First of all, it is critical that the pool owner have a clear understanding of their daily habits and how the pool is used year-round.
If the user’s key concern is heating, opt for a clear cover to permit as much light to pass through as possible, for example, the Sol+Guard™
product or our EnergyGuard™
Selective transmission material which has less heating efficiency but includes algae control which will also help reduce chemical consumption more than typical translucent cover types.
In warmer southern or tropical climates where the pool owner wants the water kept refreshing enough to swim in, a highly reflective solar cover such as CoolGuard™
is the best option. This opaque material reflects the heat, cooling the water while maintaining it at a comfortable swimming temperature. CoolGuard™
solar covers offer probably the highest reduction in chemical consumption and even allow for a chemical and filtration-free shut down or hibernation period without an outbreak of algae.
All the above mentioned covers have a range of other benefits. Select from our Solar Pool Cover menu above or visit our Get the Right Solar Cover Page
to learn more.
There is no difference. A solar cover and solar blanket are one in the same.
For optimal savings in water, power, and chemical consumption, solar swimming pool solar covers should only be removed when pools are actually in use or when the pool is being shock dosed or if the chemicals are out of balance or the use season has ended. Always re-cover a pool immediately after use. You would be surprised to discover how quickly water and heat are lost without a cover!
Never, however allow use of a pool when a solar cover is in place or even partially covering a pool. It must first be completely removed for swimmer safety.
To achieve the maximum cover lifespan and maintain a healthy pool, always follow the chemical manufacturer’s dosage guidelines. Be sure to always first remove the cover as directed from the pool when shock dosing (super chlorinating) the swimming pool. Do not place a solar cover back on a chlorine shocked pool until the concentration falls to 4ppm or less. If the water chemistry goes out of balance, always remove the cover from the pool to prevent excessive chemical degradation.
When off the pool and left in direct sunlight, heat quickly builds between the layers of cover material. Once the material reaches its Vicat softening point, the material goes into its rubbery phase. If left to cool in this position, it will set to this new shape. Material in this condition can also melt or weld to itself, permanent wrinkles can occur and the cover can shrink. In short, storing a cover exposed to sun light without a reflective storage sheet can cause permanent heat induced damage. Reflective storage sheets are opaque sheets that shade the removed cover until it’s ready to go
back on the pool. It is a common misconception that reflective sheets are intended to protect against UV. The main intent is to prevent over-heating from solar gain.
Material thickness and different additive packages blended during the manufacturing process affect a product’s lifespan. Advancements gained through research and development are key to maximizing longevity which is the core focus area for our Plastipack GeoBubble™ solar covers with the unique GeoBubble™ technology. They continuously test existing products and develop improved/exclusive materials that allow for a longer lifespans and thereby add value for the money invested by the end user.
The performance of the material has been ascertained by testing their products on control test pools with chemical levels that are maintained within the industry recommended standards. Durability of the covers has been verified through accelerated UV exposure testing in a laboratory setting using QUV equipment suggesting a 25% longer lifespan versus standard products.
All bubble style solar covers regardless of manufacturer origin are subject to shrinkage in their length over their lifetime by up to 1 or even 2%. Shrinkage is largely avoidable by preventing your cover from over-heating when it is removed from your pool. In areas with really hot climates shrinkage can even occur while a cover is floating on a pool. Always shade your solar cover immediately when removed from the pool by using a
reflective storage cover or placing it in the shade. Once off of water, a cover can build-up heat very rapidly from sunlight exposure (solar gain) and begin to shrink if it is not protected. We automatically add approximately 6” (between 1&2%) extra length to or our Store listed cover sizes to compensate for possible shrinkage. It is not recommended to trim this additional material-off during installation.
All bubble style covers are prone to shrinkage. It is best to install covers whereby 2% extra length is allowed for beyond the actual pool length. For more information please see our FAQ tab on shrinkage.
Water temperatures above 90° F may shorten the life of any solar cover
regardless of manufacturer origin. If spa or pool temperatures rise above
90° F the cover should be removed and stored as directed. WeatherBeater™ does not warranty the cover if used on spas and or pools in which
temperatures exceed 90° F.
A pool covered with an opaque cover such as CoolGuard™
or a Selective Transmission (or “ST”) cover such EnergyGuard™
uses less chemicals than one covered with a translucent material. There are two basic reasons for this. First, algae require sunlight for photosynthesis to occur which allows it to survive and grow. Opaque and ST covers block algae supporting sunlight spectra, stopping propagation while reducing chemical requirements needed to oxidize organic algal matter, leaving them free to merely sanitize the pool thus requiring less.
When heating is the primary objective for installing a solar pool cover, the best option is a translucent cover material such as Sol+Guard™
that allows solar gain to heat a pool evenly through high sunlight transmittance. If lesser aggressive heating is desired but with algae control, then EnergyGuard™
would be the optimal choice
If keeping a pool cool is the main objective, a highly reflective opaque material such as CoolGuard™
is needed to shade the pool and reflect the sun’s energy away to maintain the pool water at a comfortable swimming temperature.
A clean cover is much more efficient than a dirty one and will allow more of the sun’s rays to pass through the cover to heat your pool water. Most dirt and debris can be hosed off of the floating cover directly into the pool’s skimmer.
It should be noted that there’s typically little gain to be had in using a solar pool cover as a winter cover. In the case of CoolGuard™
covers however, a chemical-free shutdown is often times possible because these cover types either block sunlight entirely or filter-out algae supporting wavelengths. It is typically of little benefit to use other cover types during winter shut downs as there would be no algae prevention benefit. Also remember that GeoBubble™ solar pool covers are not safety covers which are typically preferred in this season.
Clean your solar cover and allow it to dry thoroughly to prevent mildew. Fold it on the seams and roll it from one end or alternately it can be fan folded. Place the cover in a clean, dry, rodent-free area away from direct sunlight and where temperatures will not reach 120° F.
GeoBubble Solar Cover material is classified as LDPE 4 recyclable material.
Currently WeatherBeater™ solar pool covers do not work on infinity pools.