Pool covers should be included in the list of essential pool accessories. They guard against contamination, heat loss and accidental falls. With more people being able to afford pools, there's been an increase in the number of pool cover types so making the right choice when purchasing one is important.
There are four main types of swimming pool cover, each differing in cost and functionality. Here's a quick recap of what they offer:
Mesh: Mesh covers are inexpensive but effective in keeping debris away. Stronger varieties also prevent falls which is important if children use the pool and pets are around. Some are safety nets but most aren't and consumers can check which is which by looking to see if it meets international safety standards.
Solar: Solar covers retain heat in a pool. If you live in a place where the weather gets chilly by late afternoon, these are the ones for you. However, know that they aren't safety covers so if this factor is important, you'll have to choose another type.
Solid: Solid covers also retain heat but have the added feature of being able to keep debris away. They're held down by rope, water tubes or anchors. They aren't safety covers.
Safety: Safety covers are secured to the sides of a pool. Aside from keeping out debris, they prevent falls and are the best choice you will find. If installed according to instructions, they can even handle the weight of several adults.