Solid pool covers usually last 7-11 years, while mesh covers can last up to 15 years when cared for properly. Solid covers are more expensive than mesh covers, but they provide better protection against debris and foreign objects entering the pool water. They also block more UV rays, which helps reduce the growth of bacteria and algae in the pool.
Mesh covers for above ground pools are lightweight and easy to install and remove, but they don't provide as much protection against debris as solid covers. They also allow smaller particles of debris to pass through, which can be easily cleaned in spring with a pool vacuum.
A new addition to the line of safety covers offers the features of both solid and mesh safety covers in one product. When ordering, be sure to ask your seller about the right accessories for your type of above ground pool cover. This increases the drainage area and at the same time prevents sunlight, dirt and debris from entering the pool.
No matter what type of cover you choose, you can complement the effectiveness of your pool cover with a pool leaf net. Submersible pumps used with solid vinyl covers usually only last 2 to 4 years before they break.
Safety covers are suitable for use with in-ground pools and some indoor above ground pools, but not with standard above ground pools. A solid safety cover allows you to start swimming sooner once you open the pool for the season.