Summer Pool Safety: Tips for Buying a Pool Cover
Are you a new pool owner? If you are, you may be in need of a pool cover. Pool owners reap a number of benefits when their pools are securely covered. These benefits include warmer water temperatures and reduced debris. Although not full-proof, did you know that a pool cover can also be used as a safety tool? It can, but it depends on the type of pool cover you opt to purchase.
Solar pool covers are an option selected by many pool owners, as they are very affordable. In fact, they are the cheapest type of pool cover available for sale. While these types of pool covers will help to keep your pool’s water warm and debris free, they are not recommended for use as a safety tool. They will collapse when weight is applied, even the weight of a small child. Another risk is posed, as someone who falls into the pool can get tangled in with a lightweight solar or plastic pool cover.
Although solar pool covers should not be used as a safety device, you may still be interested in buying one. As previously stated, they are very affordable. You should, however, take additional steps. A pool safety fence is recommended and may even be required by law. A pool safety alarm can also be installed. The alarm will sound when there is a disturbance in the water, such as when someone falls in.
Net pool covers are another type that you will find available for sale. Although often regarded as a pool safety cover, it is important to proceed with caution. As for net pool covers, they have tiny squares. These squares are small enough so that a child’s head or body cannot fit through them. However, the squares may be too large for a child to talk on the net. While your toddler or preschooler may not drown, they may get their foot stuck.
As with most pool covers, net pool covers do come in a number of different formats. Some are combined with plastic or solar covers. If not, you need to take debris into consideration. It may be easy for leaves and bugs to make their way into your pool.
Mesh pool covers are another option that you have. They are also referred to as safety covers. While it isn’t advised that you walk on mesh pool covers, they are designed to withstand the weight of several adults. The only downside to this type of pool cover is the use. Tightly secured mesh pool covers are safe, but it can be time consuming to secure the cover. Depending on the size of your inground pool, there may be twenty or more hooks that you need to attach the cover to.
Although the disadvantages may make it seem as if a mesh pool cover isn’t right for you, it may be. As previously stated, when properly secured, they can hold the weight of several adults. They are also the best type of pool cover for pools that aren’t used in the wintertime. If you are a parent, remember that your inground pool needs to be protected even in the winter and a mesh pool cover can help you do so.
In terms of safety, the best type of pool cover available for sale is that of the vinyl pool cover. Vinyl pool covers have a number of benefits, one being their strength and durability. Although not recommend, vinyl pool covers can be walked on. For inground pools, vinyl automatic pool covers are recommended. They cannot be pulled back without having the key properly in place.
As you can see, you have a number of different options when looking to buy a pool cover for your new swimming pool. When making your decision, be sure to carefully review the installation process, as it is important for pool safety protection. If you must, call upon a professional to do the installation for you.