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Thread: Any recommendations on a solid cover for 20x42 gunite IGP?

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    Aug 2012
    Farmington Hills, Michigan

    Any recommendations on a solid cover for 20x42 gunite IGP?

    I am a newbie, we just purchased a home with an inground 20x42 gunite pool this spring. The previous owners used a regular cover with the water bags, but we ripped it when we opened the pool (I have a feeling it was pretty old). Now I am looking to replace it with a safety cover just because they look so much nicer. The pool area is visible from every window on the back of the house, including the kitchen.

    This is a HUGE investment & I can't seem to find any reviews online for the solid covers. My question any of you have experiece with them? Which brand or type is best? I've also debated between a mesh cover & a solid one...we don't have many trees and the pool is completely surrounded with a chain link fence, so I'm not sure it will get a lot of debris...then again & don't want a swamp in the springtime, so maybe I should go with a solid one.

    I should mention we live in Michigan, so Looooonnnnggggg winters here with the potential for an abundance of snow.

    Thanks for your help!

    Farmington Hills, Michigan
    First time pool owner
    40,000 gallon gunite with Roman stairs
    Sand filter

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    May 2008
    Montgomery County, PA

    Re: Any recommendations on a solid cover for 20x42 gunite IG

    My cover is 7 yrs old, we got it when we purchased the pool. The cover was custom made due to our free form pool design. I like having the hard cover because no light gets in and the pool is crystal clear when we open it in the spring. Howeverh, it is very heavy and requires three of us to take it off. It also requires anchor in the decking (no water bags) and a pump for the cover to draing water off.

    My neighbor has a mesh cover and opens to a completely green pool every year that requires a lot of cleaning every spring. I think there are mesh covers out now that are lighter than the hard covers, but don't allow light in, so they inhibit algae growth.

    I hope that helps.
    23K Gunite IG Pool
    Waterway Crystal Water SVL56 Pump/1.5HP AO Smith Motor
    Hayward Star-Clear Plus Cartridge Filter C17502
    Aquarite 40k SWG
    Polaris 360

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