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How To Choose A Pool Cover

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Unless you are one of the lucky few that get to enjoy year-round warm weather and pool time, chances are you'll need to buy a cover for your pool. Unfortunately, it isn't nearly as straightforward as you would hope; there are quite a few questions to answer and choices to be made. Here at Pool Supply Unlimited, we want to make that process as painless as possible. When you're shopping for a pool cover, we have the answer to all your burning questions.
Should I buy a safety cover or a winter cover?
This choice is dependent on the pool owners’ needs and preferences.
Winter Covers
Winter pool covers are much less expensive than Safety Covers. They are very easy to install and can often be done by just one person. Simply lay the cover over the pool and place water tubes around the perimeter. If you're looking for a cost-effective solution, explore our range of winter inground pool covers and above ground winter pool covers. An excellent winter pool cover for inground pools is the Arctic Armor WC950 Inground Pool Winter Cover is an excellent choice, crafted with quality materials to endure the winter elements. For above ground pools, consider the Arctic Armor WC900-4 Above Ground Pool Winter Cover, designed to withstand harsh winter conditions.
Safety Covers 
Safety Covers typically require professional installation as they attach using posts (hooks) that are drilled into the pool deck. They are more durably made and securely attached, making them a safer option. If you're considering a mesh option, the Merlin 15-Year Dura-Mesh Safety Covers are known for their durability and reliability. For those looking for solid pool safety covers, the PoolTux 20-Year Emperor Solid Safety Covers offer robust protection and a long lifespan. Check out our entire collection of pool safety covers for more options.
Is a mesh cover or solid cover better?
There are benefits to both solid and mesh.
Solid Pool Covers
Solid pool covers keep water out of the pool. During the fall and winter, leaves, dirt, and debris will collect on the cover. This causes any water from rain and snow to become dirty. If you have a mesh pool cover, this dirty water is going into the pool – with a solid cover, this is prevented.
To combat this problem, all of the solid pool safety covers we sell feature a center drain that catches the finest dirt and debris but still allows the cover to drain. This eliminates the hassle of pumping off your cover each spring. The PoolTux solid safety cover features a patented Aquaduct drain that runs from one end of the cover to the other, which practically eliminates puddles!
In addition to blocking water, solid covers don't allow light to pass through. The Arctic Armor solid safety covers are constructed of an extremely tight weave fabric that blocks sunlight. This is important because as it starts to warm up in the spring and the pool water warms up, algae will grow if the water receives sunlight.
Mesh Pool Covers
Mesh pool covers eliminate the need for pumping by allowing water to pass through. However, most mesh covers also allow a significant amount of dirt to pass through as well. This leaves you with a mess to clean up in the spring.
Both our safety and winter mesh covers are constructed using a super tight weave that allows water to pass through but filters out the finest debris, lessening the task of pool cleaning in the spring. For those considering a mesh cover, the PoolTux 20-Year King99 Mesh Safety Cover is an excellent choice. With a 20-year warranty and state-of-the-art construction, this cover offers both safety and durability.
Mesh pool covers are much lighter than solid covers. This means mesh covers can usually be taken on and off by one person, whereas a solid cover can require two or more people. The fine mesh design of the PoolTux cover allows water to pass through while filtering out debris, making spring cleaning a breeze.
What cover should I buy for an above ground pool?
Determining what above ground pool cover you should get makes your decision a bit easier – pool safety covers are not made for traditional above ground pools, so you just need to choose which solid or mesh above ground winter pool cover is right for your needs. Our Arctic Armor above ground solid covers feature super-strong woven material and a big 4-foot overlap for better wear. There are quite a few choices ranging from the economical cover with an 8-year warranty, to the premium cover that feature a 15-year warranty. The majority of our above ground pool covers are solid covers, but we do have an 8-year warranty mesh option.
I don’t have a traditionally shaped pool
We specialize in custom Safety Covers! Head over to our custom cover measuring and order form. Simply complete the form and email it to us. Also, always feel free to call and speak with one of our pool cover specialists.
Where I live, I see more snow than pool time. What winter pool cover should I buy?
If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, choosing the right pool cover is crucial. The Commercial Mesh Pool Cover with a 30-year warranty might be the best bet for your pool. This 30-year Safety Cover is constructed of industrial-grade mesh that will withstand heavier snow loads, extreme wind, and longer exposure to the sun. This cover is guaranteed to last two times longer than a standard mesh pool cover.
Look for covers designed to withstand heavier snow loads and extreme wind. Ensure proper installation to prevent damage, and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for handling snow accumulation on the cover. If you see more snow than pool time where you live, this option is an excellent consideration for protecting your investment.
Find the Perfect Pool Cover with Pool Supply Unlimited
Choosing the right pool cover can be a complex decision, but with the right information and guidance, you can find the perfect cover for your needs. Whether you need winter pool covers, above ground pool covers, inground pool covers, pool safety covers, mesh pool cover, or above ground winter pool covers, Pool Supply Unlimited has you covered.
Ready to find the perfect cover for your pool? Explore our wide selection of pool covers and protect your investment today!
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