What is a winter pool cover and what can it do for my pool?

The best time to prepare closing your swimming pool for the season is during the summer heat. While everyone is enjoying their lemonade and getting their tans, this is actually the right time to consider whether or not you should invest in a winter pool cover – or if you need to replace your current pool cover.

While it may seem like an additional expense, a good winter cover offers numerous benefits that extend beyond mere cost savings. Here are a few things to consider for your swimming pool as you begin to consider how to take care of your pool when it goes into winter hibernation.

Protection from Debris & Contamination

A high-quality winter pool cover acts as a protective barrier, shielding your pool from falling leaves, twigs, dirt, snow, and other debris that would otherwise accumulate during the winter months. This not only saves you time and effort in cleaning the pool in the spring but it also allows you to remove the debris over the winter preventing undue stress on your pool and its equipment. This is also a barrier for any pets, insects or small animals making sure that they don’t fall into your pool while you are away and keeping your pool cleaner – not to mention making sure you don’t have any surprises when you revisit the pool in the spring.

Minimize Maintenance & Chemical Usage

By preventing debris from entering the pool, a winter cover significantly reduces the amount of maintenance required during the off-season. Leaves and other organic matter can decompose in the water, leading to imbalanced pH levels, algae growth, and the need for excessive chemical treatments. With a good pool cover, you can save both time and money on chemicals by maintaining a cleaner and more balanced pool water, ensuring a smoother opening in the spring – and preventing seeing an ugly pool out your window in the winter and unnecessary foul smells.

Energy Savings

A well-insulated winter pool cover also helps to minimize heat loss and energy consumption. It acts as a thermal blanket, reducing heat transfer from the water to the surrounding environment. By retaining heat, the cover decreases the load on your pool heater, thus reducing energy costs. Additionally, it can prevent water evaporation, which not only preserves water resources but also reduces the need for refilling and reheating the pool, resulting in further energy savings.

In the wintertime, once you put a winter cover on, it will help to maintain your pool’s composition and allow you to better manage its quality. Overall, this results in less worry, less stress and a higher degree of confidence that your pool is safe and sound.

Enhanced Safety

One cannot overlook the safety benefits of a winter pool cover. It creates a sturdy barrier to keep things out of your pool. Be sure to check out the classification of your winter cover as there are some covers that are rated to support the weight of a person, minimizing the risk of accidental drowning or of something or someone falling into your pool. With snow on the ground, they may not realize that the pool is there, underneath their feet (or paws.) This will help you maintain peace of mind, knowing that your pool is not only protected from damage but also there to help you prevent a catastrophe.

Extends the Lifespan of Your Pool

By shielding your pool from the winter elements, such as freezing temperatures and ice formation, you are helping extend the lifespan of your pool. You minimize the risk for cracks, leaks and corrosion which can occur when the water freezes and expands. By helping to preserve your pool’s integrity, you can avoid costly repairs and continue to enjoy your swimming pool for many years.

There are a Variety of Winter Pool Covers

Winter pool covers can be made to fit any pool, of any size or shape. There is also a wide variety of materials resulting in a range of budget options available.

Our suggestion is to contact your local Ultra Pool Care Squad expert who can provide you with a list of the options along with a recommendation on what may be the best for your pool and in your environment.

The Best Time to Order is the Summer

Nothing is better than being prepared. Now is the time to evaluate your current winter cover and determine if you need to order a new one. They can be made quickly during the summer and by ordering now, it will not delay the closing of your pool or force you into having to go out to your pool and make another visit to install your pool in more dreary weather.

If your pool cover is fine for another season, it may need to be cleaned and prepped for the winter season. Now is the time to do it while the weather is good and you are not struggling with finding a way to clean it in more adverse weather.

Cover Installation

If you already have a winter cover, you probably already have all the materials needed to actually set your cover in place.

If you are ordering a new cover, you need to be sure that you have the proper gear to set your cover in place. This may require some installation assistance so now is the time to review this and determine if you need professional support.

Call The Experts of Ultra Pool Care Squad

Pools and your happiness are what we live for! Call us and let us provide you with some advice and guidance on whether a winter pool cover is right for you and your pool.

We can also order a winter cover, if that is necessary, or make sure that your current cover is ready for another year of work.

Let us take all the worry and stress from your pool closing – and continue to enjoy your pool beyond this summer.


You can reach us at (855) 85-CLEAN.
That’s 855-852-5326.

Or connect with us at https://ultrapoolcaresquad.com.

We’ll see you by the pool.