Hi Guys!

Today I thought I’d start the blog off by talking about the differences between a safety cover vs. a tarp and water bags covering your pool. 

More and more homeowners have made the switch to a safety cover as their pool cover of choice. The benefits of these covers such as their durability, ease of use, and of course their safety, lead many pool owners to make the switch. In this article we’ll briefly go over some of these benefits.


safety covers are without a doubt the safest pool covers out on the market. Whether it’s elephant covers, trampoline covers, or whatever you have known them as, they are the most durable and safe covers. When It comes to children and pets, having a safety cover is to me a no-brainer. Aside from the other advantages it has, the safety aspect alone has most families sold. Safety covers use brass grommets / anchors that are installed around the circumference of your pool to hook onto the mesh cover of your pool. The hooks that attach to these anchors have springs that are built into their design to allow the cover to move as snow builds up over the course of the winter. This is what they look like: 


Safety cover are built to last. These aren’t pool covers you throw away every two years. Personally, I’ve had my safety cover for over 18 years and although we have had to patch some areas it has held up remarkably well over the years! These covers may be a larger initial investment than a $300 tarp and $150 in water bags but THEY LAST! It’s a pool cover that is durable and strong enough to withstand many many Canadian winters, and can even hold the weight of a car! Check it out:


At the end of the day, a pool isn’t a temporar thing. Well, maybe if you have one of those Canadian Tire pools, but we’re not talking about those. You have a SWIMMING POOL. A real one. It’s in your backyard. It isn’t going anywhere. While it’s great fun and a fantastic entertainment piece for your backyard, it does have its costs. One cost involved in having a pool is opening and closing it. If you’re a homeowner without a safety cover, the chances are your costs to open and close the pool are considerable. When it comes down to it, opening and closing your pool is a big job let’s be honest! Especially opening it. Removing all the dirty water, leaves, slime, removing the cover, putting it away for the season, emptying your water bags (50% of which have holes in them). It’s not easy!

Safety covers make this process SO. MUCH. EASIER. I’m not kidding when I say that the difference between opening and closing a safety cover pool vs. any other type of winter cover can be HOURS. And HUNDREDS of dollars. Typically a customer will be charged more if they don’t have a safety cover (or rather, they will be charged LESS if they have one). From this simple fact alone customer can expect to save anywhere from $200 – $400 a year on the opening and closing of their pool due to the difference in opening and closing costs.

In addition. homeowners with safety cover save water each year because the permeable mesh cover allows water to collect back into the pool over the winter months, leading to a pool that opens up full in the spring. This means technicians can start your pool equipment up right away, and the only need for them to come back would be for additional maintenance! So customers end up saving anywhere from $100 to $300 a year just in water costs due to not having to fill the pool up in the spring. 


Let’s face it: no one wants to look at a swamp for 6 months. No matter what, your pool isn’t going anywhere. And aside from vacation time, neither are you. So that pool in your backyard is going to sit their and develop water and leaves until it’s warm enough to open it back up again. With a safety cover, they look great, they reduce smell of dirty stale water buildup, they look great, and also they look great. 

I’m not kidding they really look awesome! I bet some people that don’t swim anymore just leave their cover on all year and take pictures!

Well, that’s it for now folks! If you’re interested in a safety cover or talking more about the benefits, drop us a line at [email protected] or call us at (905) 977 8673

Dan Stewart
Dundas Valley Pools

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