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A-Pro Services offers expert measurement and installation, and sales of swimming pool safety covers in central Oklahoma. We have created this website to help those who are considering the purchase of a new or replacement safety swimming pool cover, to learn more about the different types of covers, how to choose the right safety cover.
A properly installed safety swimming pool cover is a durable cover which will give many years of reliable use with a minimum of maintenance, and it is important to choose your cover - and the installer - carefully. Please consider A-Pro Services. If you purchase a cover through us, we will measure it FREE, to make sure you get a perfect fit, and give you the best possible price for your cover.
Although there are mesh safety covers for swimming pools, not all mesh covers are safety covers. Those which are not securely affixed to the deck are not safety covers ( like those that are held down with water bags). There are also those which have large areas that cannot be secured properly, for example, long raised walls, or certain water features, like waterfalls. Good safety covers come at a price, but, when it comes to water safety, they are priceless. Actually, aside from protecting the family, safety covers are an otherwise very good investment, because they last a long time, are attractive, save on chemicals and labor. Mesh safety covers are relatively low maintenance, too. They are much lighter and less bulky than solid safety covers, and usually, there is no need to wash or scrub them. There's less worry about them being rolled up wet, because air can flow through the material.
Mesh safety pool covers are a finely weaved material, sewn together with straps that run the entire length and width of the cover, making a grid, usually 3'x3' or 5'x5'sections. The ends of the straps are attached to springs, which fasten to anchors in the concrete. The anchors screw down flush with the deck when the cover is removed.
The tighter the weave, and the stronger the straps and hardware, the better the cover. The tighter the weave is, the more sunlight it keeps out, which prevents algae growth, and reduces chemical use. A correctly installed mesh safety cover can keep an awful lot of leaves and other debris out of the pool, which also saves a lot of chemicals and work. You can still run the pump with the cover on, but you can run it a whole lot less! This is great for when you have quit swimming for the season, but it is too early to winterize. For all these reasons, a good mesh safety cover will pay for itself, along with providing protection for loved ones....two or four legged!
Some companies offer different grades of mesh covers, with the price increasing for different quality levels. Some are so thinly woven that you can read the newspaper through them, and others are so tightly woven that they block out nearly all of the UV rays, and water runs through very slowly. Of course, the tighter the weave, the higher the price. One thing to watch for is how much of the material is fabric, and how much is coating. Coatings can wear off in a pretty short amount of time, leaving you with what is now just a cheap cover!
The thickness and quality of the straps is also an important factor in the quality of a mesh safety cover. The quality of the stitching, whether it is sewn on both sides of the cover, whether there are wear strips on the underside, how they attach to the spring and the quality of the hardware. There's a lot more to look at in a mesh safety cover than you might think!
Some people prefer solid safety covers for their pool, because, for the most part, they keep the pool a little cleaner than even the tightest mesh. The term solid safety cover does not mean a hard cover, like a retractable, it refers to a cover that is made of impermeable, flexible textile material, that does not let water through. As with mesh safety covers, there are straps that attach to the springs and connect to the anchor in concrete. In a windless world, if you were to winterize the pool with a solid cover, if it were spotless and clear when you closed it, it will be spotless and clear when you take the cover off. But then, there are some realities.....
In order for a cover to be safe, it cannot allow water to stand. So the options are to continually keep rain water off the cover using a pump, or to have mesh drain panels that allow the water to run into the pool. This also, of course, allows fine silt to go through, because the drain panels are usually made from the material used in mesh covers. There will be a little less silt than on a mesh cover, because the straps slow down the water flow, and hold back some of the silt, which then dries up and maybe blows away. The major advantage to the solid cover is that it blocks out sunlight. Without sunlight, algae can not grow. Some manufacturers put a flap of solid material over the mesh drain panels so that all sunlight is blocked. This is the best way to cover a pool that is to remain dormant during warmer weather, or for longer periods.
The drawbacks to solid covers, in general, are that they are heavier and more cumbersome, and require more care. Solid safety covers need to be put away clean and dry. Because air cannot flow through the cover, it is very important to have it clean and dry before it is stored.
True solid safety covers are the most effective at keeping all types of contaminates our of the pool. If, in addition to the anchors, you were to put a row of water tubes around the outside edge, it would similar to putting on a "Tupperware" lid. A pool sealed that tightly could sit unused without circulation for years!
Now, back to reality....... Since the cover cannot be considered safe if it can hold standing water, it must have an automatic pump to keep rain water off. No worries there, cover manufacturers will sell you one....in fact, some insist! That's fine for places that don't freeze, or have snow and ice! But the reality is that automatic doesn't necessarily mean worry-free. In freezing climates, you still have to be mindful of the cover pump when the weather is bad, Ironically, ice can cause your pump to overheat and "burn out". certain types of leaves can be problematic, too.
Other than drain panels versus pump, true solid safety covers have the same properties as solid safety covers with drains.