Looking for an energy efficient way to heat your pool? Consider a pool cover! Pool covers come in a number of different types and each serve different purposes. At Handy Pools, we provide expert advice and installation on winter pool covers, thermal pool covers and bubble (or solar) pool covers. Read more about the pros and cons of the different types we offer.
WINTER POOL COVERS
- Measured and made custom by Handy Pools
- Designed to keep leaves out
- Reduces evaporation
If your pool is unheated and doesn’t get used for the winter months, a winter cover is an ideal solution for you. Designed to keep out debris and dirt and prevent evaporation, winter covers are ideal to reduce your pool maintenance requirements in winter.
Lower Maintenance - reduce your maintenance costs and time through winter by keeping out the leaves and debris
Full Coverage - our covers are installed across your pool and fastened to you pool coping so nothing gets in
Reduces Evaporation - ensures minimal water loss throughout the winter
Not a heater - our winter covers are not suitable for use as a pool heating cover as they don’t retain heat; they simply keep out leaves and debris.
Not designed to be taken on and off constantly - because the winter cover is attached to your pool's coping, they are designed to be left in place for longer periods of time. This means, they really only get used in winter.
Pool Cover Costs
Our winter covers are measured and made to your pool's specifications. If you're interested in a winter cover for your pool, give us a call and we'll be happy to provide an obligation-free quote.
POOL COVERSPool covers come in two types, thermal pool covers and bubble (or solar) pool covers. Their primary purpose is to prevent water evaporation, especially during the hot months. Thermal pool covers can help with retaining heat in your pool. Additionally, they also keep out debris and sunlight, so you also have less algae growth. Thermal pool covers work because they are made from high quality, foam-based material, which stops the heat generated in the pool from escaping. Bubble (or solar) pool covers are the most commonly bought and resemble giant bubble wrap. The bubbles are here to catch heat, which transfers to your pool water. You can raise the temperature by around 8 degrees celsius when using a bubble cover.
Pros:Not Expensive: You can get bubble covers for as little as $15 per square metre. Reduces Heat Loss: a well-fitting pool cover can reduce heat loss, leaving your pool warmer for longer.
Cons:Requires Sun: These blankets only heat when the sun is shining, so the heat increase will be minimal in winter.
Pool Cover CostsYou can purchase bubble covers for as little as $15 per square metre, and for a thermal blanket, you're looking at around $40 per square metre. You might also opt for a basic roller for your cover, which can cost about $500 for the unit and anywhere from $80 to $160 per hour for labour.
SOLAR POOL COVERS
Solar or Bubble pool covers are the most commonly used and resemble giant bubble wrap. The bubbles are designed to catch heat, which transfers to your pool water. You can raise the temperature by around 8 degrees celsius when using a bubble cover.
- Sometimes known as bubble covers, they utilise the sun to heat the pool.
- The only type of cover that actively heats pool water.
- Affordable and easy to use.
Pros:Not Expensive - you can get bubble covers for as little as $15 per square metre. Generates heat - unlike thermal pool blankets, solar covers harness the power of the sun to increase the heat of your pool water without additional pool heating. Reduces Evaporation - a well-fitting pool cover can reduce the amount of water loss from your pool, saving money on your water bill.
Cons:Requires Sun - these blankets only heat when the sun is shining, so the heat increase will be minimal in winter. Not a safety cover - again, you shouldn't rely on a solar/bubble cover to keep your pool safe from small children and animals. Ensure your pool fence is safely closed around kids at all times. Can be a hassle - taking off the pool cover and reapplying frequently can be inconvenient for some, however a roller or even an automatic system can take the hassle out of using your solar cover.
Pool Cover CostsYou can purchase bubble covers for as little as $15 per square metre. You might also opt for a basic roller for your cover, which can cost about $500 for the unit and anywhere from $80 to $160 per hour for labour.