Leaf Pool Covers

What is a leaf pool cover?

A leaf pool cover is a special type of cover with the primary purpose of “keeping leaves out of your pool”. This type of cover is typically not considered a “safety” cover unless it is installed over a pool safety net (more on this later). Leaf pool covers are made from a tightly knitted polyethylene material that allows rainwater to easily pass through, while filtering out leaves and debris. Other names include “leaf nets”, “leaf catchers”, “pool leaf covers” and “leaf pool tarps”.

There are some “leaf covers” on the market that are rectangular and made from a very thin, cheap material. These inexpensive covers are held in place with bags of water and often last only one season (or less). They do not provide any level of safety at all. These disposable covers are very different from an All-Safe brand leaf pool cover. The type of leaf cover that we offer at All-Safe is anchored to your deck, can support weight in the event of an emergency and are guaranteed to last for many seasons.They are custom-made to fit the exact size and shape of your pool and have a very clean, “finished” look.

All-Safe offers two versions of it’s leaf pool cover. The first type, which we will refer to as a “leaf cover with grommet border” typically attaches to an existing pool safety net. The perimeter of the leaf pool cover is sewn with a strong border material and brass grommets are installed into the border. These brass grommets are then used to attach the pool cover to either an existing pool safety net, or to anchors installed into your swimming pool deck. Either way, the cover is stretched fairly tightly across your pool.

The second type of leaf pool cover is referred to as a “leaf cover with twine border”. This cover has a border that is made from polyethylene twine that is wrapped and twisted around the perimeter of the cover. The perimeter is very similar to that of a pool safety net in that it has arched edges and is stretched very tightly across the pool.

Both leaf covers serve the same purpose which is to keep leaves out of your pool.

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How safe and strong are leaf pool covers?

It is important to know that All-Safe brand leaf pool covers are not designed to act as a safety cover. They are not ASTM compliant unless installed over a pool safety net (which is compliant). Having said that, they are in fact very strong and do provide a level of safety much, much greater than a typical “leaf tarp cover” or “bubble blanket”. Leaf pool covers are made from a super strong knitted polyethylene material and are anchored to the pool deck using a combination of brass anchors and stainless steel clips. All-Safe leaf pool covers can support a large amount of weight, but the reason that they are not considered a “pool safety cover” is because the material can stretch allowing the cover to sag down into the water. This is why a pool safety net is required under the leaf cover in order to make is ASTM compliant.

A traditional “leaf cover tarp” is held in place with bags of water or sand. These covers can collapse into the water if you were to try to walk across them. All-Safe leaf pool covers will not do this because they are anchored to the deck.

Is a pool leaf cover easy to use?

As mentioned above, there are three types of pool leaf covers. Each type is slightly different as to how it is used. By far, the easiest to use is a leaf cover with grommet border installed over a pool safety net. All you have to do is unroll the leaf pool cover out over the pool safety net and then connect it around the perimeter using bungee cords. It takes only a few minutes and does not require much strength or skill.

The other two types of leaf pool covers require a bit more strength and skill to remove and replace. A simple, medium sized leaf cover will take 5-15 minutes to remove and replace depending on how fast you work. A very large and complex cover might take 15 to 30 minutes or more. Large, complicated pool covers should only be used to “close down” your pool for the off-season. Trying to remove and replace every time you want to swim will be frustrating and result in your not using the cover. Small and medium sized pools, without difficult perimeters are ideal for a leaf pool cover. You can have the cover off in just a few minutes and back on quickly after you finish swimming.

Why choose a leaf pool cover vs other covers?

Leaf pool covers are ideal if your only concern is leaves and debris. Pool leaf covers are light weight and relatively easy to use. They cost less than other types of covers and last for a very long time. If you have concerns regarding safety, then there are probably better options available such as a removable pool fence, a pool safety cover or an automatic pool cover.

Why choose a leaf pool cover from All-Safe?

All-Safe has pioneered the leaf pool cover industry. In the past, you had only a couple of options to keep the leaves out of your pool but they all had their drawbacks. Automatic pool covers are great in many ways, but they are very expensive, often costing more than ten thousand dollars. In addition, most backyards cannot accommodate an electric pool cover due to the shape of the pool. Mesh pool covers are great at stopping leaves and debris, but they are very heavy and difficult to remove and replace. Winter pool covers are really only meant to be removed or replaced at the end or beginning of the swim season. Leaf tarp covers are okay at stopping leaves but they are not anchored to the pool deck. If someone walks or falls onto them, they can collapse and trap the person creating a serious drowning risk.

All-Safe leaf pool covers are custom-made to fit the exact size and shape of your pool. The materials used are extremely strong and durable. The fabric is made from virgin polyethylene with maximum UV inhibitors so that your cover will last for many years. The hardware is a combination of marine grade stainless steel and brass. All thread is comprised of mono-filament, bonded, polyester which means that it is not going to break down prematurely. All-Safe is the only company to offer a leaf pool cover with twine border. We invented it and perfected it.

As mentioned in other sections of our website, we believe that our numerous online reviews and testimonials speak for themselves. We are not a start-up. Swimming pool safety is what we do. We are passionate about it and have been doing it for over 20 years. During that time, we have figured out what works and what does not. When you choose an All-Safe leaf pool cover, you know that you are getting the best leaf cover that money can buy.

How do I purchase an All-Safe pool safety net?

The first step is to get in contact with your local independent All-Safe dealer. You can find your local All-Safe dealer by submitting the Free Estimate form. Your local dealer will schedule a free on-site estimate to advise if your pool, spa or water feature is a good fit for a safety net. They will review your options including available colors that will look best on your pool, spa or water feature.

What is the cost of a leaf net cover?

Leaf net covers (aka leaf pool covers) are normally less expensive than an motorized pool cover or mesh winter pool cover. A typical leaf cover will cost in the range of $1500 to $4000 depending on the situation. If you already own an All-Safe pool safety net, then you can add on a leaf cover at minimal cost because the anchoring system is already in place. You would want to order a “leaf pool cover with grommet border”.

If you do not own a pool safety net, then you would be ordering a standalone pool leaf cover. Your options include a leaf cover with either “twine border” or “grommet border”. Either option will range from $2000 to $3500. Of course every backyard is unique and each market is different, so prices will vary.

How do I purchase an All-Safe leaf pool cover?

All-Safe leaf pool covers are purchased through your local, independent dealer. Complete our Free Quote Form and we’ll display the contact info for the dealer who services your area based on the zip code you enter. Your local dealer will discuss your options and provide you with a free estimate.

What can I expect on the day of installation?

Custom-made leaf pool covers require two to three steps, depending on whether the border is a “twine border” or “grommet border”. Either way, the first step is to schedule a free quote. During this initial consultation, your local independent dealer will take rough measurements of the length and width of your pool. Based on these dimensions, a rectangular piece of leaf pool cover fabric can be ordered. When the material arrives, the second step in the process can begin.

For “twine border” leaf covers, the rectangle is cut to the exact size of your pool and the border is sewn by hand using polyethylene twine. The installation will require most of the day and the cover will be complete that same day. At the end of the day, you will be given a demonstration on how to use you cover.

For “grommet border” leaf pool covers, the rectangular piece of fabric is also cut to the exact size and shape of your pool, but the “grommet border” cannot be sewn on site. The cover must be sent back to the manufacturer for the border and grommets to be attached. This process usually takes about two weeks.

When the cover is complete, it is sent back to your local dealer who will then perform the third step in the process, which is to bring it to your home and place it over your pool. This final step requires only a few minutes.

What colors can I choose from?

All-Safe offers net leaf covers in either green or black.

Can a leaf net be installed on any pool?

A pool leaf net can be installed on most swimming pools. Unlike a mesh pool cover or automatic pool cover, a leaf pool cover can accommodate larger elevation changes and more complicated rock formations and obstructions. Leaf covers are more versatile and flexible allowing them to cover a wider variety of situations. However, a leaf pool cover needs to wrap over the top of rocks in order to properly seal out leaves and debris. A leaf cover installed directly into the side of a raised wall will leave a gap equal to the length of the anchoring clip which is about 2-3 inches, therefore, it is always best to overlap or go “up and over” the perimeter, if at all possible.

Do leaf pool covers help to heat my pool or reduce evaporation?

Leaf covers will not help to heat your pool nor reduce evaporation. If you want to achieve these goals, then your best option is to install a bubble blanket or solar blanket underneath the leaf pool cover. By doing this, you will keep leaves out of your pool, retain heat and reduce evaporation.

Can I install the pool cover myself?

Leaf pool covers cannot be installed by yourself. You must purchase an All-Safe leaf pool cover through your local independent dealer. Your local dealer will ensure that your cover fits properly and is installed correctly.

Warranty – Coverage

Leaf pool covers come with a manufacturer’s 5 year warranty.

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