As fall and winter approach, the main question we are asked at National is which winter cover is best to use on an above ground or in ground pool.
Tarp vs. Safety We have two main different types of winter pool covers. Regular “tarp-style” covers and safety covers. The tarp style covers hold on to the pool via a cable or water bags depending on if you have an in ground or an above ground pool. The Safety Covers attach to your pool by anchors. These anchors are screwed into your wood or concrete deck and the cover is stretched across the pool. Safety covers can be used on Inground or Above Ground swimming pools. On above ground pools, you simply need to have a deck surrounding the entire pool.
Solid vs. Mesh I wouldn’t say that one is necessarily “better” than the other. They are going to work in different ways. While the solid cover may keep your pool cleaner over the fall/winter, the mesh allows the water to go through the cover. This alleviates weight pulling on the cover and the need for you to siphon or pump water off of the top of your cover in the fall and spring.
Whichever winter pool cover you choose to go with, you want to make sure you are adding the right closing chemicals for the pool. We carry closing kits for Chlorine pools and Baquacil pools take your regular season chemicals. We also have a large selection of winter accessories for your pool that can help make closing your pool easier!
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