We have a Intex Ultra 16x48 and have used it for the past three years. The pool has been great. I setup the pool each spring and take down in the fall. Setup includes black polyethelene tarp and 1/4" fanfold foam insulation. I like to think that the 1/4" foam helps protect and foot feel. I never went with the thicker foams because of the price. Currently spend $100 yearly on the 1/4" fanfold ($50 for 4'x50'). Does 1/4" foam really make a difference? At the end of the season I throw out the foam as it looks pretty beat up from pool weight and moisture.
Tough to swallow spending $100 on foam each season. My family is talking about retiring our current pool and upgrading to the 22x52 ... so that will increase foam price even more!
So is putting down 1/4" foam worth it? Thoughts? Alternatives?