Pool Liners - Lining Your Pool With Safety

by Pool Builders on 02-24-2010 in Articles

Pool liners provide protection to your swimming pool walls and even floor. Typically made of vinyl or other resilient synthetic substances, a swimming pool liner prolongs the life of your swimming pool as it prevents molds, leaks and other possible damages. It also enhances the overall look of your swimming pool with the wide variety of designs to choose from.

There are different liners available for either above-ground or in-ground pools.

Above-ground swimming pool liners are made of vinyl and installed in such a way that the lining becomes an integral part of the pool structure from floor to wall. There are 5 main types of above-ground swimming pool liners. These are the overlap, beaded, rectangular, variable depth and uni-beaded liners.

Overlap pool liners are those that wrap the entire pool wall extending beyond the top cover. Bead liners on the other hand are hooked at the top of the pool wall while rectangular liners are used specifically for rectangular pools with typical dimensions such as 16 feet by 24 feet and 12 feet by 20 feet. Variable depth liners are supposed to be used in above-ground swimming pools that have varying depths across the floor. Uni-beaded liners have similarities with beaded liners. The only difference is that a J-hook track is used to catch the liner lip.

For in-ground pools made of fiberglass, the fiberglass layer serves as the pool liner. Other in-ground pools also use vinyl for liners. This type is not as widely used due to greater maintenance requirements.

When selecting pool liners, there are many considerations and a wide variety of choices available in the market. For one, there is a variety of patterns and designs to choose from. Aside from the patterns and designs, choosing the right thickness can also vary depending on your pool usage. For short term usage, a thinner pool liner will suit the need for economical reasons. The thicker liners are meant for long term use as these can last many seasons. Thicker liners will naturally last longer as compared to thinner models that are likely to tear rather easily.

Your liner can last for several swimming seasons provided you follow proper maintenance instructions and care tips. While its deterioration is inevitable, as with natural wear and tear, what you can do is to try to slow down the process by doing some preventive measures. For example, maintain balance of chemicals in your pool water to keep toxins and pollutants within controllable levels. Consulting with pool professionals can help determine the right balance of chemicals in your pool. Acidity or alkalinity, calcium and chlorine content of the pool water should be maintained at sufficient levels. You also have to check your pool area for debris or materials that could possibly damage your liner.

Contrary to popular belief, your pool should not be fully drained of water as it exposes your liner to undue stress, shrinkage and extreme heat. Use only mild cleanser on your liner and cleaning should be done on a regular basis. Your pool filtration device should also be properly maintained to clean pool water and avoid chemical buildup and imbalance in your pool.

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