Why you need an above ground pool cover
Obviously, knowing the benefits a product will offer you provides the motivation you need to make the purchase. Pool covers provide lots of benefits, including reduced management costs and improved swimming experience. The following are some of the primary advantages of pool covers.
To Keep Your Pool Clean – Apart from the obvious reasons, the risk of getting an infection is one big reason why you must keep your swimming pool clean. Primarily, pool covers are used to ensure the pool stays clean, as covering your pool regularly will prevent debris from getting into it. For example, pools that are close to trees will especially benefit from covers as they prevent leaves from getting into them.
No matter how much the cover costs, it will provide long-term benefits. You don’t have to spend much money and time to clean your pool. In fact, your swimming pool filter will benefit from a cover as well.
Reduce Evaporation – Swimming pool covers are usually produced using non-toxic materials like PVC and polyethylene. If your swimming pool is covered properly, they can help cut down evaporation up to 95 percent. In the long run, a pool cover saves you money and time.
Cut Down Heating Bills – With the idea cover, you can avoid splashing out on a pool heater and reduce the heating bills of your pool. Pool covers can help trap heat in your pool, thereby heating the water therein. Besides, since it reduces evaporation as well, heat is conserved further in your pool.
Improve Your Swimming Experience – Since a pool cover conserves heat, it subsequently improves your general swimming experience. This means the temperature of the pool won’t become too cold. Subsequently, your swimming session will be extended significantly.
Prevent Accidents – Everyone knows how curious and playful children can be sometimes. So, it makes a lot of sense that pool covers have been designed to be strong enough to withstand the weight of pets and children, which prevents them from probably drowning. When it comes to safety, you may also want to consider buying a pool fence as well.
Features to consider when choosing an above ground pool cover
As with any other product you want to buy, there are some features you must also consider before buying a pool cover. The following are some of the most important ones.
What pool size it’s designed for
After you have chosen the type of cover you need, buying the right size will make sure your pool is protected properly. The best covers have to be sufficiently large to cover the entire swimming pool without it being excessively tight. This is why most good covers feature an overlap on both sides, which makes installation a lot easier.
Whether your pool is rectangular or round, ensure you get a pool cover that matches its size closely. Manufacturers usually list both the actual cover size and the pool size, so we advise you to read the specifications for the product you want carefully. You cannot make the cover larger, but some covers let you trim the ends so that they would fit better.
If it has an overlap
An overlap usually means the excess space after the actual size of the pool. For example, if your pool measures 28 feet and your cover measures 32 feet, that gives you an overlap of four feet. You will need this additional space as the winter cover will definitely dip down in the pool because of the lowered level of water. With an overlap measuring 8 feet, the model with the largest overlap on our list is the Intex Deluxe Round Pool Cover.
You also need to consider the material with which the cover is made. Some pool covers are produced using vinyl materials or polyurethane, such as the Blue Wave Silver Pool Cover and the Robelle 3524-4 Super Winter Pool Cover. Such products are ideal for outdoor use as they can withstand harsh conditions. There are also some covers made from canvas compounds and polyester materials
Another important consideration you must make is the warranty and its terms. To be honest, you actually shouldn’t need any prep talk before you would know that you must consider the warranty before making any purchase. While pool covers are usually not as expensive as electronics, they need to be backed up by their manufacturers as well. Pool covers are usually designed to last for a significant period of time.
You also need to consider other less important features, such as if the cover is available in multiple colors and if it comes with accessories like ropes, installation hardware, and a carrying bag. Furthermore, you might want to check if your favorite model can be used with the pool cover reel to make things a lot simpler for you. While these features usually don’t affect the general performance of the cover, they are convenient features that will make the daily usage of the cover easier.