Solar covers make for a very cost-efficient source of heat in your swimming pool, but the application and removal of solar covers can be cumbersome. Solar cover reels were designed to make this burden far easier to bear.
Before you buy a solar cover reel, it is important to make sure that it will work for your swimming pool and your solar cover. Here are a number of factors to consider before making your purchase:
1. Pool Style/Shape
Most solar pool cover roller is specifically designed for only one type of pool, whether it is above ground or inground. Additionally, due to the nature of their mounting, above-ground pool solar reels are typically designed to only accommodate round/oval pools or rectangular pools and are not interchangeable.
2. Reel Mobility
Most above-ground solar cover reels are designed to be permanently mounted onto your pool’s top rails, though many come with a pivoting or quick-release option to get it out of the way easily enough.
Some inground reels also are built to permanently attach to the ground around your pool. On the flip side, a great many inground reels include castors (or feature them as an add-on option) to allow for better mobility. Make sure the design of the solar cover reel suits your taste as well as your pool.
3. Pool/Solar Cover Width
Some reels are only sized to work on pools of a certain width, while others have adjustable widths (usually through segmented or telescoping tubing) to be more accommodating. It’s important to find a solar cover reel that fits your pool. Too narrow will make for a reel that’s unusable. Too large will make for a reel that’s more cumbersome and ill-fitting.