Swimming pools can add immense value and dimension to homes. They offer the perfect setting for relaxing together as a family, and a perfect setting to enjoy enjoy fresh air and warm weather. Unfortunately, your pool liner will fade over time and will eventually need to be replaced. Many homeowners, when noticing that the liner of their pool needs to be replaced, wonder whether it’s worth the investment. Fortunately, we have come up with a few facts to help navigate the headache of replacing your vinyl liner. These facts will help smooth out the process and offer a stress free pool makeover experience.
How to Know When a Liner Should be Replaced
With proper pool maintenance, the liner can be enjoyed for several years. However, regardless of how well you take care of the liner, it will need to be replaced at some point. In fact, over time, even the best vinyl liners will fade from the sun’s UV rays. Other factors that play into your liner’s lifespan include pool chemicals and pool covers. It’s rare but punctures can occur as well. If your liner has faded, has been perforated, or is worn through, replacing it immediately will help preserve the entire inground pool foundation and will bring you many more years of pool fun.
Available Color Options
Vinyl liners are available in a variety of colors and designs to fit every lifestyle and every need. Not only will the liner define your pools look, it will also determine the color of your pool water. Light blue colors will give your pool a classic look. Tan or Stone colors give your pool more of a beach feel, or if you’re going for a lagoon appearance, a dark gray or teal are perfect to set the mood.
Additional Options Available
If you are replacing your vinyl liner, it’s also a good time to take a look at the extras and consider adding or upgrading a few. These not only breathe new life into your pool, they inspire renewed interest in water activities
- Vinyl Liner over Steps – Adding new steps and covering them with the vinyl liner will add a sleek, uniform appearance.
- Water Features – Adding a water feature such as a waterfall or stream adds an air of ambiance and tranquility sure to hit the relaxation button every time you jump in.
- Lighting – adding additional lighting or transitioning to LED lighting can provide a fun experience for night swimming.
Pool Maintenance to Help Prolong the Life of Your Vinyl Liner
In order to get the most life out of your liner, it’s best to keep a basic maintenance schedule. Your main objective should be to maintain a correct water balance. A consistent, scheduled testing of your water’s pH level, alkalinity, calcium hardness, etc. will prevent:
- Chemical deterioration of your liner
- Algae growth
- Fading and discoloration (can be caused by UV rays and chemicals)
- Pattern Flake off
- Dry Rot
In addition to checking your water’s chemical balance, a routine cleaning schedule and pool cover will help keep your in-ground pool looking like new.
What are you waiting for?
Replacing the liner of your pool is an investment, but one well worth the years of enjoyment you will get out of it. Contact an independent Latham Independent Builder in your area to get started.
Editor’s note: Updated 7/2021