What Happens If You Have To Replace Your Pool Liner?

by Pool Builders on 04-01-2011 in Articles

A swimming pool liner is more about the aesthetics - it's an essential part of the pool system as it separates the structure of the pool and the pool walls from the water it's meant to hold. Swimming pool liners can be constructed of flexible vinyl liners, traditional tile and cement and by using cement, sealants and tiles.

A vinyl liner is an easy to install for a professional contractor and is an inexpensive alternative to concrete and tile pool liner construction. If your liner has rips or tears you might be able to patch it but after a time, the tears could be too large and be unable to be repaired and the liner will have to be replaced.

The vinyl liners offer practical advantages and can be used in above ground or in ground structures. There are two types of swimming pool liners available from pool installation professionals.

  1. Beaded liners have securing mechanisms and decorative finishes that are superior and more attractive than an overlap liner. The beaded liners are more expensive than an overlap liner but are considered top-of-the-line when it comes to liner replacement. The beaded liner has a beaded edge that clips into a track mounted around the edge of the pool. The smooth appearance of these liners make them almost indistinguishable from the traditional tile and adhesive liner.
  2. An "overlap" liner is more economical and can be used to improve the aesthetics of an inexpensive above ground swimming pool. With an overlap liner, the liner hangs over the lip of the walls and is secured by clips and the decking material.

If you're looking to give you swimming pool a makeover, why not consider swapping out your much-loved but wearing swimming pool liner. With the myriad types and colors of pool liners available, a new liner gives your pool an instant face lift. If maintained properly, a vinyl liner can last for close to 15 years. Their removal and installation can be easily and rather quickly performed by a pool professional.

If your pool is going to undergo a liner replacement here is what you can expect from the project and your swimming pool professional:

  • The old liner will be removed, cut up and hauled away.
  • The pool base will be washed down to any debris and dirt can be hauled away
  • A cement scraper will be used to peel off the old, chipped pieces of pool cement because a smooth surface is necessary when installing the new liner so that it lays flat and doesn't wrinkle.
  • Acid and water will be combined to remove any stains and possible algae growth
  • The new vinyl liner will be placed inside the swimming pool and it will be adjusted and stretched to fit the surface of the pool
  • All panels and joints will be secured and water will be slowly introduced to the new liner

In addition to addressing rips, tears and fading, a new liner will enhance the appearance of any swimming pool giving it a new look and feel.

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