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Thread: Solar pool cover - big box store or pool store?

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    Jan 2010
    Northern Virginia

    Solar pool cover - big box store or pool store?

    I need to get a solar cover for my pool and I've seen the bubble type in the big box hardware store and I'm wondering if I should get one of those or order something from a specialty store? From what I've read in here, a 2 or 3 piece cover is easier to deal with than a one piece cover, so I'm not necessarily looking for a one-piece custom cover.

    I've also read that thicker covers last longer but cost more. I'd rather spend a little more now on a thicker cover than buy a whole new one in a year, but I don't know the thickness of the hardware store type.

    So, is there a special place I should get my cover from or should I try the hardware store if it's thick enough?

    700 sq. ft./30,000 gal, gunite pool; 48 SF DE filter; 1.5 HP pump; Salt Water Generator; Solar Heat

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    Melt In The Sun's Avatar
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    Oct 2009
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Solar pool cover - big box store or pool store?

    I got mine at Lowe's, and it's starting to fall apart after about a year. It will probably survive another season, but leaving blue circles in the pool the whole time. Performance will vary by area as well; since mine sits in the Tucson sun it has about as tough a life as any. I've never had a thick cover, but will probably give that a try next time.

    Depending on the shape of your pool, more pieces may be easier to handle. Reels are the way to go if your pool isn't too oddly (sorry I mean creatively) shaped.
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    West Michigan

    Re: Solar pool cover - big box store or pool store?

    I got mine on line, just a plane jane blue bubble solar cover. The 18 ft lasted 5 seasons on the Intex, but that was on just June thru Sept. This one is 2+ years old, it came with the used agp. I think it depends on if you only have it on for a few months or if you are lucky enough to live where your pool is open most of the year. For Michigan, I think cheep is the way to go. Kimrst
    5 years 18' Intex Frame pool, July 2009 upgrade, 28ft rnd used Doughboy, 1hs Hayward Power Flow pump, Doughboy DE filter.TF test kit

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    Oct 2009
    Jacksonville, FL

    Re: Solar pool cover - big box store or pool store?

    I got mine at Lowes last year and it is in very good shape. I paid about $100. You can save some money by ordering it on the internet. It is blue and only 8 mils however it seems to do the trick. I may get a thicker one when this one starts to fall apart. Hope fully I can get a few years out of thsi one.
    5,775 gal, IG free form, Beach Series Antigua by Marbletite Pebble finish, 2 swim out benches, Sheer Descent, IG Fountain, Dolphin / Mermaid Statues, StaRite Dura- Glas 1.5hp pump, Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter replaced with Hayward Pro-grid DE4820, Aqua Rite SWG with T-Cell 15, Polaris 360, Pentair 300w Light upgraded to Pentair IntelliBrite (OMG what a huge difference) , Heat Siphon Heat Pump DX 5.0 109,000 btu, Pool Cage, 1800sq ft Tremron Estate Pavers, solar cover, TF-100 test kit, Pentair Deck Jet, Apollo Magnetic Stirrer (Makes testing a breeze), Aquatherm Ecosun Solar Panels 192 sq ft with GL-235 Controller,Margarita Concoction Machine,
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