A pool safety cover is one that will support the weight of children or pets that may fall on to the cover, as well as adults if they’re needed to retrieve them. Tragically, thousands of injuries and fatalities occur every year in the United States due to pool covers that are unsafe, as well as from pools left unattended with no protective fencing or safety cover. It’s a responsibility of homeowners to install a pool safety cover to protect anyone who may have access to their unattended pool.
The two most effective types of pool covers are mesh and automatic. Each type of cover has benefits for your specific swimming pool area. But how exactly do you know which is right for you, and how does it get installed properly? Here’s why it’s important to have a professional install a pool safety cover properly, and how that process differs depending on which cover you choose.
Buying and Installing Mesh Covers
The first step in the installation process is learning the cost of your pool cover and which one you need. A cover’s price depends largely on the type you choose and where you live. The average cost for a mesh pool cover is anywhere between $2,500 and $4,500, which includes materials and installation. After a local technician visits your home and measures your pool area, the installation process can begin.
A local professional can arrive to install a pool safety cover made from a mesh or vinyl material in about four to six weeks. Once your cover is available, your local dealer will schedule an installation date to secure your new cover in place and show you how to operate it. This process typically takes a couple of hours as it involves showing you how to remove, replace, and maintain your cover.
Buying and Installing Automatic Covers
Some people want the convenience of adapting their pool features electronically, and that includes everything from automatic fire pits, lights, and pool covers. All-Safe has an automatic pool cover that typically costs around $6,000 to $15,000, depending on your pool’s size and shape. Your local All-Safe dealer will give you an estimate and help you decide on which cover option works best for your pool area and your budget.
Building an automatic pool cover takes about two to four weeks and one week to ship the completed product. The time it takes to install an automatic pool cover is typically only one day. Therefore, the entire process can be about fourty-to-fifty-five days.
Do you have experience core drilling or hammer drilling into pool concrete? Maybe you have some construction skills from a past job? If either of these applies to you, you might be able to install a pool safety cover in your backyard on your own. However, it’s important to understand that drilling mistakes aren’t easily fixable. A single flaw can set you back thousands of dollars, which would defeat the purpose of trying to save money by installing your cover yourself. Until a drilling mistake is fixed, your cover would also lose structural integrity, and may not be able to protect your family quite as effectively.
Another benefit of hiring a professional is receiving a manufacturer’s warranty. If anything happens to your cover after installation, you can rest assured knowing your pool cover has you covered in every sense of the word! Always share your financial concerns with your All-Safe dealer so that they can find the best solution for you.
Call Your Local Pool Expert Today
For over 25 years, All-Safe has provided pool owners with tools that help them deter pool accidents and save the lives of children. Call your local expert to schedule a free on-site consultation and estimate.