Although you keep your swimming pool clean and maintain the equipment, getting a cover for that pool will cut down on energy use and costs, evaporation, and save you time. It's just one of those things that, sooner or later, you're going to have to buy.
Yes, your pool may be aqua now, the water calm and still and the atmosphere perfect and as close to paradise as you’re going to get in your backyard. You work hard to maintain the pool and keep it clean and it reflects your efforts. But then overnight, the winds pick up. The next morning, your pool is an unrecognizable pond full of leaves, twigs, and debris from last night’s winds. There goes your little piece of paradise!
01 of 10
02 of 10
03 of 10
Helps the Swimming Pool Retain Heat
Covering a heated swimming pool at night will reduce heat loss. That means warmer water, which is what anyone who has ever gone swimming in a chilly pool can tell you is very important. For a swimming pool that relies on the sun for heat, covering it at night can still make it warm enough to swim in the next day, instead of losing all the heat overnight when the temperatures drop.
You don't have to buy the most expensive pool cover to notice a difference: lower-cost vinyl and solar covers will still keep the water warm.
04 of 10
Keeps Out Leaves, Twigs and Yard Debris
Visualize a pool without a cover. Stuff out of your control blows or falls into your pool: dog toys, dead insects, shedding shrubs and trees, etc. Next, you'll be out there with a net attached to a telescoping pole, spending your afternoon fishing for random objects. Or, you could use a pool cover and not be chasing down every leaf that lands in your pool. Perhaps have more time to do something like, ummm, swim?Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
Do you enjoy vacuuming the swimming pool? Even if you do get an inexplicable thrill from this chore, wouldn't it be nice to vacuum less often, and for a shorter amount of time? Pool covers make maintaining a pool a whole lot easier.
06 of 10
07 of 10
08 of 10
Can Help With Safety
Swimming pool covers made of sturdy fiberglass mesh will prevent anyone from falling into the water, provided they are attached and installed properly. Some fiberglass mesh covers can hold up to 400 pounds per square foot. Not surprisingly, these covers are heavy and will need to be used with a manual or automatic track system.
Other covers, like tarps and solar covers, do not provide any safety against falling through and into the water. Be wary of anyone who tries to sell you a tarp or solar cover as a safety cover.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
10 of 10
Can Be Easy to Use
If you can afford an automatic track cover that can be operated with the press of a button or a remote control, by all means, step up and save yourself the hassle of wrestling with cover removal. Kind of like something the Jetsons would have used on their boomerang-shaped swimming pool up there in space.
Even if you don't have the funds for an automatic track cover, the other covers are easy to use.