People pay almost no attention to pool covers in the height of summer, the busiest swim-time in most places. Come fall, there’s a rush to find suitable pool covers in preparation for winter, and sometimes the supply may not be sufficient. Experts advise homeowners to find pool covers as early as summer, which gives them time to take care of any problems with the cover before fall and winter. In addition, early ordering can help you benefit from discounts or avoid the price hikes that are common with increased demand.
This article highlights the installation tips that can ensure your cover sits properly all the way to spring, and in good enough shape to be used again.
- Ensure proper positioning
The right position not only makes sure that your safety cover fits properly, it also ensures no wrinkling and straight strapping. The sight of a crooked strap can be irking to live with for the entire period the pool remains covered.
Before you drill anchor holes on-deck, lay the cover out and be sure you have the right position. It isn’t uncommon to hold the cover in place with sandbags or cinder blocks (for the latter, place something under the blocks to avoid damaging the cover).
In positioning, start with critical parts – around obstacles such as stairs, slides and diving boards. Once all cutouts have been perfectly lined up, adjust around the pool perimeter. Some installers apply the ‘spider web’ method – extend tethering ropes across the length and width of the pool onto surrounding fencing posts then place the cover on the ropes. The cover won’t touch the water and adjustment becomes much easier.
- Drill methodically
The first anchor hole should only be drilled once the cover is properly positioned. Some installers like to drill following the perimeter of the pool, while others go crisscrossing to drill holes that counter each other. The latter technique is more effective because then you can adjust as you go for a better fit in the end.
Remember that the hole should not be drilled at concrete joints which are prone to chipping, and not close to the edge where it can be broken while drilling.
If you have design elements around the pool – waterfall walls, raised spas or bond beams – the safety cover will probably have to be installed onto the feature directly. This means that anchor holes will be made on the wall and a cable-fastening system used to secure the cover. Give such features special consideration when planning and choosing your cover. Professional assistance is strongly advised.
- Use many eyebolts
Professional installers of pool covers Sydney will probably not want to install more anchors than absolutely necessary in a feature. However, there must be enough anchors to pull the cover up tight. A common error is not having enough cable anchors/eyebolt, particularly around features that have a radius. Usually, cables will be threaded through the eyebolts and pulled tight until the feature is properly covered.
Using few eyebolts will cause the cover to bunch around the feature, creating gaps and puckers through which debris can enter. Worse still, the safety of the entire cover may become compromised.