measuring a swimming pool winter cover

Poolside Chat Episode #39: Swimming Pool Winter Covers

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • What size swimming pool winter cover should I buy?

What size winter cover do I need for my pool?

Inyo Pool’s Forum

We have a lot of people that are looking at our swimming pool winter cover charts and they don’t see the size of their pool. For example, they have an above ground pool, that’s a 16-foot diameter. Unfortunately, pool covers are not made for 16-foot round pool; but what they’ll need to do is go up the next size. So in this example, you have a 16-foot pool, the next size up would be for an 18-foot cover.

Inground Pool Winter Cover

If you need inground pool winter cover, let’s say it is an 18 by 36 rectangle, but you have a four-foot step section on the end that adds on four feet. The overall dimensions f the pool with then be 18 by 40-foot. Again, winter pool covers are not made for that size, but you will find a 20 by 40 cover. The 20 by 40 pool cover will fit nicely over your pool with a little fabric to spare.

But what if you have a free form pool?

Measuring for a winter cover on a free form pool is simple; measure out the longest length and the widest width to find a rectangle ship that would cover the pool. That’s it.

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