Inspect Your Pool Covers
Swimming pool covers protect your pool from the elements. They are generally used when the pool is shut down for extended periods, such as in the winter. Some pool owners use them routinely to reduce the time they spend on pool maintenance. Regularly inspect your pool cover for damage. In the winter, icy build up can cause punctures to the covers, as well as freezing temperatures could cause it to tear easily. Warmer elements producing wind and heavy rains can cause the cover to become very dirty or warped in excessive heat. Any improper handling of your pool cover could cause damage, particularly if it’s cheap. For minor infractions to your cover you might try repairing it yourself. However, extensive damage might require the services of a qualified repair technician.
Consider the costs of repairing vs. replacing the cover with a new one. There are a variety of pool covers on the market. Plastic, net, mesh, and vinyl covers are all good choices and each provides a different function. Solar covers draw from the heat of the sun to warm the swimming pool.
Pool covers are also available in manual and motorized versions. The one you choose will depend on your budget. Pool covers can also be selected to provide a high degree of safety that prevents accidental slippage into the pool. If safety is your primary concern, make sure the cover you choose can withstand the weight of several people. Safety pool covers are installed with tracks that lock the covers along the sides of the pool. These models are popular among people with children and pet owners.
Safety pool covers (like these sold by Swimtown Pools) also protect pools from heat loss, escaping chemicals, and debris. This provides tremendous savings to the pool owner in maintenance costs. Lower utility bills and less time cleaning the pool gives the owner more time to enjoy it.
Take your time when selecting a safety pool cover because it will be an investment that should provide years of service for your specific needs. Speak with a qualified sales rep to help with your selection. A manual model that you will have to pull across the pool might be fine if you’re up to the job every time you want to use the pool. A motorized version only requires the push of a button, but will cost more in both price and upkeep. It will also cost more to have a safety pool cover custom made, a consideration if your pool has unusual design features.