Is a safety cover worth it?

Closing your pool at the end of the summer can be bittersweet - the memories of hours spent splashing around with friends and family make having a pool a priceless investment, but getting your pool ready for the off-season every year can be a real pain.

  • The cost savings of pool safety covers

    It is true that the upfront cost of a pool safety cover is higher than other pool cover options. But the savings you’ll experience in the long-term makes a safety cover a more cost-effective solution over the lifetime of your pool. 

    Safety covers come with 15-year warranties (compared to 5-year warranties for vinyl lock-in covers, which would need to be replaced twice over the same period). Vinyl lock-in covers also require a cover pump, around $150 per year, to pump off excess water, whereas safety covers don’t, as they use a mesh cover that allows water to drain directly into your pool. 

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    A safety cover also allows rain and snowfall to collect in your pool, bringing it close to or at operating levels when you re-open. A vinyl lock-in cover will require a water top-up to get your pool up and running that can cost up to $250 per year. 

    In terms of cleaning and storage, a safety cover can simply be sprayed with a hose and rolled up into its bag wet for easy storage, while vinyl covers need to be hand-scrubbed with a pool brush and completely dried before storing to avoid mildew build-up.

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  • Simple installation for safety pool covers

    The kit for safety pool cover systems makes installation a breeze. You can mount the brass anchors to the ground, your deck or garden, and thread the anchors up and down. When not in use, you can thread the anchor down, so it sits flush with the ground, and when you need to put your cover on, you can thread the anchor up to hook on to the matching spring. 

    An installation bar enables you to easily hook on or take off the springs from the anchors, and the bar also provides extra tension, getting the tightest possible fit of the cover, so it sits perfectly flush across your pool. 

    To open your pool for the season, all you need to do is unhook the springs one by one using the installation bar, roll up the cover and store it away. To close the pool, simply thread the anchors up, hook one side of the cover on, and then walk across to hook the other side of the pool and, using the installation hook, hook the springs into the anchors one by one. The entire process takes just minutes.

  • Safety covers offer a cleaner look and feel

    Not only does the tautness of a safety cover provide cleaner visual lines in your backyard, but you can also choose a cover in a variety of colours like blue, green, grey or tan, that match your colour scheme or blend it seamlessly into your outdoor decor.

Beige safety
  • The durability of safety pool covers

    A safety pool cover is miles ahead of the competition when it comes to its durability. The seams on the cover are reinforced with box stitches that provide incredible strength and longevity. A double-decker edge feature helps deal with difficult corner spots on pool covers. This feature hems the entire periphery of the cover and places it between two layers of webbing. Most safety pool covers also  come with high abrasion and tear resistance that is backed by a 15-year warranty. 


    While it does require an up front investment (which pays for itself over time), a safety pool cover is clearly an easier to use, more durable and safer option when it comes to pool covers.

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