I'm about to replace my 12 mil clear bubble solar pool cover for about the 5th time in the 8 years we've had this house. It's about the thickest cover that my Aluminum pool reel will take.
I've been purchasing them, so far, from PoolSupplies.com/SolarCovers.com/LeisureLiving.com (all the same company) in Tonawanda, NY.
They currently cost about $125. new including shipping.
They have all had an '8 year warranty' (2 years full warranty, 6 years limited warranty).
In real-life that has meant that after 1.5 years when the cover starts disintegrating I put in a warranty claim and get a new cover (after sending in photos and sometimes a small section of cover) but I have to pay a $60. shipping fee.; Then after the 2nd cover starts disintegrating after 1.5 years I am told that I will have to pay 50% of the cost of a new cover and the $60. shipping fee -WHICH ENDS UP COSTING ME ABOUT THE SAME AS A BRAND NEW COVER (but would not have any warranty coverage on it).
So, of course, I choose to buy a NEW solar cover after the full warranty has expired because it has RENEWED 2 year full warranty coverage on it (and the initial shipping is free).
If I continue to follow this plan, new solar covers will cost around $185. every 3 years.
1) Will my Los Angeles pool lose more than $185. worth of water every three years if I am currently paying $.007/gallon for water?
2) Are there any better deals for solar covers out there RE: durability and/or warranty coverage and total costs? (My quick research seems like they're all about the same).
I want to be a good citizen RE: the drought here, but as times are getting tighter financially, I need to make the best decisions for my family.
We have been constantly considering filling-in this aging, needy pool, but it seems that it would cost us a few thousand to do that too....
Thanks for any illumination other owners can provide!