On the recommendations of our Pool Care franchisee, we purchased from Daisy Pool Covers the 525B blue solar pool cover plus a roller to wind it up on. We selected that one because it was described as Daisy’s thickest non-commercial grade solar pool cover, and we didn’t want any problems with our pool cover or the roller for a long time.
The solar blanket is delivered and then has to be cut to shape on site to exactly fit the pool. Therefore we also had to pay for our pool man’s time to do this.
Believing that we would get at least 8 years (the warranty period) use out of the cover, we are most disappointed that it should be ripping and perishing after less than 4 years, .
Based on their statements about the harsh environment to solar covers are in, Daisy have a pro-rata warranty system. By my calculation our 525B blue cover which we have and is not quite 4 years old, should have an 8 year warranty [based on their web page http://daisypoolcovers.com.au/faq/what-is-the-life-expectancy-of-a-daisy-solar-pool-cover/]. Working on the 8 year warranty, we should have to pay a maximum of 50% of $714 (the quoted cost from Daisy of a new cover), being $408 ($357 + $51 freight).
Working with the $408 amount, it would costs us $1,120 (the original $712 + the above $408) for 8 years of pool cover life, working out at $140/year, which is noticeably higher than the indicative $80-$120 cost per annum (on the above web page).
I’m sure you will understand our disappointment with this product. Now we will have to consider as to whether it is worth spending even the $408 I calculated to purchase another pool cover from Daisy which will likely only last another 4 years.
Does anyone have any recommendations on a really good quality solar pool cover that can survive in a sunny & windy environment?