Which Type of Pool Cover is Best for Your Pool?
When it comes to your investment in an above ground pool, there is a lot more to it than swimming every day. There is routine maintenance that goes into taking care of an above ground pool, such as keeping leaves and bugs away, maintaining water quality, filter replacement, and more. Even when the colder months roll around, there is a critical piece of routine above ground pool maintenance that you need: a sturdy cover. Which types of pool covers are there, and which is best for your pool?
Safety Pool Cover
Safety pool covers are standard for their real purpose: preventing individuals from falling into a pool and drowning. These protective covers keep children who have wondered off safe around the pool area, as well as keeping unwanted guests out. A closed safety pool cover can be a flat tarp that stretches across the pool or a mesh cover. These closed safety covers do allow for the accumulation of snow and water, which takes time to remove before you can take off the cover.
Remember, using solid safety pool covers may very well save lives, so they are well-worth the investment. These sturdy pool covers must meet the standards for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), so you can trust even mesh safety pool covers that may not look as sturdy as the brand would suggest. These mesh covers are much less work to set up, and snow will not accumulate.
Solar Pool Cover
To surely harness the power of the sun, choose solar covers to cover your pull during the off season. This kind of cover is the least expensive pool covers. It uses solar power to heat the pool as much as ten degrees naturally. Because many do heat their pool, this affordable above ground swimming pool cover pool cover can make that heating costs much easier to handle. It also keeps water and chemicals from evaporating, making this fun summertime activity a lot more affordable.
Winter Pool Covers
A winter pool cover is built to stand up to the elements honestly. This pool cover is typically held in place with a cable and winch system that anchors it to the pool. This cable is threaded through grommets in the cover. Winter pool covers are made to minimize water collection, as it has air pillows that float on the water below the cover itself. Mesh winter pool covers can create even less water collection, as the mesh material on the cover makes sure that water, not debris, can get through to the cover. A winter pool cover will prevent the build-up of waste, algae, and decrease the likelihood of having a frozen pool in April.
A leaf net is used with winter or solar above ground pool covers. This type of pool cover is made of open-weave, lightweight material, and water can go through while leaf nets catch leaves, insects, and other debris that may cause its way onto the pool cover. Not only does it protect the cover itself, but a leaf net also makes it easier to move the cover as it is not weighed down by leaves and debris.
It can be challenging to choose a pool cover right for both your pool and budget and fortunately, there are professionals in your area. Consult an expert, and even create custom pool covers if no conventional covers fit your investment.
Four Fun Pool Activities to Enjoy on Your Above the Ground Pool
Swimming is one of the most fun parts of summer. Not only is it great exercise, but it also brings the entire family – and our friends – together for a memorable get-together or party. However, having a pool is much more than doing the backstroke and the doggy paddle. There are several excellent pool games to help you get the most out of your above ground pool.
The first game on this list is a classic: Marco Polo- named after the 13th-century Italian adventurer, this game is a tradition for every pool party. You can play with only a pair of people, but it’s much better – and more fun – when the entire squad joins in. One person closes their eyes while shouting “Marco,” while the other players yell “polo!” but try not to be tagged. If you are tagged, you are Marco.
As long as you don’t get extremely competitive, Chicken Fight is a great pool game. Four players are the best group for this game, with two pairs in which one rides on the others’ shoulders. The objective of the contest is for the person on top to knock the other head into the water. Whether you can scratch or pull hair rests in your own set of rules, but generally, it is known as water wrestling. Be careful, and remember it is just a game.
Not everyone is excellent at handstands – but a handstand contest is still an accessible and fun pool activity. This game is relatively easy – if you can do a handstand. Each player will attempt to do a handstand underwater, and the last person to come for air is the winner. Don’t hurt yourself winning this game, but it is a great challenge. It takes incredible arm strength to excel at this party game.
Diving for Treasure
Another fun pool activity is to ‘dive for treasure.’ These can be pennies, small toys, and anything that can sink. Be concerned with the use of rocks, especially with above ground pools, as any sharp edges can rip at the bottom. Toss the treasure to the bottom, and it becomes a race to see who can find the trinkets at the bottom of the pool first. Googles are a must-have for this pool game.
Pool games can be a traditional activity, or something made up on the spot, as long as you have fun with friends and family. Investing in an above ground pool is a great way to gather your loved ones for a fun afternoon in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Nutgrass – Nutsedge Control – Above Ground Pools
Nutgrass And Above Ground Pools
Nutsedge or Nutgrass is a very stubborn weed that is most often found in the southern and eastern parts of the United States. This weed is can ruin landscaping, gardens etc. but is also known to wreak havoc on above ground pool liners. Sadly most above ground pool owners are unaware of the weeds existence until it’s too late. The good news is that Nutgrass damage is preventable and existing damage is repairable.
Gorilla Pad – NOT BEST Pool Liner Padding? Why?
Gorilla Pad Pool Floor Padding
When purchasing a new pool or replacing an old pool liner, putting something down on the pool bottom to protect the liner is a common quest. Most people wish to protect their investment and improve the quality of their pool. This is where pool floor padding and protection comes into play. We have touched on this subject many times in the past, but the questions keep coming. So I will explain what is best to put under a swimming pool liner during installation and why. Gorilla Pad may not be the best answer for many.
Doughboy Pools @ Pools Above Ground
Doughboy pools are synonymous with American quality. If you were a kid in the 1970’s, you likely remember the Doughboy pool. It was one of the first makes on the above ground pool market, and still going strong today. In a landscape filled with imported sub-par products, above ground pool owners still have high quality pools still available to them. Hoffinger Industries, who purchased Doughboy Recreational in 1974, is the only pool manufacturer in the world to make all their own products from raw materials. (more…)