Pool Liner Replacement
How do I choose an in-ground liner pattern for my pool? With our wide selection of styles and colors, we get this question often. By following these steps, you should be able to narrow down the choices to the one you like the best.
1- Consider color scheme.
Start with a color scheme you find pleasing. Choose from blue and gray; blue and green; blue and brown; earth tones; green or tan.. It’s what you find pleasing that counts.
2- Consider tone.
Narrow your focus by deciding whatever your color scheme looks better in lighter shades, medium shades or darker shades. There is a color and a shade for everyone.
3- Consider design elements.
Now you can narrow your focus by deciding whcih design elements you find to be most pleasing. Do you prefer large diamonds, mosaics, vines or perhaps a fun motif such as Elliot the fish?
4- Consider floor patterns.
Finally, choose a floor pattern. Do you prefer river pebbles, water reflections or granites?
Remember, all of our patterns are winning designs, so select the one you like the best. You can also see all of our in-ground liner patterns installed in actual pools. Just go to our website and click on any pattern or hit the Pattern Viewer button.
Is the Fall a good time of year to change my in-ground liner? The answer is – yes, the Fall is a great time to change your liner!
If you choose to replace your liner in the Fall, the key is to pick your day very carefully. It has to be warm outside and the sun also has to be shining. It is the sun beating down on the vinyl on a warm day that loosens it up and allows the material to vacuum into place properly.
For 20 mil liners, we suggest instaling liners on a day no cooler than 60 degrees and for 27 mil liners, we suggest 70 degrees.
If you choose to change your liner in the Fall, your pool will be ready to go on the first day of spring. This prevents any waiting to get on your installer’s schedule or for the weather to break.
The fall season is the perfect time of year to replace your in-ground pool liner. With the swimming season winding down, you can replace your liner now and be ready for the first day of swimming next year.
What is the most important issue to consider when buying a new liner for your pool? Is it price? Is it the liner pattern or thickness? The length of warranty? Which pool liner brand to choose?
In reality, it is none of these. Instead, the most important decision is which local swimming pool contractor you are going to hire to measure, install and stand behind the purchase of your new in-ground vinyl pool liner. Every other decision can just be a distraction. If you hire someone who misses one measurement, you may spend the next seven years looking at wrinkles. If you let someone who is inexperienced install your pool liner, you may have wrinkles or a pool liner that will fail early on. If you buy from someone out of town or who is not around in a few years, you will have no advocate to make sure your warranty claim is treated fairly in case there is a problem. It is your local swimming pool industry professional who lives and works in your community that will guarantee your satisfaction. Choose that contractor wisely. Nothing else is more important.
We often get asked the question “What will that liner pattern look like in my pool?” Well, now you can see all of our in-ground liner patterns installed in actual pools. Just go to our website and click on any pattern.
When I convert my Polynesian Pool low-hung liner to a standard top-hung liner, can I cover the steps with vinyl?
The answer is maybe. Polynesian had several styles of stairs over the years. Some have sharp edges and corners and lend themselves to being covered by vinyl. You can see an example of this in our Polynesian Pool post .
Many have rounded edges and corners and cannot be covered effectively. Trying to cover these most times leads to wrinkles and a poor fit. This is obviously a project for a pool professional and you should depend on him to decide if your steps can be covered with vinyl or not. In most cases, our best recommendation is to add faceplates and gaskets around the step perimeter and not have the liner cover the steps. The picture below shows this example.
In all three of the examples shown below we would recommend using step faceplates and not trying to cover the steps with vinyl.
I had a new liner installed last summer. The liner keeps coming out of the coping track in several places. Why is this happening and how do I stop it?
Thanks for that question and it’s one of the easiest problems to solve. Typically the problem is with the track and not with the liner. Plastic coping tracks deteriorate over time and cold weather will make the bead contract and it’s more prone to popping out. The inexpensive solution is to get the bead back in the track and then use a plastic strip called liner lock to fill the gap between the liner and the track so the bead can’t pop out. First you need to get the liner bead back into the track. You can stretch it back into place but you may need to drop the water level a bit or you may need to pour warm water on the bead to loosen it up. Once it’s back in the track, just push the liner lock into place and you may never have this problem again.
One of our new exciting patterns for 2011 is called “Lennox”. It features a black granite wall and a gray boulder border. When installed, it gives the water a unique Emerald Green tone. If you are looking for a different alternative to the traditional blue-wall patterns, you should consider the sleek, sophisticated look of “Lennox”. It will give your pool a look unlike any other.
Pool owners in need of a replacement liner often wonder when the best time is to replace and install their new pool liner.
If you choose to replace your liner in the spring, the key is to pick your day carefully. It has to be warm outside, but the sun also has to be shining. It is the sun beating down on the vinyl on a warm day that loosens it up and allows the material to vacuum into place properly.
We used to suggest installing liners on a day no cooler than 60 degrees and sunny for 20 mil liners. Today, we suggest 70 degrees and sunny for 27 mil liners.
If you choose to change your liner in the fall, your pool will be ready to go on the first day of spring. This prevents any waiting in the spring to get on anyone else’s schedule or for the weather to break.