Monthly Archives: October 2009

Replacement liners vs. New pool liners

Homeowners often ask if there is any difference between a replacement vinyl liner and a liner installed with new pool kits.

There is no difference between a liner that is made as a replacement and a liner that ships with a new pool.  The materials and method of manufacturing are identical.

We make liners every day for both new and existing pools and we never ask the dealer if the order is for a new or existing pool.

As for the thickness of the material, you can order a 20 mil liner or a 27 mil liner for either a new or existing pool.  Both are available; it just depends on the pattern or thickness you choose.  For our comments on which material to choose, read further:  Which liner thickness should you choose?

Can you match a pool liner pattern to a Foxx pool?

We recently had a homeowner ask us the following question:  If given the model number, can you match a pool liner pattern to a Foxx pool?

This is a great question.  We do have standard drawings for Foxx brand pools and we make them every day.  We cannot use the model number, but we can use the drawing number if you have that.  Give us whatever information you have, and we will be happy to locate a drawing if we can.

In the same way, we actually have hundreds of drawings for pools by most manufacturers dating all the way back to the 1960s.  The problem is, how do you know if your pool was built to the plan?  This is especially true with Kidneys, Lazy Ells and Freeform shapes.  The length and width may match, but what about the size of the radius turns?  Even on a rectangle pool, you have to check diagonals to make sure that the pool was built square.

Another problem is that years ago, we made liners by hand, and dealers would routinely over dig the pool to make the liner fit tighter.  Today, with auto-cad technology, we make liners with very little “shrink” factor.  Even if a stock liner fit years ago, that does not necessarily mean that it will fit today.

We often tell our dealers that the fastest way to lose a few thousand dollars is to order a liner per an original drawing without taking your own measurements.  This often entails using the AB method to triangulate the perimeter.

The original drawing can be a good reference tool, but don’t order by it.  If you do, you may be looking at liner wrinkles in your backyard for the next seven years.  Always pay your local pool professional his fee to measure your pool and be responsible for getting you a liner that fits properly.

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