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Thread: Solar Cover 8 or 12 mil

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    Solar Cover 8 or 12 mil

    Is there a big difference? Is there anything I should be looking for in a SOLAR cover?
    25k Gallon Gunite Inground Pool
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    Re: Solar Cover 8 or 12 mil

    My experience is that they all fail after about two years, so I just get whatever is less expensive.
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    Re: Solar Cover 8 or 12 mil

    so it doesnt matter if its 8 or 12 mil?
    25k Gallon Gunite Inground Pool
    Pentair FNS PLUS DE filter
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    Chlorine
    Bel Air, MD 21015

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    Re: Solar Cover 8 or 12 mil

    12 mil is heavier. Retains heat a little bit better. You have to determine what your needs are in a cover and then go from there. Darker more opaque ones help cut back on FC loss to sunlight. Clear ones allow more light to get thru which may heat the water faster than a darker cover. The main thing they do however, is retain heat at night that is gained during the day. I have had several kind, they don't last more than 2-3 seasons regardless of the thickness, etc. so I now don't spend a fortune. I like my blue/black combo.

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