A quality vinyl pool liner will last a long time, but even the most robust liner needs to be replaced eventually. If you’ve had your inground pool a few years, it may be time for a new liner. Here’s what you need to know.
New Liner, New Look
A new pool liner is a significant investment, yet it’s also an opportunity to give your pool a facelift. Nowadays, there are many pattern options available that can create a range of different moods and themes for your summer oasis.
You can choose a complex mosaic pattern or a more simple, understated design. You can opt for a tile border at the top edge of the pool (anywhere from 7-14 inches), or a solid color without tile for a more traditional look.
The pattern and color you choose is a big decision, as it determines the color of your pool water. And while you can get a basic idea from a catalog, it’s best to see the vinyl patterns as they appear in pools. The color you see outside of the water doesn't necessarily reflect how it will look once it's filled with water. Ask your pool builder to see samples as they will appear.
In addition to choosing the pattern or design of your liner, you will also need to choose the thickness. This is measured in gauge units and generally ranges between 20-27 ml (or 30-20 gauge). Your consultant can help you determine which pool liner thickness is best suited to your needs.
Qualities of a Good Pool Liner
A top quality pool liner will adhere to the sides of the pool firmly without any gaps. It will also be constructed so that it appears seamless. Nothing makes a pool look older than when the seams are visible in the lining.
As the lining ages, this becomes more of a problem, because dirt gets trapped in the seams, making them even more visible from the surface. Latham’s Ultra-Seam™ process eliminates this issue by camouflaging the seams so they’re barely visible. This makes your pool look newer longer.
A Good Time to Consider Other Upgrades
Since you’re investing in a new pool liner, this might be a good opportunity to check out other possible improvements you can make at the same time. For example, steps can be added at one end of the pool, giving you new functionality and making it easier for kids and seniors to get into the water. If you're re-working your concrete or decking around your pool, consider adding an auto-cover for fast and convenient pool safety.
Maintaining Your New Liner
It’s recommended that you vacuum your pool once a week. Then clean the interior walls with a soft brush to remove the film caused by suntan products, body oils, and contaminants. If this maintenance is done regularly, the residue won’t have a chance to build up and become unsightly.
The other important caution is to avoid introducing sharp objects into the pool. Bottle openers and toys not designed for pools can cause punctures in the lining, which will have to be repaired.
What to Expect with Your New Installation
In most cases, the replacement of your vinyl pool lining can be accomplished in one to two days. After your old lining is removed, the walls of the pool will be inspected to make sure they’re in good shape, and then cleaned thoroughly. After application of the new lining, a vacuum device will eliminate any bubbles and ensure a smooth surface.
Getting a new pool liner is almost as exciting as when you first had your pool installed. Take your time selecting a lining, and get ready to give your backyard a whole new look.