We get asked this question every single day. Families want to know the best product to keep their family safe. Let’s admit it, life is full of hard choices and we often just want an expert to give us the right answer. Any real expert will share their opinion but only after asking the right questions. The answers to a few important questions are going to help understand which product fits the yard and family lifestyle best.
The first thing to ask a family is “what are their concerns and goals?”. Usually the first answer is safety. Next, is aesthetics. Then come the hopes of heating, cleanliness, and evaporation control. And finally, meeting budget requirements. The best product is the one that matches a family’s priorities and their lifestyle, or how they use of the pool and yard.
An automatic pool cover offers safety, heating, evaporation control, and cleanliness. The safety afforded by the automatic pool cover is assuredly secure as it cannot be breached without use of a protected switch. Most important, ease of operation means it will be used every day. However, an automatic pool cover can only be installed on rectangular pools, or pools that are free-form but all one level and could have a rectangle installed on top. Often times people ask me about various manually operated covers or nets for an odd shape pool due to budgetary concerns. My concern is always in ease of operation. These covers take time to remove and reinstall. Ultimately this means they won’t be used every day, and if it’s not used, the pool is not safe. An Automatic Pool Cover can easily be used every day and means a Poolsafe family.
A removable mesh fence is a great option for safety. It can be accommodated to pretty much any pool design. It is more transparent than most any type of permanent fencing. It is usually the most budget friendly product as well. With the inclusion of a self-closing, self-latching gate the fence can be a constant barrier, when used properly. This product is great for large gatherings with multiple age groups. In a group setting, families can actually separate swimmers from non-swimmers and keep the non-swimmers outside of the fence doing other fun activities together. One important factor we often try to discuss is a fence layout that includes a usable pool area inside the fence. Having this area means the fence does not need to be removed for use.
So, find the product that best meets your functional needs. Both an automatic pool cover and mesh pool fence provide safety. Aesthetically it is a toss-up. On one hand, you will see the pool cover but on the other, you will see the poles around the pool. We know from experience, the product that is being used is the one that gives a family the best value. Help make your family Poolsafe with the right product for your backyard pool lifestyle.