Basic Covers And Security Covers: Which Pool Cover Style Is Best For You?

There are a variety of pool covers available for you to choose from. However, some pool owners have very specific needs which limit their choices. If you're trying to decide between a basic cover and a security cover, here are just some of the factors that separate the two. 

Basic Covers

You should be able to distinguish a basic cover from other options because they typically have a considerably lower price point--and for good reason. Basic covers are often made from a thin, plastic-like tarp material. Since they aren't often customized for a particular style or shape of pool, you will have to keep the cover in place with sandbags.

If you have an above-ground pool, this is a fine choice. However, if you have an in-ground pool, this can be a real problem. With an in-ground pool, the fact that you can't secure the cover down well means that you'll have small pockets all around the perimeter where dirt, dust, leaves, and other debris can easily get inside. Additionally, since the cover is so thin, if your pet or some other heavy substance (e.g. collected snow) gets on top of the cover, it will cave in. Unless you are looking for a short-term solution, basic covers will offer very little good in the long-run.

Security Covers

Security covers look similar to trampolines and have spring-loaded connectors along their perimeter that can be anchored to concrete. You can typically choose this cover style in two options: a solid or breathable cover. Solid covers are constructed in a thick, vinyl material that is designed to prevent water from passing through. If you're looking for less clean-up when you get ready to re-open your pool, solid security covers can offer this.

However, since moisture from rain, snow, or ice can't pass through the cover, water puddling is a real concern. Puddled water can damage the cover if it remains on the surface for an extended period. You will need to have a pump in place to remove the standing water, which is an added expense. Breathable covers are constructed in a mesh-like material. This allows rainwater to pass through, eliminating your need for a pump. However, dirt, dust and other small debris can also pass through the holes, so your maintenance with a net and wetvac will likely be greater once pool season starts

If you still aren't sure which kind of cover will be suitable, talk with a professional, like Contemporary Pools Inc, for more tips. When it comes to pool covers, it's less about right and wrong and more about your own needs. Choose a cover that will best meet the needs of your pool on a long-term basis.