Choosing And Replacing Pool Liners

by Pool Builders on 08-29-2010 in Articles

Replacing a pool liner is a highly technical skill that's part science, part art. It's easy to measure a pool; knowing what to do with those measurements is considerably more difficult. A good pool service contractor can make sure your pool's liner has the best possible fit, without a single wrinkle. (You've heard the myth that every liner has some wrinkles? Well, it's just that -- a myth. Any properly crafted and installed pool liner will be 100 percent wrinkle free.)

Liners come in a variety of thicknesses, from 20 "mils" to 40. Generally speaking, most pools don't need a really thick liner; the standard gauge is 20 mils, and your pool probably doesn't need anything thicker than that. Most liners last about 10 years -- sometimes as many as 12 -- and probably won't last any longer, or develop fewer leaks, if they're thicker. The manufacturing process is the same for every gauge of liner, and warranties are the same as well.

Pool liners also come in a variety of colors and patterns. So you'll need to choose a pattern that you don't mind looking at for the next ten years.

Be sure to choose a contractor who knows what he's doing when he installs your liner. Make sure he knows how to install your liner over the steps in your pool -- you don't want the liner separating from the steps. You'll also want to make sure your contractor has a broad variety of liners you can choose from. Ask two questions of your contractor: First, find out how long the installation will take; it shouldn't take more than about three days. Then, ask if there's an option to purchase an extended warranty. Some contractors will offer protection beyond what the liner manufacturer offers -- sort of a guarantee of their installation work. Finally, remember that choosing a good contractor can save you lots of work in the future. If you like the contractor you've chosen to install your pool liner, you can simply call him again if you ever need someone to make repairs or perform simple pool maintenance.

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