In our first article in this series, we considered some of the reasons why pool owners should consider getting a winter pool cover. We also looked at some of the advantages and disadvantages of standard winter pool covers. In this article, we’ll consider another popular winter pool cover option: the safety cover.
Why Choose a Safety Pool Cover?
A safety pool cover is the best option for anyone who is particularly concerned about either children or pets getting into the pool during the winter months. These sturdy, secure pool covers are specifically designed to prevent small animals and kids from entering or falling into the pool. Another benefit which these covers have to offer is that they tend to be more durable than standard covers. That means they’ll take longer to wear out than a standard pool cover.
One drawback of a safety pool cover is the cost. They do typically cost more than standard pool covers upfront. But when you consider the fact that these covers are built to last longer, they may end up saving you money in the long run. Another reason why some pool owners forgo the safety cover is that it’s a bit harder to install than a standard cover. In spite of these disadvantages, safety pool covers have a lot to offer. Most of all, they offer the reassurance that comes with knowing that your pool area is safe and secure.
Different Types of Safety Covers
There are two main types of safety pool covers on the market: mesh and solid. Both of these types of covers have their benefits. We’ll take a few moments here to consider some of the pros and cons of each type.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Mesh Safety Covers
If you go with a mesh safety cover, you don’t need to worry about it lacking at all in the durability department. These covers, although they aren’t solid, are still extremely sturdy. They’re designed to stay strapped firmly all winter long. These covers work great at keeping leaves, dirt, and other debris from clogging up your pool throughout the winter. They also effectively do the job of keeping kids and pets out of the pool. Since the mesh cover will let water through, melted snow or extra water from rain will be able to pass through the mesh.
One potential drawback of a mesh cover is that it fails to block out all of the sunlight. Keeping sunlight out of the pool is an important step in keeping it as algae-free as possible. However, even though a mesh pool cover isn’t completely effective at blocking sunlight and preventing algae growth, it’s certainly far better than not having any cover at all.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Solid Safety Covers
Solid pool safety covers are extremely strong. They can withstand large debris accumulation as well as snow and sleet. Another plus is that these covers provide extra protection from the sunlight, which helps to keep algae out of the pool.
On the other hand, a solid pool cover can pose a problem if there’s snowmelt or heavy rain that adds extra water to the pool. You can solve this problem by installing a pool cover pump to keep excess water from pooling on top of the cover.
In our next article, we’ll look at one more winter pool cover option. Then we’ll consider some of the other equipment you may need to make sure your pool is ready for winter.
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