How Much Do Inground Pool Covers Cost?
Fun fact: Some states virtually demand that inground pool owners have a pool cover. Others are less picky.
In certain situations, pool shoppers are even required to cough up the cash for an automatic pool cover during the pool's construction (we're experienced fiberglass pool manufacturers and contractors, and we see this from time to time).
Needing a pool cover is not necessarily a bad thing, though.
Most of us know that pool covers go a long way in keeping children and pets safe around inground swimming pools, but what are some of the other benefits of having a pool cover?
First, a pool cover can help keep the pool clean, and you probably won't have to worry so much about fishing out berries and leaves. It can also keep your pool water warm and save you tons of money on heating costs.
So, while a pool cover isn't as nice to look at as your sparkling blue pool, it will help keep the debris out, make your pool code compliant, and, most importantly, keep everyone safe.
Whether you need a pool cover, want a pool cover, or are considering getting one in the future, here are the different pool cover types listed by price from the most expensive to the least expensive.
Pool Cover Prices
|Pool Cover Type||Pool Cover Cost|
|Sliding Deck||$25,000 - $75,000|
|Automatic||$12,000 - $22,000|
|Solid Security||$1,200 - $3,000|
|Mesh Security||$1,200 - $3,000|
|Solar||$800 - $1,000|
|Winter||$75 - $225|
How much does a rolling deck pool cover cost?
A rolling deck pool cover (also known as a sliding deck pool cover) is one of the most expensive and luxurious inground pool covers that money can buy at an average price tag of $25,000 to $75,000. The reason most of them are so expensive is they can double as a deck when the pool is covered up (and even when it's open, depending on the design).
Because they have to withstand the weight of outdoor furniture and people, they need to be extremely secure. Many rolling deck pool covers, but not all, are also motorized and can function as automatic covers.
Note: Some rolling deck pool covers look like pool decks, but they aren't sturdy enough to walk on. These are generally cheaper and often custom made.
Benefits of a Rolling Deck Pool Cover
Rolling deck pool covers are on the pricey side, but they come with a few cool benefits, including:
- More usable space
- Keeps unwanted debris and guests out of the pool
How much does an automatic pool cover cost?
The average automatic pool cover might cost between $12,000 and $22,000 or more with the installation. While it might be a hefty investment, automatic pool covers have a couple of key benefits including:
- Effective at keeping out dirt and debris
- Convenient to use during the swim season and the offseason
- Keeps kids out of the pool
- More durable than other options
Automatic pool cover maintenance can also be more expensive. For example, if a tree branch rips the cover material and you need to replace it, you're looking at paying a minimum of $1,200 for a new one, but more realistically, you can expect to pay between $2,000 to $4,000 to replace the cover.
Read more: Automatic Pool Covers Pros and Cons
Note: Pool cover pumps typically cost anywhere from $200 to $350 on average.
How much does a safety pool cover cost?
Safety pool covers (security covers) usually cost between $1,200 and $3,000 on average, but the ultimate price of your safety pool cover will depend on the type of material and size. Safety covers aren't as easy to remove and replace as automatic pool covers or motorized rolling pool decks, but they are effective in keeping children and pets out of the water.
Overall, there are two main types of safety pool covers:
- Mesh security pool covers
- Solid security pool covers
Mesh Security Cover Cost
Mesh security covers typically cost around $800 on the low end to $1,500 and up. You might be able to find one at a pool supply shop for as low as $500, but the cost will depend on the cover's size, materials, and manufacturer. You can expect yours to be around $1,200 or more if you have an inground pool.
Here's a quick recap of the benefits of mesh security covers:
- Keeps out leaves and debris
- Good at supporting a lot of weight including snow
- No cover pump required
- Can last 10-15 years
Solid Security Cover Cost
A solid security cover might cost you between $650 and $1,200 or more on average, depending on the manufacturer and size. If you shop for a solid security cover at a typical pool supply store, you might be able to get one for less than $650, depending on the type and manufacturer. Like mesh security covers, you can expect to pay closer to $1,200 and up for a solid security cover if you have an inground pool.
Solid security covers differ from mesh covers and offer a few important benefits, including:
- Keeps leaves and debris out and does not allow water to pass through
- Keeps water clearer than a mesh security cover
- Effective at keeping unwanted guests out of the pool
- Can last around 6-10 years
How much does a solar pool cover cost?
Solar pool covers for inground pools usually cost around $800 to $1,000 with a reel. Above ground round and oval solar pool covers typically cost much less at $30 to $100 or more. Keep in mind that the price for your solar pool cover can increase depending on the thickness, size, shape, and manufacturer.
If you shop for inground solar pool covers at an average pool supply store, you'll likely find prices starting at a few hundred dollars to over $500 and reel prices starting at around $250 to $500 and up.
With the reel, cover, and installation costs combined, you'll likely pay closer to $1,000 for your solar cover.
Note: Many solar covers come with a warranty of around 3 to 7 years.
How much does a winter pool cover cost?
Winter pool covers are among the least expensive inground pool covers and cost around $50 to $175 on average. That price can easily increase to more than $300 for thicker, more durable covers with longer-lasting warranties.
Essentially, a winter pool cover is a fancy tarp, but it will do the job of keeping out unwanted debris and deterring wandering guests from entering your pool.
How long do pool covers last?
The cost of swimming pool covers can add up over time with regular upkeep and replacements. If you're concerned about the long-term costs of owning an inground pool cover, here's what you can expect.
|Pool Cover Type||Pool Cover Lifespan|
|Sliding Deck||15 years or more|
|Solid Security||6 to 10 years|
|Mesh Security||10 to 15 years|
|Solar||1 to 3 years|
|Winter||1 to 3 years|
*After about three years, you may need to start replacing the vinyl and possibly other parts.
When to Install Your Pool Cover
You can install your pool cover any time during or after the construction of your pool and throughout the year. This particularly applies to winter, security, and solar pool covers. If you are integrating an automatic pool cover with hidden tracks, you'll want to make sure that it's installed when your pool is being built.
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