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 These items are usually on sale at the beginning of pool seasons so now is the perfect time to replace any worn or outdated equipment.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.
If you are in the market for a new pool liner, you are in luck! There are a variety of patterns and designs available at Backyardcitypools.com! All of our liners are protected against chemical degradation and UV fading and are cold and crack resistant. Whether you are looking for an in ground or above ground liner, they are computer designed and cut of 100% virgin vinyl for a perfect fit!
Above ground pool liners come in two major categories: overlap and beaded liners. Overlap liners are made so that the excess liner material on the pool wall simply overlaps the pool wall. They are secured by coping strips Whether your pool has a 48″ or a 52″ wall, it uses the same size liner. You simply trim off the excess. Beaded liners are made with a bead at the top of the liner This bead snaps into a channel (bead receiver) at the top of the wall. This liner can be used to replace other beaded liners without additional equipment. This liner can replace an overlap liner with the addition of a bead receiver kit. This liner must also be purchased specifically for 48″ or 52″ wall heights. There are liners to fit pools from 8 ft – 36 ft round and up to 21 ft X 43 ft. oval with many different patterns to choose from!
In ground liners are custom-built to fit every pool perfectly! Available in a variety of quality levels and patterns, you can find exactly what you are looking for and then have one of our expert craftsmen create a liner just for you. All in ground liners have a 20 year warranty and are treated to protect against sun, chemicals, bacteria, fungus, and algae. There are over 20 patterns to choose from!
It’s that time again, pool owners! Time to open your pool for the season and get ready for swimming. I always look forward to this time of year. To make opening your pool easier, I have compiled this list of steps that you will need to follow to ensure that you are swimming in no time!
- Remove your winter cover, dry, and store away for next season.
- Remove all expansion pillows, plugs from the skimmer and wall returns, etc.
- Next, you will want to check your filter and pump to make sure that they have not sustained any damage during the winter months. Replace any damaged or worn out parts, including replacing pool filter cartridges. If your filter needs to be cleaned, but not replaced, consider using a filter flosser, which sends high pressure streams of water into your filter in order to blast out dirt.
- Check lighting fixtures inside the pool for cracks and loose wiring. Replace any damaged parts.
- Check the surface of your pool. If you have a fiberglass or concrete pool finish, you will want to check for cracks, scratches, and coping issues. Contact a pool repair professional for any problems. If you have a vinyl liner pool, you will want to check for tears, leaks, or discoloration. If you notice any tears or excessive bubbling and fading, you will want to consider purchasing a replacement vinyl liner.
- Next, reinstall any rails, ladders, slides, etc. that were removed during the winter months.
- Add water to fill the pool until the desired level is reached.
- Clean all leaves, twigs, and debris from the pool. You can use a manual brush and leaf rake or an automatic pool cleaner. Make sure that your floor, walls, and surface are clear or dirt and debris.
- Now, turn your pool on and run the filter for 12-24 hours to mix any old water with new water added to the pool.
- Test the water, “shock” the pool with high levels of chlorine, and adjust the alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels as needed using specialized pool chemicals. Add stain and rust remover, super shimmer, and algaecide as needed. You can even purchase a start-up chemical kit that has everything you need to get started in premeasured doses! Remember to wait 24 hours (and test again) before swimming!