I am a new pool owner and this is my first post on this forum. I have some questions about safety covers.
First, some background information: We had a 16' x 32' inground humpback kidney pool installed this August. We also had interlocking brick or pavers installed around the pool and in a large (15' x 30') area between the house and the pool. The pool installers poured a 4" thick concrete "sub-deck" all the way around the pool (extending 3' out from the pool edge). The patio installers then used concrete mastic to "glue" the coping stones directly on top of the concrete sub-deck and then installed the other patio stones "freeform" (i.e. the other stones sit directly on the concrete sub-deck with no glue).
We have now winterized the pool and this year we are not using any cover at all for the winter. We are interested in getting a safety cover (for next year), but I have a few questions:
We live in Ottawa, Canada - it gets very cold here and we get a lot of snow. What type of cover is best? Mesh, solid, or solid with mesh panels?
I have heard that the proper way to install safety cover screws with interlocking stones is to drill a hole "between" two stones, and then install the screw into a pipe that gets pounded into the hole between the two stones. Is this correct? Also, does the fact that there is 4" of concrete below the interlocking stones change anything? I guess I would have to drill through the stones AND through the 4" of concrete?
I have also heard that some of the more popular safety cover manufacturers will not sell directly to consumers. Is that right? Does anyone have any recommendations as to where I could order a cover that would sell and ship to a Canadian address, or better yet any recommendations for either a supplier or an installer in the Ottawa area? I have talked to a couple of local pool dealers and they either refused to install a safety cover over interlocking stone or they didn't seem to know how to do it properly.
Any advice would be appreciated.