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Thread: Solar cover over half of pool?

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    Way north of Chicago

    Solar cover over half of pool?

    Thinking about getting a solar cover. Pool is a free-form curving L shape, so it would be kinda difficult & expensive to get one piece to cover the whole thing. I'm thinking about just covering the deep end with about a 15'x30' cover trimmed to fit as in diagram below:
    [attachment=0:2faazqkx]pool cover.GIF[/attachment:2faazqkx]

    Does this make sense? Would it stay warm better to cover just the shallow end? Or do I need to cover all areas, maybe using two covers?

    Other questions: Do I need a roller? We hope to use the pool once or maybe even twice per day if it ever warms up here. Advice on what type of roller?

    Are Doheny's Clear-Tek covers any good? Looks like I can get a 15x30 16 mil from them for $112.

    Thanks for any info you can give.
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    Re: Solar cover over half of pool?

    Rollers are optional.

    The cover really does the most by preventing heat loss to evaporation. So the more you cover the better. Seems like 2 covers would work well.

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    Re: Solar cover over half of pool?

    As said most heat loss is due to evaporation. Covering half will help, but covering all is twice as good. Removing and replacing a cover is a PITA. So you need to decide if covering half wll achieve your needed result or not.
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