Pool Care and Pool Maintenance

How to Choose a Pool Cover

Pool covers come in a number of shapes, sizes, different materials and they have different uses. You will need to select a type of pool cover that will suit your needs. There are a number of advantages of having a pool cover other than safety.

Before installing a pool cover you will have to answer a number of questions such as:

What type of pool do you have?

Do you have children?

Does the pool get a lot of sun?

Do leaves fall in the pool often?

By asking these questions to yourself and then reading the following tips below you will then be able to make an informed decision on what type of pool cover you need.
  • If you have young children and pets you might want to consider a pool safety net. This is basically a net that is hooked around the pool to prevent accidental drowning and use of the pool by children without parent’s permission. It will also give parents piece of mind while your children play around the pool area.
  • Solar heated pools or heated pools can be fitted with a special pool blanket which will insulate the pool and keep the warm water at the required temperature without using large amounts of power. The cover resembles bubble wrap and it will also offer protection from unwanted objects falling into the pool.
  • For people who live in warm areas and where the pool is used on a regular basis, a basic plastic cover will work well. A basic pool cover will protect your pool as well as keep leaves, dirt and other unwanted objects put of the pool.
Pool Cover neatly rolled up
A pool cover neatly rolled up at the front of the pool
  • When purchasing the pool cover or measuring the size of the pool keep in mind that the cover needs to overlap onto the edge of the pool.
  • Always make sure that your pool covers come with a warranty. If you are contracting a company to install a custom pool cover for you, make sure it comes with a contract of at least two years for manufacturer’s defects.
  • If you are not sure what type of cover will be best for you then consult your local pool store or hire a contracting company that will design and install a pool cover that suits your needs.
Pool covers are a necessary pool accessory and they are not expensive, but they perform a very vital role in preventing accidental drowning and keeping the pool clean as well as by reducing maintenance and costs.


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