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Delve into the clandestine world of pool covers to uncover a wide variety of options available to help protect your investment from the elements, keep it warm, and make it safe for kids. From solar to thermal, Grace Dobell helps you to evaluate which cover will be right for your pool.

Pool covers are an essential item for any pool owner wanting to save money, reduce time spent on maintenance and help with their eco-footprint. Fortunately, these days there is a variety of pool covers to choose from to suit your specific climate, safety concerns and frequency of use.

Pool owners lose about 30 per cent of their pool water through evaporation, which is a waste we cannot afford in a drought-prone nation like Australia. A pool cover is the perfect way to combat this loss of precious resources, as well as save money that would be spent on refilling the pool.

Different pool covers have varying levels of effectiveness in reducing evaporation, depending on the material and purpose of the cover. Covers made of plastic, such as polyethylene, polypropylene or vinyl, work particularly well at providing a barrier between the water and air to reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.

SOLAR SOLUTIONS

A solar pool cover (also known as a bubble blanket) is one of the best types of covers for reducing evaporation and improving the retention of pool chemicals. Solar blankets earned their nickname because they are made from a film that contains tiny bubbles, which collectively hold and retain heat in your pool. the cover is buoyant which allows solar energy to penetrate through to the water, and can keep your pool up to ten degrees warmer in the summer months. Solar covers also come in a range of colours, and can suit many different pool types.

THINKING THERMAL

thermal pool covers are one of the best options for heat retention as they are designed to trap heat and keep your pool warmer for longer. they are nearly twice as effective at retaining heat in your pool as other covers and require very little maintenance. thermal covers are also one of the most flexible options as they can be easily adapted to different pool shapes and entry handrails, unlike the rigid slats of an automatic cover.

WINTER WARMERS

When choosing a pool cover it’s important to consider how the pool will be used throughout the year. if your pool is predominately used in summer and never sees the light of day during winter, a protective mesh cover that goes over the top of the pool coping may be the answer. it will protect your pool from debris and reduce water evaporation, and many are strong enough to hold the weight of a small child when installed correctly. the cover is held in place using fastening cords and pins inserted into small holes around the coping, which means no sharp or dangerous hooks that could cause potential injury. this is a simple, low-maintenance choice for those who live in cooler climates and are less likely to use their pool in winter.

AUTOMATED SAFETY

An automated cover is the perfect option for the pool owner who has convenience and child-safety in mind. the automated cover can be installed above ground or below ground, depending on your preference, and is made to measure your pool. Complete with rigid slat rolls, this style was built to last and can hold the weight of an adult. Combine this strength with a key lock or remote control, and you can rest assured knowing that your child will be safe even if they manage to enter the pool area.

COVERT AND UNDERCOVER

For a streamlined construction that avoids any unsightly and bulky rollers, consider integrating the pool cover into your design. if you have decided to renovate your pool, it is the perfect time to reconfigure where your cover is kept. there is now a range of covert options on offer to keep your pool looking sleek and ensure it maintains its aesthetic appeal. Pool covers can be installed under timber decking, behind feature walls or hidden under the fibreglass floor for complete concealment.

Automatic covers can also be solar-powered, reducing your eco-footprint and helping neutralise your carbon emissions. investing in an effective and efficient pool cover that can also be hidden from view, ensures your pool will stay clean and attractive, even while not in use.

PLEASE FIND ENCLOSED

Pool enclosures are the ultimate pool covering for year-round use. if you want your pool to be used in rain, hail or shine, a pool enclosure is the perfect option. these physical enclosures allow you to swim under cover, and can be custom- made or built in a range of heights, shapes and styles for lap pools or larger designs. they can also be manually or electronically retracted, which means you can open up your pool area at any time. the structure is perfect for keeping the pool clean, reducing evaporation and chemical loss, blocking out harmful uv rays from the sun, and keeping kids safe with child-proof locks.

The financial and environmental benefits of a pool cover are clear, so when you are weighing up the options, make sure you have considered all the elements before deciding which one will be right for you. this includes how it will be used, your local climate, its shape and the included safety features, so you can get the most use out of your pool.

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