When should you replace your inground pool liner?
A pool liner is designed to last an average of 12 to 15 years, however it is not uncommon for liners to last longer or, in some cases, much less than 12 years. There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of a liner, such as:
1. Living in an area that is susceptible to ground water problems (e.g clay).
2. Maintaining chemically balanced water in the swimming pool.
3. The fit of the liner. A liner is custom fit to your pool and it is critical that the measurements are accurate prior to the manufacturing process.
The use of a winter cover has numerous benefits and can add years of life to a liner. The cover protects the liner from the harsh winter sun, keeps potentially harmful debris out of the pool, protects the liner from being pervaded by red dye from rotting leaves, and best of all, upon opening your pool, the water is swim-ready in no time.
There are a few reasons for replacing a liner. In the event the liner no longer holds water, i.e. it leaks, and patching is no longer an option as with age the vinyl becomes brittle and a patch will no longer bond to it. Another common reason is aesthetics, as liners get older their patterns tend to fade and new patterns also become available.
When is the best time to replace a pool liner?
The ideal time to replace a liner is either in the spring or fall. By doing so you do not lose any of those important summer months when you want to be using the pool. Spring is usually the busiest period for liner replacements and manufacturing plants can often get backed up at this time.
The usual time for manufacturing a liner is two weeks, however there have been instances during May when high demand has resulted in a liner taking over three weeks to manufacture. Quite often you may not have the luxury of being able to decide when to replace the liner. Should you encounter irreparable problems with your old liner you may not have a choice.
What is the process for replacing a pool liner?
Once the need to replace your liner has been determined, we will need to measure your pool in order for liner to be an exact fit. If the contours of the pool can be determined with the old liner and water in place, you can continue enjoying your pool until the new liner is ready to install.
In some instances we may need to pump the water out and remove the old liner in order to ensure accurate measurements. Once the pool has been measured and you have picked your pattern, we place the order for your new liner. A few days before we receive the liner we will prepare your pool for installation.
Once we install the liner and fill the pool, there are some last steps, such as cutting in the returns, skimmer, and stairs, if necessary. The entire process should take two or three days, depending on your water pressure. Finally, it is important to get the water balanced and it is recommended that you bring a water sample into our store in order for us to test it for you.
We encourage you to contact us and speak to one of our specialist about replacing your pool liner.