Solid pool covers are the most expensive option, but they also provide the most protection. They can last up to 11 years with proper care, and they block out all sunlight, dirt, and debris. This means that your pool will stay clean and free of algae throughout the winter. Solid covers also provide safety benefits, as they prevent animals and small children from falling into the pool. However, they are heavy and require at least two people to install and remove.
Mesh covers are much lighter than solid covers, making them easier to install and remove. They also allow rainwater to penetrate the material, so you don't need a submersible pump on top of the cover. Mesh covers can last up to 15 years with proper care, but they don't provide as much protection as solid covers. They allow some sunlight and sediment into the pool water, which can lead to algae growth and evaporation.
Hybrid safety covers offer the best of both worlds. They provide excellent winter protection and block out all sunlight, dirt, and debris like a solid cover. However, they are much lighter than solid covers and can often be installed by a single person. Hybrid safety covers also don't require a submersible pump on top of the cover like mesh covers do.
When deciding which type of pool cover is best for you, consider your budget, climate, and lifestyle. Solid covers are more expensive but provide better protection for your pool. Mesh covers are lighter and easier to install but don't last as long. Hybrid safety covers offer a good balance between the two.