We had a solar cover about 9 years ago at my previous home that lasted 3 seasons and was still in good shape when we sold the place. Fast forward 3 years ago at our new place and I purchased another one since we loved it so much at the previous place. At the end of the 2016 season, it was basically disintegrating and dry rotting. It tore apart in multiple place and the bubbles broke down and shed all over the pool.
I figured I got a bad cover and went looking for other vendors but what I found is most people saying these things fall apart after 2 or 3 seasons.
Did I just get lucky with my first cover? Has manufacturing skimped over the last decade since my first one? Is there a good manufacturer whose cover will not break down so quickly or should I buy the cheapest, thinnest cover I can find and plan on replacing it every two years?