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    Loop-Loc or Merlin cover?

    It's time for a new cover. We have a Merlin mesh cover, it's now about 15 years old, and needs replacing. Too many seams undone and bird holes to repair.

    Loop Loc supposedly has a solid cover with mesh sections so water still drains in and doesn't collect on the cover.

    Merlin supposedly has a smart mesh that doesn't allow any sunlight in.

    Can anyone shed any light (rimshot) on which brand I should go with and why? Do they products do what they claim? Or should I just go standard mesh, etc.

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    Re: Loop-Loc or Merlin cover?

    We have a Merlin Smartmesh cover. I am very pleased with it after 4 years. I open each spring (albeit early) to crystal clear water (and close late). What gets in is mostly just the inevitable worms and debris that will sneak below any cover. I feel the components are of a very high quality and would be similar to Loop-Loc. I would have no hesitation choosing the cheaper of a Loop-Loc mesh or a Merlin Smartmesh cover.

    I would not get a solid cover because a) the weight and b) the only benefit is keeping sunlight and debris out (which my mesh cover does great at).
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    Re: Loop-Loc or Merlin cover?

    How early do you open and how late do you close? I keep a bucket on the stairs, inside of which goes a sump pump which I hose to the other end of the pool, and I put pucks in the bucket when it gets warm in the winter (as it always does). I usually open end of April/early May and close end of September/early October. Pool usually takes 2-3 days to clear up upon opening, sometimes longer. One year it was perfectly clear.

    Do the newer mesh liners prevent more light than older ones?

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    Loop-Loc or Merlin cover?

    Smartmesh is likely newer than yours was. I open around April 20 and close around October 20. Water temps should be below 60 for both.

    I raise FC to SLAM before closing and then maybe add something if it warms before April but hasn't really been an issue.
    18'x38' Rectangle (3'-8 1/2' deep w/ diving board) - 27K gal. w/ gray plaster
    Hayward equipment (cartridge filter, 2-speed pump, SWCG, automation) View Our Build
    Coverstar automatic pool cover | StoneMakers concrete retaining wall and decking | Merlin SmartMesh winter safety cover
    Spring 2013 Build | Dolphin Active 20 robot cleaner | Support TFP!

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    Re: Loop-Loc or Merlin cover?

    The fellow I'm going to use said if I open as normal (late April/Early May) and close as normal (late September/Early Oct) I should have a clear pool. That would be awesome if he's right. I currently have duramesh.

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