A vast majority of people find the task of purchasing a swimming pool covers pretty challenging. For the uninitiated, there are four basic types of pool covers available in New Zealand and other places around the globe.
Swimming pool covers are available in innumerable varieties these days. There are mesh covers and solid ones. There are manual covers and the ones that are automatic. Some covers call for heavyweights to be placed around their perimeters to make them stationary, while others are secured with spring-loaded straps fastened to the deck anchors. Some covers move back and forth across the surface of the water and make use of two parallel tracks to remain in place, while others typically float on the pool surface.
With a myriad of choices available for pool covers, it is perfectly acceptable to be somewhat overwhelmed when trying to zero in on the most suitable one. It is worthwhile to mention that some of them are more appropriate for thermal applications, while others are purpose-designed to use in the winters, and a few others are optimized for safety. You can also buy stuff that offers all these benefits in a single package albeit to some extent.
- Thermal blankets
This type of pool covers, which simply float on your pool and are purpose-designed strictly as heat entrapments, are widely available in the island nation of New Zealand and other global marketplaces. They may sport a manual roller system (hand-cranked) neatly fitted at either end of your pool so that they can be removed when required and with greater ease. It is usually not suggested to use this type of covers if you have small children due to the potential risk of entrapment.
- Simple covers
This type of pool covers is typically used as non-permeable barriers by the swimming pool owners in New Zealand and other places around the world. Usually used at offseason, they are made immobile by water-filled vinyl tubes or any other kind of weighted device. While they do a great job in keeping the debris at bay, they could pose a serious security hazard if the standing water is not duly extracted after accumulation. Also, when it snows or rains heavily the surface weights that hold them often pull the covers into the pool.
- Mesh covers
This type of pool covers that are purpose-designed to be used in the winters is widely available in New Zealand and other places worldwide. Once your pool is winterized, it is generally drained below the return pipes which are then made to blow out and blocked. The mesh type cover is then carefully placed over the pool and secured with the help of spring-loaded straps fastened to the deck anchors. When it is offseason, any snowmelt or rain drains into the swimming pool. These covers can prove to be pretty solid with some mesh holes for reducing the volume of tiny debris that passes through. They are most suitable to be used in offseason for enhancing the safety of the pool, but not really practical for use in the swimming season, as it is quite cumbersome to remove them regularly.
- Tracked covers
This type of pool covers can be either manual or automatic. They comprised of a solid vinyl element accompanied by beaded side edges riding in two parallel tracks that happen to run down every side of the swimming pool. They are easily available in New Zealand and other parts of the world and do a great job in keeping dirt and debris at bay. They have an exceptionally high safety rating and can also function as a passive sunlight collector for heating the water and increasing its temperature in the range of eight to ten degrees. These covers can support quite a few feet of water until pulling lose one day from their bases. In order to eliminate the odds of immersion one should always remember to drain the accumulated water as early as possible which is indeed the case for any solid covers.