Safety Covers



Finding a pool cover that fits your pool is the first step to safety. Safety covers protect your pool during the winter by keeping water and chemicals in, and dirt and debris out. Safety covers also eliminate the chance that a child or pet could accidentally fall into the pool while unsupervised. A well-fitting safety cover is one of the most important purchases you can make for your pool, so let Leslie’s help you find the right cover for your pool.

Pools come in all shapes and sizes, but Leslie’s offers safety covers that fit just about any type of pool! Leslie’s offers both standard safety covers for rectangular pools, and custom safety covers for rounded or irregular pools. To determine if you should purchase a standard or a custom cover, just answer the simple questions below:

  1. Is your pool rectangular, with only squared (not rounded) sides and no step sections?
  2. Is there at least 3 feet of deck space around the entire pool?
  3. Are there no permanent objects, like handrails, steps, ladders, or planters, within 1 foot of the pool edge?

If you answered YES to all of these questions, then your pool is perfect for a Standard Safety Cover. Leslie’s offers both mesh and solid Standard Safety Covers, so please take the time to determine which kind is right for your pool before ordering. After deciding between a mesh and a solid safety cover, visit the Leslie’s Standard Safety Cover page for easy ordering.

If you answered NO to any or all of these questions, your pool will require a Custom Safety Cover. Custom Safety Covers can be designed to fit any size or shape of pool, and can accommodate any irregularities like walls, planters, and slides. Custom Safety Covers also come in both mesh and solid, so please take the time to determine which kind is right for your pool before ordering. To order a Leslie’s Custom Safety Cover, download the easy-to-use Custom Safety Cover Measuring Form.

Mesh Cover or Solid Cover?

Pool Safety Covers are available in two different types – mesh and solid. Both materials have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Take the time to read the comparison below to help you decide which type of cover is right for your pool.

Mesh Covers

  • Lightweight material makes it easy to install and remove
  • Mesh is made of heavy-duty polypropylene fibers, tightly woven and built to last
  • Rain water and melting snow passes through the mesh, so it won’t be weighed down by standing water
  • No puddles on the pool cover means no potential for accidents involving children or pets
  • Does not require a sump pump to remove standing water from on top of the cover
  • Keeps all debris except fine dust particles out of the pool, making spring opening a breeze
  • Because water passes through, leaves and debris remain dry and blow away
  • Rain water and melting snow help to replenish water loss due to evaporation
  • Allows fine dust particles to enter pool, so vacuuming is required when removing the cover during spring opening
  • Allows direct sunlight into pool, which can potentially harbor the growth of bacteria and algae

Solid Covers

  • Provide a completely solid barrier between your pool and the environment
  • Super strong construction won’t rip or tear, keeping your pool clean and your family safe
  • Prevents all water, snow, and debris from entering pool even fine dust particles
  • Keeps sunlight out, preventing any bacteria or algae from growing during the winter
  • Water and chemicals do not evaporate from your pool, meaning less work and fewer chemicals used during spring opening
  • Some solid covers contain mesh drain panels, allowing standing water to drain from the cover
  • Sump pumps are required for solid covers without mesh drain panels. Sump pumps remove standing water from the cover, and prevent accidents resulting from slippery or icy covers
  • Solid covers are heavier and require a little more work than mesh covers to install and remove