Mesh Winter Cover
- Provides partial protection from sunlight and Debris
- Does not require a cover pump
- Winterizing may require more chemicals than with a solid cover
- Spring start-up will require more clean up
Mesh winter covers are the main alternative to solid models. This cover’s looser weave allows water to drain through the cover. These covers would be ideal for pools in areas that experience heavy rain or snowmelt. Its ability to drain removes the need for the cover pump. But I would still check on it after heavy weather as they can suffer from the exact shifting as the solid covers. The mesh and solid covers use the same winch and cable mechanism to secure it to your pool.
The cover’s mesh material being its key feature also plays a part in its drawbacks; the mesh allows water runoff, tiny particles of dirt, and sunlight through. These elements combined in a stagnant pool make spring start-up more labor-intensive. In addition, the pool water will become naturally dirtier, and with the sunlight, the possibility of algae bloom is high.
The choice between the solid and the mesh comes down to when you want to do more maintenance, during the winter or only at start-up and closing?