I have recently purchased a house in Northern CA with a fairly standard rectangle pool (15' x 33'), so am trying to quickly get up to speed with all that is required. I really like the idea of a solar cover, but am quickly becoming confused.
I had settled on a 16mil clear cover and was considering getting a reel from the same place for an additional $160. I had read reviews recommending the Rocky reel, but at $300+, it was a bit more than what I was anticipating. I dont like the idea of getting a reel in any case - I think they are unsightly, but I haddnt really given much thought to getting a cover on and off until I started researching. So, my questions are:
1. If buying a solar cover, would you say getting a reel is recommended?
2. Does anyone use a 16mil cover with a reel without issue (I have read that 16mil is too thick to use with a reel)?
3. Does cutting the cover into smaller sections reduce the effectiveness? I am wondering if this is a better alternative to getting a reel.
Any advice or input would be well received - especially from anyone in the Bay Area (ie. what mil are you using, how effective is it etc)...
Thanks in advance!