Pool cover installation is crucial to the health of your pool and to the health and safety of your family, friends, and local wildlife. If you are new to pool ownership, however, and are just getting to know the ins and outs of taking care of your pool, we’ve got a few tips to help you keep your pool in top shape!
Pool Cover Installation – 5 Things to Keep In Mind This Winter
1. Take Your Time to Install An Anchored Pool Cover
There are cheap pool covers that drape over the top of the pool and then there are pool covers that have anchors. Cheap pool covers are obviously less expensive and they take much less time to install, but they also provide much less protection and security than anchored covers.
Anchored pool covers don’t just pull the cover taught over the pool, they hold it firmly in place and anchor it to the ground. It will take more time and effort to install this type of pool cover, but an anchored cover provides much more support should something fall onto the cover, where a free floating or less securely anchored pool cover can create more devastation as it wraps around the thing that has fallen onto it and begins to sink.
2. A Custom Pool Cover is Always Best
Finding a pool cover that fits your pool is easy if you have a traditional shape and size pool, but it can be more difficult if you have a uniquely shaped pool instead. It may cost more money to invest in a custom pool cover, but a custom cover that fits to the shape of your pool ensures that every inch of the pool surface is covered. Covering the entire pool surface is important not just for the safety of everyone around the pool, but it is also keeps debris from falling into the pool.
If your pool cover does not fully protect the surface of the pool, leaf debris will fall into the water and begin to decompose. This decomposition affects the quality of your pool water and the visual appearance of your pool.
3. Take Care of Your Pool Cover
A pool cover is a pool cover…right? Well, yes and no. A pool cover is a pool cover, but it is also a piece of equipment that needs to be taken care of properly. When cared for properly, your pool cover will last for a good long while. If you do not care for your pool cover properly, however, you will soon notice staining, thinning, and even tearing of the material.
To properly take care of your pool cover, be sure to clean it of all debris and be sure that it is dry.
4. Leave It To The Pros!
If you are unsure of how to properly install an anchored pool cover, we recommend having a professional get the job done for you. You have already spent the money on an expensive and very functional pool cover, having a professional do the installation for you will ensure that your cover is firmly and properly installed. Don’t try to “wing it” and install the cover yourself, though, you need to turn to an experienced hand!
5. Make a Good Investment
A pool cover needs to be a good investment. You should always look for a cover that:
- Covers the entire top surface of your pool.
- Is pulled taut over the surface of the pool when installed and anchored firmly.
- Is made from a top quality material that will not degrade in the sun or other weather elements.
- If it is within your budget, look into investing in a solar pool cover. A solar pool cover absorbs the sun’s heat and uses that heat to keep your pool water warm so that you save money and keep your pool water warm!
If you cannot afford the best pool cover, we recommend looking at online reviews for different covers. It is also helpful to talk to professional installers to find out what the most affordable yet most protective pool cover is
Do You Need Help With Your Pool Cover Installation This Winter?
If you need help with your pool cover installation, our team here at Gold Coast Swimming Pools can help! Give us a call here at Gold Coast at (516) 759-3000 and set up an appointment that works with your schedule.