Monthly Archives: September 2012

Beyond the Pool Cover – Accessories and Specialties

 

Pool Cover Accessories

 

A swimming pool cover is one of the most important tools you can have when you own a pool. Yes, you read that right – tools. It’s a tool because it helps get a lot of different jobs done. It prevents dirt and debris from building up in your pool, reduces algae growth, and simplifies fall and winter maintenance while making it easier to open the pool next spring. But it doesn’t really do all of this alone. Along with your work putting it on and taking it off, there are other accessories worth taking a closer look at and a couple of other types of covers worth pondering as well.

The most important accessories you can get for your pool cover are simply the attachments. In most cases covers will come with some method of securing it to the pool, but it never hurts to get extra or to upgrade. For some covers, especially safety pool covers, anchors are attached to points around the pool and connected to the cover. In other cases weights like sandbags are used to weight down the perimeter. For above ground pool covers, this is usually a moot point but anyone with an in ground pool should pay attention to this. Adding extra attachments and weights will help ensure that your cover doesn’t slip into the pool, which can become a huge burden to deal with.

Another accessory to think about is actually a kind of pool cover in its own right. The leaf net is a device that stretches over your existing cover and helps with leaf control. Basically, you put on the cover and then put the leaf net over it. Once the leaves have finished falling you just remove the leaf net. You may feel like it’s an expense that isn’t worth it, but the fact is that even the most experienced pool owner will end up spilling a few leaves into the pool when they remove their cover. The leaf net stops that from happening completely, letting you get rid of the leaves before you even take off the cover.

Finally, think about a solar cover. Sometimes called a solar blanket or heat blanket, this is just what it sounds like. It’s an inexpensive kind of cover that fits over your pool and sits directly on the water. It captures the sun’s rays and helps convert the warmth into the water. Essentially, this helps to speed up the process of warming the water. Again, for some it sounds like a kind of item that isn’t really a necessity and it’s not. But if you’ve ever faced impatient kids or spent days waiting for your pool to shake off the winter cold, you’ll understand why this is a worthwhile purchase.

Of course, just buying a quality swimming pool cover is the first step and one that you can’t ignore. But taking the time to buy a couple of accessories could help you get the most from your pool cover and make it much easier to keep your pool in top shape no matter what time of year it is.

Patio Furniture Covers – More Important than You Think

 

Outdoor Custom Patio Furniture Covers

Plenty of people enjoy more time on their deck, patio, or outdoor hangout area than they do inside their home. Whether it’s relaxing around the pool during the summer, sitting around an outdoor fireplace in the fall, or having a spring cookout, patio furniture is one of those things that most people have but that many don’t really give much thought to after purchase. But when you buy a quality set of patio furniture, you’ll be making an expensive investment that you need to keep in good shape. As a result, it’s important to take the steps needed to maintain your patio furniture. Patio furniture covers are one item well worth thinking about.

The main reason that buying patio furniture covers makes so much sense is obvious. No matter what time of year it is, outdoor furniture takes a lot of punishment from good old Mother Nature. The same sun that feels so great on your skin will literally bake your patio furniture after a few hours. Add in things like rain, snow, high winds, ice, falling debris, and more and you’ve got a recipe for major damage. Patio furniture can go from looking brand new to looking old and ruined after just one season. That’s even truer when you have wooden furniture with fabric cushions.

There’s another reason that patio furniture covers are so important, and it’s one that most people don’t even think about until it’s too late. A cushion on a patio chair can soak up a good bit of moisture over the course of even a light rain. And while the deck may be perfectly dry, and while the fabric of the cushions may be as well, once you sit down on an inundated cushion you’ll know it.  Simply put, throwing a cover over your furniture will make it much less likely that you have to deal with such an uncomfortable – and sometimes embarrassing – event.

Buying patio furniture covers is a much better option than the alternative. Some people say that it’s a hassle to cover up their furniture, and then end up turning their furniture on end or storing it over the winter. Some just let their furniture endure, hoping for the best. But today’s protective covers are designed to completely protect your furniture and will fit any type of patio furniture. There are numerous designs and styles, and you can even find brand new grill and smoker covers to keep them protected as well.

If you can’t find a basic stock cover that matches your furniture, you can always have custom patio furniture covers made to order. In the case of grill covers, you can even get a college team logo to show your school’s colors with pride. No matter what type of furniture you have, there’s a cover that is right for you. It’s an easy matter to find one, and it will keep your furniture looking great for years. Patio furniture can be expensive, and there’s no reason to leave it exposed to the harsh elements that can seriously damage it and make it less than it should be. If you’re worried about your patio furniture, a set of covers will ease your mind.

A Closer Look at Safety Covers – Right For You?

 

In Ground Safety Pool Cover

   Any pool owner who’s dealt with a spring setup following a fall and winter with their pool uncovered can attest to the fact that a pool cover will have a huge impact on maintenance costs and effort as well as on the spring setup of a pool. But when you’re closing down the pool this season, it could be time to invest in an upgrade and purchase a safety pool cover. If you’ve got children or pets, it’s well worth doing. But before you decide, just take a closer look at what safety covers are all about and how they’ll help your pool. It should help you decide whether or not they’re worth it for you.

Basically, safety covers are heavier duty covers than the standard ones people put on their pools. They also use a much different attachment system. While most winter pool covers are fixed in place by little more than a series of sandbags or weights, safety pool covers are actually attached to anchor points around the pool with a system of cords. This helps them hold up the weight of a child or pet that stumbles into the pool, and are much easier to attach and set up than they may sound. Safety pool covers should also not be confused with Solar pool covers, which float on top of the pool’s water and helps heat the water and maintain the heat in swimming pools.

Take a look at safety covers’ scrim numbers. This refers to the weave within the very makeup of the cover, and the higher it is the better quality the cover will be. Higher numbers mean more weaves, which in turn mean denser material that will be more durable and stronger. All safety covers that meet today’s minimum standards will be rated for more than four hundred pounds per square inch. Combined with proper anchors, that’s more than enough to ease most parents’ minds about their kids or dogs being near the pool.

Safety pool covers come in two forms – mesh and solid. Solid doesn’t mean that it’s as rigid as a board, of course, just that there are no perforations within the material. Basically, it’s a solid cover that allows no drainage. The advantage here is that it allows no light and absolutely no debris to pass through the cover, which helps with algae and hygiene issues, however solid safety covers will either have a small mesh drain panel in the middle of the cover or a small pump will be necessary to keep water from building up on the cover.  A mesh safety pool cover will have perforations throughout it, and it’s essentially just what its name suggests. This may allow some light to pass through, but it won’t be weighed down by rainwater,  or other problems. For areas with heavy rain, that drainage is very important to the overall stability of a safety cover.

So how do you know if a safety pool cover is the right choice for you? There are a couple of things to think about. First of all, those with above ground pools may not need them. It depends on whether or not your pool is surrounded by a deck or just accessed by a ladder. In the latter case, you may not need a safety cover since you can often remove the ladder.

Those with in ground pools or above ground pools with a deck around them will be much more likely to need a safety cover. This is especially true if you have children or pets. 75 percent of children who die in swimming pool accidents are under three, and drowning is the second leading cause of death among those under 14. In other words, having a safety cover will help prevent the unthinkable from becoming a reality.

Even if you don’t have young kids, a safety cover may be worth it. An icy deck can be very hazardous, and one slip could lead to death or serious injury. A safety pool cover is a kind of investment that delivers added safety as well as peace of mind other covers won’t give you. No, they may not be for everyone, but for many pool owners they’re an upgrade that you can’t ignore.