Hey all! This is my first post on TFP. We just purchased a house with a pool in Northern California and I was looking for some advice on what kind of pool cover to purchase. About the pool: It's 22x36 at its widest/longest point and irregularly geometrically shaped (think straight lines) surrounded by a concrete patio. We have a lot of trees in the area so there's often quite a bit of debris (leaves, cypress needles, etc.) in the pool which I'd love to have a pool cover help out with. I was thinking of getting some sort of a mesh/solid cover that stretches taut over the pool and anchors to the patio to make sure no leaves get in the pool when not in use. What I am wondering is do these kinds of covers provide ANY sort of warming effect and anti-evaporative effect like the bubble covers do? I'd like to extend the length of my season but the bubble pool covers don't keep any of the leaves/cypress needles out and all the reviews I've read say they don't hold up for much more than a year, so I'm hesitant to spend any money on them. Also, are those kinds of mesh/solid pool covers a hassle to remove?
I had imagined that a dark mesh/solid pool cover might help warm the pool since the cover would absorb sunlight and radiate the heat to the pool, but I'm not sure if the greenhouse effect would just be inhibited since less light gets through the pool. If that's the case, would a bubble pool cover under a mesh cover help at all with warming?
If we go with the mesh cover, I had also toyed around with the idea of just using neodymium magnets instead of screwed in anchors since we don't have to worry about snow out here - any thoughts?
Thanks in advance for your advice!