Replacing Your Pool Liner? Here’s What You Need to Know

Replacing Your Pool Liner? Here’s What You Need to Know

Signs a Replacement is Needed

First make sure you actually need to replace the liner. In some cases, you may be able to repair it. Keep in mind your average vinyl liner is going to last 8 to 12 years. It will begin to deteriorate over time from use, weather, chemicals, and general aging.

The following signs may point to an imminent replacement:

  • Cracks and tears of all sizes
  • Algae and rust stains
  • Fading
  • Slipping from track
  • Sagging and wrinkles in liner
  • Your average vinyl liner is going to last 8 to 12 years
  • Water line going down more than an inch a week
  • Consistent water loss

A repair might be doable for smaller issues or a relatively new liner. However, at a certain point, it’s a wiser investment to replace the liner. Constant repairs can end up being just as costly and a real pain.

Things to Keep in Mind Before Replacement

As you’re looking for a new liner, you’ll want to avoid recycled vinyl as much as possible. This material is generally less durable and breaks down faster than new vinyl. New vinyl liners will offer you a longer lifetime and may require fewer repairs.

Ask about the manufacturer’s warranty. How long does it last and want kind of damage does it cover? You’ll likely find that many of the problems you experience are not covered by the warranty. However, it’s still useful to be aware of what constitutes a warranty defect.

These days liners come in a variety of thicknesses, patterns and colors. A replacement provides a chance to upgrade your pool and improve its appearance.

Finally, look for strong liner seams and the proper fit. You shouldn’t have to stretch and pull the liner to make it fit. Smith Pools offers liners backed by Kafco’s Ultra Seam Technology. To learn more about these liners and other options, give us a call today.


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