bookmark_borderHow Much Are Pool Covers?

Pricing is on top of the list when looking for swimming pool cover to use. There are different types of covers. But in  overall, they provide pool owners the primary purpose and unified, numerous benefits–the purpose of water conservation in such a way that it reduces water loss caused by evaporation, and unified purpose  such as to provide a warm swimming pool water, lessen the cleaning process, and the reduction of swimming pool running cost. Their differences vary on the specialties they offer, so as their prices, that depends on their quality, material composition, size, and specialty.

Winter Swimming Pool Covers

The use of winter swimming pool cover is to give the pool water protection and security against ice and snow. It keeps off light so algae and bacterial growth will not be possible. Winter pool covers are very lightweight, which makes them weak under the heat of the sun. Do not practice the exposure, especially during the hot days. Do this to prevent cracking. 

how much are pool covers

For high strength weaved winter cover, the cost may range from $30-$75. On the other hand, high-end insulating winter cover type costs $100-$350.

Solar Swimming Pool Covers

Solar swimming pool covers become popular because of their ability to contain the heat on the heated pool water. The process of heating a swimming pool cost a lot. During the hot season, if to use a solar pool cover, it can contribute about ten degrees increase in pool temperature. Solar covers help prevent evaporation and also keeps debris off the swimming pool. 

Solar swimming covers come on a variety of thickness and material composition. The price ranges from $30-$150, that depends on the quality as well. 

Safety and Security Swimming Pool Covers

Safety and security swimming cover not only protects the swimming pool but guarantee safety on children and everyone on the area. They can lock the swimming pool down. Other than this, they also have the light blocking property (same with winter covers) that bacteria and algae can’t take. They also possess the heating capability of solar blankets. 

Prices are:

Low-end type:  $400-$500

High-end type:  $2,000 or more

High-end models of safety pool cover have intricate spring loaded strapping system. The very reason why they are pricey.

Automatic Swimming Pool Covers

Automatic swimming covers are the most expensive type of pool cover. The costing involves $1,000-$10,000. One of the reasons for the high price is because they can be open and close by the click of a switch. They possess all the primary specialization of the other swimming cover type. They can provide protection, heat, and weatherization. However, since they are expensive, they also require high maintenance and repair cost. 

Leaf Covers

Leaf covers are mesh covers that only keep leaves out of the swimming pool. Unlike the other swimming pool covers, they cannot warm swimming pool water nor reduce evaporation. Leaf covers cost from $1,500-$3,900.

bookmark_borderHow to Use A Solar Pool Cover?

Study shows that during evaporation, the heat loss is up to 75%. However, this problem can quickly solve by the use of a solar pool cover. Physically, it is thin. It can also be called a solar blanket. It is a unique UV resistant plastic in the form of a lightweight sheet. The blanket is double-sided. One side is smooth while the other is comparable to a bubble wrap. It works in a way that traps the heat. Evaporation is no longer a problem, thus protects pool water from debris. 

For further elaboration, a solar pool cover collects the natural heat of the sun. It is the reason behind the warmth of the pool water during the hot season pool lovers enjoy. However, heat from sunlight wouldn’t be enough to satisfy the craving for a comfortable and relaxing swim. Still, the heat pump is needed. To continuously enjoy swimming under the perfect weather. Sounds great but despite this fact, even with the use of the best pool heater, evaporation needs to stop. Heat pump and pool cover need to work together to retain the warmness of the pool water. 

How to Use A Solar Pool Cover?

A pool without a cover is a chance for heat loss. A room for evaporation as pool water is very free. To stop this, use a solar pool cover. With this, heat loss due to evaporation can contain in the water. Once the heat is secure, pool water heat faster. All these are possible simply because using a solar pool cover means creating a barrier at the middle of the atmosphere and the surface of the pool water.

To use a solar pool cover, of course, apply it correctly. Be clear and sure about the exact measurement of the swimming pool. Once the solar pool cover is available, prepare the right size. The size that is exact for the pool area only because any excess on measurement might affect its effectivity. Evaporation may occur. 

Proper position is, the flat area on top and the bubble-sided area underneath the pool water. The cover floats because of these bubbles, the plastic air.  The removal and the repeated installation of a solar pool cover are very much simple. Anytime needed is possible.

The most effective time to use it is when the swimming pool is very much available. Most probably at night time at the lowest outside temperature. Pool water cools off very fast at this very point of time. Using a solar pool cover is the best option to keep the heat. 

In addition to these benefits, further studies prove that it contributes a lot on pool maintenance, on the efficiency of the heat energy, reduction on swimming pool chemical usage, and to more fun and exciting swimming experience. So right, it is one of the most useful tools on swimming pool owners. A breakthrough on heat loss problem. 

bookmark_borderHow To Clean Pool Cover?

Quality, durability, and permanence of a specific commodity always come on top in everyone’s priority list. Who would not want to save money and energy? Surely, everybody wishes for things to last long. However, no matter how reliable a product is, everything will gradually be destroyed as time passes by. Good thing, there is always something that we can do to extend the life of our possessions. The same thing goes with our very own pool cover. We can enjoy the benefit of the pool cover for a long time only if we take good care of it. One thing we should do to maintain the pool cover’s exceptional condition, aside from removing it properly, is to clean it regularly. To help you out, here are some ideas on how you can clean your pool cover efficiently:

Depending on the type of pool cover you have, there are multiple ways on how you can clean them.

Mesh Pool Cover

This type of cover is easy to keep up, but you need to check it from time to time to see if there is a rip or tear that needs to be fixed immediately. Remove the molds with a push broom and rinse the cover with a garden hose to make sure no residues left.

Finally, let it dry under the sun to complete the clean-up.

Solid Pool Cover

You need an entirely flat surface to clean this type of cover, a large pool deck or a slope-driveway would be great. Pour a small amount of soap then start brushing from the edge to the center; this will ensure that every part is cleansed. Same goes with this type; a garden hose would be best to rinse the cover entirely.

Automatic Pool Cover

For this type of pool cover, you have to be very attentive to have it cleaned every three to six months. Why? Well, it will be inevitable for a cover to be exposed to water from your pool. Moreover, when this water dries out under the sun, it will create a chemical residue that will damage your cover instantly. Reel out your automatic pool cover; divide the body area into smaller division so you can wash it with ease. Use an extended or long-handled brush to remove the dirt, rinse it using a garden hose, and then leave it laid until every part is dry.

It is always a good idea to keep our pool cover in good shape like how we keep our pools tidy. Indeed, we take care of things that matter. With standard cleaning, you’ll be able to increase the lifespan of your pool cover; thus, you will be able to save the cost of buying a new pool cover at the earliest time. It is always up to you as to how long your pool cover would survive because the truth is, it isn’t just about quality, but most importantly, it is how we take good care of things to make it last as long as possible.

bookmark_borderHow to Cover Inground Pool For Winter?

Covering the swimming pool during the winter season is the most important means of proper pool maintenance.  It can help pool owners to save money as well as keeps the swimming pool active and usable for the swimming days. 

An Inground swimming pool needs to undergo winterization before the pool cover can put on. As the winter season is approaching, and the temperature is as warm as 18 degrees in Celsius (65 degrees in Fahrenheit) or more, already do the winterization to close the swimming pool sooner. Do water testing and chemical balancing. On the other hand, if the temperature is below 18 degrees in Celsius (65 degrees in Fahrenheit), do the winterization, but the pool can still be left open. Wait until the temperature gets colder to cover the pool finally. Why? Algae growth is susceptible to cold weather. It means that it is the right timing to secure the cleanliness of the pool water for as how long the pool cover is on for the winter season.

How to Cover Inground Pool For Winter

After the winterization process, here comes the time to cover the in-ground pool for winter. In doing so, materials needed are ladders (to help remove swimming pool accessories), compressor, water chemistry kit, pool sanitizer (chlorine/ bromine), pool chemical increaser/decreaser (ph, Alkaline, Calcium hardness), cyanuric acid, algaecide, metal sequestrant, shock, rubber & skimmer plugs, pool brush, telescoping pole, pool vacuum, and of course, an in-ground winter swimming pool cover. 

To close an in-ground swimming pool:

  1. Clean the pool. Use the telescoping pole and the pool brush to scrub the swimming pool floors, and walls, up to the crannies and nooks. Use the pool vacuum to collect the dirt after cleansing. If in a case seen algae growing, make use of algae brush thoroughly. Algae will split up and can now vacuum. By doing so, the growth has prevented as they can’t stand on pool chemicals about to add later on. 
  2. Test the pool water. Make use of a water test kit. However, if still want to know a more accurate result, bring water sample on pool stores out there. Ph level, alkalinity, and calcium hardness should be appropriately balanced. It is to prevent the occurrence of scale build-up and corrosion while the swimming pool is covered. Also, the chlorine level must not exceed 5ppm. It can harm other additives and may even result in ineffectiveness.  
  3. Add the swimming pool winterizing chemicals. Add the other swimming pool chemicals after setting up the right chlorine level. These are the algaecide, metal sequestrant, pool enzymes, WinterPill, and antifreeze, although some of them are optional.
  4. Lower the swimming pool water level. It is to prevent overflow from cold weather and the freeze damage that the season can provide.
  5. Cover the swimming pool. Before doing so, remove the swimming pool accessories (ladders, rails, or more). Then already put on the winter pool cover you prefer to use. Choose from regular winter cover or pool safety cover. The opt. is yours.