After taking all the proper pool closing steps, it is a good idea to cover the pool. There are a variety of options to choose from to cover and protect your in-ground swimming pool this winter. Here are the pros and cons of the two most popular covers: mesh and solid.
The material used to construct mesh winter covers for swimming pools are highly durable and super strong. The woven material is porous allowing the water runoff from melting snow and falling rain to move into the water rather than sitting on top of the cover. The pool may need less tap water to fill come spring because of the added winter water seeping through the material. The lightweight material makes clean up in the spring easier than solid covers.
On the negative side, using this cover allows smaller debris to enter the pool. Algae growth is a possibility due to the ability of light to reach the water. A black underside can help prevent algae growth.
Using solid winter covers as part of your pool closing plan comes with many benefits including keeping out unwanted debris. The solid surface does not allow light to penetrate the water. Polyethylene is tightly woven then coated in plastic featuring UV inhibitors. These covers tend to resist degrading in the sunshine while keeping out nearly everything from entering your pool.
However, the covers are often difficult to handle because of their size and weight. Puddles form on the surface from rainfall, snow and ice during the winter. To avoid the water moving into the pool come spring, you need to pump these puddles off prior to removal.
Winterizing your pool keeps the pool in the best working order for the spring opening season. Before you start the pool closing process, decide which cover you want to use to protect the pool. Having the cover available makes the process easier to finish.