We have a pool with an odd shape that makes it difficult to use a pool cover. Specifically, the sides of the pool change elevation in several places which make it impossible to use a roller to easily retract the pool cover when not in use. There is usually only one person around when the cover needs to be retracted, and it usually takes about half an hour and is very tiring.
If the pool cover was cut into smaller pieces it would make an easier job of it, as each piece could be rolled up separately; the weight of each piece would be managable, and the need to run back and forth across a 30 foot length to try to keep both ends rolling up evenly would be eliminated.
However, my concern is how much of the benefit of a pool cover would be lost. The actual gaps caused by having multiple pieces would potentially allow some heat to escape, but of more concern is the fact that water would more easily get on top of the individual pieces where it could evaporate and carry off heat. Reducing water usage is one motivation for using the cover in the summer; there is a lot of shade during the day so overheating the pool isn't a big concern, but I assume that since most of the heat loss is through evaporation the two goals mess well.
The cover is the silver/gray plastic type with bubbles that sit on the bottom when it floats in the pool, so it is also likely there would be a strip along the cut where the bubbles are destroyed. Obviously once I cut I can't undo the process so I don't want to do so until I have considered all the ramifications.
Is this something that I should do? If so, how much efficiency can I expect to lose? (For instance, if the cover was heating the pool by 15 degrees, how much can I expect when the cover in pieces?) Is there a particular pattern of pieces that would be more efficient? For instance, perhaps cutting stripes across the width of the pool would prevent the cover from overlapping itself and exposing gaps when the pump is on.