Swimming Pool Ideas – Question and Answer
We have an organic shape pool and recently added a pool heater and solar cover to the mix

We have an organic shape pool and recently added a pool heater and solar cover to the mix

27 August 2020

We have an organic shape pool and recently added a pool heater and solar cover to the mix. The surrounding concrete paver (if that is what those are called) are probably 30 years old and uneven.

Hence, I am not certain whether it is a good idea to add a reel to this shape and surrounding condition. So we’ve been rolling it up by hand (and put it back) every day…which is a pain in the put. Should I cut the solar cover in half for ease of taking on and off? Any suggestion would be deeply appreciated! TIA!

We have an organic shape pool and recently added a pool heater and solar cover to the mix

We have an organic shape pool and recently added a pool heater and solar cover to the mix

jes: We have a freeform pool too and we cut our solar cover into 3 pieces.It is still a slight pain but worth keeping the heat in during those early and late season months.

est: Do you find any disadvantage to cut into 3 pieces? I don’t think so but my husband is very against the idea.

jes: nope.

est: Does your solar cover flip up at the pool edge? Or you trim yours to fit the exact shape of your pool?

jes: we trimmed all around so it matches the shape of the pool and lays flat on the water.

zach: I’d cut it. They are cheap and you could do another one next year if you hate it.

tom: I have a similar shape pool and have a reel and it works ok. It has wheels on one end so I can roll it out of the way. I attached several strings to the far end of the cover to pull the cover back on. I tried cutting it in half and it was just twice the trouble.

est: Does your solar cover flip up at the pool edge? Or do you trim yours to fit the exact shape of your pool?

tom: I trimmed it to fit.

jen: Out solar cover had multiple seams which came apart over a short time. It is now in multiple pieces and way easier to put on the pool. There are some gaps where it doesn’t cover the pool completely, but I don’t think that has any big impact on the temperature. If your cover has seams, I would cut along there as it’s probably likely to come apart on its own anyway.

est: Unfortunately the seams is along the length of the pool. I was thinking of cutting in half (as opposed to strips). How many season before it come apart? One thing I have going for me is that the pool is in shade majority of the day. Hopefully that means slightly longer lifespan. But also means that my pool doesn’t get heat up by sun.

chris: Have you tried a reel so you can easily roll it up? That’s my plan when our pool is done being built. I’ve read folks fold it in half them reel it in.

bonnie: We cut ours too.

bro: Same shape, but 12*24 we drag on and off each night and it takes 5 mins and one person can do it. If i had a larger pool i would cut it in half!

jill: We wrestled one for the first 3 years…..not worth the trouble….it’s why we installed the heater.

eliz: Does the cover ever get algae or nasty rolled or folded up? Especially since it’ll be wet? We bought one a couple of months ago but still haven’t opened it.

est: Not too terrible yet.

michael: Id add a cover real. They have adjustable straps to pull on uneven edge covers. You can put it in ground so it still looks clean.

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