How to Install a Pool Cover

Pool covers are an excellent way to keep your pool clean and debris-free. They can also help reduce evaporation and save on chemical costs. Many different types of pool covers are available, so it’s essential to choose the right one for your pool.

Whether you choose a solar blanket or a safety pool cover, the next step is installation. In this article, I will go over the proper way to install these pool covers and will even go over the steps to install a roller for your cover.

Main Takeaways

  • Installing a pool cover is a reliable and affordable way to keep the pool clean and reduce evaporation.
  • There are many different types of pool covers available, so it’s important to choose the right one for your pool.
  • Installing a pool cover, whether a solar blanket or a safety cover, is a straightforward process.
  • You should install a roller for your pool for easy access to your pool cover.

How To Install A Solar Pool Cover

Solar blankets are all the rage these days with pool owners. They are a reliable way to keep your pool clean and your energy bills down. It is also a great way to keep your pool warmer and reduce evaporation.

Solar covers are quite easy to install, with installation possible in just a few short steps:

If you want more background on solar covers, visit my top picks for solar pool covers.

Step One: Choose the Right Size Blanket

Properly measure your pool and get the correct-sized blanket to fully cover the pool’s surface. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to find a solar cover that perfectly matches your pool size. Most solar blankets can be cut to size. So, when in doubt, pick a larger size.

Step Two: Clean Your Pool

You need to ensure that your pool is clean and free of debris before you place the blanket on top of it. Make sure the chemicals are balanced as well.

Step Three: Unroll the Solar Blanket

Installation of a solar blanket is as simple as unrolling it onto the surface of the water. Just ensure that the blanket is unrolled with the bubbles facing down.

Step Four: Smooth Out the Blanket

Smooth out the blanket by pushing down the edge of the blanket up the edges of the pool and removing any air bubbles underneath.

With these steps, you can easily install a solar blanket pool cover. Just be sure to follow the instructions that come with your particular product.

For more information on solar pool covers, read my guide on how to use a solar pool cover.

How To Install A Safety Pool Cover

Pool safety covers keep your family safe and reduce the risk of accidents. In addition to keeping pools clean and reducing evaporation, safety pool cover reduce the cost of chemicals and serve as an effective winter cover during the offseason.

Installing a safety pool cover is relatively simple and can be done in a few hours. The first step is to select the right cover for your swimming pool. There are many different sizes and shapes of pools, so it’s important to measure your pool and choose a cover that is the right size. To see more options other than solar and safety pool covers, check out all the different types of pool covers.

Once you have the correct size safety pool cover, you can begin installing it.

Here is my step-by-step guide on how to install a safety pool cover.

Step One: Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions

Carefully read the instructions that come with your pool cover before installing it. Installation may differ according to the make and model of the safety pool cover chosen, so it is important to read the instructions for your specific model.

Step Two: Clean the Pool and its Surroundings

Clean the pool and make sure the water is chemically balanced before you begin actually installing the cover. You should also make sure the area around the pool is clean and free from any obstructions. This will make it easier to install the cover and ensure that it fits properly.

Step Three: Align the Pool Cover

Position the cover over the pool and align it with the pool walls. Make sure the cover is tight and secure before proceeding.

Step Four: Secure the Cover

Use the provided straps or ropes to secure the cover to your pool deck. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure that the cover is adequately secured. For more, feel free to check out my article on how to secure your pool cover.

Step Five: Test It

Once the cover is in place, test it to ensure it is secure and will not come loose.

If it’s not secure, go back through the steps above and the manufacturer’s instructions to see if you missed anything. Otherwise, I advise calling a professional pool cover installer.

How To Install a Roller For Your Pool Cover

A roller for your pool cover can make the covering process even easier when you’re using it during the summer and the offseason.

The roller will help you keep the cover secure while installing and using it. You can find one at any hardware store or online. Make sure to get one that’s the right size for your pool.

Here are some tips on how to install a roller for your pool cover.

Step One: Clean the Surroundings

First, you’ll need to remove any objects from around the pool that might get in the way of the roller. This includes things like chairs, toys, and pool noodles.

Step Two: Secure the Roller In the Brackets

Start by attaching the brackets that come with the roller to the side of the pool. Then, place the roller in the brackets and use the provided hardware to secure it in place.

Step Three: Roll Up the Pool Cover

Once the roller is installed, place your pool cover on top of it. Start at one end and roll up the cover, making sure to tuck it under the roller as you go.

Step Four: Secure the Cover

Once the cover is fully rolled up, secure it in place with the provided straps. Make sure to tighten the straps so that the cover is snug and won’t come loose.

And that’s it! You’ve now successfully installed a pool cover roller. With this in place, you can keep your pool clean and protected all season long with ease.

Do You Need a Pool Cover Roller?

You may be wondering if you need a pool cover roller. Although not absolutely necessary, a pool cover roller can make it much easier to replace and remove your pool cover. It is also helpful in keeping the cover tight and secure. A pool cover roller can definitely be a huge help. You can purchase cover rollers at most pool supply stores.

Can You Install An Automatic Pool Cover On Your Own?

You can absolutely install an automatic cover on your own, especially if you have an above ground pool. These covers come with easy-to-follow instructions and require no special tools or skills to install.

In most cases, all you’ll need is a drill and some basic hand tools. The entire process should take less than an hour to complete.

However, if you have an inground pool, you may need a professional to install your automatic pool cover. This is because inground pools often have custom concrete decks that need to be cut to accommodate the cover.

Overall, automatic pool covers are a great investment. Not only will they keep your pool clean and safe, but they will also save you time (and maybe some money) in the long run. If you want to learn more about automatic pool covers, here is my automatic pool covers 101.

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Bottom Line

With a little bit of effort, you can easily handle a DIY pool cover installation. Just make sure to purchase the correct size cover for your pool and follow the instructions carefully. With a pool cover in place, you will save time and money and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are protected. To find out how to save even more money on your pool cover endeavor, visit my pool cover cost analysis!

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