Vinyl Swimming Pool Liner Replacement

by Pool Builders on 10-23-2008 in Articles

Paramount to the performance and aesthetics of any pool is the lining that separates the structural base and walls of the pool from the water that it contains.

This barrier is called (a swimming pool liner) and it can be constructed using cement, sealants and tiles or by applying a purpose made vinyl liner.

This article is concerned with swimming pool liners of the flexible vinyl variety rather than the more traditional tile and cement approach.

What are vinyl swimming pool liners

Vinyl pool liners provide an easy to install and cheap alternative to in-situ pool liner constructions. They offer a number of practical advantages and they can be used to line an above ground free-standing swimming pool. This is an option that is not available with tiles and adhesive.

There are two types of vinyl swimming pool liners. Each type has a different head fixing and top trimming finish.

1. An "overlap" liner has an application that is only suitable for above-ground and semi-above ground swimming pools. With these pools the top of the liner hangs over the lip of the pool walls and overlaps them. The liner is then secured by clips or a plastic facia.

Overlap swimming pool liners are very economically priced and can be used to improved the aesthetics of a cheap above-ground swimming pool.

2. A "beaded liner" is very different to an overlap liner. The beaded liner has a securing mechanism and a decorative finish that is superior and more attractive than an overlap liner. Beaded lines do have a higher cost (both of initial purchase price and on-site fitting), but they are considered to be a "higher end" solution to the swimming pool liner replacement options for most pools.

How a beaded liner works

Beaded pool liners have a beaded top edge that clips into a perimeter mounted track that runs around the head of the pool's side walls. The track allows a smooth and professional finish that is hard to differentiate from real tiles.

Beaded versus overlap liners

Beaded liners can fit into above-ground and below ground pools. Their high level of finish and smooth appearance makes them indistinguishable from the traditional tile and adhesive liners.

Many older and worn out swimming pools can be refreshed by having their original tiles replaced by new and brightly coloured vinyl liners.

In terms of price, beaded vinyl swimming pool liners have a higher cost than overlap liners, but they are available in more colours, and patterns.

Why a vinyl pool liner

Vinyl swimming pool liners provide enhanced utility, comfort, protection and a mass of colour options. This makes them the most popular pool lining replacement system on the market.

They can last up to 15 years if the pool is maintained correctly, and their removal and renewal is quick and easy compared to a tile and adhesive system.

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