A vinyl pool liner can last for years if you take care of it properly. If the liner develops a rip or hole, it's often possible to repair it as long as it's in the right place. If damage can't be repaired or if your liner is old, faded, stained, and ugly, then you'll need to have the liner replaced. Replacing a pool liner is a big job, but it gives you the chance to update your pool with a new look. Here are some choices in new vinyl liners and how to take care of your new liner so it lasts a long time.
Options For A Vinyl Pool Liner
If you have a basic blue liner now, you may want to choose something different when you have the liner replaced. Some liners come with borders around them so it looks like the inside of your pool is lined with decorative tile. The borders come in different designs and colors so you can find one that matches your pool deck or home. The liners also come in different colors besides blue. You might want gray, sand, or green. The color can affect the color of the water and give a different look to your pool.
Besides choosing color, you'll have a large selection in designs for the liner. The liner might have speckles, swirls, pebble shapes, or mosaic designs. Swirls and speckles make it look like your pool water is shimmering, while mosaic designs make it look like your pool is made of small tiles. Look at as many samples as you can so you choose the right one for your pool design.
How To Maintain Your Vinyl Liner For Longevity
Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your liner so you care for it properly. One important thing you must do is maintain the chemicals properly so algae doesn't grow on the vinyl. If algae grows or if an oily ring develops, clean the liner using approved products only so you don't cause damage. If you can avoid damage from imbalanced chemicals and the accumulation of grime, oil, and algae, your liner can have a long life.
However, you must also be careful about rips and punctures. Only allow toys that are actual pool toys made of smooth plastic, foam, or that are inflatable. Keep everything else out of the pool and use caution when cleaning the pool with brushes and other equipment. In addition, you should never drain your pool once the new liner is installed or you might ruin it. Even lowering the water so the pool is almost empty could cause harm. If you need to repair a rip, buy a kit that allows repairs to be made under the water rather than drain your pool.