Pool Covers: Which Type is Right for You?

Here at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc., we want to help you enjoy your pool for as long as possible, and that means providing expert advice on how best to care for it. A key part of good pool care is using an effective pool cover during the winter months. There are many types of pool covers available, and not every type will be well-suited to your needs. In this article, we’ll be going over some of the most popular types of pool covers to help you decide which is right for you.

Pool Covers: Which Type is Right for You?
  • Tarp Cover. Tarp pool covers, which are also often referred to as basic winter covers, are exactly like their name says: they are tarp-like, and they offer basic protection. These affordable covers do a good job of protecting your pool from sunlight and other debris, but they tend to wear out quickly, lasting just a few seasons. In addition, tarp covers need to have a pump on top to get rid of any rainwater that collects there.
  • Security Covers. Security pool covers are more robust than the basic tarp variety, and they come in two main varieties, mesh and solid. Mesh covers, naturally, are made of a mesh material that allows rainwater to pass through–removing the need for a pump–while keeping out debris. While pricier than tarp covers, they also last up to 15 years, making them a worthwhile investment. Solid covers, as the name states, are made of solid vinyl. They don’t allow any debris or water to pass through, which will keep your pool water clear all winter long. Solid vinyl covers typically last 6-10 years. Our team at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc. can help you decide which of these pool cover options is best for you, as well as provide tips on how to care for them.
  • Automatic Covers. At the high end of the scale, automatic pool covers offer a way to ensure that your pool is constantly protected from the sun, falling debris, and unwanted swimmers. If you want to cut down on your pool maintenance as much as possible, an automatic cover offers a way to do that, but these covers typically break down after about three years, and many pool owners find it hard to justify the high initial cost.

We at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc. hope this article has been helpful. If you have further questions about pool covers, you can give us a call to consult with one of our experts.