How to choose the best solar pool cover

Choosing a solar pool cover can be confusing…  There are many brands of solar blankets on the market.  They may all look much the same, but they are not.  Buyer beware! We demystify the process here, with an insider’s guide to how you can make a smart choice: MYTH: Solar pool covers are the same as “bubble wrap”, aren’t they? FACT: No, while a Solar Cover may look like bubble wrap (and are indeed often made in the same factory), the real difference is major. One of the joys of bubble wrap is twisting and...

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The bubbles on my pool cover have turned white and brittle.

If your solar blanket has become brittle, it means the plastic has begun to break down. If your pool cover is several years old, and both the top and bottom of the cover are affected equally, it is probably just an indication that your cover has reached the end of its life expectancy, and it is time to purchase a new one. If however, your blanket is only a couple of years old (and still under warranty), there is clearly an environmental factor causing this premature breakdown. If it is the top of the blanket (the flat side,...

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How do I fix a hole in my solar pool cover?

While small holes or tears in a solar pool cover don’t stop it from working, they look unsightly, and can easily become larger. If you’ve had your solar cover for a few years, and it has pretty much reached the end of its life, you are best off just biting the bullet and replacing it. If its only a new solar cover, and it is the seams that are starting to split, (not actually a tear as such), it could even be a faulty weld, in which case, it is likely covered by warranty. In this case you should take photographs...

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How to measure your pool for a solar cover

Measure your pool When buying a solar pool cover, order using your swimming pool measurements.  All measurements on our site refer to pool length and width, (rather than finished blanket size) so your first step is to measure your pool. You need the length and width at your pool’s widest points – if you have a freeform or shaped pool, just draw an imaginary rectangle around it, and use that as a guide. If you don’t have an imagination, just use some chalk to mark out the widest points! So measure the pool...

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$200 Pool Cover Rebate for Victoria

Under a new pool cover rebate scheme, Victorian residents can apply for a $200 cash rebate when purchasing and installing a qualifying pool cover and roller.   To qualify for the rebate, a solar blanket needs to cover the whole pool, be at least 400 microns thick, contain ultra violet (UV) stabilisers, be licensed under the Smart Watermark Approval scheme AND be purchased at the same time as a roller. If you have a combined pool and spa in one, the cover must be large enough to cover both the pool and spa. There are two...

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What is a micron?

The thickness of a solar pool cover is measured in ‘micron’ – which is just a very small unit of measurement = to 1/1000th of a millimetre. 250 micron is about equal to 2.5 mm, and 500 micron is 5.0 mm (or half a cm). 200 micron is the lightest you can buy in Australia, and 600 is the heaviest. We believe 600 micron is getting too heavy to be practical, so we only stock up to 500. As a general rule, your lighter weight pool covers are better for a short term solution – ideal for those who prefer to...

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New Spa Product – it’s HERE!

Tell us what you think. We are considering introducing an alternative style of spa cover to our range. These ‘soft’ spa covers are a cheaper alternative to expensive hard foam covers, and with childproof clips on all sides, offer some peace of mind when it comes to little ones and pets. An inflatable air bladder underneath increases insulation value, and provides a gentle slope to prevent leaves and water building up on top. Detachable air bladder UV Inhibitors for Australian conditions No styrofoam to absorb...

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