So, we're still hovering around a pool temp of 85˚ which may last another week or two. In an effort to extend our swimming season a bit more, I'd like to invest in a color cover. So far it seems SolarCover.com offers the best deal.
Having an irregular shaped pool
I would have the option of going with an oval or rectangle. I think the rectangle would make more sense as I'm going to end up having to cut it anyway to fit the contours of the pool, plus it it a slightly cheaper price. Pool size is 15' 5" x 26' 7".
My question in on the thickness and pattern. Is 12mil thick enough or would I want 16mil? The worry here is ease of removal. I have contemplated cutting the cover into 3 or 4 pieces across the pool once it is cut to the pool form. This way, the struggle to roll up or pull out the cover is not as much work. Is the extra 4mil going to add or maintain that much more heat?
Secondly, I see there is the standard circle shape bubbles or the diamond shape. The crystal clear seems to be the best for heat retention and longevity, but the diamond shape appears to create more heat than the circle shapes. The only downside to the diamond shape is the full warranty is only 1 year versus 2 years on the circle shape. Does anyone have experience with the diamond shape cover?