Month: July 2019

How to Cover Above Ground Pool?

Cover an above ground swimming pool from three different types. Choose from winter covers, solar blankets, and leaf nets.

Winter Covers

It is generally a tarp, with grommets on each corner. It uses cable and winch to assemble and protects the swimming pool from elements (debris, production of algae, losing chemicals). To install:

  1. Winterize the swimming pool. 
  2. Put the pool cover on top of the swimming pool. Ask for help.
  3. Tie down the winter pool cover with cable on loops and grommets. Tighten up with a winch.
  4. When the pool cover is secured at the top of the swimming pool, tightly wrap around the side of an above ground swimming pool to avoid it from flapping. 

Solar Blankets

It can heat the above ground swimming pool at daytime and secure that heat overnight. To install:

  1. Purchase an above ground solar blanket swimming pool cover. It comes in a roll.
  2. Have a spot check of the cover. It should not have any holes or rip. It should not also tear apart.
  3. Place the solar blanket on top of the above ground swimming pool. The flat side on top and the bubble side facing the pool water down.
  4. Pull down the solar blanket across the top of the above ground swimming pool to fit and secure it. Ask for help.
  5. Cut the solar blanket prior to the diameter measurement of the above ground swimming pool. Tuck tightly the edges of the sheet under the ring of the above ground swimming pool. It is to assure that the solar blanket is flat and fit above the swimming pool and eliminate it from flapping caused by wind.

Leaf Nets

The above ground leaf net covers are durable and made from polyethylene material. They can keep the swimming pool cover clean in such a way that it traps leaves and other debris from falling directly on top of the pool cover. Its fine mesh do all these. However, be reminded to remove it when cold strikes. 

To install:

  1. Place the leaf net above/at the top of the winter swimming pool cover.
  2. Make it flat-fit on the entire winter pool cover. 
  3. It must be 12 inches below the water line as a standard size. If not, do not stretch it to fit. Purchase a larger one.

Hug the side wall of the above ground swimming pool and leave it on top.

Cable tie the leaf net around the above ground swimming pool. Use thread cable on loops. Tighten it up with ratchet.

To simplify this, how the leaf net works:

Place it on top of the above ground winter pool cover before leaves fell from the trees. It is the answer for a very tiresome removal of mess above the winter pool cover.

Whatever type of the above ground swimming pool cover, always remember to install it with the best of care as possible because any wrong move may damage the cover and the swimming pool as well. 

How Much Does a Pool Cover Cost?

Making use of a swimming pool cover is essential to maintain the pool in good shape, and to use it in the long run further. It is a swimming pool accessory that protects the swimming pool from dirt and debris. These factors can contribute to the clogging of the pool filters, so a pool cover is very much helpful in this case. Moreover, a pool cover can help safety children from drowning and maintains pool water heat likewise with the right ph balance of the pool water. It is also what primary needs to winterize the swimming pool in winter months. 

There are a variety of pool cover types, depending on the kind and size of the swimming pool, as well as what the swimming pool needs. So because of this, their cost differs from each other, as they provide specializations of their own and possesses quality indeed. 

Bubble Cover

A bubble cover is a solar swimming pool cover type. Bubble blankets, bubble covers, and solar blankets are some of the known names for this kind of protection. It called so because of this distinctive feature from the other pool covers.– The thermal bubbles. It resembles a bubble matt packaging material. It is economical when pertains to heating the pool water. Since it is translucent, sunlight can penetrate the pool water to give warm and keep the warmth secure as well. It costs $150-$700 on homeowners pools.

How Much Does a Pool Cover Cost?

Thermal Swimming Pool Cover

This type of pool cover works better in keeping the heat of a heated swimming pool but requires more budget compared with the mentioned bubble cover. Thermal pool blanket is another term for it,  made from materials like foam. It as well keeps the pool warm, reduces evaporation, and insulates the water the same way. Its distinctive feature from a bubble cover is that it cannot absorb natural heat. It is only best on keeping the warmth of a heated pool, but to gain heat requires a heat pump. It also has a beautiful look and costs about $900-$1,700.

Slat and Rigid Swimming Pool Cover

It claims to be the best out of all the other swimming pool cover types because of its superb insulation of the pool water, as well as reduces debris on pools. It commonly lasts longer than the other pool covers. It is automatic and considered the most expensive pool cover type, which ranges from $3,900-$12,000. Its installation should perform by professionals perse. It has tracks on the side for the opening and closing of the pool. For kidney-shaped and free formed pools, it is possible to use but needs rails to do so. It is best on swimming pools with straight sides.

Safety Net Swimming Pool Cover

It is merely a net, made up of chemical resistant material fitted on top of the swimming pool, thus secures safety. It is still possible to put another pool cover underneath the net safety cover. It can be either a solar cover or the thermal one. A safety net pool cover is the answer to the increasing number of accidental drowning in town. It usually costs $1,450-$4,300.