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    Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    I'm a little tired of replacing my BLUE SOLAR cover every 2 years after small blue pieces start floating around & ending in my Skimmer basket. And these things aren't inexpensive! Yea, I get it that the SUN & Chlorine suck the life out of them. We actually remove it & store it away from sunlight about 5 months of the year - over winter time. (California) The last 3 we bought from Leslie's pools. Are THEIR brands just inferior, or are ALL of these problematic?

    Has anyone found a brand & thickness that actually LASTS more than a couple of years? Is the added expense worth it or do you just toss yours every couple of years

    Any advice or link to some recommendation would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    I haven't found one that lasts more than a couple years. I stay away from the 8mil covers even though they are cheaper. I bought one once since none of them seem to last very long and it started falling apart after one year.
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    Thanks ... yea, my last 3 have all been 12 MIL ... all no more than about 2 - 2.5 years though. Ugh ... why why why ? ....
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    I'm on my 3rd season with the space age one with blue top and silver bottom. Some bubbles are broken but havent got pieces yet. Probably toss it this fall.
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    You might get one lasting 4 or 5 years, but they have really really heavy. I made the mistake of getting a long-lasting cover and I don't use it because it is nearly impossible to get on and off.
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by banditig View Post
    I'm on my 3rd season with the space age one with blue top and silver bottom. Some bubbles are broken but havent got pieces yet. Probably toss it this fall.
    https://www.amazon.com/MidWest-Canva.../dp/B004VU8GY2
    I checked the reviews on that ... not good ... Guess you are one of the lucky ones. Thanks though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcindc View Post
    You might get one lasting 4 or 5 years, but they have really really heavy. I made the mistake of getting a long-lasting cover and I don't use it because it is nearly impossible to get on and off.
    Good point.. Maybe I'll just stick with the 12 MIL one at AMAZON & expect 2 years of use ... It's cheaper ($112) than Leslie's pools & looks like the same product they sell for like almost $200 ! Thanks
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    That is pretty typical. We recommend thin and cheap. 8 mil is easier to handle, works just as well and lasts just as long.
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    Thanks !!! (again .. )
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    Just get it from ebay.... last one I bought was a 12 mil USA made cover that 34 x18 for around $70 shipped to my door. Couldn't beat the price anywhere local or off amazon.
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    Thanks for the info.
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    Re: Solar cover that doesn't deteriorate over 2 years?

    yep ebay is the best option, the prices are always lower and usually include free shipping.
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