Everything You Need to Know About Safety Pool Covers

Usually, when people build a home pool, they forget that this is not just an entertainment addition, the home pool coming with a wide set of responsibilities as well. For those who have small children, to the list of maintenance work that has to be done to keep the pool clean and safe for use, there is added the aspect of safety. If the small ones get in the pool unattended, they put themselves in great danger. But with the simple addition of a safety pool cover, everything changes. The pool presents less of a danger for the children, and a considerable part of your maintenance responsibilities are taken care of by this addition. To better understand why a safety cover is a necessity, we recommend that you continue to read our article. Here, you will find out everything you need to know about it.

Types of Covers

Depending on the material that they are made from, these items fall into one of 3 categories – vinyl, polypropylene, and UV-stabilized polypropylene. Also, they can be transparent or opaque, and light or dark colored. But categorizing them is not simply because they can fall into other categories as well, depending on how they are installed and what their main characteristics are.

Mesh covers are the most popular choice for pool owners. These types of covers are designed to be pulled tightly across the pool. They are secured to brass anchors installed around the perimeter of the pool by using straps. If you have a rectangular in-ground pool, a great mesh model for it is the Blue Wave Rectangular In-Ground Pool Safety Cover. This model comes in two colors that you can choose from, which are blue and green. Also, it comes in 5 different sizes to fit pools of various dimensions.

Thermal pool covers insulate the pool, they reduce heat loss from the pool water, and they reduce water evaporation. Generally, these types of pool covers are made from polyethylene foam that is sandwiched between the strong top and bottom fabrics.

Winter covers also known as pin down covers come in two type of materials, such as mesh and solid vinyl. They are manually placed in the pool and they are anchored to the deck of the pool. They are suitable for in-ground pools, but they can also be used on above ground pools. Plus, almost none of these covers require you to spend much money at all. On the other hand, you need to consider the fact that they are a bit complicated to get on and off. Also, keep in mind that they require a deck around the pool for the installation of anchors.

Solar covers can either be made of vinyl or heat-retaining thermal bubbles. They are great not only due to the fact that they increase pool safety, just like the other types of safety models do, but because they help keep the pool’s water warm for a longer period. This means that the swimming season will be expanded by several weeks. If a solar item seems like the best choice for you, we recommend that you use the Blue Wave Rectangular 12-mil Solar Blanket for In-Ground Pools. This will heat up the pool by as much as 15 degrees Celsius, and it comes in 10 different sizes that you can choose from to perfectly fit your pool.

Semi-automatic and automatic models are by far the most convenient covers that you can install. They make covering the pool easy due to the fact that they feature parallel tracks along the side of the pool, tracks that pull the safety cover without requiring much effort on your part. If you install a semi-automatic model, you will have to manually operate the roller that is attached to the deck of the pool in order to cover it. If you go with an automatic cover, the electric motor will turn the reel to the wind and unwind the cover, making covering and uncovering the pool a completely effortless operation.

Safety Benefits

For those who have children, pool safety is a top concern. The small ones could get into the pool without adult supervision, which puts them in a lot of danger. Also, when the pool is empty during the colder seasons, an uncovered pool is hazardous if the children are not careful when they play in its proximity. The addition of a safety pool cover changes everything, making the pool safe for those who have children. These covers even protect the pets from getting into the pool and inevitably hurting themselves. The cover increases pool safety by providing a protective barrier between the child or the pet and the pool’s water or surface. Therefore, you can rest assured that no unpleasant incident will occur if it is installed.

Reduced Pool Maintenance Work

Another great benefit of installing such item is that it will reduce pool maintenance work. The barrier that covers the pool will prevent dirt, leaves, and debris from entering the pool. This means that the pool will be a lot cleaner and that you won’t have to spend as much time getting the debris out of it. Therefore, more time will be spent actually swimming in the pool rather than cleaning it.

Extended Swimming Season

As we have mentioned previously, such a product can even extend the swimming season. Of course, this is only if you invest in a solar model like the Blue Wave Rectangular 12-mil Solar Blanket for In-Ground Pools. This type of cover helps by retaining and even raising the temperature of the pool’s water, enabling you to extend the swimming season by a few weeks.

A Safe Way to Shut Down the Pool

When summer passes, it is time to shut down the pool temporarily until the warm season comes back. The water in the pool is taken out, and the one source of fun and delight becomes an empty hole. An uncovered pool in autumn and winter can be a great danger to your children and pets. Also, the uncovered pool still requires regular cleaning. But by covering it with a safety cover, there are no reasons to worry about the safety of your children and pets anymore because there will be a protective cover to ensure their safety. In addition, no debris will enter the pool, so you won’t have to clean it when it is not in use.

How They Help You Save Money

Swimming pools come with unavoidable maintenance costs which can add up to thousands of dollars each year. On the other hand, if you invest in a safety pool cover, these costs will be dramatically reduced. These covers can last even as much as 15 years, meaning that by making the investment once, you reduce pool maintenance costs for up to 15 years. What makes them great for saving money is the fact that they reduce the need for pool chemicals and other maintenance related expenses.

How to Maximize its Longevity

In order to protect your investment and keep it in a perfect shape for as long as possible, there are a few things that you must do, and in this section of the article, we will talk more about them. First off, make sure that you never walk on the safety cover unless it is an emergency. Otherwise, you will ruin the fabric. Also, make sure that you remove the debris that falls on the cover as soon as possible to ensure that there won’t be a lot of weight on it, a weight that might damage the cover. Once per year, clean and lubricate the anchors for them to not rust. Last but not least, when the warm season comes and you want to store the cover because you’re not using it anymore, make sure that you thoroughly clean it before you place it where it belongs.

Safety Pool Cover Buying Guide

Safety pool covers are the most expensive types of covers, being ideal for you to know what to look for before you head to the store to buy such a product. First of all, no matter how hard you have to look, make sure that you buy a cover that is actually going to fit your pool. In case you have a custom shape pool, don’t make the mistake of buying a rectangular cover just because the salesperson says it is alright. It is better to pay extra and have the cover custom made for your pool, thus actually ensuring safety by installing it. Secondly, check for the ASTM certificate before you buy the product. This is the only way to ensure that you’re actually investing in a safety cover, not a cover that will only prevent debris from entering the pool. Therefore, check for the ASTM label that is attached to such products. Another element that you must take into account when purchasing such a product is the warranty term. This is actually something that you have to look for no matter the type of product you buy because there could exist defects in manufacturing that need to be fixed by the seller. Better said, if you don’t pay attention to the warranty, you might end up with a faulty cover that you won’t be able to exchange free of charge. Last but not least, you have to take a good look at the price too. If the cover is too cheap and it promises to do miracles, it surely won’t. We are not saying that only the most expensive safety pool covers are worth investing in, but we’re just advising you to not fall in the price trap, believing that a product is good simply because the label says so.

Frequently Asked Questions

1 How long will a safety pool cover last?
These covers can last more than 15 years, which means that by making this investment, you will reduce pool maintenance costs for up to 15 years.

2 Why should I install a solar cover instead of a semi-automatic cover?
Compared to the semi-automatic covers, the solar covers will help you keep the pool’s water warm for a longer period of time.

3 Will a swimming pool cover help to heat the pool?
The pool cover turns your pool into a large passive solar collector that will raise the water temperature 6 to 10 degrees on the average.

4 Do I need a pool cover if I already have a mesh cover?
To be honest, you don’t need that if you have a mesh cover. The truth is that the winter covers are a bit more durable than the mesh ones, but both models provide a lot of benefits, so if you have a mesh one it is not necessary to invest in a winter model.

5 What is a solar blanket?
The solar blankets is a solar pool cover that looks like bubble wrap. There are many models on the market, so choosing the right one could be quite difficult. However, when making a purchase, take into account the size and the shape of your pool.


  1. Stacy says:

    How much will it cost me to purchase the Blue Wave Rectangular In-Ground pool safety cover if my pool measures 20′ by 40′?

  2. Kenneth says:

    I have a safety pool cover, and I can say that it is the best investment to make as a pool owner! Not only does it ensure the safety of my children, acting as a barrier for them to not fall in the pool, but it makes my life a lot easier as well when it comes to cleaning the pool. Since I have it, I have spent considerably less time cleaning the pool for leaves and debris.

  3. James says:

    Can the thermal pool covers be used to keep leaves and trash out of pool?

    • Becky Eddinson says:

      Aside from reducing heat loss from the pool water, the thermal pool cover will also act as a barrier that covers the pool and prevents dirt, leaves, and debris from entering the pool.

  4. Drek says:

    How much does it cost a thermal pool cover?

    • Becky Eddinson says:

      The price of a thermal cover depends on the dimensions of your pool. Some models can cost less than $500 while other models can cost approximately $1000.

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