I'm guessing that this may be the most appropriate place to post this.
I've been doing research on TFP and other websites for opinions on a Mesh Safety Cover versus a Solid Safety Cover.
I do undrstand the basics such pumping water off of the solid covers and pumping water out of the pools with the mesh covers. I also see that many solid covers have a few mesh panels for drainage etc.
I'm also seeing opinions from people with Vinyl liners vs concrete / plaster pools and their preferences for either Mesh or Solid Covers.
In addition, I see the different "characteristics" of each cover as to how small of a particle that they will let through into the pool.
Can I get some opinions?
It's been about 15 years since I've had a pool and I'm just finishing my current install.
As stated in my sig, I have an Above Ground but it is (in the process) of being surrounded by my deck. I'm looking at the safety covers such as the loop loc and I'm leaning toward the Solid Safety cover.
(Pool specs are in my sig). Some area info:
My pool location is surrounded by very large trees, (Mostly Ash) which usually hang on to their leaves until over a month "plus" longer than the "average date the pool will be closed for the Winter. Sometimes they will hang on until late October until they actually begin to fall.
The trees are close (about 30 feet from pool and they are about 60 feet high and higher) but ...
My property is at the very top of a large hill on just under 5 acres. Because of the wooded terrain in the rear of the home and being up high, About 99% of the leaves drop and are carried to the lower part of the property about 1 acre away which is appx 120+' lower than the yard where the pool is located.
I never really get leaves on the tiered part of the yard that the pool , 2 lower decks, patio are on. I can forsee leaves blowing on the cover but the point of all of my description is that I'm not anticipating a ton of leaves (at least where my pool is).
I keep going back and forth between a mesh cover and a solid cover. (Leaning toward solid). But.... I see some opinions about solid covers that seem to indicate opening up to a huge slimy mess in Spring, comments about lack of sunlight etc.
On the other hand, I also see comments from mesh cover owners that say they get a lot of dirt, and the sunlight causes some algae etc. They seem to indicate that you "open up" to a lot of dirt and grit in Spring.
It's mind boggling. I'm guessing it does depend on climate, pool location and how the owner actually maintains the pool during the closed season etc, but can someone give me some brief "Pro's and Con's" on Mesh vs Solid??
In the past, I've always pretty much "opened" to a crystal clear pool (and that was from under a tarp with an air pillow which was pretty much the norm until these covers got so advanced I guess).
I'd like to think that closing properly, keeping an eye on the pool, pumping water when needed, shocking properly and maintaining chemicals until the weather is cold enough etc would usually allow either cover to function well.
Just wanted some additional opinions.
Thanks Very Much,