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How do I Choose the Best Solar Pool Covers?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
  • Edited By: Michelle Arevalo
  • Last Modified Date: 10 September 2018
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When you are shopping for solar pool covers, think about the size and shape of your swimming pool. Try to see if they can easily be cut to the exact dimensions needed. You should also consider the type of material they are manufactured from. The thickness of each could also play a part in your decision, as can the method of installation.

Solar pool covers come in a variety of shapes. They can be round, oval, square, or rectangular. Choose one in the shape of your swimming pool, so you can be sure it will fit. If your pool is an unusual configuration, you may want to consider having one custom made.

These products also come in various sizes. Measure the length and width of your pool and add approximately six inches (15.24 cm) to each side if it is square or rectangular. If it is oval or round, add that amount to the overall diameter. This may allow you to extend the solar pool covers beyond the outer walls in order to keep it in place better.

Solar pool covers might be constructed from vinyl, polyethylene, or polypropylene. Polyethylene is typically more translucent than vinyl or polypropylene, so more light might be allowed to penetrate the water with one of these blankets. Even so, a vinyl or polypropylene cover might stay in place better and be easier to install.

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Most solar heating blankets have what appear to be bubbles on the top of the cover. Consider the size of these bubbles as well as the overall thickness of the item. Larger bubbles might be easier to pop, which could reduce the effectiveness of this product. Also, a thin cover might be easier to fold up, while a heavier one could also help keep out leaves and other debris.

Most of the time, solar pool covers are simply placed on top of the water's surface and allowed to float. This can make putting it on and taking it off cumbersome. You may want to consider using a reel to help you with this task. If you choose this model, make sure the one you select can be used in conjunction with one of these machines.

Solar pool covers help reduce the amount of maintenance required, as well as extend the swimming season. Choosing the right one can be important as it can help you maximize the benefits of owning a pool. There are many types available, so finding one to suit your budget and needs should be easily accomplished.

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