How to cover your pool

How to cover your pool

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Above ground and in ground pools can have a cover or even a pool enclosure. Swimming pool covers and automatic or manual pool cover rollers are designed for in ground pools. Essential for winter storage, protecting the water and securing your pool, read on to discover the advantages of swimming pool covers and pool enclosures.

Important features

  • Manual or automatic cover
  • Opaque or net cover
  • Solar cover
  • Fixed or canopy enclosure
  • Telescopic or retractable pool enclosure
  • Sliding pool enclosure
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Advantages of covering your pool


Using a pool cover or enclosure has several advantages:

  • protects pool water from external pollution;

  • reheats pool water without a heater;

  • secures the pool without installing a gate (some conditions);

  • easy to maintain.

Protecting your pool from external pollution 

Winter pool covers

A pool enclosure or pool cover limits using pool nets and preserves the pool filter system. Less dead leaves, flies and midges on the surface mean better quality water. That doesn't mean a pool robot or pool vacuum shouldn't be used, although it reduces their use. 

Heating your pool without a heater 

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A pool enclosure or pool cover keeps the pool water at a consistent temperature and can heat it noticeably. A pool cover shelters the water from bad weather and stops the water from cooling down and evaporating - the addition of cold water can also lower the temperature of pool water. With a pool cover or enclosure, you are extending the bathing season.

Securing your pool 


Pool enclosures and covers offer the best protection. Covering your pool reduces accidents as the pool can't be swum in and it also reduces the risk of a child falling in. Pool covers, pool cover rollers and pool enclosures are standard. Alarms and safety gates also protect your pool. Be aware of the current rules and standards.

Making pool maintenance easier 


By keeping your pool water clean, you reduce cleaning it with pool nets and emptying skimmers. Pool covers and enclosures are strongly advised for winter upkeep. At a minimum, a winter pool cover is necessary. Of course, an analysis of the water and the addition of products such as chlorine, bromine and algaecides are necessary to keep your water healthy.

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Pool enclosure or cover

Pool enclosures and covers protect, heat, secure and make pool maintenance easier.

Pool enclosure 


A pool enclosure extends the bathing season out of the summer season, depending on your region and if your pool has a heater. A pool enclosure protects the swimming pool and the greenhouse effect created, allows you to swim in bad weather or low temperatures. There are different types and heights of pool enclosures.

Swimming pool cover rollers 


A swimming pool cover roller is chosen more as a protection as you can't swim with one. Less expensive to install and more understated, the pool cover, like the pool enclosure, is fixed to the pool coping. The swimming pool cover roller is resistant to UV rays and reduces photosynthesis. Like a pool enclosure, a pool cover roller comes in different types.

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Types of pool cover and enclosure

Covering your pool

Swimming pool cover rollers

Pool enclosure

Pool cover

Manual pool cover roller

Automatic pool cover roller

Immersed pool cover roller


Sliding pool enclosure

Telescopic pool enclosure

Retractable pool enclosure

Fixed pool enclosure


Bubble cover

Net pool cover

How to cover your pool in winter

Pool maintenance and filtration is stopped in winter; for this reason the pool is said to be in winter storage. To protect the pool from bad weather and external pollution (dead leaves, insects etc.), a winter pool cover is necessary. There are two types:

  • net pool covers - let water and light in;

  • opaque pool covers - watertight.


The installation of a pool cover, or winter cover, does not take place without thorough cleaning. Pool skimmers, service room, pool liners, return inlets etc. must be cleaned or even blocked up and insulated. The winter pool cover is stretched and fixed above the pool water with an anchor at the level of the coping for in ground pools, or on the structure for wooden or steel above ground pools, or even on semi in ground pools.

A winter cover is not in itself a sufficient protection system (unless it complies with the NF P90-308 standard). Equip your pool with a protective barrier and/or an alarm and/or an enclosure or a cover that meets the standard.

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Covering your pool in summer

Different types of pool covers

Other than a pool cover or enclosure, all pools can be covered with a protective cover. There are two different types:

  • the pool bubble cover, otherwise known as a solar cover, offers thermal and external pollution protection;

  • the net pool cover offers comprehensive protection against impurities.

The advantage of covering your pool with a cover is to limit maintenance and to even increase the water temperature if a solar cover is used.

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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