Monthly Archives: September 2011

Which Type of Swimming Pool Cover Is Right For You?

Pool Safety Cover

Swimming pool covers are a necessary accessory for pools because they provide primarily two essential functions. First, they can reduce your pool’s maintenance cost, and second, a safety cover, in particular, can prevent pool related accidents. The four main types of pool covers are Solar Covers, Winter Covers, Leaf Nets, and Safety Covers. Understanding the basic purpose of each type should help you decide which is best for your backyard pool.

Solar covers, also known as solar blankets, significantly reduce the amount of energy you use as well as reducing the amount of water that evaporates from your pool. Solar covers raise your pool’s water temperature by an average of ten degrees by absorbing sunlight during the day and keeping that heat in the pool at night. Additionally, a solar cover will reduce your water and chemical evaporation by up to 70 percent which can save many, many gallons of water each month. If you use a heater, the heat retained by a solar cover helps to reduce your heating costs which can mean a savings of up to 90 percent in the summertime. Other advantages of solar covers are that they help keep debris out of your pool, and you will find that you need to run your filter pump less often.

Winter pool covers are used mainly to protect the pool from winter weather and to keep limbs, leaves, dirt, and other debris from falling into the pool. For an in ground pool, a winter cover is held in place with water bags placed around the edge inside sleeves which are attached to the cover. An above ground pool uses the same type of winter cover, but it is held in place by a combination winch and cable assembly that runs through grommets in the cover. Inflatable air pillows rest on the water under the winter cover to make stick and leaf removal easier, and they also help water to run off the cover. Additionally, a winter cover blocks sunlight to inhibit algae growth. A winter cover is an important part of winterizing your pool, and it makes opening your pool in the spring much easier and less expensive.

So what does a leaf net do? Leaf nets are lightweight covers made of an open weave material that fit over your winter cover or solar cover and help you avoid accumulations of wet, heavy, saturated leaves and twigs on top. Leaf nets ensure a quicker removal of leaves and help prolong the life of your winter or solar cover. They can be used in any season and are a big help if your pool is located in an area surrounded by trees. The open weave allows water to pass through the net, but it will block twigs and trash. Leaf nets help make it easier to remove the pool cover underneath.

Safety covers are the fourth type of swimming pool cover, and they are probably the most expensive. Safety covers, like the other types, are important for maintenance, but they are also the only pool covers that can prevent drowning and submersion accidents. All safety covers must meet the requirements in the ASTM standard F1346-91 (1996), which means a cover must be able to support much more than the weight of a small child or animal should they walk out onto the cover. Other types of pool covers cannot do this. A proper safety cover is securely anchored into the deck area surrounding the pool and lies flat so there are no gaps between the pool and the cover that could allow a child to get under the cover and into the water. They give the pool owner peace of mind, especially if children or pets play near the pool area.

Determining which type of pool cover is right for your swimming pool depends only on your particular situation, but covering your pool with some type of pool cover is a necessary step in properly maintaining it. A covered pool will experience less freezing in the winter than an uncovered one, a covered pool will cost less to open up in the spring time, and a covered pool will be much easier to clean and maintain throughout the swimming season.

Where Is Your RV on the Other 339 Days?

Do you ever wonder what happens to RVs when they are not out on the road? A 2005 University of Michigan study commissioned by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) discovered that RV owners are on the road an average of only 26 days each year. This leaves approximately 339 days when the RV is not in use. Where does the RV “live” when its owners are not taking a vacation?

While an enclosed garage or storage area is the best place to store an RV for extended periods of time, most owners don’t have access to such a facility. More often than not, an RV stands idle on a homeowner’s property or at an outdoor RV storage facility. Harsh weather, moisture, sun, insects, birds, dirt, and other debris can take a heavy and expensive toll on an RV, so the best way to protect an RV is with RV covers. RV covers are a necessary accessory for ensuring that your mobile vacation home stays in top shape until the next time you want to take it on the road.

There’s a proper RV cover to fit just about every kind of RV, from Class A, B, and C to 5th wheel RVs, travel trailers, truck campers, and folding campers. Be sure to select the appropriate cover for your particular RV to ensure the best fit. RV covers can be custom made, too, for those who want an even better fit or special features. Just any kind of RV covers won’t do, though. RV covers should be constructed of a rugged, but breathable material. You’ll want a material that can endure harsh weather conditions, but at the same time, prevent moisture from becoming trapped and turning into mold and mildew. Some RV covers come equipped with access panels, making it easier to reach different parts of your RV without having to remove the entire cover to do so.

When you’re ready to hit the road on your next RV vacation, you can easily remove and store your RV covers until they are needed again. If you leave your vehicle in good condition before covering it, you’ll find it in the same good shape when the covers are off. This means that you can spend less time preparing your RV for departure and more time enjoying the scenery. All in all, if you are among the millions of people across the country who are joining the ranks of proud and satisfied RV owners, then taking proper care of your recreational vehicle when it’s not in use will ensure that it continues to bring you safely and comfortably on vacation adventures for many years.

 

See All That Mighty Covers Has to Offer!

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We give you a lot of information about the covers that we offer for your automobile, watercrafts, campers, and motorcycles. What you might not know is that Mighty Covers also offers some very cool accessories to improve or aid our covers and make your life a little easier. Below is a list of some of the “other” supplies we offer. Even if you’re not in the market for a “cover”, Mighty Covers might STILL have you covered. Check it out!

Do You Plan to Protect Your Patio Furniture?

 

 

Outdoor Custom Patio Furniture Covers

 

Before winter comes, and before ice and snow threaten to cause damage to your backyard patio furniture, think about what you plan to do with that furniture.  Essentially, you could take one of three approaches to protecting your patio furniture from the harsh weather that is around the corner.  You could do nothing; you could put your furniture in storage; or, you could cover it with patio furniture covers.

Doing Nothing

Some homeowners may choose to do very little, if anything, to protect their outdoor furniture. Protecting the outdoor furniture is often low on the list of priorities for many busy homeowners. Unfortunately, neglected patio furniture deteriorates at a much more dramatic rate than protected furniture. The lifespan of woods, metals, and resins shortens greatly with constant exposure to the elements. The result is furniture that looks beaten up and weathered, and that falls apart and requires replacing much sooner than homeowners might expect.

Storing It Away

Other homeowners prefer to store their patio furniture in a shed or other available enclosure. Storing outdoor furniture is an ideal situation when it will be out of use for a significant amount of time, such as over the winter months. Storing furniture does have some disadvantages, though. Outdoor furniture can be quite heavy, and moving it often requires more than one person. Moving furniture can cause injury to those doing the moving, and it can cause damage to furniture pieces if any part is bumped, scraped, or dropped in transit. Storage is not an ideal option for homeowners who simply lack the available space, nor is it ideal for those who desire only temporary protection for their furniture from the elements.

Covering It Up

A growing number of homeowners prefer the third option for outdoor furniture protection — patio furniture covers.Patio Furniture Covers Patio furniture covers can be put on and removed easily, making their frequent use possible. Homeowners can quickly cover their patio furniture before a big storm, and then remove the covers once the weather has passed. Patio furniture covers constructed with superior quality fabrics are designed to withstand many years of harsh weather conditions, too, so they can protect furniture successfully for extended periods of time. Additionally, patio furniture covers are easy to store because they can be folded away and stowed in a small space when not being used.

Storing outdoor furniture, covering it, or doing nothing to protect it is entirely a choice to be made by each individual homeowner. Understanding some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option, though, is essential so that you can make the most suitable choice for your situation.

 

Preparing Your Jet Ski for Winter Storage

Jet Ski Covers
It’s time to put your Jet Ski away for the winter. Storing it properly now will ensure that its condition does not deteriorate over the winter months.

  1. Drain the engine. Be especially sure that it is free of all water from the last ride.
  2. Wash the exterior of the jet ski.  Clean away any dirt, debris, or algae that might have accumulated over the season. You should also dry the exterior thoroughly. For best results, wax the exterior prior to storage.
  3. Make sure that the gas tank is full and add gas stabilizers.
  4. Remove the spark plugs.
  5. Disconnect the battery and store it indoors for the winter month
  6. Use a jet ski cover to keep dust, weather, and animals off your jet ski during the winter months.

Plan Ahead: Budget for Accessories, Too

 

Grill Covers and Accessories

If you’re anything like me, you budget for a new purchase but forget to budget for all the stuff that goes along with it.  The bills start to rack up when I realize that I need accessories in order to make my original purchase work.  Case in point…my new gas grill.

I recently set aside a certain amount of money for the purpose of buying a new gas grill, on which I’ve been anxious to cook a number of recipes I learned from watching the food channels on television.  When my local hardware center advertised a special on gas grills, I found the one of my dreams.  Lucky me, it cost just under what I had budgeted.

I was feeling pretty proud of myself until I realized that I did not have enough left in the budget after the purchase for vital accessories like the propane tank, the grilling tools, and the grill cover.  My pride deflated quickly.  It took a bit more time, but before long, I was able to purchase the grill accessories and begin my backyard adventures in the new world of grilling out.

The lesson I learned I pass on to you — be sure to set aside enough money in your budget for any important accessories that don’t already come with your big purchase.  Doing so will eliminate the let down of paying more than expected, or having to wait a while to enjoy the original purchase.

Generators Provide Peace of Mind For Homeowners

 

Generator Covers

During hurricane season, homes along coastal regions are often without power for extended periods of time. High winds, pounding rains, falling trees, and flying debris are several of the many disasters that can knock out power lines during these damaging and deadly storms. Generators are essential in areas that are constantly in a hurricane’s path. They are gas powered engines that can provide electricity to your homes during times of power outages. Air conditioners and heaters, home security alarms, refrigerators and freezers, telephones, and lights can all be run with a gas powered generator. As you can see, these machines are often VERY important to the welfare and sanity of people in a hurricane’s wake. During the months that are not in hurricane season, make sure that you keep your generator dry, protected, and ready to go in the case of an emergency. Be sure to store them in a dry environment and use a generator cover for added protection. Covers protect against sun and UV damage, bad weather, dirt, birds, and tree sap. Taking proper care of your equipment not only keeps it in top shape, but it can extend the life of the equipment and guarantee many years of dependable service. With superior protection, you can be sure that your generator will be ready at a moment’s notice.