Securing Your Pool with a Safety Cover
You might think that pool covers are somewhat self-explanatory, but in reality pool covers can offer benefits beyond simply covering the water’s surface. Today’s market offers several options when it comes to pool covers, so it can be helpful to consider your option before you take the plunge and make your purchase. This article looks to the benefits of securing your pool with a safety cover and also highlights your options if you are searching for a new cover for your pool.
What is a Pool Safety Cover? How Does it Work?
Pool covers are designed to drape the surface of the water and thereby prevent access to it. Pool safety covers are a specific subset that stretch tight across the pool deck and are attached securely around the pools perimeter, thereby protect family members – particularly young children – from accessing the water during unsupervised times.
Beyond safety, pool covers also keep the pool clear of unwanted intruders. They safeguard the pool from any roaming animals that might amble into your yard, for example, and they are also effective at capturing falling leaves or branches to save you the headache of fishing them out of the water later on. Pool covers can also prove to be an energy savings if you heat your pool. Effectively trapping the warmth underneath its surface, pool covers can prevent the evaporation of water that can occur thanks to the natural activation of the water’s surface when exposed to the elements. In short, pool safety covers not only protect you and your loved ones but they can also help preserve the cleanliness and energy efficiency of your pool.
What Types of Pool Safety Covers Are Available?
Traditional pool safety covers can be divided into two categories: mesh covers and solid covers. The difference here is in the name: solid covers provide a continuous panel typically of polyethylene that creates a solid barrier across your entire pool surface, and mesh covers offer a permeable surface that, though adequately tight in its weave to catch larger debris, can nevertheless allow water through.
This difference is important because one of the biggest perils for pool covers, particularly when securing pools for the offseason, is the collection of water on the surface. These puddles can cause sagging and damage to the cover and thus can result in the need for another purchase. At the same time though, though puddling is possible with a solid pool cover, these uniform surfaces also offer optimal ultraviolet (UV) resistance, which means the sun’s rays won’t be able to permeate the water below. This element is also essential because sunlight that makes it under the cover can contribute to ideal conditions for algae growth.
Beyond these traditional models, you can also choose from newer designs, such as the popular poll pool cover, automatic security cover, and pool safety net. The poll pool cover is similar to the solid security cover but takes the hassle out of installation in that it is reinforced with polls that allow the cover to be rolled out with ease. These poles might not help with the issue of accumulated water, but the simplicity with which you can move the cover makes it a decent choice.
There are also automated pool covers, which are mechanized surfaces that with a turn of a key can seal your pool completely. These covers can be stored underground to limit the clutter on your pool deck, and their reinforced slats can take substantial weight. These covers are quite sophisticated and do an amazing job, but they will also cost a substantial amount of money.
Finally, there is the pool net, which offers many of the benefits of these other options while also being lightweight, easy to install, and more budget friendly. Designed as a net that forms a web-like barrier over the surface of your pool, a pool net allows water through but comes with a small enough web to prevent everything from small children and toys to debris from falling into the water. These nets are not heavy and can be applied to the pool surface in a matter of minutes, making them ideal for folks who want frequent access for a swim.
Which Pool Safety Cover is Best?
Any of these pool nets will bring added security to your pool, so it really depends on your budget, your aesthetic needs, and the amount of effort you want to invest in installing them. While automated pool covers typically require the least effort, they will also cost a pretty penny; solid or mesh safety covers offer similar security, but they will need some serious strength to manoeuvre on to the pool. For the ideal combination of safety and easy installation, the pool net might be your best option (particularly if you don’t want to break the bank on your purchase).
Whichever style you choose, you can rest assured at the end of the day that you’ve taken the right steps to boosting the longevity and safety of your pool. For more on your options, reach out to AquaSafe Pool Nets today!