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What are the differences in pool covers?

What you want to accomplish will need to determine what kind of cover you get.

We’ll cover the Pros and Cons each cover has to offer to help you make the best decision for you and your family! For deeper explanation of these see our Blog here!

Keep in mind that all cover options will help to keep debris such as dirt, leaves, and twigs from entering the pool. Covers also reduce the amount of sun-grown algae in your pool as they provide a shield from Mr. Sun’s rays. This keeps your pool cleaner and quicker to jump back into after the cover comes off!


A winter cover is essentially an incredibly large tarp that goes over your pool and sits on the water in the winter time to help keep out debris. The cover is held in place by water bags, which will need to be replaced often.

Winter Cover Advantages

  • Keeps the Pool Clean
  • Blocks Out Sun
  • Product Cost is Comparatively Low
  • Easiest Initial Installation
  • Quick and Easy Availability

Winter Cover Disadvantages

  • No Safety Features
  • Potential Risk for Children and Animals.
  • Poor Durability.
  • Both Water Bags and Cover Needs Replaced Often
  • Visually Unappealing
NOT-SO-FUN-FACT: Have you heard of the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine? It states that landowners may be held liable for injuries to children trespassing on land if the injury is caused by an object on the land that is likely to attract children. That means that if your pool is not properly secured you could as a pool owner could be held liable for injuries or even accidental drownings of neighborhood youth even if they trespassed onto the property.

Safety covers are made of a stronger, more durable material than winter covers in order to ensure the desired safety components. These covers are able to withstand between 485 – 4,000 pounds! This makes any brand of safety cover much more likely to long outlast a winter cover. For a deeper explanation of Winter Covers see our Blog here!


Traditional safety covers are either woven mesh or solid vinyl which are secured to your pool’s deck with straps to anchors around the entire perimeter of your pool in order to close your pool for the cooler season. Safety covers also prevent accidents as they provide extra protection for children, animals, and unintended guests.

Safety Cover Advantages

  • Keeps the Pool Clean
  • Blocks Out Sun
  • Safety- Will Prevent Access to Pool
  • Visually Appealing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Durable and Long Lifespan

Safety Cover Disadvantages

  • Higher Costs Compared to a Single Winter Cover
  • Custom Covers Can Take 3-4 Weeks to Create
  • Installation Requires Tools and Extensive Labor

Pool safety covers come in two main types: mesh safety covers and solid safety covers. Both types of safety cover material provide protection for your pool and guests, however each has its own advantages:

Mesh Safety Cover Advantages

  • Lighter and Easier to Handle
  • Rain and Snow Pass Through the Mesh into The Pool
  • Leaves and Large Debris Are Collected on Top
  • Less Expensive Than a Solid Safety Cover

Solid Safety Cover Advantages

  • Blocks 100% Of Sunlight Preventing Algae Growth Which Can Stain Your Pool
  • Easier Spring Clean Up as Dirty Water is Kept Out
  • Prevents Fine Debris from Entering the Pool
  • Stronger More Durable Material

For a deeper explanation of Safety Covers see our Blog here!


Automatic safety covers are intended for daily use instead of just seasonal usage. This comes with many advantages right off the bat. What other covers can only offer in the winter- automatic safety covers offer every day making them good examples of you get what you pay for.

Auto Cover Advantages

  • Keeps the Pool Clean Daily
  • Blocks Out Sun Daily
  • Provide Daily Safety
  • Visually Appealing
  • Durable and Long Lifespan
  • Saves Money in the Long Run
  • Reduces Energy Use & Helps Hold in Heat
  • Helps Minimize Pests in the Pool

Auto Cover Disadvantages

  • Higher Upfront Cost
  • Higher Replacement Costs
  • Can Cause Pools to be “Too Warm”
  • If Installing on An Existing Pool May Need to Re-Deck
  • Additional Parts to Replace- Ropes, Pulleys, Etc.
  • Not a True Winter Cover if Your Area Experiences Heavy Snow

When it comes to the pool ownership experience, there is an amazing feeling that comes with flipping a switch and clear swimmer-ready water is revealed. No leaves. No insects. No need to haul out the poled pool net for half an hour while your children constantly ask if they can get in yet. When you have an automatic cover, you have a warm clean pool at a moment’s notice. For a deeper explanation of Automatic Safety Covers see our Blog here!

Regardless of your cover choice, a well-maintained pool is essential for a well-enjoyed pool. We hope that this article has provided you with the information needed to make the best decision for your specific pool needs!

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