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Picking between Solid and Mesh Swimming Pool Covers Doesn’t Need to Be a Headache

pool stepsOf all the accessories that help you maintain your pool, there might be none more essential than the cover. Swimming pool safety covers perform a number of important functions all at once; they keep your pool clean of dirt and debris in the autumn, help keep out snow in the winter, and make opening and closing your pool a breeze. And to be rated as a “safety cover,” they must be able to sustain a minimum weight, meaning they can help prevent pets and small children from falling in unexpectedly, particularly when the boundaries of your pool are obscured by snow. There are two main varieties of covers—solid and mesh—and both come with their unique advantages and disadvantages. To help you decide which one meets your needs, we’re going to discuss the benefits of each.

Solid Pool Covers

A solid cover is exactly what it sounds like—a solid, impenetrable layer of vinyl. They are the thicker and heavier of the two main varieties, and therefore the more expensive. And since they do not allow any drainage whatsoever into the pool, they do require you to either regularly pump the collected water away manually or set up an automatic pump to do it for you. But despite all of that, solid swimming pool safety covers are preferred by many homeowners. Since they do not allow anything through, you are often able to open your pool with little work, since the water won’t be contaminated with dirt. They also limit the growth of algae in the spring. And because of their solid construction, they can also support more weight, making them that little bit safer.

Mesh Pool Covers

These lighter covers are made of a superfine mesh that allows for water to drain into the pool. Because of their lightweight construction, they are less expensive and make opening and closing the pool easier. However, while you won’t need to pump the cover, the water that seeps through may be dirty, and you may need to clean your pool more thoroughly when you reopen it, as well as occasionally dealing with overflow. But for pool owners who’d rather think about their pool as little as possible during the fall and winter, mesh covers are the way to go. Particularly in the fall, when falling leaves may remain damp and need to be cleared away on a solid cover, with a mesh one you can often wait for them to dry, making cleanup easier.

Picking the right cover for your pool and your lifestyle is not a choice you should rush into. If you need more information about swimming pool safety covers, the benefits of different styles, or availability of “hybrid” options, contact your local pool company today.