Solid or Mesh Pool Cover: Which is Better?

When it comes to pool covers, there are two main types: solid and mesh. Solid covers are more expensive than mesh covers, but they are also more durable and ensure clean pool water in spring. Mesh covers are a lighter option than vinyl covers, making them easier to handle and install. They are also porous, so melted snow, melted ice and rain drip through the cover into the pool. Both types of covers have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to consider your needs before making a decision.

The biggest advantage that a solid deck has is that nothing can pass through the cover into the pool, not even water. While mesh covers are designed to filter large debris, small particles can enter the water, such as fallen leaves that have started to decompose. A solid cover usually lasts 7-11 years, a shorter lifespan than a mesh cover.

If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, air pillows are important for your pool size, and you would use two or four depending on the size. Submersible pumps used with solid vinyl covers usually only last 2 to 4 years before they break. Vinyl pool covers are expected to only last between one and three years before needing replacement, while tougher materials can last between seven and 11 seasons.

This increases the drainage area and at the same time prevents sunlight, dirt and debris from entering the pool. When it comes to the technical process of waterproofing concrete pools, Basecrete is the most effective product I know. A tarpaulin, even when secured with water bags, will get into the pool even under the weight of a small person.

The mesh covers are also a little lighter, so you'll need someone to help you install and remove the cover. Many pool owners choose to change their standard canvas winter cover to a stronger and more permanent safety-style pool cover. The sunlight-friendly design means that using a mesh cover for winter pools usually allows you to open the pool a little earlier.

You can easily narrow your search by pool type; above-ground covers are very different from covers for in-ground pools. If you consider the fact that safety covers are better for your head and shoulders than pool tarpaulin covers, you can see how it would be easy to justify the additional upfront cost of getting a safety cover for your winter cover.

Both solid and mesh pool covers have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to consider your needs before making a decision. With proper maintenance and care, both types of covers can provide years of protection for your pool.

Ben Young
Ben Young

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