Today, we continue with part three of our pool improvement series: pool liners. Swimming pool liners can make a dramatic difference in the look of your swimming pool. If you have had your pool for an extended period of time, your liner may be weak and brittle. Constant exposure to sun light and chemicals can cause the liner to thin and eventually break. This can not only cause ugly discoloration, but also pool leaks or collapse. If you notice excessive fading or cracking of your liner, it needs to be replaced. With the variety of beautiful pool liner options available, this can also provide a totally new look for your pool. Pictured above (left to right), Monteray, Rolling Rock, Sunlight, and Dolphina are only a few of the many eye-catching liners available to improve your swimming pool.
Now is the time to spruce up your pool before summer fun begins. If your concrete, plaster, gunite, or fiberglass pool has chipping or peeling paint, you might want to consider repainting it. Pool paint is more affordable and easier to use than ever before. Most pool paints last up to 8 years and can be applied without the help of a pool professional, saving you lots of money. If you have a liner pool, check your liner for fading and discoloration. Due to long exposure to chemicals and sunlight, vinyl liners can eventually become weakened and worn. Spring is a perfect time to consider replacement. Even if your pool surfaces are intact, they will certainly need to be cleaned to prepare for summer swimming. Check your pool maintenance equipment, including leaf skimmers, wall brushes, and vacuums, for any deterioration that could have occurred during the fall and winter months. These items are usually on sale at the beginning of pool seasons so now is the perfect time to replace any worn or outdated equipment. With some needed spring maintenance on your pool, you will ensure beautiful pool surfaces for years to come.
Is this the year for replacing your vinyl pool liner? Are you wondering whether you should spend the extra money to purchase a thicker liner? The thickness of pool liners is measured in mil or gauge units. A mil is exactly equal to .001 inch and can be measured using a micrometer. A 20 mil liner, then, will measure .020 of an inch thick. A gauge is not an exact measurement, and the same number may vary in thickness depending on manufacturer, but it is roughly the same size as a mil.
Spending the extra money for a thicker pool liner depends on how your pool is used. If your pool is enjoyed heavily over the course of a season and tends to take much abuse by the swimmers who use it, choosing a pool liner that measures 28 mil thick, or close to it, may be worth the extra cost. Thicker pool liners offer better UV protection, too.
No matter how thick your vinyl pool liner, make sure the one you choose fits your pool properly. Also, be sure to maintain proper chemical balance in your pool’s water. Proper fit and chemical balance are two of the most important factors that can affect how long your vinyl pool liner will last.