Winter is here! This is the season when your pool is at risk of turning into a big lump of snow.
However, this can be prevented by simply covering your pool with a winter pool cover. But isn’t a winter pool cover the same as other pool covers?
Not at all.
Winter pool covers are specifically designed to bear the brunt of the freezing weather. Here’s everything you need to know about winter covers:
Factors to Consider When Buying Winter Covers for Pools
There are several factors that can influence your decision of buying a particular type of pool cover. They include:
1. Cost: What’s Your Budget?
One of the determining factor when choosing a winter cover for your pool is your financial capability. As expected, the top-quality winter pool covers are more costly. They are quite sturdy and can fetch as much as $500.
If you have some cash to spare, it’s advisable that you invest in these winter pool covers as they are more durable. If you want a cover that you’ll use for only this winter season, you can get one for as low as $50.
2. Size: How Big is Your Pool?
Another important factor to consider when choosing the right cover for your pool this winter season is the size of your pool.
Pool covers come in different sizes to suit the different sizes of pools – from small kids’ pools to Olympic-sized swimming pools. It is necessary to have the specific measurements of your pool, but you can expect to find a pool cover that’s slightly larger than your pool size that overlaps the pool at its edges.
And don’t to forget about the shape of your pool. A rectangular pool cover will not work for an oval or circular pool. However, some pool covers are adjustable and can perfectly fit in pools of different shapes and sizes. These are particularly used in pools with no distinctive shape.
Types of Winter Covers for Pools
Winter pool covers are classified according to their respective uses. In this regard, there are four main types of winter pool covers – solid woven pool covers, mesh pool covers, safety pool covers, and automatic pool covers.
1. Solid Woven Pool Covers
As their name suggests, solid woven pool covers are impervious – they will not allowing anything to pass through them. Solid woven covers offer great pool protection for pools in regions that don’t experience torrential rainfall during winter.
Perhaps the main undoing that solid woven pool covers is the fact that water collects on their surfaces. – an issue caused by their impervious nature. A pool pump can be used to remove stagnant water from the pool cover.
2. Mesh Pool Covers
On the flipside are mesh pool covers. While these winter pool covers are pervious, they still prevent large debris from falling into your pool. But unlike in solid woven pool covers, you won’t have to worry about stagnant water accumulating on the pool cover.
The one disadvantage that comes with the mesh pool covers is that they allow fine debris to get into the pool. With this type of pool cover, you’ll constantly have to deal with silt and dirt infiltration in your pool. To remove this sediments, you’ll need to do a quick vacuum cleaning come spring.
3. Safety Pool Covers
Apart from preventing dirt and debris from entering your pool, safety pool covers also act as protective barriers that prevent people from falling (and possibly drowning) into the pool.
As a result, safety pool covers are thicker and stronger than mesh and solid woven pool covers. Don’t be tempted to use it as a trampoline though – you can easily hurt yourself.
And these benefits attract a hefty price tag. Safety pool covers are quite pricey.
4. Automatic Pool Covers
Last but not least, are the automatic pool covers. With these pool covers, it only takes a push of a button to cover or uncover the pool. A majority of them can be used throughout the year.
These are the most deluxe pool covers in the list and are, therefore, the most expensive.
Pool Pillow for Winter Covers
Few people know the true function of winter pool pillows in a swimming pool. Many people think that they are purely for aesthetic and recreational purposes. But winter pool pillows are used to relieve pressure exerted by the accumulating snow from your winter pool cover.
This winter season, ensure you get one.
Installation of Winter Covers for Pools
After purchasing your ideal pool cover, it’s time for the installation. For many people, the installation process is a daunting and confusing task. But you can always hire the services of professionals.
You can also do it yourself by following the manufacturer’s guidelines that come with the pool covers.