Closing Your Pool

What are the hardware and drain options for safety covers?

McEwen safety covers are built to last. We use only the finest materials, backed by our warranty, to ensure years of worry-free performance.

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Commercial safety covers

Are you waiting too long for your commercial swimming pool safety cover? Let the experts at McEwen Industries help you.

Check out our time lapse video of a McEwen commercial safety cover installation:

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Which safety cover material is the right choice for me?

In addition to protecting your family, McEwen safety covers also protect your pool. Made from tough fabrics, our covers will relieve you from time-consuming off-season cleaning. You will also save on costly seasonal maintenance such as painting and plastering as well as eliminating the need for messy spring clean ups.

This selection chart will help you decide which safety cover material is the best for you.

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Spotlighting our new liner pattern Livingston

Our exclusive in-ground swimming pool liner Livingston is a popular new pattern for 2015. One of this year’s decorating trends is to combine retro and contemporary influences in one fluid design. Livingston is a great example of this with its mix of an exotic motif and the more modern elliptical design in the background of the tile border. It also features a new blue water reflections floor.

Click here to see our entire 2015 in-ground liner pattern collection.

LIVINGSTON PATTERN

“Livingston” in-ground liner pattern

How do I replace my bungee-style cover with a safety cover?

When a dealer replaces any existing safety cover, he wants to match as many anchors as possible. This will minimize the number of new holes he has to drill into the deck. Please check out our effortless anchor matching service at MatchMyAnchors.com.

It is, however, much more challenging to match your anchors when replacing a bungee-style cover. These non-safety covers were designed to drape down onto the pool’s water for support. For this reason, they are larger than a safety cover will be for the same pool.

 

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This means we cannot use the bungee cover as a template to make a replacement safety cover so your dealer is are going to have to measure anyway. The question is, how does he measure to hit as many anchors as possible? The answer is different for rectangle pools than it is for custom shape pools.

 

For Rectangles there are two possible solutions:

1- To match most of the existing anchors we can produce a custom cover on 4’ spacing. Your dealer just provides the pool size, the distance between the anchors and the distance from the pool to the anchor  line and we do the rest. The only negative is he has to measure the anchors and you will pay the price of a custom cover, which will cost you about 50% more than the same size stock cover.

2-  If you would like to save the  cost of a custom cover you can just order a stock cover and take your chances. The 8 corner straps are going to match anyway.  Your new stock cover only needs anchors every five feet or so and the existing bungee anchors are spaced every two feet anyway. This means you have lots of existing anchors to choose from.  We should be able to match at least half of the anchors on the remaining sides. Your dealer will have to drill new holes for new anchors in the remaining locations but you will enjoy a nice price savings.

 

For Custom Shapes the decision is a little easier:

The custom cover will cost the same whether we attempt to match the anchors or not so we might as well try. If A-B’s are being taken for the pool anyway, your dealer will A-B the anchor heads too and we will design the new safety cover to hit as many anchors as possible. We will not hit every anchor because the existing anchors were not designed on a grid where you have one anchor opposite every other anchor like you have on a safety cover. Instead, on the original bungee cover they just started at some point and sewed straps on every two feet around the perimeter. If there is an anchor in the deck opposite one on the other side, it’s just by chance, not by design. Drilling some new anchors will always be necessary.

 

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McEwen Industries safety cover

 

Should I buy a safety cover for my pool?

As summer winds down and pools begin to close, we recommend installing a safety cover on your pool. By winterizing your pool with a safety cover, you keep your liner out of the sun and chlorine-free for many months which can greatly extend the life of your liner.

One important tip is to make sure the water level does not drop more than 18” below the coping. The water acts as a support system if there is a heavy snow load on the cover.

For more information on safety covers, please click here to see our previous blog posts. Please also visit our website for additional information.

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Can a safety cover be designed for my vinyl-liner pool with custom features?

Can a safety cover be designed for my vinyl-liner pool with custom features? The answer is yes – our safety covers can be designed to fit almost any pool, regardless of shape or size. We can also design the cover to accommodate custom features such as raised walls and rock formations as well as cutting around obstructions such as diving board stands or non-removable rails for slides and ladders. For pools with raised walls, we cut the cover flush with the face of the wall and have several different methods to attach the cover to the wall. 

These techniques not only provide the best look but also guarantee the safety aspect of our covers. By winterizing your pool with a safety cover, you keep your liner out of the sun and chlorine-free for many months which can greatly extend the life of your liner. Click here for more information on our safety covers.

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I Have Decided to Purchase a Safety Cover to Protect My Pool Liner… Now What?

You have purchased a pool liner, which is a big investment.  You have now decided to purchase a safety cover to extend the life of your liner and protect your pool.  Your next decision is whether you are going to install the cover yourself or hire a pool professional to do the job for you.

Installing Safety Covers is Not a Weekend Project!

Many homeowners make the mistake of purchasing a safety cover online and attempting to install the cover themselves.  While buying a safety cover from an internet-based company may seem like a good idea, the benefits of professional installation will long outweigh any perceived benefits of an internet-bought safety cover.

Installing swimming pool safety covers is not a simple task, and patching misplaced holes in your deck can be time consuming and ruin the look of your pool. In the photo below, you can see what might happen if you purchase an oversized rectangle cover and install it on a custom shaped pool.

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In order to maintain the safest and most visually appealing installation, it is essential that you bring in a pool professional to accurately measure and install your safety cover.  A liner is a big investment, and you want it to last as long as it can.  A professional safety cover installation will not only maximize the life of your pool liner, but ensure a beautiful pool for years to come.

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How Can I Extend the Life of My Pool Liner?

One of the great benefits for those of you who winterize your pools with a safety cover is that it keeps your liner out of the sun and chlorine-free for perhaps six months of the year.  A liner is a big investment, and you want it to last as long as it can.  Properly winterizing your pool and using a safety cover can greatly extend the life of your liner.

A Safety Cover not only keeps your liner out of the sun and chlorine free, but it keeps your swimming pool free of the debris that would otherwise create a mess in an uncovered pool.  Protecting your pool from debris will also save you money on costly seasonal maintenance such as re-painting and re-plastering, and eliminate the need for messy spring clean-ups.

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Read on to find out how to choose a safety cover that is right for you and your in-ground liner. Also, you can click here for more information on safety covers.

MESH SAFETY COVER

This is the cover for you if you want to buy the original cover which is still the least expensive, lightest weight option, or if you don’t completely winterize your pool but just need the security of a safety cover.

SOLID SAFETY COVER

This is the cover for you if you don’t mind spending a little more money and want a cover that minimizes your springtime clean up.

FINE MESH SAFETY COVER

This is the cover for your if you want the benefits of a solid cover but want one that is lighter weight, has a longer warranty and comes standard with heavy duty hardware.

SUPER SOLID SAFETY COVER

This is the cover for you if you want the benefits of the fine mesh cover and don’t mind investing a little more for the strongest, lightest, and most puncture resistant fabric on the market.

SAFETY COVER SELECTION CHART

Safety Cover Selection Chart

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