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Types of Swimming Pool Covers

Swimming pool covers offer many benefits. Learn about the four different types of pool covers and choose the one that’s the best fit for your pool and lifestyle.

By Kimberlee Courtney


Covering the pool when not in use will help reduce maintenance time and costs by blocking dirt and leaves from re-entering the pool and preventing chemicals and heat from escaping.

Solar pool covers, or thermal pool blankets, are made of a synthetic polyethylene material and have air pockets or bubbles that absorb the sun’s heat and transfer it to the water. A solar cover can increase the pool’s water temperature as much as 10 degrees, saving you money on heating costs.

Track-style pool covers are made from reinforced coated vinyl and slide open and closed on tracks installed on the surrounding pool deck or under the coping. These covers can be manual, semi-automatic, or fully automatic in operation, making it easy ­to cover your pool after every use. 

Tie-down pool covers are another option and can be made of a threaded nylon mesh material or solid vinyl. Most pool owners use this type of cover when closing their pool for winter, but it can also be used during the summer months to aid in maintenance.

Some tie-down pool covers are specifically designed to be safety pool covers, which can be a great asset for those with small children or pets. Just be sure to check that the pool cover was manufactured according to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards for safety to ensure it’s a safety pool cover.

Following a basic pool care routine will help prevent major disruptions and costly repairs and ensure your pool is swim-ready throughout the season.


Photo courtesy of Questar Pool and Spas, Inc.; Photography by Mark Sloban




Pool Covers Companies and Experts

Learn more about these recommended manufacturers of swimming pool covers directly from the company experts.

LeeAnn Donaton-Pesta

President and CEO

LOOP-LOC, Ltd.

LeeAnn Donaton-Pesta has held management positions at LOOP-LOC, Ltd., since 1993 and has served as president/CEO since 2001. Over this time, she has continued her company’s leadership in pool safety, overseeing major product line expansions, and the introduction of new, patented technology. Under her leadership, LOOP-LOC has sold safety pool covers on every continent except Antarctica.

“Safety is what LOOP-LOC is all about. A genuine LOOP-LOC® Safety Swimming Pool Cover is the only pool cover in the world proven safe and strong enough to support the weight of an elephant. Manufactured from the strongest, highest quality materials, a LOOP-LOC safety cover provides a virtually impenetrable shield to prevent children and pets from accessing the water. Our super-dense mesh covers block virtually all sunlight, but let rain and melting snow easily drain through.

“This year, we introduced Idealcover Enclosures. Available in many models and colors for both spas and pools, these beautiful enclosures complement any backyard environment while creating year-round access to your spa and prolonging the swim season. Visit www.looploc.com to learn more about our ultimate quality products, including LOOP-LOC Luxury Liners.”



Tom Dankel

Vice President

Aquamatic Cover Systems

Tom Dankel worked with the founder of Aquamatic Cover Systems on the first prototypes and on early production techniques. After returning to his business of constructing custom homes, he rejoined the company in 1984. He has since served in an executive position.

“Aquamatic Cover Systems is a family-owned company that has been manufacturing automatic and manual swimming pool and spa safety cover systems since 1980. Innovation, solid engineering, and quality service have been the company’s strong points. The HydraMatic and EZ-Cover models suit almost every pool application and budget so pool owners can protect their family. Both of these pool covers exceed ASTM F1346-91 standards for safety. The HydraLux is a unique trackless automatic cover that utilizes extruded rigid PVC slats that can be cut to any converging shape, and offers the highest insulating R-value. All three of our cover systems are supported by a worldwide network of professionals and backed by the longest, most complete warranties, while saving on pool-related expenses, including chemical care and equipment maintenance.”