winter domes. Their popularity stems from their affordability (they are the cheapest types of winter domes on the market) and ease of installation.
Inflatable winter domes also require minimal (if any) maintenance and don’t need any professional skills to install. Once the winter is over, all you need to do is deflate the winter dome and store it for the next cold season.
However, inflatable winter domes shouldn’t be used in regions that experience extreme windy conditions. They can easily be ripped apart by sudden gusts of wind. You may want to construct external reinforcements over the winter domes to protect them from the strong winds.
Since its inflatable, this dome enclosure is made from light materials that are susceptible to tearing. A small prick from a falling branch can render the entire dome useless unless it’s repaired.
2. Reinforced Winter Domes
Unlike inflatable winter domes, reinforced winter domes are strong and able to withstand even the strongest of winds (excluding tornados and hurricanes).
For strength and durability, these winter domes are made from exterior steel frames and tough canvas covers. They can also bear the weight of falling debris such as tree branches and twigs.
Moreover, swimming inside one of these winter domes is quite an experience – it feels like being inside a high-tech aircraft hangar or spaceship, except this is in your backyard.
But like inflatable winter domes, they also have some demerits, most of which are attributed to their reinforced exterior. Reinforced winter domes are quite costly and have a complicated installation process that requires technical assistance from professionals.
Benefits of Having a Winter Dome
There are numerous benefits that come with installing a winter dome over your swimming pool for the winter. Some of these are:
- It extends the swimming season into winter. Many pool owners have to give their swimming pools are wide berth during winter due to the freezing weather. Covering the pool with a winter dome makes the pool accessible regardless of the weather.
- A winter dome creates a mini-climate of its own where temperatures can be regulated. The dome is able to achieve this by trapping heat inside the dome and bring about a greenhouse effect. This naturally-induced heat negates the need for investing in pool heating accessories. It’s safe to say that having a winter dome saves you money by reducing your energy bills.
- Protects the pool from falling debris and snow. The winter dome prevents snow and other debris such as twigs and leaves from falling into your pool. As a result, your pool remains clean and requires minimal maintenance.
- Adds aesthetic appeal to the pool. Swimming pools that are covered with winter domes are more visually appealing than the uncovered ones. As vain as this sounds, a dome-covered pool is a sure way of capturing the attention of your neighbors.
- A winter dome will convert your outdoor pool into an indoor pool. It provides you with the privacy for a more intimate swimming experience without having to worry about your nosy neighbors.
Installation of a Winter Dome
Some winter domes such as the basic inflatable winter pool domes, are quite easy to install and makes a perfect DIY project.
For the installation process, you’ll first need to drill anchor holes around the swimming pool. Since each dome has its own specific measurements, check the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct spacing of the anchor holes. Often, it’s between two and five inches.
The next step is gently driving the anchors into each hole with a hammer. After that, spread out the deflated dome over your pool and add eyebolts to each anchor. You should connect the eyebolts to the rope on the deflated dome. With the dome in place, you can now start inflating it.
That wasn’t so hard, was it?
However, other winter domes (like reinforced winter domes) are quite challenging to install and might require some professional assistance in the installation process.
Every season is a swimming season with a winter dome!