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    Solar Cover

    Well I am in need of a new solar cover this year. Who would have thought so many choices. I see there is black and silver and blue? Is there a difference? Different mils?
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    Re: Solar Cover

    Generally, they all seem to last only a couple seasons regardless of thickness or color. Buy the cheapest you can find

    You are better off with the blue or clear as more of the sun will penetrate it.
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    Re: Solar Cover

    Will the black ones heat it better? What about the mil? It seems taking it on and off tears real easy are the thicker ones tougher?
    28' Above Ground Pool, 20,000 Gallons
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    Re: Solar Cover

    I am not sure how to add anything more to my previous post.

    No, the black will not heat better.
    Thicker is heavier and more difficult to work with and more expensive, yet do not seem to last much if any longer.
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    Re: Solar Cover

    8 mil is a good one to go with, not too heavy so one person can put it on or remove it.

    I just bought a new one myself...if you look on ebay they seem to cost a lot less even though
    the same company selling them on their own website charge much more.

    I got a 16x32 oval blue 8-mil for $ 67 with free 2-day shipping...wow! Last one I bought like that was over 100.
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    Re: Solar Cover

    Clear is the best, allows the sun to penetrate and heat the water. I have tried the blue and the clear, clear worked best. Any cover only last 3 years max.
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    Re: Solar Cover

    I have had blue and clear, the clear heated better than the blue and both were the same mil
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    Re: Solar Cover

    I hate the name "solar cover"

    Let's all remember that the cover is not "heating" the water. It is retaining the heat in the water that would be lost to evaporation. If you have little wind and your humidity is not very low, you will actually add more heat to the water with NO cover on the pool while the sun is shining on the water. (This is why the clear cover seems to heat the most) After which you need to cover the water to reduce losses at night.
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    Re: Solar Cover

    clear though slightly better for heating, the trade off is you lose slightly more chlorine to the sun.

    For that I stick with blue.
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