How Long Do Automatic Pool Safety Covers Last?

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How long do vinyl on automatic safety pool covers last?

Most automatic safety pool covers on average last 4 to 6 years if you maintain them properly. We recommend that you buy a pool cover that comes with a pro-rated warranty. That way, you can always ask for a replacement if you notice issues within a few weeks of purchase.

That said, even the best automatic pool cover’s vinyl will eventually need to be replaced. It’s why you should watch out for signs that tell you that your pool cover is wearing out.

So here are some common signs of wear and tear that you should look for:

Frayed Fabric and Discoloration

Pool covers are made from mesh or vinyl material that is often webbed together to create its tough exterior. Most of them come in bright blue and brown hues that start to fade with time. There is a chance that your discolored pool covers only need a proper wash to look brand new.

However, if that doesn’t work out, then you should consider replacing it.

Besides this, you might notice that:

  • The fabric has started to fray and rips in certain areas.
  • The webbing is forming bunches and becoming brittle to touch.
  • The pool cover has lost all its flexibility.
  • There are wet patches on the pool cover that won’t dry off.

All these characteristics indicate that your pool cover vinyl needs to be replaced.

Rips, Tears, and Holes

The primary function of an automatic safety pool cover is to prevent water loss and excessive evaporation. If your pool cover has a rip or tears in it, then it can’t do its job. Nor can it act as a barrier against the dirt, leaves, and germs that are found in its surroundings.

Therefore, if your pool cover has holes in it or it requires continuous repairs, then you should start looking for a replacement.

Pro tip:  Do weekly maintenance checks to repair rips and tears immediately. That way, the problem won’t escalate and you’ll get to extend your pool cover’s lifespan.

The Bottom Line

In the end, if your automatic pool cover is starting to leak, get stuck and malfunction, then it’s time to get a new one.  Otherwise, you’re signing yourself up for costly repairs.

We don’t want you to go through that ordeal.

Need a hand? Get in touch with WestCoast Pool Covers for professional consultation. We’ll help you determine whether your pool cover needs a repair or replacement.