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Thread: How long does your clear solar cover last?

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    Aug 2009
    SF Bay Area (Lamorinda), CA

    How long does your clear solar cover last?

    Bought a 12 mil clear bubble cover from in August 2011 (thx to recs from folks on this forum) and it worked great but it started getting brittle and cracking in a couple areas towards the end of 2012 and now we have one zone at the reeling end that is sort of disintegrating. We have a new one en route as a warranty replacement but sorta curious as to what kind of lifespan folks are typically getting out of the clear bubble covers (our two previous covers were medium blue and I can't remember how long they lasted but I think we got a full two seasons out of each of them - is it typical for the clear ones to decay faster b/c they heat the water more than the blue ones do?
    1950's-era 17K gallon formerly fiberglass, newly replastered IG rectangle (~15x30'),
    Hayward S244S Sand Filter with Franklin Electric 0.75 HP motor and WhisperFlo WFE-3 pump
    Clear ThermaTex bubble cover
    Manual vacuum

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    May 2007
    Pleasanton, CA

    Re: How long does your clear solar cover last?

    My last clear cover I got 2.5 years out of it and I am now on my second year with my second clear cover. I think that chlorine levels and sun exposure are probably the two most important components in cover life.
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    18'x36' 20k plaster, 1/2 HP 2sp pump, Aqualogic PS8 SWCG, 420 sq-ft Cartridge, Solar, 6 jet spa, 1 HP jet pump, 400k BTU NG Heater, ThePoolCleaner

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