You work hard to keep your swimming pool clean and beautiful. Just look at it, cool and refreshing on a hot summer day, the light shimmering on the serene aqua water.
Why would you want to cover up such beauty, smack in the middle of pool season? Pool covers are just for winter, right?
Wait a minute. Is that a leaf floating in the pool? And a stick? Where did that dead bug come from?
Maybe a year-round cover isn’t such a bad idea! Let’s take a quick look at why it might be smart to use a cover on your New York or Connecticut swimming pool, even during peak swimming season. Then we’ll talk about some options.
Pool Cover Reason #1: Cleanliness
The wind can be so rude. It blows everything into your pretty pool, from leaves and twigs to yucky dead bugs and the neighbor kid’s candy bar wrappers.
Even the smallest debris can lead to liner tears, water imbalances or damage that could cost money if you don’t take preventive measures.
You can spend all your time fishing the stuff out with a net, trying not to lose your balance, or you can cover the pool.
Pool Cover Reason #2: Evaporation
Each day your pool remains uncovered, some of that beautiful water evaporates — poof! Then you have to replace it.
It’s wasteful, and it costs money.
Pool Cover Reason #3: Heat
Lose all your pool’s heat overnight tonight, swim with attractive goosebumps tomorrow. Or, use a cover to keep the heat in.
Pool Cover Reason #4: Safety
Not all pool covers prevent people from falling in, but solid covers approved by ASTM International (we’ll talk more about this later) can prevent accidents by keeping a person from tumbling into the pool.
There are more reasons, but you get the idea. Using a pool cover year-round can save time, money, and lives.
Choosing the Right Swimming Pool Cover
Covers come in a variety of types, to suit different needs. Here’s a look at a few and what they do:
Solar Swimming Pool Covers
Solar swimming pool covers work to keep the water warm — and warm the water — using the sun’s heat. They can save you money and prolong your swim season.
Just like it sounds, leaf nets trap leaves and debris and keep them out of your pool. These are available for in-ground or above-ground pools.
Manual Swimming Pool Covers
Manual covers, made of vinyl or mesh, stretch across the pool and fasten to anchors mounted on the pool deck. They keep the pool clean and reduce water evaporation, which eases your maintenance duties.
But they require a bit of work, and some swimming pool owners don’t use them as often as they planned.
Track-Style Swimming Pool Covers
Made of reinforced vinyl, this cover is attached to a reel system at one end of the swimming pool. It slides open and closed on tracks installed on the surrounding deck. Turn the crank to open and close the cover.
Automatic Swimming Pool Covers
Automatic swimming pool covers are a great option if you want to cover the pool often because they’re the easiest to use. (They can also be the priciest.)
Automatic covers open and close in seconds with the turn of a key or press of a touchpad. Push a button, and the cover extends or retracts over the pool.
Neave Can Help You Choose
Neave Pools offers swimming pool covers in a wide range of fabrics, colors, and designs for a variety of budgets.
Winter covers are also available from Neave Pools, which are designed specifically to protect outdoor pools from the harsh winter months.
We offer fully automated control systems for an automatic swimming pool cover that won’t require you to crank out a wheel every time you want to shield your pool. If you prefer the manual variety, we have those, too.
And, if safety is your main concern, we’ll help you ensure your cover is approved by ASTM International, known until 2001 as the American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM sets national safety and performance standards for swimming pool covers and other devices.
Whichever type of swimming pool cover you choose, we’ll help you get the perfect fit, no matter the shape or size of your pool.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.