When most people think of pool covers, they think of tarp pool covers. Homeowners use pool covers to keep the surface of the water free from debris, and also to keep kids and pets away from the water. However, tarp covers can also be frustrating to use and install. Tarp covers are cheap, but they look ugly and require as much maintenance as the pool. If you have trouble with tarp pool covers, here are several alternative solutions.
Avoid Manual Retraction with an Automated Cover
One of the biggest nuisances with using a tarp pool cover is the difficulty to retract the cover when needed and then place it back in. You can avoid this hassle with an automatic pool cover. These require more installation than a tarp cover, but it’s definitely worth it for the later convenience. You can easily retract an auto pool cover in a matter of minutes. No more messing with ropes!
Prevent the Caving in Effect with a Solid Pool Cover
Tarp covers notoriously cannot hold weight. If an animal or a person decides to work across a tarp cover, it will cave into the water. If you buy a pool cover to prevent people or animals from falling in, then this effect would render the cover useless. Also, snow and rainwater can accumulate and create a puddle right above the pool, which becomes a nightmare to clean. You can avoid these problems by using a solid pool cover than a tarp one. Solid covers can hold weight, like that of a pile or snow or even an adult. It will cost more but the money will be well worth it.
Use a Pool Enclosure for Winter Swimming
Do you want to swim in the winter? Then a tarp pool cover will not keep the water from freezing. A better solution is building an enclosure that will keep the snow out and the heat in. You will need to heat the pool inside the enclosure to prevent freezing. The enclosure will protect the pool area from the wind and other elements of winter so you can swim even when it’s hailing outside. Tarp pool covers definitely do not offer extra protection in the winter like an enclosure.
Vinyl Covers Last Longer
Tarp covers are made from cheap plastic and quickly wear out when exposed to the elements. For a sturdier solution, consider vinyl, which will last longer. Automatic swimming pool covers made from solid material generally last longer than tarp.
Avoid the Need for a Pump with a Sliding Pool Cover
Tarp covers require a submersible pump to prevent water from accumulating above the covering. This is an additional expense that also complicates maintenance. You can avoid a pump by opting for a solid cover that slides in and out automatically. Water does not accumulate like a puddle on top of these, therefore cleaning is easy.
Use a Pool Enclosure for Privacy
Tarps do not offer privacy when swimming, obviously. A pool enclosure, on the other hand, does. If you don’t want neighbours snooping while you are swimming, build an enclosure around the pool.
Use a tarp pool cover if your needs are minimal. Otherwise, consider the above options.