There are lots of companies offering pool covers in San Anselmo, so you may have a bit of a hard time in choosing the right one for you. If you do not do your own research, or you do not know what you need in a swimming pool cover, or are lured by low prices alone, chances are you may end up with the wrong product.
Really, your choice of a pool cover depends on your wants and needs, or depending on the pool itself as well as various climate conditions.
No matter what type of pool cover you are going to use, keep in mind that you need to maintain the normal water levels to ensure the pool cover's stability and useful life. If there's too much water that is almost spilling out of the pool, your pool cover will end up sinking. But if the water levels are too low, the stronger winds will easily tear the pool cover off. Without the support from the water's surface, the pool cover won't be effective in holding the weight of the debris, collected rain water, and most of all the weight of an individual.
Check out the options below to help you decide which of these will work best for you.
- Tarp pool cover – This is the most basic and the least expensive type of pool cover. A tarp pool cover can be a good choice for blocking out sunlight (which means less chances of algae growth in the pool), for preventing evaporation, and for maintaining the pool water's warm temperature (which is ideal for an evening or an early morning swim!). It is typically held in place by water tubes or water bags. Most tarp pool covers are made of vinyl.
As with most types of pool covers, a tarp pool cover keeps the water clean by barring fallen leaves, twigs, branches, dust, dirt, soot and other kinds of debris, as well as rainwater, or snow if you’re in an area that gets it, from entering the pool.
Also, if you're concerned about safety, this type of pool cover may not be strong enough to hold the weight of a child as to protect him/her from drowning in the pool.
- Mesh cover
A mesh pool cover is effective in keeping leaves, branches, twigs, and other debris out of the pool. It can also hold a great deal of weight, including heavy rain water.
As the pool cover is meshed or netted, you don't have to pump out the collected rainwater it just passes through the cover. But a mesh cover does allow sunlight to pass through, and this causes algae to grow and thrive in the swimming pool. Dust and other tiny particles can also pass through the cover, making your swimming pool murky in the long run, especially without regular cleaning and maintenance.
- Safety pool cover
The safety pool cover is so named because it is designed to be durable enough to hold the weight of a person, making it ideal as a safety measure against accidental drowning. If you still have little children, pets, or someone in the family who cannot swim, and you are concerned for their safety, this type of pool cover will work.
The safety pool cover is available in either mesh or solid and is stretched out across the pool. Unlike a normal vinyl tarp cover that is held in place by water tubes, a safety pool cover is secured by attached springs and hooked into an anchor, making it even sturdier. If you are looking for more versatility, it's better to choose a solid pool cover over a mesh one. A solid pool cover can block out fallen debris, dust, soot, and sunlight as well as also maintain the warm temperature of the water. As the sunlight cannot penetrate a solid pool cover, there's less chances of algae growth in or water evaporation from the swimming pool.
Depending on your budget, you can choose either a manual or an automatic safety pool cover. Pool Covers, Inc. offers a variety of safety swimming pool covers that will suit your needs and budget.
Manual safety pool covers – Custom-made manual safety pool covers can fit pools of all sizes and shapes, from the typical rectangular swimming pools to pools of extremely irregularly-shaped pools. The cover attaches to the deck with spring-loaded, life-lock anchors. We can also provide manual covers for aboveground swimming pools.
Automatic safety pool covers – Pool Covers' Infinity 4000TM automatic pool covers use the most durable materials as well as the most advanced and high-tech pool cover system on the market today. All of our pool covers (as well as their installation) exceed the A.S.T.M. safety standards, so you are assured that our automatic safety pool covers give the utmost security and protection for you and your family.
Pool covers come in many types and are priced differently. So, if your only concern is fallen leaves and other debris entering in the pool, you can get by with a mesh or a vinyl tarp cover. But if your needs extend to water and energy conservation, cleanliness and pool safety, then you may want to spend more for a good quality, solid safety pool cover in San Anselmo that has exceeded the industry safety standards.