Winter is creeping in Manitoba, and it’s negative 13 degrees Celsius. It is so cold that you wouldn’t want to make any activities outside. The freezing wind is even discouraging you to use the swimming pool. It is safer to stay indoors and spend more time to bond with the family. Aside from being safe inside the house, you can also secure the safety of your children from unwanted accidents near the pool.
So, what should you do in order to avoid accidents near the pool? Homeowners, in Manitoba already knew that they need swimming pool covers, but they have less knowledge on which type of covers are best for them.
Sometimes, homeowners are picking swimming pool covers for the sake of covering it from falling debris. But, the quality of the covers isn’t safe enough to protect the people around. You need something sturdy and strong; enough, to carry 2,000 pounds of weight.
There are three types of pool covers – standard, security, and automatic pool covers. All of them have their own, advantages and disadvantages. Take a note from these pros and cons, so it’s easy for you to choose the best quality. These types of pool covers vary its price and quality of the materials.
Standard swimming pool cover
Pros – it can cover your swimming pool from falling leaves and other debris like sands and small stones. Standard covers only cost you $75 to $225. That’s inexpensive enough to cover your pool from pesky debris.
Cons – Standard pool covers use a poor quality material (made of tarp-like material). And, it can only last three seasons at the maximum, before replacing it. Another downside of standard covers is the capacity to hold heavy weights. And, if there are animals or children attempting to walk through the covers, the material will cave in.
The tarp-like material is the worst part of having a pool cover. Looking at it for the whole winter season is not pleasing to the eyes. And, it obliges you to watch out for waters generating on top of the cover, because it will cause your cover to cave in.
Security swimming pool covers
Pros – security covers are used by most homeowners in Canada, because of its solid and mesh materials. It’s a trampoline-like quality where it is anchored to the concrete to ensure the stronghold of the cover. It can carry heavy materials, even loads of snow.
This material would cost you around $1,200 depending on the size of the cover. The solid type would last 6 to 10 years, while the mesh material will last up to 10-15 years. That’s long enough before worrying about finding another material to replace it.
Cons – The mesh cover allows the water to pass through the mesh, which means that you will have a dirty pool water before spring. Solid security cover, requires you to get a cover pump to suck all the generated water on the cover.
The cold weather is causing the cover pump to tear after 2-5 years of usage. You need to release $225 for the replacement of the equipment.
Automatic swimming pool covers
Pros – it’s a great protection for debris, falling leaves, and accidents. Your time cleaning the pool dramatically reduces which gives you more time on doing something else. And, they are solar covers.
Cons – Automatic pool covers have the same material as solid security cover, it’s made of vinyl. Typically this material won’t last the cold weather. It will only give you 5 years to enjoy the effectiveness of this pool cover.
It’s expensive. This material will cost you a lot of money. A single pool cover will range $5,000 to $15,000 and the replacing cost is $2,000 to $4,000. That’s too much for a pool cover.
The given pros and cons of swimming pool covers are very important. In the end, we saw that there are no long-lasting covers which could last from heavy snows. But, at the very least, they can protect you from debris and falling leaves.
The lesson here is to get the right cover that won’t cost you a lot of money and at the same time, it will give you the protection you need. Contact your trusted pool cover provider and ask them for practical pool safety covers.