Back when we grew up, pool owners had two options: Solid cover or no cover… and we liked it! Keep in mind, though, that we ALSO liked walking uphill to school both ways in the rain wearing clothes handed down to us by siblings who wore them 20 years prior. Yep. The good old days.
All kidding aside, we really did only have solid covers as options for covering up swimming pools in the winter months. Although they normally did the job quite well, some people disliked them because they trapped water on top of them and sometimes needed draining in the middle of winter — else the weight of the water would cause them to fall into the pool.
For all those who have never had the ‘pleasure’ of cleaning up a pool whose winter cover had fallen in, well, consider yourselves lucky because it SUCKS. Spending hours using a leaf rake and then vacuum to remove all the gross debris that fell into the pool will not only take up a lot of your time, it will also make your back hurt in ways you cannot possibly imagine!
So what IS a mesh winter cover?
As the name implies, it uses a mesh material rather than a solid material. The mesh material allows only pure rainwater and fine, silt-like sediment to get through, thus eliminating the problem of hundreds of gallons of water collecting on the cover.
But won’t the pool overflow? Nope. When closing the pool, simply drain the pool down as you normally would to protect skimmers, etc. and come Spring your pool will most likely have refilled to the correct level with fresh, clean rainwater.
Will you have to test the water when you open the pool? Yes, but you would have to test your pool water anyways with a Taylor Test Kit, Pool Check Test Strip, eXact Micro 7+ Pool Testing Meter, or other method so in our opinion… who cares?
At least you won’t wind up with a large water bill from the city at the start of swimming season or need to pay a company to come out and refill your pool — which also costs money.
Will mesh covers allow UV light to damage my pool?
No, because most mesh pool covers come in dark colors which will do an excellent job of blocking potentially harmful UV rays. Also, most mesh covers get made with heavy duty grades of polypropylene or polyethylene, each material enhanced with UV blocking additives.
And now for the options… Below you will find links to two different brands of mesh winter covers, each carrying an 8-year pro-rated warranty.
HPI Enviro Mesh
Arctic Armor Rugged Mesh