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How To Install An Above Ground Swimming Pool Cover

March 30, 2008

After you have winterized your swimming pool, you should place a swimming pool cover over the pool.

A solid winter cover is made with poly threads that are woven tightly together. These covers normally come with an 8,12, or 15 year manufacturer warranty. These covers usually have different colors, but the main difference is the tightness of the weave, commonly referred to as the “scrim size”. This is notated in per inch and if you look at the cover, you will notice the “threading” of the material. It looks like small squares and the higher the scrim size, the smaller or tighter the weaving.

The covers are usually, blue, green, or navy in color on top, and black underneath. The blackside is placed on the pool side and the dark color helps block sunlight to prevent algae growth over the winter months.

How to install a winter cover on an above ground swimming pool:

swimming pool cover air pillow is an optional accessory and they come in a variety of sizes. Depending on your pool size, you may need to buy a small or large pillow or multiple pillows. You would inflate the pillow and tie it and secure it in place so the air pillow is positioned in the center of the swimming pool. These air pillows are commonly used in colder climates and may help protect your above ground swimming pool frame from the freezing and expansion of the water. Your cover should be able to withstand standing water ontop of it. Rainwater may help keep the cover in place, but some people not to have a lot of water on their cover. Many people have tried to buy a lot of pillows to create a dome effect so rainwater and snowmelt would run off the pool cover, but this is not recommened. Instead, we sell an  electric cover pump to get water off your pool cover.

Purchase a correct size pool cover. We sell covers in many sizes for round and oval pools. You buy the cover in “Pool Size” . Our covers have a 4 foot overlap which means the cover is actually 4 feet bigger than the pool size. Your cover will go over the walls of the pool, so you need to have extra space to secure the cover in place to the swimming pool. Water level is very important since the cover is made to sit on the water. Your cover should only hang and drop down 12″ from the rail or deck. Do not stretch the cover.

Remove the swimming pool cover from the packaging. All of our winter covers come with a cable and winch that should be in the same box. Place the cover on the pool with the black side down, on the pool water. Make sure the cover is installed correctly per the manufacturer’s warranty card and instructions. Thread the cable through the metal grommets of the pool cover and tighten the winch. For areas with high winds or if you want the most protection, you can buy  cover seal wrap. This product is similar in concept to shrink wrap and you simply wrap the edges of the cover to create an air seal. If you have an above ground swimming pool with a deck and cannot place the cable around the pool, you may need to use  water tubes to hold the cover in place.

Then you can place a  leaf net over the solid cover or cover pump.

Our covers come with a manufacturer warranty. Fill out and mail in your warranty registration card. Keep your receipts, packing slips, and copy of warranty card.