If you’re considering buying a solar swimming pool cover, there are a few things you should know before you buy. Solar pool blankets, like any other pool blanket, have their share of things that can wrong.
We’ll show you how to avoid these things and reduce your chances of these things happening to your solar pool cover.
Things That Go Wrong with Solar Pool Covers
Before we start, let’s get one thing straight, this article talks about common problems with solar pool blankets. It doesn’t cover the other types of pool covers on the market.
“I have all these tiny bits of plastic in my pool and filter”
This is quite a common complaint amongst some pool owners with solar covers.
We’ve all had items made from plastic that are left out in the sun for months at a time. After a while, the plastic gets brittle and breaks easily. Well, pool covers do the same thing.
Over time, the Sun’s UV rays, and also pool chemicals, break down the material pool covers are made from. It doesn’t matter how much you pay for your pool cover, this will happen eventually.
The better brands can last 4+ years. The cheaper brands can break down in as little as 8 months.
How to Extend Your Pool Cover’s Life
1) Circulate the pool water for at least 4 hours during the hottest part of the day. This will prevent concentrated pockets of chemicals at the surface of your pool – which quickly degrades a pool cover.
2) Buy a pool cover that has had UV stabilisers added to it. Without these chemicals, the cover won’t last.
3) Make sure your pool chlorine levels are 2 to 2.5 ppm. High levels of chlorine degrade pool covers faster.
Pool Cover Layers Come Apart
A pool cover is made up of two layers. The top layer and bottom “bubble” layer. When the cover is manufactured, if the machine fusing these layers together isn’t hot enough, they can come unstuck leaving you with two pieces of cover. This is called delamination.
The only thing you can do is to buy a quality pool cover and make sure your warranty will cover this.
Tearing and Ripping
Your pool cover will likely be taken on and off many times during its life. After a while, the cover will almost always develop tears, rips and small holes in it. Don’t worry about the holes, they don’t look great but they won’t really affect the performance of the pool cover.
Prevent Tears with the Ideal Pool Cover Thickness
The thickness of your pool cover will greatly affect how easily the cover will tear. We always recommend a blanket that is 400 microns in thickness or more. Thinner blankets such as 200 and 300 microns tear much more easily.
Use a Pool Roller to Prevent Tears
One final tip to prevent tears is to make sure you use a pool cover roller. Taking a pool cover on and off without one will result in tears. A properly adjusted pool blanket roller will evenly distribute the stress when removing a cover. When you roll up your cover, make sure you help it onto the roller a little to prevent folds.
So there are 3 things that can go wrong with solar pool covers. Despite these potential problems, a good quality cover will not suffer these things for several years.
Solar pool covers are still excellent value and cost far less than some of the other options on the market. And with some research, before you buy and a little care, you should be able to extend the life of your pool cover.
Questions? Comments? Don’t hesitate to leave your thoughts below!