I currently have a Loop Loc mesh safety cover. The cover is 7-8 years old and in decent shape. I like many things about the cover but the light penetration causes severe algae problems in the spring. The pool is located in an area with intense direct sunlight year round. Every year when I open its a Shrek swamp. I even tried closing the pool in November and opening in early April with the same result.
I think a solid safety cover would be my best option for replacement, and am open to either solid with cover pump or the mesh drainage panel version. My preference would be one with the mesh panel since my house has a well and I would like to continue to fill the pool with rain water. But I don't want to run into the same problem with algae. Given my past experience I am reluctant to have a cover with any mesh even though I hear some of the new mesh blocks most sunlight. Does anyone have experience with these hybrid type covers and can verify that they prevent algae blooms?
Another consideration is possible reuse of existing anchors from the Loop Loc cover. Could a different safety cover use the same anchors that I currently have? Not looking forward to installing another set of anchors. Does each vendor have a different anchor system in terms of type and placement of anchors? Could an Ultra Loc cover use the same anchors? Also looking at Hyper-Light covers but open to other options as well. The pool is 20X40 with roman-end center steps. Thanks for your help.