If you’re like most people, your family’s swimming pool is one of the most important parts of your home. It doesn’t matter what size or what type of pool it is, either. Kids and adults appreciate having a place to relax, have fun, and escape from the heat. But a pool needs to be taken care of. That goes beyond things like chlorine and pool skimming. You need to invest in a quality swimming pool cover as well. While there are plenty of considerations to make when you start looking into your pool, one of the first things to think about is whether to go with a regular winter cover or a safety pool cover.
Regular winter pool covers are just what they sound like. They’re designed to stretch over the pool and keep leaves and other debris from collecting in the pool. They’ll also help reduce algae growth since they block out most of the sun, and they can reduce the hazards of a pool since they prevent animals from trying to drink from the water. But in terms of a dog or a child falling into the pool, a regular winter cover won’t really be much of a safeguard.
Safety pool covers, on the other hand, are much different. These are designed to actually give parents peace of mind when they shut down their pools. Considering that drowning is the second leading cause of death for people between 1 and 14 years of age, covering your pool when you have kids is a good idea. Safety pool covers are rated to actually stand up to large amounts of weight. They’re available in a mesh or solid form, each of which will keep your family safe. Whether it’s the family pet or your toddler, they’re worth thinking about when it comes to protection.
Mesh safety pool covers are designed to allow water to drain into the pool. This way rain doesn’t puddle on the cover and weigh it down. They’re a little cheaper and will have a ten year guarantee or more in most cases. Solid safety covers are similar, but they have a mesh drain panel in the middle of the cover or they can be solid and use a pump to keep the water off of the cover. Areas with heavy snow or with large amounts of debris are usually places where you need to go with mesh since the buildup of weight with a solid cover can cause a major problem and weaken the cover. Both types of safety pool covers connect to anchors that are located in certain points around the pool, and they allows homeowners to quickly and easily connect the cover to a fixed point and give it the high level of strength that it needs.
The main question when deciding between safety covers or winter pool covers is really just what you need to keep safe. If you have children, a safety cover is probably worth the extra investment. Even if they’re strong swimmers, keep in mind that a slip on ice beside the pool could cause unconsciousness. No matter how strong the swimmer, having a pool cover that protects against drowning is important. If you don’t have kids or pets, then you may not really need to take the extra step of buying a safety cover. Unless, of course, you’re worried about your own safety when you go near the pool.
One more thing that is worth keeping in mind concerning your pool cover is that no matter which type of cover you buy, don’t make the mistake of ordering a basic rectangular cover for your pool if it is a different shape. Some dealers will tell you that you can do so and save a bit of money, but they leave out the fact that buying these covers for a different type of pool will void the warranty. We make sure to offer a wide range of covers for anyone that needs them, so be sure to find the one that actually fits your pool perfectly instead of investing in a pool cover that won’t fit correctly.