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Inground Swimming Pool Liners - Tips on Replacing Pool Liners By a Pool Owner

Updated on April 26, 2011
Learn the right questions to ask when it comes time to replace your vinyl pool liner.
Learn the right questions to ask when it comes time to replace your vinyl pool liner. | Source

Replacing Pool Liners

We enjoyed and used our vinyl inground swimming pool for 10 years, repairing tears along the way. Finally, one hot August day our pool liner developed a three foot tear just above the water line. Not to be discouraged, we still tried to delay the inevitable - handing out a big chunk of money to replace it. Our pool installer came over and placed an attractive three foot white "bandaid" across the tear.

The "bandaid" made it possible for us to enjoy the pool for the rest of the summer season and allowed us to delay replacing the pool liner until spring.

Vinyl Pool Liners

The life of vinyl pool liners average around 7-9 years depending on how well the chemical balance of the pool is maintained and how long and how much it is exposed to damaging ultraviolet light.

Our tear developed right where one might expect it to - where the sun hit it for the longest amount of time and at the hottest time of the day.

Pool Liner Replacement

There are several well known pool liner replacement manufacturers. Loop-loc, Kafko, and Tara pool liners are several that were recommended to us by our local pool liner installers.

So when you are about to spend several thousands of dollars it's time to do a little research. Here are some things to consider when replacing pool liners:

What Thickness is Best

What are the Best Colors

What is the Warranty

Who is the Manufacturer of the Liner

Find out what all is included in your pool liner replacement quote.
Find out what all is included in your pool liner replacement quote. | Source

Get Several Quotes

We had 4 different pool companies come out to give us quotes for replacing our vinyl pool liner.

The price difference from the least expensive quote to the most expensive quote was over $1500. It's worth your time to get several companies to come look at your pool.

Some companies actually wanted to charge us for them to come out and measure the pool and provide us with a quote. The price of coming out would then be deducted from the price of replacing the pool liner. We chose not to do that, since we were able to find several pool companies who would do it for free.

Our new pool liner - we love the new darker design and color.
Our new pool liner - we love the new darker design and color. | Source

What Is Included in the Quote

Find out what all is included in the price quote. Here is an example of what you might expect:

1. Drain the pool

2. Remove and Dispose of the old liner

3. Prep work on the bottom of pool

4. Replace skimmer plates, drain plates, and return plates

5. Replace wall foam if needed

6. Install Liner

7. Start up filter system

8. One time water treatment - including chlorine, ph, alkalinity and stabilizer


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      5 years ago from United States

      Nice overview on replacing your pool liner. Getting multiple quotes is key with any contractor, as you really never know when one might have a price that's way out of line.

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      7 years ago

      Good informatio to help people determine now and when to replace their vinyl pool liners.


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