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    New automatic pool cover - use for winter or mesh?

    Hello. We got an automatic pool cover installed this season. The guys who installed recommended we go back to using our mesh pool cover when we close and for the winter season. Is this what most people do or do you just leave your automatic pool cover on year round?

    If if you do go back to mesh for winter, do you need to do anything with the automatic pool cover to winterize it or do you just let it sit out rolled up under the bench/box?
    40,000 gallon vinyl in-ground SWG (but we think it's broken) so we don't use as a SWG. Cartridge filter. Taylor K-2006 kit. Well water.

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    Re: New automatic pool cover - use for winter or mesh?

    We have a solid safety cover for winter and the autocover for summer. Since you already have the mesh cover I would agree to use it for the winter. Using the autocover for winter requires a leaving the pool full which requires a bit more work to protect things from ice, and it also shortens the autocover life. I'm told by our pool builder that they typically have to replace the autocover material every 7-9 years, but they aren't sure for ours since we have both covers and not many of their customers have both. Ours is near the end of it's 12th season and doesn't have any problems with the stitching/material/strength yet.

    Just make sure the autocover and it's box are clean and roll it up (open pool) before putting on the winter cover.
    20,000gal in-ground 16x36 sentry pools vinyl liner, Pentair sand filter, Pentair minimax NT heater, auto-cover, Polaris 280 cleaner.

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    Re: New automatic pool cover - use for winter or mesh?

    Thanks so much!
    40,000 gallon vinyl in-ground SWG (but we think it's broken) so we don't use as a SWG. Cartridge filter. Taylor K-2006 kit. Well water.

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    Re: New automatic pool cover - use for winter or mesh?

    We open the cover in the rolled up position when we close and have a Loop Loc cover that is solid except for a drainage window in the center. Don't really do anything else with the auto cover.
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    Re: New automatic pool cover - use for winter or mesh?

    Thanks!
    40,000 gallon vinyl in-ground SWG (but we think it's broken) so we don't use as a SWG. Cartridge filter. Taylor K-2006 kit. Well water.

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    Re: New automatic pool cover - use for winter or mesh?

    We have been using auto covers for 20 plus years and have never put an extra cover on for winter use. The auto cove is all we have ever used. Have had excellent luck with it so far can't complain.
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    Re: New automatic pool cover - use for winter or mesh?

    I use my auto cover as my winter cover. They are usually cut wide enough to take into account weight on top of the cover. Storing an extra winter cover was not an option for me. My first cover lasted about 10 years. I am now on the second. I try to lower the water level enough to protect my skimmers, but also give reasonable support to the autocover. On opening I usually have to raise the water level to get the auto cover to open. I suspect that a second cover would add some longevity to the autocover, but I also suspect leaving it rolled up in the cold is not particularly great for it as well.

    Using the solid auto cover the pool opens much cleaner compared to when I had used a mesh loop lock.

    Hope this helps.
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