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    Winter Cover Question

    Hello all, I'm new to the forum and need some advice. We removed our 16x32 pool cover today and tore it in the process due to it having dried out and become brittle. I'm in Arkansas and we still get lots of sun in the winter so I'm not surprised.

    It was a cheap cover that came with the pool and it lasted 3 yrs. A similar cheap cover is about $60 and I would expect a 3yr. lifetime for it as well. The best quality cover I can find runs about $190, so it would have to last more than 9 years to make it worth the money.

    I'd appreciate any recommendations on the matter.
    14000 gal., 20" Sand Filter, AG Pool, 1.5 Hp Pump

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Winter Cover Question

    Welcome to TFP!

    The following is just my personal preference, not universal advice. I go for the cheap covers and replace them every few years. Any time I get an expensive cover something happens to it and it gets ruined anyway. Several years ago a large branch fell and punctured the cover (but not the liner thankfully). Then the next one got used as a mouse nest all summer and ended up full of holes. After that I only buy the cheap covers.
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    Re: Winter Cover Question

    Thanks for your input Jason. Good point about the unexpected damage so I think I'll stay with the economy class cover.
    14000 gal., 20" Sand Filter, AG Pool, 1.5 Hp Pump

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