Winter will be here before you know it. Don’t wait until the last minute to make plans to winterize your pool. If you live in a part of the country where you close your pool for the winter season, there are plenty of reasons you should seriously consider getting a pool cover.
Why Cover Your Pool for the Winter?
Covering your pool will help prevent leaves, dirt, and debris from getting into the pool throughout the winter months. If you leave your pool unprotected, all of that debris can end up causing a huge mess that you’ll need to clean up in the spring when you get ready to re-open the pool. You can save yourself the hassle by securely covering your pool for the winter.
Another great reason to cover your pool for the winter is that it helps keep your pool safe from the elements. If left exposed to wind, rain, snow, sleet, or other winter weather conditions, your pool’s interior can sustain weather damage. Prevent your pool from experiencing premature aging by keeping it covered all winter long.
Finally, a pool cover can serve as an important safety feature. If you have children or pets who will be venturing out in the yard during the winter, you don’t want them to end up slipping and falling into the pool. Your winter pool cover can give you extra peace of mind when it comes to keeping your loved ones as safe as possible around the pool in the wintertime.
How to Choose the Right Pool Cover
There’s no one-size-fits-all pool cover that’s right for each pool owner. The best thing to do is to check out the different options on the market and decide which one will best suit your individual needs. In this series of 5 articles, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular pool covers that are currently available. You can find out the pros and cons of each type so you’ll be able to make an informed choice.
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Standard Winter Pool Cover
A standard pool cover is designed to protect your pool from accumulating leaves, dirt, and other debris throughout the winter months. It can also protect your pool’s interior from excessive sunlight exposure. This type of cover is typically made of a material that’s similar to a large tarp. If you have an above ground pool and choose this option, the cover will normally be held down with cables. With an in-ground pool, you’ll need to use water bags that are specifically made for this purpose. Normal weights could damage the cover, so it’s important to use the correct type of weights.
The main benefit of this type of cover is its affordability. They’re also simple to install. Another plus is that standard covers are easy to find at most pool supply retailers. The downside to standard covers is that compared to some of the other options, they’re relatively flimsy. After just a few years a standard cover can get so worn out it will need to be replaced.
In our next article in this series, we’ll consider some alternatives to standard winter pool covers.
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