Everything You Need to Know About Pool Covers

When it comes to pool covers, there are many factors to consider. From size and shape to material and features, it can be difficult to know which one is best for you. But don't worry, this ultimate guide will equip you with all the information you need to make the right choice.

Before you start, you'll need a tape measure and an assistant to help you. To measure your pool, simply measure the widest and longest edges. For rectangular shaped pools, add 15 cm to both measurements to get the minimum pool cover size needed. For example, if your pool is 10 m long and 5 m wide, you need a pool cover at least 10.15×5.65 m in size.

When choosing a cover, you look for it by the ACTUAL SIZE of your pool. The cover you receive will be larger than your pool by 3 or 4 feet (depending on the cover you order and varies by manufacturer). Don't worry if the cover you choose is too big. It is designed to be cut to size with household scissors when you install it. It is better to have a pool blanket that is large rather than too small.

Your AB line should be approximately two-thirds the length of the pool. For example, if your pool is 40 feet long, the distance between point A and point B should be approximately 26 feet. If you purchased your pool from Royal Swimming Pools, please note that you don't need to measure the characteristics of your pool if they were part of your original order.

We suspect that some pool and spa builders minimize the value of a cover during their presentation to potential customers. This includes stair and stair railings, trampolines, waterfalls and water games, attached spas and slides, along with anything else that interrupts the perimeter line of the pool.

Finally, collect all your measurements, notes and drawings and complete the custom pool cover measurement form completely. This will help us to know what kind of features will be placed on the cover and how to turn your drawings into a real-world cover.

Do you want to know how long a solar pool cover lasts? Read our article How long will a solar pool cover last? Allow extra room when cutting so that the cover rises (rice) up the inside of the pool by about 7-10 cm.

Unless you are incorporating hidden rails under the pool deck for an automatic pool cover or adding a custom sliding platform, you can add a cover to your pool at any time of the year after the pool installation.

The disadvantage is that you will spend more time vacuuming your pool in the spring, while a solid cover requires you to pump water from the surface regularly. And if you don't want your pool to turn into a swampy mess until then, you might consider adding a pool cover.

Now that you know all about choosing and measuring for a pool cover, it's time to make an informed decision about which one is best for your needs. Save my name, email and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Ben Young
Ben Young

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