Fall has arrived with its chilling winds and intermittent chances of rain. When was the last time you checked your pool or spa water’s pH levels?
If the answer is your last swim when the temperatures were still in high 90s, low 100s, then you have a problem. Your pool is a prime breeding ground for viruses, funguses and bacteria. If the water’s pH levels are not consistent and have not been checked, you will be known as the neighbor with the green pool from the slimy green algae. This is not meant to be a compliment like your green thumb neighbor. Do not let yourself become the eyesore neighbor. Invest in a pool cover!
Gone are the days of limited options of pool covers. Also gone are the days where you had excess or not enough material. You will also find yourself replacing the cover less over the lifetime of your pool unless you buy the cheapest cover on the market. Today’s options are made in a variety of materials, proving to be stronger than the older versions.
Last month we explored Solar and Automatic/Retractable pool covers. This month we’re going to dive into Hard and Winter, also known as plastic, pool covers. Kidding! No injuries will be sustained.
Different retailers use different materials for hard covers. This also makes the difference in price, product life and your ease of uncovering each spring. The following show the various compositions of hard covers:
- Non-porous laminate vinyl
- Flooring systems with brackets
- Varies upon which type of hard cover consumers purchase
- Color selection also depends on the materials retailers use for their covers
- Some are assembled with elastic rims or bands and possibly anchors
- For an entertainment or wow factor, you may want to go with a retailer that uses a bracket system underneath solid or see-through “flooring” such as the ones WOW offers.
- Considered the most durable and offer complete coverage
- Able to be walked on, played on, danced on
- Protects the water from environmental factors and debris
- Protects it from hail and other prodding sources
- For most hard covers, keeps the water fresh and warm
- Mesh or porous hard covers allow pool water to get dirty.
- Usability benefit is gaining that square footage in your backyard during non-pool season
- Polyethylene, also known as a tarp-like
- Usually thin millimeter width, thinner than solar pool covers
- Some have mesh centers to allow water to drain through, prevents cover from folding in
- Elastic bands or pulls attach either to pool sides or ground
- Anchors are also common with “plastic” covers
- Thickness helps determine how long it will last, how strong it is and its overall quality
- Stitching and weaves also contribute to strength of the thinner material
- Some retailers say small pets or children can walk on it but is not recommended universally since the tarp-like material sinks easily
- Not considered a safety cover
- Cheapest option
- Widely available
We promised our dive into pool covers will not cause you any injuries. We want you and your pool to be healthy, which is why regardless of any pool cover selection, routine pool maintenance is key to protecting your pool, its water, its cover and ultimately, you. If other factors are disregarded such as cracks in tiles, faulty pool equipment or irregular pH levels, then the covers will not be as effective. You will then be out further costs to ready the pool for next season.
Located in Scottsdale, AZ, Hop Cassidy Pools is a licensed pool construction company. Services offered include building of custom pools, pool and spa remodels and water feature designs. Let us show you your dreams becoming a reality with our 3-D pool design program and implementation! Use our contact form or call us at 480.905.8780 with any questions!