The type of pool cover you choose will depend on several factors, such as whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, and the amount of snow and ice you normally get during the winter. Winter covers are typically easier to install than safety covers and usually last 1 to 3 years depending on the environment. Safety covers provide extra security for your family, pets, neighbors or uninvited intruders. They come with brass anchors, stainless steel springs, an installation tool and a storage bag. Transparent suncovers absorb most of the direct sunlight, but this also means that they can cause more rapid decomposition of chlorine. To extend the life of a pool cover, manufacturers usually add special chemicals (UV stabilizers).
It is important to remember that no matter what type of pool cover you choose, you will still need to perform the standard chemical treatment for swimming pool closure. It usually takes about half an hour to an hour to get the cover in place after putting the anchors in place and attaching a spring and buckle to each of the straps. Once it's out of season, there's usually no extra maintenance to worry about.