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Thread: Solar cover - 8/12/16 mil?

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    Solar cover - 8/12/16 mil?

    I'm looking at buying a new solar cover, but not sure what thickness to go with. I see prices go up with thickness, and I gather that thicker cover would equal more heating. But are there any disadvantages to a thicker cover? I will use it on a 16x24 oval in-ground pool with a solar reel.
    16x24 oval (12500 gallon) in-ground vinyl Doughboy.
    Pump: Power Pak III 1 HP
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    East Texas

    Re: Solar cover - 8/12/16 mil?

    They "supposedly" last longer, but the general consensus here is that they don't.
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    Re: Solar cover - 8/12/16 mil?

    Yeah, I think woody is right.......most folks get as much use out of a cheap one as the expensive ones.
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    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: Solar cover - 8/12/16 mil?

    One disadvantage to thicker covers are they are heavier and generally harder to manipulate.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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