Swimming Pool Covers Comparison

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Maybe you’ve considered buying a pool. Maybe you’ve owned a pool, but are getting sick of shutting it down each fall after opening for only 4 months. Maybe you’re just pool-curious. I am speaking to all of you.

An enclosure may be the best option to keep your pool covered in the summer and keep it swimmable in the winter. Or maybe an indoor pool is best for you. I just want to present to you, as a former Pool Girl, what the options are when considering weathering the winter with your pool.

Swimming Pool Covers Pros and Cons

Cost Swimming Pool Covers To Close Your Pool in the Winter Options To Keep Your Pool Open in the Winter
$

Solid Swimming Pool Cover – looks like a tarp

Pros:

Keeps out most water, keeps out debris, if kept up well during winter pools usually open up pretty clear

Cons:

Doesn’t last long, have to pump water off during the winter to keep it from falling into the pool

Blow Up Dome

Pros:

Keeps pool open in the winter, can serve as a short-term solution, less chemicals used

Cons:

Has to be taken down during strong winds (can involve a crew of people for this if the dome is big enough), flimsy and temperamental, no ventilation

$$

Mesh Swimming Pool Cover

Looks like a trampoline and has anchors in the concrete to hold the springs in

Pros:

Keeps out large debris, heavy-duty, custom-fits the pool, looks nicer than the solid cover, no pumping off water, safer than solid cover because of holding weight on it

Cons:

Lets a lot of water in that can cause algae/debris build up

Retractable Enclosure

Pros:

Keeps pool open for swimming in winter, open in the summer for fresh air and sunshine, good ventilation with windows and the structure opening, less chemicals

Cons:

Having rails and a structure around the pool, not thermally broken, not completely sealed off from critters

$$$

Automatic Swimming Pool Cover

Looks like a rubber cover that rolls across the surface of the pool

Pros:

No anchors needed, no weighing down a solid cover; keeps nearly all debris out

Cons:

Need to pump off water in winter to keep weight off and keep from opening the shut end of the cover

Indoor Pool (conventional building)

Pros:

Pool usage year round, good thermal efficiency, sealed off from bugs and debris, less chemicals used

Cons:

Doesn’t open up in the summer, doesn’t typically have good ventilation

Consider the investment…

An outdoor pool requires an open and close cost ($250/twice a year), the 4 months’ worth of chemicals is just a little less than a 12 month season of a protected, indoor pool, and the energy requirements for heating an outdoor pool can give your bill a beating. Not to mention, the dreaded maintenance of keeping out leaves and worms and all that gunk. It often feels like you’re cleaning the pool more than swimming in it. Pool for thought…

Swimming Pool Cover Type Inflatable
Swimming Pool Cover Type Inflatable
The blow up dome at Ooltewah Swim Center, before our enclosure took over.

After…

Swimming Pool Cover Type Enclosure
Swimming Pool Cover Type – Enclosure
Swimming Pool Cover Mesh

The mesh cover that looks like a trampoline.

solid pool cover

The ugly solid cover. Actually, this one is about the prettiest I’ve ever seen…if that’s saying much!

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Maybe you’ve considered buying a pool. Maybe you’ve owned a pool, but are getting sick of shutting it down each fall after opening for only 4 months. Maybe you’re just pool-curious. I am speaking to all of you.

An enclosure may be the best option to keep your pool covered in the summer and keep it swimmable in the winter. Or maybe an indoor pool is best for you. I just want to present to you, as a former Pool Girl, what the options are when considering weathering the winter with your pool.

Swimming Pool Covers Pros and Cons

Cost Swimming Pool Covers To Close Your Pool in the Winter Options To Keep Your Pool Open in the Winter
$

Solid Swimming Pool Cover – looks like a tarp

Pros:

Keeps out most water, keeps out debris, if kept up well during winter pools usually open up pretty clear

Cons:

Doesn’t last long, have to pump water off during the winter to keep it from falling into the pool

Blow Up Dome

Pros:

Keeps pool open in the winter, can serve as a short-term solution, less chemicals used

Cons:

Has to be taken down during strong winds (can involve a crew of people for this if the dome is big enough), flimsy and temperamental, no ventilation

$$

Mesh Swimming Pool Cover

Looks like a trampoline and has anchors in the concrete to hold the springs in

Pros:

Keeps out large debris, heavy-duty, custom-fits the pool, looks nicer than the solid cover, no pumping off water, safer than solid cover because of holding weight on it

Cons:

Lets a lot of water in that can cause algae/debris build up

Retractable Enclosure

Pros:

Keeps pool open for swimming in winter, open in the summer for fresh air and sunshine, good ventilation with windows and the structure opening, less chemicals

Cons:

Having rails and a structure around the pool, not thermally broken, not completely sealed off from critters

$$$

Automatic Swimming Pool Cover

Looks like a rubber cover that rolls across the surface of the pool

Pros:

No anchors needed, no weighing down a solid cover; keeps nearly all debris out

Cons:

Need to pump off water in winter to keep weight off and keep from opening the shut end of the cover

Indoor Pool (conventional building)

Pros:

Pool usage year round, good thermal efficiency, sealed off from bugs and debris, less chemicals used

Cons:

Doesn’t open up in the summer, doesn’t typically have good ventilation

Consider the investment…

An outdoor pool requires an open and close cost ($250/twice a year), the 4 months’ worth of chemicals is just a little less than a 12 month season of a protected, indoor pool, and the energy requirements for heating an outdoor pool can give your bill a beating. Not to mention, the dreaded maintenance of keeping out leaves and worms and all that gunk. It often feels like you’re cleaning the pool more than swimming in it. Pool for thought…

Swimming Pool Cover Type Inflatable
Swimming Pool Cover Type Inflatable
The blow up dome at Ooltewah Swim Center, before our enclosure took over.

After…

Swimming Pool Cover Type Enclosure
Swimming Pool Cover Type – Enclosure
Swimming Pool Cover Mesh

The mesh cover that looks like a trampoline.

solid pool cover

The ugly solid cover. Actually, this one is about the prettiest I’ve ever seen…if that’s saying much!

Get Retractable Pool Enclosure Brochure

 

Browse Retractable Pool Enclosures by Application