Which pool cover is best for me?

There are lots of styles of pool cover available – the best thing to do is decide what it is that you want a cover to achieve – once you know what you want a pool cover to do for you, then you can narrow down your options.

Winter Covers / Fitted Covers: Do you only use your pool a couple of times a week? Do you sometimes not swim for weeks at a time? Are you worried about animals or children falling into your swimming pool?  Are you always scooping leaves and debris out of you pool? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are ideally suited to a fitted pool cover (or leaf cover) – that is, a cover that attaches to the pool surround or coping. For inground pools they are reasonably expensive, as they are normally custom made to fit the pool shape. You can get fitted pool covers off the shelf for spas and above ground pools though, which make them a good value for money option.

Solar Covers / Pool Blankets: Do you wish your pool was a few degrees warmer? Do you find you lose a lot of water due to evaporation? Do you use your pool regularly? Do you want something that is easy to put on and take off? Do you get a few leaves in the pool?  If yes, a solar blanket may be your best option.  As well as reducing evaporation by over 98%, they also cut your chemical consumption in half.  For a lightweight, easy to handle solar blanket, consider the 250 micron covers – at such a budget price, you can change it over whenever it starts to look tatty. For something with a longer lifespan, look at the 400 or 500 micron covers.  Some poolshops also offer a non heating solar cover – so you can still stop evaporation and cut your chemical use, without heating the water up.

For heated pools: Heated pools and pool covers go hand in hand. You can dramatically reduce the workload on your heater by using a pool cover. A thermal cover will retain around 70% of heat, so is perfect for heated pools. Solar blankets also offer some excellent insulative properties – so are a great budget alternative to a thermal blanket.


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