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Is it Beneficial to Have Both an Automatic Safety Cover and A Solid or Mesh Safety Cover?

  Dec 13, 2017 / by Kevin Losee


Undertrack autocover on fiberglass pool

One of the questions we are frequently asked by swimming pool owners is what type of pool cover they should buy, an automatic safety cover or a solid/mesh safety cover. In many cases, the answer is both! Each type of cover has its advantages, and if you choose to get both, together they can give you the functionality you need year ‘round.

Making A Well-Informed Decision

If you are thinking about purchasing a pool cover, there are some key considerations to keep in mind. For automatic safety covers, the advantages include:

  • Deploy with the flip of a switch
  • Prevent debris from getting into the pool
  • Strong and durable
  • Reduce heat loss and water evaporation
  • Best protection for keeping pets and children from accessing the pool

With solid or mesh safety covers, the advantages include:

  • Great option for when pool is closed for the season
  • Cost-effective
  • Keep windblown material out of the pool
  • Good protection for keeping pets and children out of the pool

What many pool owners do is use an automatic safety cover during pool season for its ease of deployment, cost savings, and high safety factor when kids and pets are likely to be around the pool, and a solid or mesh safety cover over the winter.

Pool Cover Maintenance Tips

Whichever type of pool cover you choose, here are a few tips for taking care of it:

  • Especially in the winter, be sure the cover is tightly secured. This can help prevent wind damage.
  • Keep an eye on the pool’s water level. If the water level drops too much, your cover won’t be getting the support it needs, especially if water collects on top of the cover.
  • Remove debris regularly. Organic material can produce acid as it decays, and that acid can weaken a cover. Plus, accumulations of debris may attract animals whose claws can damage the cover.
  • Remove snow/water promptly. If too much snow or water accumulates on top of the cover, it can cause damage. Be sure to have a pump  in place so that it can remove any water that collects from rain or melted snow. If you do not have a pump, you will need to make sure to clear the water away manually as often as you can.

Let us Help!

The information above is a great start as you consider what type of pool cover(s) to purchase. If you want to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact the independent Latham dealer near you. We’re happy to answer your questions!


Topics: Automatic Covers, Safety Covers, Inground Pools

Kevin Losee

Written by Kevin Losee

Kevin Losee is the product manager for Automatic Safety Covers for Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products. During his 12 years at Coverstar, he has worked as an automatic safety cover installer, operations manager, technical support / order entry manager, and product manager. When not focused on automatic covers, he enjoys tearing up the trail on his mountain bike.