As the warm and sunny days of summer continue to shine, it's easy to forget that colder weather is just around the corner. That's why now is the perfect time to start planning for a new pool cover!
In this blog, we'll guide you through the telltale signs that it's time to upgrade your pool cover, what to look for when purchasing a new safety cover, and an overview of the three main types of covers we offer, along with their benefits. Let’s dive in!
Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Pool Cover
While there are many ways to determine whether or not it’s time to upgrade your pool cover, here are some of the biggest signs to watch for.
- Wear and Tear
Sometimes wear and tear is unavoidable, especially if you’ve had your cover for many years (or inherited it with your home). If your current pool cover shows signs of wear and tear such as fading, rips, or holes, it's a clear indication that it's time for a replacement. Not to mention, damaged covers compromise safety and can let debris and contaminants into your pool.
- Difficult Maintenance
Are you spending more time cleaning your pool than enjoying it? If your current cover requires excessive maintenance, it might be time to invest in a more efficient and durable safety cover that can better protect your pool during the off-season.
- Poor Drainage
Does your cover struggle to drain rainwater effectively, resulting in puddles or water accumulation? If so, that's a sign that the cover's drainage system is inadequate. Upgrading to a cover with better drainage capabilities will help maintain the integrity of your pool and prevent damage caused by stagnant water.
- Outdated Technology
If your current safety cover doesn't meet the latest safety standards or lacks modern features, it's worth considering an upgrade. Newer covers offer improved materials and design, enhancing both safety and convenience. Plus, many covers are available in several designer colors to blend in perfectly with your outdoor living space.
What to Look for When Purchasing a New Safety Cover
If you determine that this is the year to upgrade your pool cover, be sure to take the following into consideration before making a purchase.
- Thread Counts
Opt for pool covers with high thread counts, as they provide better strength and durability. Higher thread counts indicate a tightly woven fabric that can withstand harsh weather conditions.
Look for safety pool covers with reinforced webbing, as it plays a vital role in ensuring the cover's stability and strength. Quality webbing adds longevity and prevents sagging or tearing under heavy loads.
- Mesh Materials
Mesh covers are a popular choice due to their ability to prevent water accumulation and debris buildup. Look for covers with high-quality mesh materials that strike a balance between durability and breathability.
- Meeting ASTM Standards
Always ensure that the safety cover you choose meets the rigorous standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). These standards ensure the cover's ability to withstand significant weight and provide effective pool safety.
Why Choose LOOP-LOC
Not only are all of our covers ASTM certified, but we also go the extra mile by ensuring they have undergone extensive external testing through Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and are the only mesh covers in the industry to have earned the seal of approval for safety swimming pool covers.
The polyester bonded thread used in LOOP-LOC covers is 30% stronger in thread strength and produces a higher margin of safety in all seams (compared to our competitors). We sew the webbing to the cover using contrasting white thread instead of black to ensure that not a single stitch is missed. Plus, our safety covers are durable enough to ensure a quality fit while being lightweight enough to install easily.
We offer three different types of covers depending on your pool’s needs:
- Super Dense Mesh: Blocks virtually all sunlight and lets rain and melting snow drain through easily.
- Aqua-Xtreme Virtually Solid Mesh: Drains lightning-quick and blocks almost all sunlight, preventing algae growth and reducing chemical consumption while also minimizing water evaporation.
- Ultra-LOC III Solid: Strong and durable pool cover with superior, 100% light-blocking properties.
Additionally, our safety covers can be made with the following special features:
- DECK-LOC: The No-Drill Anchoring System for composite decks. Now you can install a pool cover on composite decking without drilling a single hole!
- CABLE-LOC: Raised wall treatment that makes installing a LOOP-LOC safety cover on a pool with raised edges much easier.
- PROTECT-A-GAP: The safest, simplest way to close gaps created by raised spas, waterfalls, rises, or any obstruction higher than 9” where a two-cover treatment is not desired.
- AQUA-LOC: The perfect fit for large commercial pools or pools with rails and other non-removable raised obstructions to ensure a safe and tight cover.
No matter which safety cover you choose, every LOOP-LOC cover puts an unbreakable “lock” on your pool, ensuring a perfect fit for any shape or size pool. They always stay tight, clean, and beautiful without needing to pump, scrub, or perform heavy maintenance.
Added Safety & Peace of Mind
Investing in a new pool cover is a proactive step toward ensuring the safety and longevity of your pool. By recognizing the signs that it's time to upgrade, understanding what to look for in a new safety cover, and exploring the benefits of different cover types, you can make an informed decision that meets your specific needs.
If it’s time for you to upgrade your pool cover, contact your local swimming pool professional to ask for LOOP-LOC by name!
At LOOP-LOC, we take pride in providing the highest quality pool safety covers and can custom fit them to any size or shape pool, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.