I’m really tempted to buy my in-ground pool liner online — How much trouble can I get into?
There are lots of things that make sense to buy online, but an inground pool liner is not one of them. Our best advice is always to choose a local swimming pool contractor who you can hire to measure, install and stand behind the purchase of your new inground vinyl pool liner. If you choose to go with an internet retailer, you’re often just dealing with a website run from an office somewhere. When it comes to a custom-made in-ground pool liner, they have nothing to offer you but the liner itself. They can’t professionally measure your pool, they can’t install your liner, and when there’s a problem, there’s little they can do for that either. In fact, all they can do is send you a big box of vinyl that may, or may not, fit your pool.
What about those cheap prices? Many of the patterns shown online are closeouts that any local pool professional can also sell to you for a discount. No magic here.
What about measuring and installation? There are details specific to each pool that only a professional with experience will recognize during the measurement process. Also, there are many problems that can arise during the installation process that can prove challenging even for a seasoned professional. Issues can arise with the liner receiver, deteriorated pool panels, rough bottom surfaces, ground water, problems with pulling the light cord, vacuum stretching the liner to fit, among other things.
What happens when a problem comes up? Often these internet retailers will just give you an 800 number for a manufacturer, perhaps in another country, who will explain why it’s your mistake and why your problem is not covered by their warranty.
We strongly suggest that you work with a local pool professional. They are equipped with the proper tools and experience to take on the task of getting your liner replacement done properly. The most important decision of a new liner purchase 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. Nothing else is more important.
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