Hi everyone....Time for some more advice from the experts!
I have been beating myself up over our winter cover choices. We have a newly finished 20 X 40 IG Roman vinyl. Stucco wall on one side, attached, raised (about 20 inches) spa, on the other side. Our deck is wet set travertine. There are two major reasons why I am resisting the mesh safety covers.
1. Cost...I have gotten 3 estimates which range from $6000 to $7300 for the cover and installation. Price seems insane to me.
2. The thought of 60 to 70 holes drilled into my beautiful stone deck and wall is driving me crazy. I know most people say you really wont notice them...but I think I will.
I also just heard a horrible story from a pool owner of a mesh cover. He was away for the winter and was unable to pump out the extra water. The water level rose to just under the coping, froze, and lifted the coping out of place. Is this even possible? Two pool repair companies have told him that this was the cause and he must remove excess water as the pool fills.
I guess my question is can I use the old fashioned cover with water bags? There is 12 inches of coping on the wall side of the pool...should be enough room for water bags right? Should I just get one large cover so that I can cover the spa with same one ? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.