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5 Different types of pool covers with a purpose

A pool cover is an essential tool when it comes to taking care of your pool, but most people only use a cover during the colder months to keep the water from being exposed to too much debris while it’s out of use. While this type of cover is definitely important, there are many other swimming pool covers at that you can use to enhance your experience. These are just a few of those covers that you might want to start using today.

Winter Pool Covers
These are the most common pool covers because almost every pool owner will cover his or her pool during the fall and winter. A winter cover is very thick and durable so that the heavy debris will not break it. This also allows the cover to regulate the temperature of the pool, which keeps the water from freezing or growing algae.

It’s important to use inflatable pillows under most winter pool covers. The water will rise and fall due to temperature fluctuations. Having inflatable pillows under the cover makes it much harder for the water to get on top of the cover.

Solar Pool Covers
Solar pool covers are relatively thin and they usually aren’t tied down. While they don’t provide much safety or protection against debris, they are great at heating your pool. They will commonly heat the water’s surface by about 10 degrees or more. You’ll never have to get into chilly water again with this type of cover.

If there is a lot of debris during the day, then you might want to forego using one of these covers. The debris can weigh the solar pool cover down, which will make it sink. This will keep the cover from heating the water, and it might even result in some damage.

Solar Rings
Solar rings are like upgraded solar pool covers. A solar pool cover is great at heating the surface of your pool, but the deeper parts might be a little cool. Solar rings are able to harness more of the sun’s heat to make even the deepest parts of your pool a pleasing temperature.

Another unique benefit is that you can flip a solar ring over when the pool is heated through. This keeps the sun from evaporating the water and removing pool chemicals. These are often more expensive than solar pool covers, but they are the best at heating the pool.

Safety Covers
Pools are fun, but they are also a hazard if you aren’t prepared. Many small children and pets fall and drown in pools. While you can’t stop accidents from happening, you can reinforce the pool’s surface so that no one can fall in. There are two types of safety covers: net and solid.

Net covers are inexpensive and come with small holes that are too tiny for children or pets to fall through. At the same time, the net texture will make it difficult for anyone to stabilize and walk across the cover.

Solid safety covers are often the best because they are thick and durable, but they must be anchored down. These covers can also protect your pool from debris, and some winter covers function as solid safety covers.

Leaf Net
Leaf nets are thin nets that are made to keep leaves and other large pieces of debris from getting into your pool. Nobody likes cleaning twigs and leaves from their pool, but it’s a chore that every pool owner goes through on a daily basis. These nets will significantly reduce the amount of skimming and cleaning that you have to do.

Leaf nets can also be combined with winter covers to keep the debris from weighing it down. While these nets look similar to net safety covers, they aren’t strong enough to support a child or pet. Never use these as a safety cover because they will fail.

There are many different types of pool covers that you can use to enhance your pool. While most pool owners are well acquainted with winter covers because they are used every year, many of them don’t know about solar, safety and leaf covers. These can help protect your children and pets, heat the water and keep you from having to do so much maintenance.


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