Changing to Mesh Cover


Sep 23, 2020
We bought a house with an existing in-ground painted concrete pool very recently. We were left with a Katch-a-Kid safety net and a solid "tarp" style cover as well as a submersible pump for winterizing. Today was first rainstorm after closing. Getting the pump in the middle was a major pain, and it stopped working after about an hour. I can get a similar mesh tarp style cover here quickly and relatively cheaply. I am strongly considering going to the mesh cover, but want to make sure I am not missing something. I realize I will have to keep an eye on water level in pool, and also pool will be dirtier next spring, but I am not concerned about that. Is there anything else I am missing, any possibility of permanently staining the paint or anything else I need to consider? Thanks! Next year I plan to invest in a proper safety cover, more than likely a mesh style.


Gold Supporter
May 16, 2010
Chapel Hill, NC
Mesh safety covers are fine but their biggest negative is the let dirt through into the pool and can require several days of cleaning when you open the pool in the spring.


In The Industry
Jul 20, 2017
Windsor, Ontario. Canada
My feelings is that a mesh ( nothing more then a screen ) over you pool will allow anything that sits on it to end up in the pool. Leaves will break down and drop in, animal dropping will soak through. Water will build up and will need to be drained off which is the same for a solid of course but at least you are dumping rain water and not your treated water.
Mesh cover = short time use while leaves are falling.
Solid cover = good for all winter and a clean opening.
sktn77a says it all above.
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