I'm considering getting a solar cover, primarily to raise the temp and extend our season. I've looked at enough sites to get a good idea of how the covers and rollers work. My concerns have to do with debris and how a cover would work related to that.
1. I get pine needles in the pool year round. Usually the skimmer and polaris get them out. If we have a windy day, I might manually skim the floating needles. If a solar cover is on and gets lots of needles on it, how do I deal with that? My impression from others on the web is that a leaf blower will not blow them off.
2. I also have a big cherry tree at one end of the pool that drops lots of leaves in the fall and a huge quantity of white blossoms in the spring (before swimming season). I'm not sure how a floating solar cover would work with either of these problems. What I do now when these occur is to manually skim once a day and let the skimmer and polaris take care of the rest.
3. Would I get most of the benefit from a solar cover if I use it just at night?
4 Does anyone have suggestions on specific products, covers or rollers?