by Guest Blogger: Peter Kim July 15, 2015
Owning your own pool allows you a lot of freedom, not the least of which is the ability to jump in and out of the cool water whenever you want to. However, once the seasons change and the weather takes a turn for the worse, that pool can become a pointless waste of outdoor space.
Investing in a high-quality pool enclosure will not only keep debris out of your pool and protect swimmers from rain and snow, but they'll also assist pool owners in a lot of other little-known ways. Here are a few benefits to a pool enclosure:
1. Reduce Chemical Use
If you've owned a pool for a long period of time, you know the constant tinkering with chemicals to find the right balance. Too much and your pool can cause irritation in the eyes and mouth of your swimmers, but levels too low may cause cloudiness in the water due to bacterial build-up. Constantly stocking up on the right pool chemicals and testing kits are also a big expense for pool owners, but adding a pool enclosure will reduce the amount of exposure to phosphates, pollutants and pathogens that can enter your pool's water and reduce the need for chemicals.
2. Create an Outdoor Living Space Year-Round
Throwing a tent or piece of canvas over your pool won't keep your swimmers warm during the cooler months, but a custom enclosure with an electrical system, HVAC capabilities, and increased insulation will keep harmful UV rays out and warm air in. Many manufacturers offer custom branding and color options, so your tension fabric pool enclosure can easily blend into your home's existing aesthetic instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. Pool enclosures with wide doors and window panels can become year-round fixtures in your backyard, providing shade for some and bright sunlight for swimmers.
3. Improve Your Health
With year-round access to a pool in your own backyard, you can beat the cold weather-blues and continue an aerobics exercise regiment with lap swimming, water weights, and treading water without leaving your home! And because you'll be training at the same temperatures every day, your body won't have to acclimate every time you take a dip. Releasing muscle tension, reducing stress, and improving circulation are all benefits of water exercises, so keeping your pool accessible year-round may be a great boost to your overall health.
4. Reduce Your Risk
As with other aspects of your property, you're liable for pool injuries. While pool owners do pay a higher premium for homeowner's insurance due to the elevated risks of simply owning a pool, having a secure pool enclosure will prevent trespassers from having access to your water and help prevent accidents. Since your pool decks will be covered and heated, there won't be any icy, slippery areas around your pool that come with owning a pool in the winter months.
5. Improve Your Security
Covering your pool keeps out debris and cold weather, but a pool enclosure will also keep away wild animals and insects from putting a damper on your fun or possibly becoming trapped in your pool and drowning. Same goes for intruders in your backyard - a pool enclosure equipped with its own security capabilities or incorporated into your home's existing system will prevent unauthorized access and alert you to unwanted guests in your backyard.
~ Of course, you will need a pool heater, unless you live in South Florida, but the expense of heating an enclosed pool may be less than you may think. If you also use a solar blanket, most inground pools with an enclosure spend only $200-$500 dollars per month in winter pool heating costs, depending on how far north you live in North America. Get more out of your pool - enclose it!