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Inground Pool Covers: 5-Star Solid Cover From Anchor Industries Inc.

Winter is coming and it’s time to get those inground pools closed up, covered, and ready to endure another season of rain, snow, and freezing temperatures.

There’s a lot you have to do to prepare your inground pool for the winter, which you can read about in our article (Inground Pool Covers: What You Should Know), but this article with focus on the final step—covering the pool with a winter cover. In particular, we will be focusing on the 5-Star Solid Cover from Anchor Industries Inc. and its strength, materials, durability, warranties, etc.

At Royal Pools and More, the 5-Star Solid Inground Pool Cover is a product that we recommend and we install a ton each year. It is a unique solid winter safety cover that does a great job of providing protection for your inground swimming pool during the offseason when you need it the most.

But before we get into the cover itself, we want to give you a little information about Anchor Industries, Inc.!

Anchor Industries Inc. Background

The business was founded in 1892 as Anchor Supply Company, a small riverboat supply house on the Ohio River. It supplied oil, groceries, paint, and eventually canvas goods to the steamboat industry.

The company has grown to be one of the leading manufacturers of event tents, awnings, fabric shade solutions, pool safety covers, fire shelters, and other custom fabric products. Anchor Industries Inc. currently employs over 300 workers and calls Evansville, Indiana its home in a 350,000-square-foot warehouse.

With over 120 years of experience, Anchor Industries Inc. is now a fourth-generation family-owned business!

Cover Features

Coated Vinyl

The 5-Star Solid Safety Cover is made with 14 oz. coated vinyl, which coats scrim in vinyl. What is scrim, you ask? Well, it’s a woven lightweight fabric made from cotton. Therefore, it has a little bit of flex to it, allowing the cover to stretch and cover the entire area of the pool. By coating this in vinyl, the scrim is given a protective layer that allows it to endure rain, snow, and/or ice.



The cover is also equipped with heavy-duty springs around its perimeter. The springs help secure the cover to the anchors that are installed around the patio area. The cover is stretched from the center outwards, otherwise known as 360-degree tensioning. This allows the cover to support the weight of the aforementioned rain, snow, or ice with Solid Vinyl Tensioning Paddles that can hold up to 3,400 lbs.

Water Removal Devices

As water, snow, ice, etc. builds up on the cover over the winter, it is important to remove it as quickly as possible to prevent any damage to the cover by exceeding its weight limit. (Even though it can support up to 3,400 lbs., you should still clear it when possible.)

To help with this, you have the choice of including an automatic cover pump or a mesh drain panel.

The automatic pump will siphon water away from the pool cover and towards another area of your property (likely the yard surrounding your pool).


On the other hand, a mesh drain panel will allow water to fall through the cover to the pool below. Now, with a mesh drain panel, you’ll have to keep an eye on the water level of the pool and clear the cover of any water that has not fell through to the pool. So, you’ll be responsible for a bit more maintenance if you choose to include a mesh drain panel.


However, both options are adequate for removing the majority of water that build up on the cover.

Other Features

In addition to the main features of the 5-Star Solid Cover, there are some additional features such as:

  • Manufactured by RF Welders which eliminate perforations resulting from sewing of the cover
  • No cross-webbing which allows debris to escape the cover freely
  • Tight fit over the pool
  • Can cover pools up to 1,300 square feet
  • Paddles welded on around the perimeter of the cover that are spaced out every 3-4 feet (fewer brass anchors needed)
  • Limited 10-year warranty (Anchor Industries Inc. Pool Cover Warranty)
  • Overlaps the pool by 1 foot 6 inches

Cover Colors

Additionally, you have a few different color options for the 5-Star Solid Cover.

They include:













How Effective is the 5-Star Solid Cover?

With the coated vinyl material, brass anchors, heavy-duty springs, paddles, and other equipment made to withstand the harshest of conditions, you can expect the 5-Star Safety Cover to get your pool through the offseason for many years to come.

At Royal Pools and More, it’s our mission to provide you with the best pool and pool equipment possible both during the pool season and during the offseason. We wouldn’t use or recommend a product that is going to fall short of our expectations, or yours for that matter.

We know just as well as you that the Midwest winters are nothing to take lightly. And with an investment so huge as an inground pool, we want to ensure its safety as much as you. The 5-Star Solid Cover is a great option, but by no means is it the only option.

There are plenty of other covers by plenty of other manufacturers—and there are others by Anchor Industries Inc., too! It’s all about finding what product best suits your need, which is why we give you information like this!

If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (219) 322-2797 or visit our Learning Center where you can stockpile your knowledge about all things inground swimming pools!