Should I be able to see the liner seams in my vinyl pool liner?

We often hear pool owners question whether they should be able to see the seams in their liner.

The answer is yes.  Every liner has seams, at least every six feet, and they are more visible on some patterns than on others.  In the old days, when all patterns were on blue base film, you could not really see the seams since there was less ink coverage.  Today, when most all patterns are on white base film, the seams are more visible, but the less ink there is, the less noticeable they are.

We advise that you wait until the pool is filled before you worry about the seams.  While they are always there, they are much less noticeable under three feet of water.

The liner pictured below (pattern: Robertson) is a good example of visible liner seams on a properly manufactured liner.  The seams on the floor are barely visible.  The vertical seam is razor thin, perfectly straight and the tile is matched almost perfectly at the top.

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 Bottom of pool (below):

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Pictured below is Morrison, one of our most popular patterns.  If you look closely, you can see two liner seams in the shallow end of the pool.  The Morrison pattern has one of the most visible liner seams out of all of our patterns.  That being said, you will notice that the seams are barely visible, especially if standing 10 feet away and if the pool is filled with water.

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In the picture below, you can see a seam across the bottom of an unfilled pool (pattern: McDowell).

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Below, we present you with the McDowell pattern again in a pool completely filled with water.  From this viewpoint, it is impossible to notice any liner seams.

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Pictured below are two more examples of highly visible liner seams on properly installed pool liners.

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