Hey folks, I'm looking to add a solar cover to our pool. We have a rather irregularly shaped pool with a very wide shallow end, and narrower deep end, free-form shaped. The deep end also has a rock waterfall, and there really isn't a good place for a reel. It's also rather long at about 40 feet, and wide in the shallow end at about 28 feet. I'd like the cover primarily to reduce heat loss in the swim season, as despite warmer temps here in the summer in Southern California, our neighbor has giant trees that block the southern exposure of the sun. Also, his trees tend to drop massive quantities of leaves and junk that our vacuum side cleaner cannot handle very well. I'm hoping that the solar cover can do dual duty to reduce this junk from falling in the pool. Lastly, during the winter months, the temp drops in the pool such that our salt water chlorine generator cannot function. So, I'd like to minimize chlorine loss during these months. So, my thoughts are:
1. Given the size and irregular shape, I'm thinking it might make sense to get two solar blankets and overlap them across the water. This would make it a bit easier to handle the blanket, particularly since I don't plan to install a reel.
2. I'd like to keep it clear because I like to turn on the LED lighting in the pool, and it would be nice to experience this even with the cover on.
3. I would like to get a solar blanket that is durable. I don't mind paying extra up front if this will last several seasons.
4. The cover does not need to serve as a security cover as the pool is surrounded by a safety fence.
So, any suggestions? What brands and suppliers do you all recommend? Also, what about the thought of overlapping two cut blankets to cover the entirety of the pool. Actually, I'll need to cut out a third 10' circle to cover the attached spa as well.
Thanks for the thoughts!