When it comes to pool covers, there are two main types to choose from: solid and mesh. Solid covers are designed to block out everything, including water, while mesh covers are designed to filter out large debris. Solid covers usually last 7-11 years, while mesh covers have a longer lifespan. Mesh covers are also lighter and easier to install, making them a popular choice for large pools.
When deciding between a solid or mesh pool cover, it's important to consider the type of pool you have. Above-ground covers are very different from in-ground pool covers. Solid covers are more expensive than mesh covers, but they provide a higher level of protection and ensure clean pool water in spring. They also block out the sun and wind, which inhibits the growth and evaporation of algae.
Mesh covers allow some sunlight and sediment into the pool water, but they require more maintenance during the winter due to snow accumulation. If your main goal is to save time when opening your pool in spring, then a solid safety cover is the best option for you. However, if you don't have a deck around your in-ground pool, you'll need to pour concrete shoes where the anchors will be placed.
Cover clips and cover seal are popular accessories for both solid and mesh pool covers, as they help prevent wind from entering under the cover and damaging it. When choosing a safety cover for your pool, make sure that it has enough space around the perimeter for anchors and that it's tight enough to prevent anything from getting into the water. Mesh covers are porous so that melted snow, melted ice and rain drip through the cover into the pool, preventing puddles from forming on the surface of the cover.