Pool Covers, mesh vs solid?


Well-known member
Jun 10, 2019
Puerto Rico
Hey folks, I am searching for a pool cover, even though my pool has not been built (in process) I am going to shop around.

Can someone explain to me the differences of mesh vs solid pool covers? I live in Maryland


Silver Supporter
Jun 20, 2018
Annapolis, MD
Mesh covers let any rain, snow, ice and debris fall into the pool, solid covers don’t. With a solid cover you have to keep a pump on top of it to drain away the standing water that accumulates.

I went with the new Loop Loc (listed in my signature) tightly woven mesh cover, it let water through but not the debris.

I opened to crystal clear water.
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Bronze Supporter
Mar 29, 2016
If you live in a wooded area and a lot of leaves will be falling on your cover, you may want to go solid. Decomposing leaves on a mesh cover can create a tea bag effect into your water. If that's not an issue, a mesh cover is usually lighter and easier to handle.


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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
Northern NJ
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
I prefer a solid cover. More likely to open with clear water. Its a bit more hassle having a pump on it but worth the trouble free openings.


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Jul 16, 2012
Central MD
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15)
Solid gives more wiggle room for having no algae growth while closed. At the cost of weight and needing a cover pump.

I have Merlin Smartmesh, have opened clear every year (mid-April) and close early November. I also have no winter leaves which remain on the cover. It is taught so even a gentle breeze clears it of leaves in my case.

Weight is the deciding factor for me as I often do it myself and don't need to hurt my back. To transport I use a hand truck. Since I open clear with mesh, solid is of no benefit there. In 24 hours my robot has any additional debris that got through the mesh out. But my debris is likely blown under the edges as it lifts in heavy wind.


Active member
May 18, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
I had to order a new safety cover this year and had this same question. My old cover was mesh. I was experiencing the tea leaf problem mentioned above which was partly a problem of an old "porous" cover and probably not installing the cover taught enough to keep leaves out of the water or lowering the water level during winter.

There are covers out there that claim 99% UV protection and are still lighter than solid covers and they have a better warranty than solid covers. I talked to several vendors while researching and they all said that if I currently have Mesh stick with Mesh. Once I heard that I decided to go with a 99% UV Block Mesh. Kinda made sense to me. I found no good reason to buy a heavier, more expensive cover, with a shorter warranty. I ordered the Mesh and plan to make pay more attention to either tighten the cover and lower the water level to keep water out of the water.

Time will tell if I made the right decision. ;-)
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