When you close up your Twin Cities pool for the winter, you’ll need to apply a pool cover as the final step in the closing process. That cover not only helps keep debris out of the water but also helps prevent algae proliferation and other problems that can crop up when your pool sits dormant for months.

Below, we’re covering the benefits and drawbacks of three different types of pool covers to help you determine which one is best for your swimming pool.

Automatic Pool Covers

A retractable pool cover is designed for daily use, not only to help maintain appropriate pH and water cleanliness but also to prevent accidents. Using an automatic pool cover can help decrease the amount of pool chemicals you need to use, as well as reduce the amount of time you need to run your filter each day.

Automatic Pool Cover Benefits:

●        Keeps debris and sun from negatively impacting the water

●        Provides safety

●        Helps reduce energy and pool chemical usage

●        Helps decrease long-term pool maintenance costs

●        Helps with heat retention

●        Considerable lifespan with proper maintenance

Automatic Pool Cover Drawbacks:

●        Higher initial investment and replacement costs

●        Requires professional installation

●        May require re-decking if installing on an existing pool

●        May keep the water too warm for some people’s taste

Mesh Pool Covers

A mesh pool cover is a type of safety cover, which typically lasts about 12-15 years before it needs to be replaced. While this type of cover is fairly pricey, its long lifespan and safety features that help protect children and pets make it well worth the initial investment.

A mesh pool cover will prevent debris from entering the water throughout winter, and even better, the cover’s woven mesh won’t allow snow or ice to accumulate on its surface.

Mesh Pool Cover Advantages:

●        Lightweight and easy to handle

●        The mesh allows melting snow and ice to pass through the cover

●        Prevents leaves and other large pieces of debris from entering the water

●        After initial installation, mesh covers are easy to remove and reapply

Mesh Pool Cover Drawbacks:

●        More expensive than a winter pool cover

●        Cover installation requires labor and specific tools

●        Custom covers can take several weeks to manufacture

If you have children or animals, it’s probably in your best interest to opt for a mesh pool cover since this type of cover will help prevent drowning. Its durable material can hold up to several thousand pounds, so if someone accidentally falls in the pool, they won’t get tangled up in the cover and risk getting stuck in the water. 

Winter Pool Covers

A winter pool cover is basically a massive tarp that sits atop the water. You’ll secure this type of cover with water-filled bags or clips. You may want to consider inserting a pool pillow beneath the cover to prevent it from sagging into the water when snow and ice build-up on the cover’s surface. Typically, winter covers last about five years before they require replacement.

Winter Pool Cover Pros:

●        Maintains clean water

●        Affordable product

●        Widely available

●        Easy to install

●        Prevents sun from degrading chlorine

Winter Pool Cover Cons:

●        Unaesthetic

●        Short lifespan for both the cover and water bags

●        Low durability

●        Lacks safety features

Since a winter cover isn’t firmly secured to the sides of the pool, it may present a safety risk to children or pets. If someone accidentally falls in the pool, they may be trapped inside the cover as it sinks into the water. If you have small children or animals, it may be in your best interest to opt for one of the other cover choices in this list. 

Royal Pool & Spa Can Install Your Pool Safety Cover

If you haven’t yet completed your swimming pool closing, now is the time to get it done. And whether you’re planning on taking the DIY route or you need professional assistance, our team at Royal Pool & Spa is at your service. We specialize in swimming pool closing, as well as pool cover installation services, and can help you make sure your pool is properly closed and ready to weather the winter season.

To learn more or schedule a service appointment, feel free to call our White Bear Lake office today at 651-779-7606 or contact us online, and we’ll be in touch.