Guide to Pool Liner Replacement
Whether you have one of the many inground pool liners or above ground pool liners, most swimming pool liners are made of vinyl. They do erode over time and can be sun bleached and get holes from time to time. Most pool liners last for up to twenty-five years, depending on the care they receive and the amount of use and abuse it takes from swimmers and the environment.
It is highly recommended to cover your pool when not completely filled with water or not in use for an extended period of time. The reason for this is with the lack of water, vinyl swimming pool liners tend to crack and erode faster due to freezing and thawing temperatures. The more debris like sticks and creatures like frogs and insects make the swimming pool liners susceptible to fungus and algae growth causing deterioration of the vinyl fibers.
You can replace your swimming pool liners on your own depending how large of a pool you have and knowing that inground pool liners are a tough nut to crack when trying to install. Above ground pool liners are a little easier if you know how to do it, and you will save yourself some money in the long run.
Installing Above Ground Pool Liners
If you did not set up and install your first pool liner, you may need some assistance to understand exactly how to install your above ground pool liner. It is fairly simple and in just a few steps you will be filling your pool with fresh, clean water over one of the nice bright pool liners available for use.
First, you need to drain all the water out of the pool and remove the old pool liner. After you have done that remove any caps on the beaded or hooked top of the pool frame and make sure that your pre-formed sand or foam coves are in place to stop the liner from going under the walls. The ground must be level in the center of the frame of the pool and properly stomped down, or you will get grooves and dips in the liner.
After all that you are ready to install the liner which should have been properly inspected for holes and damaged and laid out in the sun to become more pliable. Your manufacture instructions should direct you which types of fasteners you have on the top edge of your frame for proper installation along with how to cut out your liner for skimmer and return hoses.
Installing Inground Pool Liners
The basic concept is the same as the above-ground swimming pool liners except an inground pool needs to be cut to the measured dimensions, which is extremely daunting. Also, the bottoms of inground pools are made of concrete, sand or stone dust and sometime very rough and can cause damage to pool liners when installing. Make sure you check and double check your measurements before cutting and if your pool walls seem under pressure be careful of wall collapses.
Swimming pool liners when self-installed can save you money, but can be a difficult process to master. Keeping in mind when installing either above ground pool liners or inground pool liners the material lends itself to being wrinkly and bunching and it can be difficult to push them towards the walls to smooth them out.