The summer is drawing to a close, many pool owners will begin to search for a cover to protect their outdoor pools. This will ensure that not only is your pool safe from debris but that children and small animals are not put in danger. However, with so many options on the market today, how do we know which cover is right? The following list entails some of the best options of covers for your specific type of pool and what things to consider when you’re looking to purchase one.
Is Your Pool Above Ground or In-Ground?
One of the first things you must determine for choosing the right type of pool cover is if you have an above-ground or in-ground pool. In-ground pools are typically harder to clean due to all the piping and hard to reach areas. Therefore, many who have in-ground pulls opt-in for solid vinyl pool covers. This is because they keep things like the sun from entering the water, a common cause of algae. Those with above ground pools can opt-in for the less expensive mesh cover which is less expensive but does leave you at risk of algae on the walls of your pool.
Are You Concerned About Safety?
If safety is the number one reason for purchasing a pool cover, then a few things must be taken into consideration. For example, drowning causes ten deaths every day in the United States. It’s also a leading cause of death in children ages one through fourteen. Therefore, choosing the right type of material for optimal safety is a must. Solid and Mesh Safety Covers are a great way to go as they provide a hard service around and within the pool that can easily prevent children from slipping in. If safety is your priority, one type of pool cover should be avoided, and that is solar pool covers. Solar pool covers do not provide adequate safety and can actually be dangerous. They are prone to malfunction and can be easily uncovered by a child if they know where the controls are.
What Is the Size of Your Pool?
Picking up the right size pool cover is just as important as the type of cover. This is because even the best covers will not provide you with the needed protection if they are not fitted properly. Those with standard pool sizes will have no problem finding their cover at their local big box store. However, pools with asymmetrical sides or pools with rounded edges may lead you to have to custom make your cover.
Pools can be a great thing for the family. It provides exercise, much needed outdoors time and togetherness, but precautions must be taken to protect both your investment and your family. Adhere to the tips listed above, and you’ll no doubt find the perfect pool cover for your home.