What Does Your Swimming Pool Warranty Cover?

by Pool Builders on 03-26-2011 in Articles

Making the investment in a swimming pool is not a small undertaking by any stretch of the imagination. Because of the investment you're making, you want to make certain your contractor lets you know what type of warranty comes with both your it and with the equipment that keeps it running. Specifically, you want to check the warranty that comes with your liner. Many individuals purchase products and are under the impression that a warranty is a guarantee that the liner won't fail. If you take into consideration, items like incorrect maintenance and other factors - such as acts of nature - or improper cleaning.

At its most basic level, a swimming pool liner is simply a piece of vinyl or fiberglass and as such, they can fall victim to tears, punctures, holes, cracks, wrinkles or other liner failures.

Before you purchase your swimming pool, talk to the contractor and ask to see a copy of the pool liner. Read the fine print to discover exactly what is covered - and more importantly, what's not covered. Keep in mind that the limitations on what is not covered is usually much higher than what is covered. What does this mean for you? It means that a high percentage of the problems you may run into with a pool liner will not be covered under the warranty.

When it comes to in-ground swimming pools, the liner warranties are similar to the warranties that come with above ground structures. Again, with this liner warranty, damages or problems that arise and cause failure are almost always one of the limitations of the warranty.

Typically, the purpose of a swimming pool warranty is to help you with out-of-the box (literally) situations in which the pool doesn't hold water. If you purchase the liner and it leaks upon arrival, the warranty typically covers it. This type of warranty makes sense (from a manufacturer's point of view) because they don't want to sell a customer improper or faulty installation in the event the swimming pool liner was manufactured incorrectly, and as a result should be covered under warranty.

As a swimming pool owner, what does all of this mean to you? Bottom line, do not buy a pool liner without reading the warranty but don't base the whole purchase on the warranty alone. Purchase a liner and work with a pool contractor based on price and reputation.

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