Winter Cover Recommendations

mummer43

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Jul 31, 2016
113
Lehigh Valley, PA
My pool is currently under construction and I will probably be finished just in time for me to close it for the winter. Is there a consensus on the best type and brand of winter cover?
 

mummer43

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Jul 31, 2016
113
Lehigh Valley, PA
Yes I’d like one of the nicer safety covers. I have seen Loop Loc and Merlin. Is one better than the other? Not really sure if I should get a mesh cover or a solid one.
 

cowboycasey

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Jul 3, 2013
8,648
Southern OK
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
CircuPool SJ-40
I have no idea, I just hear people talking about them... I have never covered my above ground pool and I am debating on covering my in ground when it is done.. :)
 

pskibo

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Jul 12, 2021
19
Wilmington, DE
Pool Size
24000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
I'm in a similar boat. Pool was done in June and now shopping for my first cover. Just got my first quote today on a Merlin SmartMesh cover and nearly choked on my coffee. $6200 installed! We have a 42x21 (750 sqft) freeform with paver deck. It sounds like it may be typical but I had no idea it would be that high. Not sure if there is a "value" brand out there that I should be looking at but I will surely be getting a couple additional estimates.
 

Wolfepack88

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Jun 21, 2020
240
NJ
Pool Size
17690
Surface
Fiberglass
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Jandy Aquapure 1400
I'm in a similar boat. Pool was done in June and now shopping for my first cover. Just got my first quote today on a Merlin SmartMesh cover and nearly choked on my coffee. $6200 installed! We have a 42x21 (750 sqft) freeform with paver deck. It sounds like it may be typical but I had no idea it would be that high. Not sure if there is a "value" brand out there that I should be looking at but I will surely be getting a couple additional estimates.
I'm going with a Loop Loc Aqua Extreme for my pool. Just got the quote and its $4,215.98 installed. Paver deck and this is first time so it includes the work to install the anchors. I'm in NJ so nothing here is ever on the cheaper side.
 
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mummer43

Well-known member
Jul 31, 2016
113
Lehigh Valley, PA
I haven't made decision yet as my pool was under construction until last week. No one would come and measure until all the decking was installed. I am going to decide between Merlin and Loop Loc mesh covers. My big question is whether it's worth the upgrade in price to go with their super dense mesh covers over the standard mesh. Can anyone offer any insight into this issue?
 

Wolfepack88

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Jun 21, 2020
240
NJ
Pool Size
17690
Surface
Fiberglass
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Jandy Aquapure 1400
I haven't made decision yet as my pool was under construction until last week. No one would come and measure until all the decking was installed. I am going to decide between Merlin and Loop Loc mesh covers. My big question is whether it's worth the upgrade in price to go with their super dense mesh covers over the standard mesh. Can anyone offer any insight into this issue?
same question I had/have but decided to get the benefits of both mesh and solid with the Aqua Extreme! Hopefully not a gimmick. Anybody have any intel on Mummer43's question??
 

SunnyP2000

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Jul 8, 2013
237
Long Island, NY
Pool Size
17280
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite Pro (T-15)
I haven't made decision yet as my pool was under construction until last week. No one would come and measure until all the decking was installed. I am going to decide between Merlin and Loop Loc mesh covers. My big question is whether it's worth the upgrade in price to go with their super dense mesh covers over the standard mesh. Can anyone offer any insight into this issue?
i actually went with merlin smart mesh for around 4k 16x32 but i have a full 16 ft sheer decent wall that creates some challenges. Also i don't want him drilling into porcelain tile so they have to order extra long straps, anchors will be installed in dirt. its on order i am suppose to have it in next 2 weeks. i went with smart mesh because my PB only uses merlin . since i don't have it installed yet i cant give you any more info but from what i have heard both merlin and loop-loc are same . i can report back in about 2 weeks when its installed.
 
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