Bubble wrap or foam? What is the best type of summer cover for your swimming pool?

30 January 2019
Bubble wrap or foam? What is the best type of summer cover for your swimming pool?

The pros and cons of each type of summer cover

Putting a cover over a swimming pool is a sensible decision. It means less dirt will get into the pool, less evaporation of the chemicals and greater heat retention in the water. The result is a clear and warmer swimming pool. But what type of cover do you prefer: a bubble wrap or foam cover?

Advantages and disadvantages of a foam cover

Advantages of a foam summer cover

  • Best insulating cover
  • Extra strong
  • More durable than bubble wrap
  • Less algae growth on the cover
  • Less dirt in the pool
  • Fewer maintenance products needed

Disadvantages of a foam summer cover

  • More expensive
  • Harder to roll up
  • Heavier than bubble wrap

Advantages and disadvantages of a bubble wrap cover

Advantages of a bubble wrap cover

  • Retains the heat in the pool
  • Ensures less dirt in the pool
  • Cheaper than a foam summer cover
  • Easy to roll up, lightweight

Disadvantages of a bubble wrap cover

  • Does not last as long as a foam cover
  • Greater risk of algae growth on the bottom of the cover
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What’s the best type of pool cover to choose?

The most important function of a summer cover is the insulating function. This enables you to retain more heat in the pool when you’re not swimming. The heating costs for your pool will therefore be lower. A foam summer cover provides much better insulation than a bubble wrap cover. For this reason, we would advise you to always use a foam summer cover.

A foam summer cover is also stronger than a bubble wrap cover. Your summer cover will then also last longer. As a result, the higher purchase price of your summer cover will be quickly recouped. Whereas a bubble wrap cover will last a maximum of 10 years, a foam pool cover can easily last up to 15 years. Because the foam cover is stronger, it is also a bit heavier and harder to roll up.

One disadvantage of a bubble wrap or foam summer cover is the increased risk of algae growth. Algae can become visible on the bottom of the cover over the course of time. The specific texture of this cover provides an excellent breeding ground for algae, which will cause the bottom of the cover to turn green. The algae on the cover also affect the water quality of the swimming pool itself.

A good summer cover ensures that less dirt gets into the pool. This means, in principle, that you won’t need to use so many maintenance products. However, when algae grow on the bottom, you lose this advantage. For this reason, we recommend a foam pool cover. This type of cover greatly reduces the risk of algae growth on the bottom of the cover.

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Price of a bubble wrap or foam summer cover

You would like a quote for a summer cover? You can easily calculate the price of your swimming pool cover with our cover tool. Select the shape of your pool. Enter the dimensions of your pool and let us know if a cut-out has to be provided for a pool ladder. Then select the type of pool cover you want and, possibly, the winder (if you don’t already have one).

When you add the cover to your shopping cart, you will see the price of your pool cover appear.

You can also calculate the price of a winter cover using the cover tool!