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    Jul 2015
    Philadelphia, PA

    Any deals on Solar Covers?

    Even though winter is in full force and my pool is buried with snow, I am looking for deals on a solar cover. I think that the common strategy is to get the cheapest one possible, since even good ones will only last 2-years on average.

    PS - Picture of my pool as it sits today!


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    JoyfulNoise's Avatar
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    May 2015
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Any deals on Solar Covers?

    Try INYOPool or SunPlay. 8mil blue or clear is fine. Mine didn't last more than 1 season but the sun and UV here in AZ destroys everything so I'm not surprised. Your mileage may vary....

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    Aug 2012
    DFW, TX

    Re: Any deals on Solar Covers?

    LOL!!! Nice pool! We'll take your word for it that that isn't just a puddle.

    Yes, an 8mil cover is all you need. It is lighter and easier to handle. 12mil won't really stop evaporation any more than 8 mil will and the sun hits it just as much. Keeping it out of the sun when it isn't on the pool helps a lot to reduce UV exposure. I'm on year 2 with mine and it seems fine ... so far.

    I don't really understand why they can't use better UV resistant materials. There are certainly lots of plastic things that can sit outside in the sun for many, many years without disintegrating. Hopefully, some solar cover makers are reading this and adding more UV protectant to their formula right now!

    After the first week I cut mine in half which helped a lot. My pool is 18ish x 41ish and now I have a 20x18 cover on each end. Both pieces stay in place fine, even in the recent 50mph winds. I need to make one of these this spring to help make it even easier to handle, DIY Solar Cover Roller
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    CCAT18's Avatar
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    Jan 2017
    NE Ohio

    Re: Any deals on Solar Covers?

    I am glad you started this thread!
    I have found it helpful so far, one do I know what size cover to purchase?

    I have a reel & the pool is 16 x 40 in-ground. Do you know what size I should order?
    26,000 gallon in ground pool, DE filter, vinyl liner, built in 1986...recently purchased home - trying to figure out the rest of the pool information...

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    borjis's Avatar
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    Aug 2014
    Pacific NW

    Re: Any deals on Solar Covers?

    If your pool is 16x40 then get the closest size but slightly larger, that way you can
    trim it to fit.

    I always get my covers from ebay. Matt had mentioned above sunplay, that is who I got mine
    from on get a better deal there because they price them less than on their website
    in order to move inventory and shipping (I have found) is always free. win / win.
    16x32 IG Vinyl, 13,000 Gals. Hayward S-244T sand filter, SP2810X15 pump
    (1.5 HP motor) Raypak PR266AEN (266k btu) gas heater. TF-100 Test Kit.
    Dolphin E10 Cleaning Robot.

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