Solar Cover Disintegrated

Bicster

Well-known member
Jul 4, 2018
78
Toronto, ON
My solar cover has disintegrated!

I noticed a few blue plastic circles in the water and didn't think much of it. Today I got to remove the cover and the thing basically tears and falls apart in my hands dropping a bunch of blue plastic circles in the water.

It's only two years old - is this normal and to be expected?
 

TO116

Well-known member
Jun 30, 2019
68
New Jersey
From what I understand, yes.

They should be replaced every few years because they begin to break down.

I guess longevity depends on a lot of factors. Initial quality, UV exposure, chlorine exposure, etc.
 

Homebrewale

Well-known member
Apr 21, 2020
215
Apex, NC
I get about 3 years from each cover. I have noticed that one of the main things that shortens the life is leaving the solar cover on a roller out in the hot sun. It should have a cover over it at a minimum. When I'm no longer going to use the cover for the summer, we carry it back to under our trees for storage to keep it out of the sunlight.
 

borjis

LifeTime Supporter
Aug 19, 2014
3,281
Pacific NW
At the very end of season 3 mine had started falling apart. I tried for a fourth but those blue circles where everywhere, Everytime I took the cover off.

I covered it on the roller most of the time.
 
I'm on my 6th season with mine. Noting it is a super heavy 16 mil blanket.

When not in the pool, we have a cover that goes over it. The cover is basically a tarp with velco down the center, I dont recall where we found it online.

We use the same cover for storage during the harsh Michigan winter months and have seen no damage.
 

gx22

Well-known member
Jan 21, 2014
49
CA
I had scrap pieces of solar cover left on the ground when I changed my solar cover. After 2 years the solar cover in the pool the bubbles burst and it tears in many places. However the scrap pieces on the ground are still intact even though they receive the same amount of sun and gets hotter temperature than the pool cover. This makes me believe the pool chemicals deteriorate the cover the most.
 

Newdude

Well-known member
Jun 16, 2019
4,360
NY
The little plastic circles are like an ice dispenser when you see them. Its one at first...... then two of them........ 9768 of them.......
 
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marcgr

Bronze Supporter
Oct 4, 2015
104
Austin, TX
It seems like it’s the part that’s exposed to the sun while on the reel that fails for me. I’ve started buying them several feet longer than I need and simply cutting off a couple feet when it starts to deteriorate.
 

DorsalSpine

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Jul 8, 2013
657
Columbus, Ohio
It seems to me solar cover life is a function of heat, sunlight, chlorine content, thickness. The sweet spot for me was a 12 mill cover, a reel to wind it up, a cover to protect it on the reel and good water management. I assumed a three year life with any years after that a bonus. The warranty is typically BS and almost impossible to get them to honor.