If you live in an area susceptible to bad storms, even hurricanes, you already know the drill when a potential disaster bears down on your neighborhood. Before the rains begin, you are bringing patio furniture into the garage or storage unit, removing loose toys and other hazards, and taking care of your pool. A cover for your pool is essential when bad weather strikes, for a good covering can protect not only your water but the bowl and vinyl liner. It is a worthy investment if you plan to keep your swimming area, so be sure to price a cover if you haven’t already.
How much does a pool cover cost? As with other pool accessories, the price may vary according to your needs. Covers also range in styles, from simple tarps to sturdier covers for colder months. Your local pool supply store can assist in finding the right cover for you, especially if you need a custom cut for your oddly-shaped pool. As far as cost goes, let’s look at a general breakdown:
Above Ground Pool Covers
If you own an above-ground model, you may find it is easier to obtain a cover. This is because there isn’t much deviation in terms of design – above-ground pools are either round or oval shaped and come in set widths. Very likely you will discover that available covers come from the same company that supplies the pools.
Basic winter covers used to protect water and keep out bad weather can run you anywhere from twenty dollars to several thousand – you have to decide on features that will raise the price. Simple hard covers and mesh covers are less expensive and typically do not go higher than a few hundred. Motorized automatic covers, however, will definitely set you back some money.
Solar covers are also an option for pool owners. These are designed to keep harmful UV rays from your pool water, and higher end versions can cost you as much as $300-$400. Again, add a motor for automatic retraction, and you’ll nearly double the price.
In Ground Pool Covers
Covers for in-ground pools can be trickier to price, because there are customizations to consider. If you have a traditional shape to your swim area – round, oval, rectangular – ready made covers will come at good prices, perhaps no higher than a few hundred dollars. Custom fits, however, may set you back as much as $500 depending on the complexity of your pool’s shape. Safety covers designed to withstand as much as half a ton or more usually start at a thousand dollars, but are a good investment if you have small children or are concerned about large debris falling into your pool.
As a rule, what you would pay for an above-ground model is less than an in-ground pool cover. When you consult your local pool supply store you will find exactly what you need at a price you can afford.