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    Solar cover size question

    Hi all, just found this very informative forum, this is my first post.

    The width of my (new) pool (still being built) will be 14'3" x 26'10". The pool is a perfect rectangle, so no fancy cuts are necessary. Solar covers come in 14' width and 15' width. I can buy the 15' size and trim it, but since it's only a 3" gap, I thought it might be easier to just buy the 14' knowing how closely it would fit (and no risk of mistakes during cutting). Will that 1.5" gap on each side significantly reduce its effectiveness? Is it also possible that there's a little bit of extra width on the 14' version? What would you do?

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    Re: Solar cover size question

    Welcome to TFP.

    I'd be inclined to go with the 14' width. That's only 1.5" on each side. Very small impact on effectiveness.
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    Re: Solar cover size question

    I'll agree with John. Go with the 14' width. When I bought our 24' round it is a little bigger than the pool.
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    Re: Solar cover size question

    I disagree, depending on your situation...

    For me, I am glad my cover is snug against the sides of the pool because it prevents a lot of leaves, insects and pollen from ending up on the bottom of the pool. If debris isn't an issue for you, then it would be much easier to buy the smaller size and not have to custom trim.
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    Solar cover size question

    My pool is 16ft round. I bought a 15ft cover & it fits perfect
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    Re: Solar cover size question

    I recently bought a 16' x 32' rectangular cover for my 16' x 31' pool. I had to trim about 1 foot off of the width and 3' off of the length. It seems that some solar blanket suppliers send over-sized covers.
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    Re: Solar cover size question

    I am looking to purchase this solar blanket

    Would anyone have a picture of what the product looks like in-place ?

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    Re: Solar cover size question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bayport_Bob
    I recently bought a 16' x 32' rectangular cover for my 16' x 31' pool. I had to trim about 1 foot off of the width and 3' off of the length. It seems that some solar blanket suppliers send over-sized covers.
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    Re: Solar cover size question

    Quote Originally Posted by susa
    I am looking to purchase this solar blanket

    Would anyone have a picture of what the product looks like in-place ?
    Sorry no, have you tried google images?
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