If you’re considering investing in a pool cover, it’s definitely a smart move! But which one is right for you? Pool covers can vary from fabric options which protect against debris, all the way up to automatic covers. One of the most common types of pool covers is the solar, or bubble, pool blanket. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at solar pool covers to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your pool.
What is a solar pool cover?
You know what bubble wrap looks like? Well, that’s exactly what a solar pool cover looks like, only on a much larger scale. Solar blankets are made of lightweight translucent polythene or polypropylene with air bubbles which insulate and trap heat. They are the most popular pool cover option on the market and there are varying colours and thicknesses available.
Pros of solar pool covers
- Prevents evaporation – One of the benefits of a pool cover is that they are very effective at preventing evaporation. This can mean significant savings off your water bill, especially in summer.
- Fits any pool – Bubble pool covers can easily accommodate any pool shape or size thanks to them being easy to cut to size.
- Stops debris – As with all pool covers, a bubble blanket stops leaves and other debris from getting into the pool.
- Affordable – If you’re on a budget, a bubble blanket is generally the best choice. Not only are they effective, they’re also very affordable.
- Heats the water- Unlike other pool covers which prevent heat from escaping, bubble blankets can actually heat the water significantly, depending on the amount of sunlight, due to trapping heat within the air pockets. This can extend your swimming season and make the water more enjoyable.
- Reduced chemical loss – Because a lot of chemical loss happens through evaporation, which bubble covers prevent, you’ll need to use less chemicals which can save you money over time.
- Lightweight – Unlike other pool cover options, bubble blankets are light and easy to use. This means you can take the cover on and off with ease.
Cons of solar pool covers
- Shorter lifespan – Compared to options such as slat pool cover, bubble blankets have a relatively short lifespan.
- Unable to support weight – Keep in mind that bubble blankets aren’t solid and can’t hold the weight of pets or children.
- Less effective at insulation – Although effective at heating up the water, bubble blankets aren’t as good at insulating the pool when compared to options such as thermal blankets.
At Pool Assist, we have a range of high quality pool covers to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for solar, leaf, thermal or slat pool covers, we recommend only the leading brands so you can assured that you’re purchasing a product which will last. Not sure which cover is right for you? No problem! Our experience team can give you some expert advice.
If you’re looking for pool solar blankets, or any other type of pool blanket, speak to the team at Pool Assist today on 1300 62 82 62.