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The Difference Between Mesh and Solid Winter Safety Swimming Pool Covers

In my experience an adequate swimming pool cover must not only be aesthetically pleasing, but should also be able to withstand inclement weather that can cause havoc to your garden or back yard. While solid swimming pool covers are hardy enough, they also tend to be heavier than their mesh counterparts, thereby making it easy for rainwater, leaves and sediment to accumulate. Consequently, they are harder to clean and need a lot of maintenance. Also, the water trapped inside poses a tremendous risk for young children and/or even pets.

Mesh swimming pool covers in contrast are so much more practical. The very fact that they are made of a sturdy, porous mesh, implies that rainwater can easily drain out. Since it is never weighed down by rainwater, leaves or other particles, the cover always stays dry and looks presentable all year around. It goes without saying, that a dry, firm swimming pool cover that never needs pumping out is so much safer if you have children or pets because it reduces the likelihood of drowning. The main drawback of mesh pool covers is that because of the pores, sometimes very fine dust particles can slip through into the pool.

Both solid and mesh swimming pool covers are pretty light and can be attached or removed from your pool in a matter of minutes. Each type of cover usually comes with storage bags (with drawstrings) so you can fold it to a size that is small enough to fit in them. The bags can then be stowed away in a shed, garage or any other dry secure place until you are ready to use it again.

In sum, when deciding whether to use a mesh or solid swimming pool cover, it is a good idea to consider the occupants in your house (young kids, pets, etc). If you do have toddlers or pets, then solid covers are probably not a good idea. Another factor to take into consideration is how much rain/snow your area gets. If you live in a dry area, then a solid cover would not be that much of an issue. Alternatively, if you live in a wet area but would still like a solid cover, then you should think about investing in a cover pump that can help pump any excess water that accumulates on the cover. Take your pick!

The Benefits of A Winter Swimming Pool Cover

Winter Swimming Pool Covers
Swimming pool covers serve a very important purpose which is mainly to keep debris from entering pool water in off-seasons. There are regular mesh pool covers that keep large leaves, twigs, flying insects and other debris out of pool water during the swimming season. These are usually fairly easy to install over a pool and are manufactured for ease of use. Winter pool covers are generally a heavier grade vinyl with minimal “breathability”, that is, allowance for air to penetrate through to the water to retard stagnation. Most of these heavy duty winter swimming pool covers are strong enough to hold up to 500 lbs. Therefore, they also provide a measure of safety. Many pool covers are manufactured with grommets through which special vinyl-coated wire is inserted and attached around the width of the pool.

The Benefits of a Winter Swimming Pool Cover

Generally, winterizer is added to pool water and the water level is reduced to below a surface skimmer or other filteration lines. Then, a winter pool cover is installed. The benefits in terms of maintenance is that pool covers keep pool chemicals from dissipating and algae from growing along the pool bottom and side walls over a long season of non-use. In addition, water purity remains balanced. But, the best benefit is when the pool is reopened for the following season. Little, if any, maintenance is required in terms of the drudgery of vacuuming pool walls and bottom when debris is allowed to collect in mass volumes. Simply use a leaf blower to clear debris from the surface of the pool cover before storing, allow the cover to dry thoroughly, dust lightly with baking soda to prevent mold, fold and store. Refill pool water to skimmer or filtration line. Then, test the pool water to determine pH and chlorine balance. The best benefit of a pool cover in winter is how well it minimizes pool maintenance. In addition, the safety features provides added assurance to the pool owner.

Choosing A Winter Pool Cover

The newer grades of vinyl used in the manufacture of pool covers offers a greater range of choice. Vinyl and mesh covers are sold in “gauges”. The higher the gauge, the higher the quality of the material. It’s more cost- effective to purchase a higher gauge vinyl pool cover because they offer greater durability and are less affected by freezing winter temperatures. Pool maintenance is a regular requirement. Pool covers help to reduce the amount of time and maintenance that’s expended to insure good water quality and a safe swimming experience. Whether the pool cover is intended for above ground pools or inground, the levels of maintenance are significantly reduced so that more time is spent swimming than on pool upkeep.

Buying An Inground Pool Safety Cover

If you are a swimming pool owner one of the most important things to purchase is a swimming pool cover. These are essential for pets and especially children. Swimming pools are fun for the whole family, but can also be a point of many accidents. Drowning is the second largest cause of death for children ages 1-14. Safety swimming pool covers lower the risk of accidents and also put ease in your mind that your family and friends are safe when they are near your pool. When shopping you must consider several things.

When you begin shopping it is important to know the exact measurements of your pool. This will be crucial when getting estimates so that you ensure getting the correct size of safety cover. If you purchase the incorrect size of cover for your pool, the effectiveness will drop dramatically.

Swimming pool covers come in a large variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. You can choose a mesh pool safety cover. This is used when closing your pool for the winter. They are good for long-term use and require little to no maintenance. Debris and leaves do not collect on this type of cover. Rain and weather does go through the holes in the mesh cover into the pool to prevent the water from collecting on the top of the cover. This is something to know when buying this type of cover because it can make opening the pool in the summer a little more difficult since the water is not completely shielded in the winter from weather and sunlight. These types, however are excellent in safety and many companies proclaim that they would hold the weight of an elephant.

Another type of swimming pool safety cover is a solid safety cover. Unlike the mesh covers, the solid safety covers do not allow rain, snow, or sunlight to to through the cover due to the durable fabric from which this is made. When the water gathers on the top of your cover this can cause pooling and it is dangerous. To prevent this from happening, you can purchase a small pool pump for the top of your cover to drain this water from your pool cover. Both the solid and mesh safety covers are installed by anchoring to your surrounding deck.

It is important when purchasing a safety cover to know about the installation process. Many companies will offer installation for a fee. This is important to ensure that you are properly installing your cover correctly to prevent accidents. You can never be too safe when it comes to owning an in ground swimming pool and the purchase of a safety cover is well worth the money.

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