Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: winter cover

  1. Back To Top    #1

    winter cover

    I need a winter cover (12 X 24 AGP). What are your thoughts on the solid vs micro-mesh. My understanding is that the mesh style allows rainwater and melting snow through to the pool. Is this a good thing??? I also noticed in the pool school winterizing article it says: "If using a winter cover, install per manufacturers instructions." Are covers optional? Why would you not cover the pool??? This is my first winter, so I have no experience at all.
    12X24 Oval
    sand filter

  2. Back To Top    #2

    In the Industry

    duraleigh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: winter cover

    Where do you live?
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
    TFTestkits , PoolMath , Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3
    MikeInTN's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Middle Tennessee

    Re: winter cover

    Only reasons you need one that I can think of would be safety (especially for inground pools) and to keep leaves and other debris out of your water. There are several members here who don't cover their pool and just rake the leaves out as needed (note : a pool leaf rake is NOT the same as a lawn leaf rake!). In fact, I'm contemplating doing that very thing myself.

    Solid vs mesh - personal preference. I've got a solid one now, and FWIW, it's a pain to have to keep the water drained off and the leaves gathered up, hence my thoughts about not covering it at all.

    Just my .02.
    24' x 52" AGP - approx 13,500 gallons
    Pentair Optiflo 1 hp/2sp pump w/ Swimpro Voyager 150 sq ft cartridge filter
    Intex 8110 SWCG
    "Fear the Schnauz!"

  4. Back To Top    #4
    keri1973's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Pensacola, FL

    Re: winter cover

    I've used both. The solid is a mess to deal with when you go to open your pool in the spring with leaves and yuck on top.
    I used the mesh with an air pillow in the middle of the pool with clamps I bought from Home Depot to tighten down to the top rail so the cover would not touch the pool water, this one is easier to take off but you have more cleaning of the pool come spring.
    I will prob use the mesh again this year.
    18ft. Arcadia Round AGP - 19" Sand Filter, 1 hp pump
    Foam cove/ Gorilla Pad/ Wedding cake steps
    Sta Rite Lil' Shark cleaner and Aquabot Pool Rover cleaner - Aqua-Luminator light and return flow w/fountain attachment
    Added Borates 5/19/09 Taylor K-1005 and Taylor FAS-DPD Chlorine Tests

  5. Back To Top    #5

    In the Industry

    frustratedpoolmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: winter cover

    Six to one, half-dozen to the other.

    Mess in the pool, mess on top of the pool
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    Perfectly Clear Pool Service, Find me on Facebook!

  6. Back To Top    #6
    AnnaK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Eastern Pennsylvania

    Re: winter cover

    But you can clean the mess in the pool much easier than the one on top of the cover.

    We don't cover our AGP. We did the first year and seriously disliked the swampy, soggy mess on top of the cover that following spring. Now, I rake the leaves out until well into December, it's not a big deal and I sort of like doing it. Yes, I'm a little odd

    It freezes solid by January and when it's finally thawed again in mid-to-end-April there's nary a leaf on the bottom.

    12,500 gal AGP, Hayward sand filter, Pentair 2-speed pump, timer.
    Please visit our Pool Issues pages for information about step weights, managing the solar cover, and PoolSkim.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts