Solar cover size question

volarium

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Sep 17, 2010
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Hi all, just found this very informative forum, this is my first post.

The width of my (new) pool (still being built) will be 14'3" x 26'10". The pool is a perfect rectangle, so no fancy cuts are necessary. Solar covers come in 14' width and 15' width. I can buy the 15' size and trim it, but since it's only a 3" gap, I thought it might be easier to just buy the 14' knowing how closely it would fit (and no risk of mistakes during cutting). Will that 1.5" gap on each side significantly reduce its effectiveness? Is it also possible that there's a little bit of extra width on the 14' version? What would you do?
 

JohnT

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Apr 4, 2007
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Welcome to TFP.

I'd be inclined to go with the 14' width. That's only 1.5" on each side. Very small impact on effectiveness.
 

J20832

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Jul 3, 2009
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Olney, MD
I disagree, depending on your situation...

For me, I am glad my cover is snug against the sides of the pool because it prevents a lot of leaves, insects and pollen from ending up on the bottom of the pool. If debris isn't an issue for you, then it would be much easier to buy the smaller size and not have to custom trim.
 

Bayport_Bob

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Aug 4, 2010
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Trinity, Florida
I recently bought a 16' x 32' rectangular cover for my 16' x 31' pool. I had to trim about 1 foot off of the width and 3' off of the length. It seems that some solar blanket suppliers send over-sized covers.
 

carlscan26

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Bayport_Bob said:
I recently bought a 16' x 32' rectangular cover for my 16' x 31' pool. I had to trim about 1 foot off of the width and 3' off of the length. It seems that some solar blanket suppliers send over-sized covers.
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