When you first think of getting a cover for your above-ground pool, you kind of think of the market in above-ground pool covers as a simple thing kind of like a plastic sheet to drape over the pool and nothing more. Little do you know that they've managed to come up with a number of options in above-ground pool covers. And the kind of thing you can achieve with each differs from model to model. Let's take a look at what they have on the shelves, shall we?
Solid above-ground pool covers are covers that they make out of several layers of vinyl all bonded together. These are great if you want to keep leaves and other garbage out of your pool. And since installing such a cover blocks sunlight altogether, you can keep water from evaporating and you can make it inhospitable for algae. Pool chemicals stay active for longer when they aren't exposed to sunlight as well. Solid above-ground pool covers are great idea because they do all this and they tend to be quite durable.
The only problem with them is that it can be difficult keeping them on the pool. You can easily have a high wind just pick them up and take them away. You need to keep them on with weights.
Above-ground solar covers are the most useful when you need a pool heater without spending anything on it. Of course, a small solar cover the size of your above ground pool isn't going to do enough to actually heat your water when it gets really cold. It'll be fine though when the water isn't that cold. They build a solar cover out of two layers of thin plastic with air pockets in between. It's not an actual solar panel or anything. It's just an insulator that keeps any heat that the sun puts into your pool, in where it belongs. It keeps it from escaping.
But this isn't the best idea if you really want a cover that seals your pool off, keeps evaporation away, keeps children away and so on. If that's the kind of protection you're looking for, you're better off looking elsewhere.
Actually, if you're looking for safety and comfort to keep your children safe, you should probably get a safety cover. They make these either out of mesh or solid plastic. This is a solidly built type of cover that really attaches around your pool deck and completely seals the whole thing off. If your pool has a 2-foot wide pool deck, there could be enough room there to anchor a safety cover on.
While these may be expensive, you'll see pretty soon that these are so well-made that they'll last a lifetime.