A pool winter safety cover is necessary in the Midwest

A safety cover is used to help protect a pool once that pool has been winterized for the year.

There are two types of safety covers:

  • mesh safety covers
  • solid safety covers

The mesh safety cover is made of mesh, which is a permeable material, so rain water and melted snow can drip into the pool. A mesh safety cover really is very easy to put-on, take-off, roll-up and store, even for just one person (but having two people is still recommended). The mesh safety cover is the most common pool winter safety cover. There are two types of mesh safety covers:

  • standard mesh safety covers, which will let in about 5% sunlight, are offered by all of the safety cover manufacturers; these safety covers are just fine, even with the potential snow amounts we can get each winter.
  • heavy-duty mesh safety covers, which will let in about 1% sunlight, are offered by most manufacturers; they are an upgraded covers, built with a thicker mesh with more thread-counts and tighter weaves…they, of course, cost more too.

The solid safety cover is made of a solid tarp-like material, but there is a mesh opening in the center of the cover that allows water to drain through the cover; even with this small square mesh opening in the center of the cover, a solid safety cover will let in less than 0.5% sunlight. While the mesh opening works most of the time, there are times when it may clog, so every pool owner with a solid safety cover should also own a submersible pump because if the mesh opening is clogged, any rain water or melted snow will puddle on the cover. If your pool has a solid safety cover, then the winterized water level in the pool has to be higher than when a mesh safety cover is used. A solid safety cover is very heavy, requiring at least 2-3 people to put-on, take-off, roll-up and store; with a solid safety cover, the more people that can help maneuver it the better. A solid safety cover is the most expensive safety cover to buy too. For a residential pool – for 95% of you – there is no need to pay a lot of money for a solid safety cover; not only will the solid cover be more expensive upfront as compared to a mesh cover, but your pool opening and closing costs will both be more expensive each year since additional laborers are needed to handle (take off or put on) a solid safety cover.

Regardless if the safety cover is mesh or solid, most safety covers come in at least green or blue (some manufacturers offer royal blue and some manufacturers offer more of a navy blue). Some manufacturers are now also offering tan and gray as well, but with a price increase. All safety covers used to only be available in green…it matched the grass. Then, blue was added as an available color – to mimic the color of the pool water. Within the past few years, tan and gray have also been made available by some manufacturers to match the house, the pool deck, or perhaps the landscaping.

Both types of safety covers (mesh and solid) use the same technology: there are anchors drilled-into the deck, there are springs attached to the straps of the safety cover, and the spring is secured to the raised anchor so that the pool can be covered. When the pool is in use, the anchors are purposely drilled so that they can be counter-sunk into the deck so as to not be “toe-stubbers” all around the pool deck during the pool season.

If your pool has never been covered for the winter, one can be – and should be – installed:

  • if your pool is rectangle or a geometric shape, we can take a few simple measurements and provide you with a cost for the new safety cover, installed.
  • if you have a free-form pool, we would need to submit A-B Measurements with accompanying numerical points being placed on top of the actual pool wall; once we submit the A-B Measurements for triangulation and get the results back, we would then be able to provide you with a cost for the new safety cover, installed.

If your pool is covered for the winter but your safety cover is old and beyond repair, it can be replaced. The goal with the replacement is to be able to use the existing deck anchors. We can either take measurements or we can ship the existing safety cover to the manufacturer and a new safety cover can be made using this existing safety cover (and its strap locations) as a template.

Whether you need to replace and/or upgrade your current safety cover or if you are a first time buyer of a safety cover, we can help you. We offer free onsite consultation so we can see inspect your pool and deck.


Contact Expert Pool Work, Inc. at 402-341-8132 or info@expertpoolwork.com to discuss your pool or submit a short form to schedule free onsite consultation.


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