Buy Pool Liner
Buy Pool Liner
Nothing is as hard on your pool as the weather. Maybe you get a lot of thunderstorms, or maybe you even live in an area prone to tornadoes and hurricanes. Those events can throw tree limbs and other debris into your pool, damaging above ground pool liners. Or, you know, just taking the entire pool out.
Also called snap bead and standard bead liners, these are designed with a bump running around the top edge, which is tucked into a special track on top of the pool wall. You can get conversion kits to switch your overlap setup to a beaded one.
In addition to the four standard types of above ground pool liners, some pool brands have slightly altered the bead and receiving tracks so you must buy their brand liners for the best fit. Kayak, Esther Williams, and Wilkes are three such brands.
Very thick liners can be cumbersome to install and tougher to get wrinkles out of. Poor fit or installation mistakes can affect your vinyl as well, so the thickest liner around may be only as good as its installation.
Measure straight across the inside of the pool at the top. Walk a quarter of the way around your pool, then measure straight across from there. These figures should be the same. If not, choose the largest. Round up if it falls between standard liner sizes.
The vacuum will remove the air from behind the liner and eliminate most liner wrinkles. As the vacuum runs, continue pushing the liner toward the coving with your feet, stretching the wrinkles out of the floor of the liner as you work your way around the pool.
Use the entire contents of the bag when opened. If any granules settle to the bottom of the pool use brush to disperse them. Add the right dosage of this product during evening hours while the filter pump is running.
If you have an oval pool, the liner measurements would be done the same way except you will need to measure the longest length and longest width of your pool, typically measured on the center-lines of your pool length and width.
Most above ground pool liners have a wall height of 48 inches or 52 inches. We also sell deeper pool liners. For overlap liners, you can simply pull the liner over the wall more to fit, but you must be sure of the wall height, [pool depth] when replacing beaded pool liners. If you have a dish bottom pool liner, we will need to know the deepest measurement, out in the center of the pool. For making this measurement, you can float out on a boat, with a rigid measuring stick, or use duct tape to attach a tall measuring stick to your pool pole, and reach out to the center. A helper on the other side, holding a long string, tied to the end of the pool pole, can be helpful in supporting your extension measuring pole. If your deep end area is very uneven, more precise measurements are needed.
What type of pool liner do you need Overlap or Beaded. If the liner goes from the inside of the pool, over the wall and is visible from the outside of the pool, you have an overlap liner. Overlap pool liners use plastic coping strips over the wall and the liner to hold it in place. Once you put the pool back together, you can trim the liner on the outside to make it look more attractive.
Some manufacturers make their own brand specific beaded liners. If you have an Esther Williams, Trojan, Kayak, Wilkes or Gilbralter pool, you will need to order a custom beaded liner. You can see the different beads on our website, if you are not sure what you have.
This post will specifically be covering what to know when choosing an Inground Pool Liner, however you can visit our post here if you're looking for insight on choosing an Above Ground pool liner.
IMPORTANT: Due to the rise in demand caused by the 2020 pandemic, pools and liners in general are experiencing delays in manufacturing and shipping. It's important to shop early as the entire industry is currently delayed by several weeks and in some cases several months. Many liner manufacturers closed down for much of 2020 and are still trying to catch up all while the demand continues to increase. Some liner patterns are still not considered "back in stock" yet due to a depletion of raw materials. Unfortunately, closures in international and domestic supply chains are making it difficult for manufactures to get the materials they need to create liners and in some cases pools. The best plan you can have is to purchase your pool and/or liner 3-6 months before you want to start building to ensure you have everything you need on time. More on purchasing a pool during or even post-pandemic can be found here. Now back to choosing your liner (since that is after all a fun part of the design process).
This will be the same effect that depth will have on you pool! The color and detailing of your steps will be the color and detailing of your liner pattern as is. As the floor of your pool goes deeper under water, the color will also deepen and the fine details of your pattern will blur, as shown above in the Tara pattern Cascade Creek!
Speaking of picking color, there are four main color profiles that vinyl liners come in- Deep Blue, Light Blue, Aqua, and Vivid Blue. Each will have several different actual patterns that you can choose from and most are available with or without borders tiles at the top. Having an idea of which color profile you are looking for will same you a fair amount of time so here are some of the pros and cons of each!
Deep Blue- A darker liner is more likely to absorb sunlight, and therefore can help to warm your pool water. Darker liners will also make it more difficult to see debris and dirt in your pool. But as liners become darker, they are more inclined to fade over time due to UV damage and Chlorine. You will notice fading quicker, but it may take longer to actually bleach completely since most liners are printed on darker blue vinyl. Deep blue liners seem to hold their color longer, even though you will still see tone changes.
Light Blue: Lighter colored liners will not be as susceptible to fading. They will attract less sunlight and will be less likely to show bleaching and fading as fast over time due to less UV damage. A lighter liner will show more debris and thus, demand to be cleaned on a more regular basis. A popular reason for choosing this style is due to there being less of a change in the way the pattern looks over longer periods of time.
Vivid Blue: While somewhat darker than Light Blue or Aqua, Vivid Blue liners appear brighter in direct sunlight, giving off a vibrant color that can attract attention to your pool. The richer, louder blue color appeals naturally to the eye, and goes well with all sorts of landscaping and patio furniture. This look is one of the more common today, and is typically what new pool owners are wishing to achieve.
There are other options as well such as Ozone and UV that can reduce the need for chlorine, reducing or slowing down the fading time on your liner. Another option to look for is a liner that offers a coating to protect against UV and Chlorine.
Additionally, one of our favorite liner manufactures, Tara Liners, has a new feature on their website that allows you to see what some of their liners look like in the water on a completed pool ( you can even change the decking to more closely match what yours will look like!) Check it out and let us know if there are any liner patterns that you like but can't find on our site. We're an authorized Tara dealer and would be happy to help.
Hopefully, we've helped answer some questions for you on choosing your new swimming pool liner! However, we'd like to cover a different question now: Why buy your from us What value do you as a consumer get from purchasing your liner from us
Overlap pool liners fold over the pool wall and are held in place with plastic u-channel pieces called Coping Strips. The excess material on the outside of the wall can be cut off with a razor knife or scissors after the pool is filled with water. Overlap liners are the most affordable type of pool liner.
A beaded pool liner has a thick top edge, or bead. This bead locks into a track or groove at the top of the pool wall. Beaded liners often have a printed tile border at the waterline to mimic the look of an inground pool. One can easily convert an overlap liner pool to a beaded liner pool. All you have to do is add a bead receiver for above ground pools.
All of the previously mentioned liner types are only used on flat-bottomed above ground pools. There is a fourth type of pool liner called an expandable liner, which is mainly used on Doughboy pools. These are overlap style liners, but are designed to stretch into place in order to fit a pool with a dished out bottom or deeper area of the pool.
If you have a rectangular above ground pool by Kayak or Fanta Sea, you will need to purchase a specific beaded liner for your pool. And, for older pools made by Esther Williams or Johnny Weismuller, a proprietary replacement liner with a larger top edge bead is normally used.
Pool liners with patterns offer the advantage of hiding seams, wrinkles, and dirt better than a solid light blue liner, and they also impart a richer hue of color to the water. Printed tile border patterns add another design element, and extend the range of choices for the pool owner.
If you find a cheaper pool liner of the same size and color, keep in mind that it may be made with lower quality vinyl. It may also have lower quality seams and beading, or be misrepresenting the true thickness. Compare pool liner prices among market leaders, and be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.
Armor Shield provides an important protective layer between a vinyl swimming pool liner and it's sand or soil base. Unlike traditional foam padding, Armor Shield is a Polypropylene Geotextile material that prevents cuts and punctures to vinyl liners caused by rocks, roots, grass and even glass! Armor Shield also reduces convective heat loss and provides a comfortable floor pad for tired feet. 59ce067264