How To Cover An Above Ground Pool With A Deck

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A few ways to cover an above-ground pool with a deck [during winter & summer] are:

Do you need more ideas about winterizing your whole yard now or later? Or simply don’t know how to cover an above-ground pool with a deck? What about an above ground pool with partial deck?

Well, we’re happy to inform you – we’ve got you covered! Haha, see what we did there? A bit of pun.

I know 10 ways you can protect your pool while it is not in use!

These methods include both cheap and more expensive options for keeping dirt and unwanted things out of your above-ground pool.

However, not all these methods will work for you. So, read and take your time to consider which one best applies to your position.

If you want to know which above-ground pool cover ideas are best for your pool and the weather you live in, keep reading. You can find all answers you need in neatly organized sections below. Take a look!

How To Put A Pool Cover On By Yourself

  • Use a PVC pipe as a roll up role. Keep it long enough to go across the pool with some left over so it does not fall into the pool.
  • Look for a mean of attaching the cover to the middle of the pole on one side. Then roll the pipe slowly making sure to keep it even.

You can then secure it at the other end so it will not fall off.

How To Cover An Above-Ground Pool With A Deck

  • Winterize Your Pool with A Solid Cover


Most times, a pool cover is the first thing to grab when it comes to protecting your pool from winter. A solid pool cover is the go-to winter pool cover option for people who live and go about their business in snowy areas since it is both waterproof, and impenetrable, and usually made from durable vinyl or plastic.

Because pool covers are solid, they are 99% effective at keeping twigs, rain, snow, dirt, rain, and dust out of your pool. So, these might be best for you if you have a garden or have lots of trees in your yard.

Another advantage of using solid pool covers is that it helps keeps UV rays from degrading the chlorine in the water. This can aid in the reduction of your pool maintenance bill.

Plus, solid covers are made bigger than a pool’s dimensions, so you are able to cover your pool and part of your deck, as well.

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I recommend tying the cover to the sides of your deck or pool. Since most of it comes with a cable that loops through the eyelets that run along the edge of the cover. Some come with water bags that keep them in position even in the face of high winds or weather factors.

Oh, wait! I also recommend that you purchase an air pillow for your solid pool cover. It will help keep ice from forming on the water surface if you are in a very cold area.

This ingenious invention is a complete accessory to your pool winterization!

Here’s how you put a pool cover on by yourself:


Yes, solid pool covers prevent any material from getting into the pool. They collect anything and everything that falls on top of the impervious tarp.

Thrash, twigs, and leaves that accumulate on top of the tarp are a bit easy to get rid of. The bigger issue is the rainwater that pools on top of the cover. It is heavy and hard to get rid of without a winter cover rain pump.

Personally, rainwater makes taking off the pool cover so much work.

This is why I mostly don’t like recommending pool owners buy a solid pool cover for rainy areas unless you also plan on buying a cover pump with it or building a pavilion over your pool.

  • Use A Mesh Pool Cover If Your area is Rainy


A much better alternative for people residing in a humid climate or rainy area is getting a mesh cover.

Unlike solid covers earlier discussed, mesh covers aren’t waterproof. That means its fine knitted net lets the water go through.

The rain water also won’t pool on top of the cover, which makes for easy removal.

Plus, the pool mesh cover is able to keep most of the debris in your yard away from your pool. Yes, that’s right! It does this despite thousands of tiny holes.

They are strong enough to collect heavy litter and defy outdoor elements like rain, snow, heat, and wind.

A high-grade mesh cover will last you lots of years before it tears.

Mesh covers also run larger in size, so you can cover more parts of your deck too. I like the fact that this beauty is easy to install and remove thanks to the loopholes running along the edges.


Because mesh covers are permeable, they aren’t the greatest solution for pool winterization. They won’t keep the ice and snow out of your pool or reduce algae growth.

Although mesh covers are finely knitted, they can’t collect finer particles of yard debris and dust.

  • Use A Solar Cover during a Sunny Day or In the Summer


Solar covers for pools bear a similar resemblance to a bubble wrap, but they are more durable and thicker. The air trapped in its tiny bubbles makes it an excellent insulator, in my opinion.

This is why the primary role of a solar cover isn’t to keep debris and leaves out, but to keep the water warm!

These amazing pieces of tech are ideal for hot weather and climates with drastic day to night temperature swings.

A solar cover is designed to reduce and prevent water temperature loss during the night and reduce water evaporation (in some cases) during the day.

Do you already own a pool heater? Then getting a solar cover is a bonus to that! Without it, warmth is quickly lost via the water surface.

The solar cover in the end will help in the reduction of your heating expenses and also pool chemical costs. Yes, solar covers are able to reduce the degradation of chlorine too!

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As you lay the solar cover on top of the water, it keeps the twigs and leaves out, as well. It doesn’t need to be secured or tied to the pool, which is a plus.

A good way to use a solar pool blanket is to keep it on only at night and take it off during the day to allow the sun to heat up the water in a natural way.

Unless you are worried about losing too much water due to evaporation! Then, you can keep the cover on the whole time you’re not using the pool and allow the water to warm up slowly and steadily too.


The biggest miscommunication is that solar covers heat up the water. No, they don’t! They are only able to sustain the water temperature.

Another thing that you may not like is that solar covers need to be cut to the shape and size of the pool to fit the water surface. Unless, of course, you find a cover that ideally matches the dimensions of your deck and pool!

The more expensive, the better. Remember, the low-grade solar cover won’t last you more than one season. They lose their effectiveness once the air bubbles burst.

It may be better to spend a little bit more on the product so you can get at least three seasons out of it.

  • Wooden Deck Pool Covers

This is the last on the list and is very popular amongst parents who have kids and pets.

This remains the best option since it creates a solid surface over your above ground pool. Plus, some wooden pool covers can even double up as a pool deck.

It also adds to the aesthetics of the pool in your yard. They typically are made from beautiful wood finishes and can be made to slide on and off of your pool.

The problem with this kind of pool cover is that it is very heavy and more permanent than the other options. A sliding wooden pool cover will also be more expensive than other types.

How To Cover An Above Ground Pool With A Deck

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How To Cover An Above Ground Pool With A Deck Around It

  • Safety Cover

You can use a normal pool cover with a float underneath it and with sandbags to hold it down.

Alternatively, you can switch the sandbags with water bags to hold it down.

  • Rope

You can run a rope (buy one on Amazon or from the pool store) thru the eyelets in the cover and then tie it to the deck support posts, below the deck.

Using more than one rope from the end post thru the eyes and then back to the next post is recommended.

Do this until you get thru all eyes. Then place weights, and water bags on the cover.

I have a side deck and this works well.

How To Cover An Above Ground Pool With A Partial Deck

Get a Pool cover and then You can use water bags on the area where your deck is situated at and then use the standard wire and winch when you get to the deck area since you cannot go underneath.

Next, install heavy-duty eye bolts into the deck to attach the wire to. The way to hold the cover down is by using standard rubber bungie cords that get looped through conduit clamps.

Why You Should Cover Your Pool

Here are 6 reasons why you need to cover your above-ground pool with a deck right away:

  • Keep Your Pool Clean

A pool cover’s main function is to keep your pool clean.

It helps save time, and energy by keeping leaves, twigs, and other yard debris out of your comfort zone.

  • Limit Evaporation

Most pool owners suffer at least 2 inches of water loss per week when the angry summer heat wave strikes.

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A pool cover is handy during these periods since it helps reduce water evaporation and helps you lower your water bill.

  • Ensure Safety

If your own pets or kids always running around your yard, a pool cover may help keep them safe.

It will help lower the risk of injuries or drowning.

  • Keep Animals Out

Wild animals like rats, raccoons, snakes, bears, etc. love to drink out of the pool during summer when there is a water shortage in the area.

Some don’t hesitate to take a dive to cool down a bit. A pool cover proves useful by keeping these animals out of your water thereby eliminating any case of dirtying the water and possibly drowning in it.

  • Reduce Chemical Loss

UV rays help break down chlorine in your pool.

So, using a pool cover on your pool extends the shelf life of chlorine found in your pool.

A pool cover can help in the reduction of pool chemical bills since you won’t be treating your water as frequently as you would have without a pool cover.

  • Protect the Pool Liner

UV sunlight also degrades the quality and look of your above-ground pool liner.

So, prolonged sun exposure will cause irreversible damage to it. Also, a pool cover will help you preserve your expensive investment.

Should I Cover My Above Ground Pool Every Night?

Yes! You definitely should cover your above-ground pool every night to keep the temperature of the water just as you like.

An overnight pool cover will also keep the pool clean from critters, dust, and leaves that can drown in the water.

Should I Cover My Above Ground Pool for Winter?

Sure. It helps to prevent damage to the pool surface, algae growth, and stains.

If you don’t cover the pool in winter, your beautiful blue pool will turn into a green mess. So, we highly recommend covering the pool winter.

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Should I Cover My Above Ground Pool In The Summer?

You should cover your above-ground pool during the summer months to prevent any chlorine degradation and evaporation.

A pool cover will also reduce water temperature loss at night and keep your pool free of dust, debris, and thirsty critters.

When Should You Cover Your Pool?

Your pool needs to be covered when its temperature is at anything less than 65 degrees. It is also recommended that you use solar cover throughout the whole swimming season to reduce water evaporation during the day and heat loss at night.

Can I Leave My Pool Uncovered?

During winter, you can leave your pool uncovered but it is better to cover it. That way, you’re protecting your pool from damage, stains, and algae growth.

If you don’t cover your pool in the summer months, you can lose up to 2 inches of water per week due to evaporation.

Are there Hard Covers for Above Ground Pools?

Yes, also known as sliding deck pool covers or retractable pool covers. But not all retractable pool covers are hard. Those that look like window blinds are.

Sliding deck pool covers are completely solid and act as an extension of your deck.

Now You Know How To Cover An Above-Ground Pool With A Deck! You can use either a mesh cover or a solid pool cover for winterization.

I also highly recommend you use a solar cover in summer when your pool is not in use.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below, and feel

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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