Winter Pool Covers: Safety Should Be the No. 1 Concern

Swimming pool covers have become a great trend among pool owners. For safety and energy savings, these protective items are good for all seasons but more specially during winter time. Winter is the season when too much wind blow undesirable materials into your pool. Debris, leaves, twigs, dust and other objects can accumulate and stay in an uncovered pool. This means additional maintenance costs. Many pool owners keep their pool covered every time there is no swimmer around. It is a deterrent tool to avoid any accidental drowning particularly if there are pets, kids and senior people in your place. It can happen in winter where visibility can be a problem.

You can choose between a manual and an automatic cover for your in-ground pool. With just a press of a button, the cover can extend or retracts over your pool automatically. There are many kinds of designs and cover materials. You can opt for a solid, vinyl, laminated or a mesh fabric for your above ground or in ground pool. A sample cover that you may consider for winter is a laminated polyethylene material with high density stitches for better durability and strength. The cover is treated with UV inhibitors to resist the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It is also resistant to chlorine and other chemical stains, tears and punctures. You can opt for one which has a ratchet and a high-test vinyl coated cable system.

For a good heat retention winter cover and debris blocking, you may pick a solar reel type which ranges in price from $200 up depending on your pool’s size. Many manual covers have a reel at one end of the pool that gets rolled out or rolled in. These covers are perfect for families who have no small children.

The top brands for these are Cover Pools, Latham, Aquamatic Cover Systems, LOOP-LOC, Meyco, Feherguard and Doheny. You can surf the websites of these brands and look at their catalog, videos and photos. One brand for both types of pools is the Loop-Loc Mesh which is highly recommended if your number one consideration is Safety. When your choice is an automatic type, a recommended model is the Hydramatic Automatic Safety Pool Cover which has a 20 year mechanism warranty and 7 year limited fabric warranty deal. For your winter pool cover, you can opt for their AutoGuard Top Track which is excellent for heat retention, debris catch up and safety features. Both these products are for high end target markets with price ranging up to $7,000.

Many manufacturers offer one full year warranty which is extendable proportionately to as long as ten years and above. They also have fast and free ground shipping with delivery of one day up to three days. If you place your order before 1 pm EST, the pool cover can be delivered to your place on the same day.

One popular brand is the Arctic Armor winter pool covers which are woven with sturdy and durable polyethylene tapes to produce one that can withstand the worst winter scenario. For their above ground and in-ground pool covers, the armor covers have an added 4 foot overlap for better protection against excessive wear and tear. The arctic fabric does not allow sunlight to pass through making it impossible for algae to grow.

Their warranties are classified as bronze for an 8 year warranty, silver for a 12 year warranty and gold for a 15 year warranty. They cover from 1 year up to 3 years 100% covered warranty. Their winter pool covers are all in-stock and ready for shipping. They have mesh safety and ultra light solid covers. The solid safety winter pool cover is made of super strong material that can remove dirt effectively. It is 35% stronger and 33% lighter than standard solid pool covers. The straps and stainless steel spring provides the security system. All algae producing sunlight is blocked by the solid material. It meets or exceeds all federal safety standards. Arctic armor pool covers enhance the beauty of pools during the off-season.

To preserve and protect your pool from the harsh effects of winter and its potential danger on the lives of your family, investing in good quality winter pool covers is an appropriate decision. Safety should be your no. 1 concern.