Pool Covers: What Is the Right Choice for Your Pool?

Why do people get pool covers? The reasons are varied: for many, especially those with children, the primary reason is safety. Hundreds of children die each year in accidental pool drownings. Supervision isn't enough; more than 70 percent of children drown while with one or both parents. It is a tragedy that can largely be prevented with proper safety measures, including good fences and covers.

Others choose swimming pool covers for economic reasons, to keep their pool pristine, and to protect it from off-season weather. The good thing about these automatic Pool Covers is that you don't have to choose just one benefit – you get them all.

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It is important to know what you want from your pool cover. You'd think that a pool cover is pool cover is a pool cover, but they differ dramatically in the use of materials, the strength, the durability, and the overall quality. First, know what you want. If you want to leave your pool open and protect solely against accidental drownings, a pool safety net is ideal.

A pool safety net doesn't prevent leaves and debris from entering the pool, but it is a perfect solution for summer when your pool is not in use. Your child cannot fall in, but the net comes off quickly enough to provide you with easy access to your swimming pool. Make sure to choose one that has a small enough weave to prevent accidents, and make sure it is installed with proper tension.

A cover can provide both safety and protection for the pool itself (but do make sure that if you want a cover to protect against drowning, you find one that is safety rated. Otherwise, it may be designed only to keep leaves and other yard debris out). A mesh cover is made with a very tight weave. Unlike a net, it does not allow debris to enter your pool, and a safety cover doesn't allow a child to enter the pool either.