Saturday was a beautiful Toronto day and after thinking it over you decided to spend some quality time with the pool. Over the course of the afternoon you cleaned it from end to end, waterline to drainpipe and when you were done took a nice refreshing dip. Overnight a front moved through with rain and high winds and when you went outside on Sunday your pool looked like it had been abandoned for years. A layer of leaves and twigs floated on the surface and about 50 pounds of dirt that had been blown in by the wind was resting peacefully on the bottom. Nothing a nice cover couldn’t have prevented.
The Case for Covering Inground Pools
There are as many good arguments for investing in covers for inground pools as there potential problems that could arise. Here are a few that we think make sense.
- Save on maintenance – As the above example demonstrates it can be difficult and time consuming to keep inground pools clean if you don’t cover them when they’re not in use. Unless you enjoy spending hours skimming leaves and other debris (or paying someone to do it for you) get a cover and save yourself time and money.
- Reduce evaporation – Your pool loses about a quarter of an inch of water every day to evaporation. Water you’ll have to pay to replace. On hot, dry days the loss can be significantly worse. A pool cover will eliminate most of that loss and save you having to top up your pool several times over the course of the summer.
- Keep the water warm – Every night when the sun goes down heat from your pool dissipates into the night sky requiring your heaters to work overtime to compensate. A pool cover will help retain a good deal of your pool’s warmth and save you energy in the process.
- Safety – Safety is a major concern for pool owners or people thinking about installing a pool in their yard. Thankfully, by taking just a few common sense steps you can greatly reduce the risk of accident when it comes to your pool. Putting a fence around the pool area with a gate that locks at night and backing that up with a pool cover can practically eliminate the chances of accidental drownings.
Let’s take a look at a few common types of covers for inground pools.
- Track covers – As the name implies these covers are retractable, sliding over and back across inground pools on tracks installed along the edge of the deck. This type of cover is best suited to a rectangular pool.
- Bubble covers – This type of cover has air pockets that absorb solar radiation and use it to heat the water. Bubble covers can wind up saving you significant amounts of money when it comes to heating your pool.
- Tie down covers – This type of cover is made of nylon or vinyl. While this type of cover is typically used when shutting down a pool for the winter, they also do a fine job if you want to use them as your regular cover during the summer.
- Vinyl covers – Vinyl covers are made of more durable material than bubble covers and are also available with a layer of insulation that helps the pool retain heat.
If you’re uncertain about which type of pool cover to purchase for the fiberglass pool in your Toronto backyard or would like to discuss installing a beautiful, affordable fiberglass pool of your own give Seabreeze Pools a call on 416-238-9703. Don’t lose out on the fun next summer. Call Seabreeze today.