Mesh or Solid Pool Safety Cover – Pros and Cons of Each

A swimming pool safety cover is an excellent choice during the process of winterizing a family pool. The cover can provide safety – keeping pets or small children from wandering into the pool. It can help keep the pool clean by not allowing rain water, leaves, and debris to get into the pool. Depending on the type of cover, it will also keep water from evaporating over the winter. There are two basic choices – a mesh or solid cover. What are the pros and cons of each choice?

Pool Safety Cover Mesh covers – the pros. As described by, a mesh cover is lighter than a solid cover – it makes putting a cover on the pool, and later taking it off – much easier. Since a mesh cover allows rain and snow to seep through, it’s not required that the pool owner pump water off the cover each time it rains. When the cover is dry, leaves will readily blow off without need for sweeping. A mesh cover typically will cost much less than a solid vinyl cover – sometimes $200 to $600 less. Mesh covers last longer than vinyl covers. Since they don’t need a pump on top, it eliminates a costly item which will need occasional replacement.

Mesh covers – the cons. When leaves and debris collect on the cover, and then it rains – all the dirty water is now in the swimming pool.  A pump is required – to drain water out from under the cover, so the pool doesn’t overflow. There’s a greater chance for green algae to develop over the winter. In the spring, there will be more work to clean up the debris that the cover has allowed into the pool over the winter.

Solid covers – the pros. The solid cover, by keeping out water, rain, debris and leaves, will keep the pool cleaner over the winter. There’s a better chance that in the spring, the pool will be clean when it is opened back up. Since the solid cover doesn’t allow sunlight to pass through, it minimizes the development of algae over the winter, and especially into the early spring months when the weather gets warmer. In the spring, this will translate to less possibility of a cleanup project.

Solid covers – the cons. Putting on and taking off a solid cover will be more of a process – it will take more time and effort. While a mesh cover can be removed by one person, a solid cover will likely require the work of at least two people. Solid covers cost more than mesh covers, sometimes significantly more, as mentioned above, and don’t last as long. Over the winter, the solid cover will require a pool cover pump to drain the water from the cover after it rains.

There are definite advantages to either a mesh safety cover or a solid safety cover. Part of the decision is cost, part is personal preference. While a mesh cover will require less work to maintain over the winter – since the water seeps through, it doesn’t require a pump to clear the water. But in the spring – it might require more work to clean up the winter buildup. A solid cover will protect the pool water better, but takes more work to install and put on and remove.

Jeana Simmons has raised four girls, and now that they are out of the house and off to college, she can really take the time – peacefully – to write freelance for  She is getting back to being more active, and is a fledgling runner who would like to run a half marathon some day.

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