Any opinions on a solid with a pump vs a smart mesh. My concern is worrying about water level and having to drain water from the pool to keep it below tile line. How is this done? Submergible pump? Do u have to take the cover partially off? How do u even know how high the water level is with the cover on. The pool company said they don’t recommend solid because they don’t last as long (they get brittle so like 5-7 years vs 10 years plus) another thing they said is when it snows you have to take the cover pump off so it doesn’t freeze then put it back on when it begins to melt. On top of having to sweep off heavy snow. We r in NJ and don’t get tons of snow usually though.
Is the perimeter padding necessary? I don’t have natural stone, it is a techo bloc clock cast concrete product. Or is the padding necessary because if the drop in the grass area only or is it necessary all around the pool?
I love the tfp method, but haven’t looked into how you guys close your pools yet. Is it bad to let the pool company do it? With them there to install the cover for the first year thinking it’s easier for them, but what should I make sure they do to continue with the tfp concept. Where does the water get lowered to? Just below waterline tile? Below 6” step into pool? Below 12 sun deck? Below 16” bench? I have so many levels to the pool and with the Texas freeze I saw a pool on here that had their sun deck freeze and pull the plaster off with it. Was that just a weird thing or can this happen with horizontal surfaces and a small amount of water so it needs to be lowered below areas like that.
Pricing wise do you guys feel this is along the line? I had one company quote close to $5,000 for solid, not sure if people are taking advantage in this market.