Vinyl Liner Replacement
Vinyl-lined swimming pools typically require replacement of the liner every 10-15 years on average. With a wide selection of designs, replacing a liner gives homeowners the opportunity to give their pool a new personality and a fresh look to the backyard.
A Pristine Pool & Spa representative will provide an inspection of the pool liner as well as the structure and equipment of your pool and present all available options to you. We will help you choose a liner pattern and discuss any changes you may be interested in such as new lighting, skimmer changeout, step additions/modifications and equipment upgrades.
We primarily use liners from Latham, the largest designer and manufacturer of in-ground residential swimming pools in North America. Latham is one of the only pool manufacturers to receive ICC-ES Certification of its products. All Latham liners come with a 20-year warranty (3-year full, 17-year pro-rated). Latham is known throughout the industry as providing the highest-quality products for vinyl pools and their products are manufactured in the United States.
A standard liner replacement is typically a 2-4 day process which includes draining the pool, removal of the old liner, replacing track if necessary, pool base repair/touch up, setting the new liner, filling the pool, and replacing inlet faceplates and gaskets.
The average lifespan of a quality vinyl liner is 10-15 years. After this time, it is possible that leaks may start to occur caused by normal wear and tear. Even if the liner is not leaking, after a decade or so, it is likely that the liner will have faded from chemical and sun exposure. A new liner will give you an upgraded, fresh look to your backyard. If your liner has damage from a chemical imbalance and/or over-chlorination, you may see numerous small wrinkles form on the base of the pool (see below). If this occurs, there is a higher chance of the liner being punctured and it may be difficult or impossible to properly repair. Replacing the liner is likely your best option.
- Keep the water balanced Ensuring that the chlorine and pH levels of your water are balanced within the recommended ranges slows down the natural deterioration of the surface of the pool liner. Proper water balance keeps the liner soft and supple so that it won’t become as brittle as it ages. A consistently high or low pH and/or a high chlorine level is detrimental to a vinyl pool. Total alkalinity and calcium hardness are also chemical balance factors.
- Use liquid chlorine (or other liquid sanitizer) Chlorine tablets and granular chlorine that is not dissolved can bleach vinyl liners, cause chemical damage and reduce the longevity of the liner. For homeowners with a vinyl-lined pool, it is highly recommended not to use chlorine tablets in floaters or in the skimmer. Using the proper amount of liquid chlorine and/or dissolved granular chlorine is the best way to sanitize vinyl-lined pools.
- Avoid punctures Don't allow sharp objects in the pool. Use pool cleaning tools that are specifically designed for use in vinyl-lined pools (i.e. vinyl rather than metal brushes). Use a pool cleaner that is safe for vinyl liner pools. Especially if you have vinyl-covered steps, it is a good idea to keep dogs and other animals out of the pool.
This simple bucket test will help you to determine if you need a leak detection service.
- Begin with a 5-gallon bucket and fill it with water 2"-3" from top. Place on the first or second step in the pool or spa. If necessary, anchor the bucket by placing a rock inside it.
- When the water in the bucket and pool settles, mark the level of the bucket's water inside the bucket (we recommend using a pencil or a permanent marker).
- Mark the pool water level on the outside of the bucket.
- After 2-3 days mark the new water levels & compare the water loss in both pool and the bucket.
If the pool water loss is 0.5" or more than the bucket evaporation, it is likely that your pool is leaking. If not covered, some pools can lose up to ¼” per day from evaporation.
Please contact us for a referral to a leak detection and repair specialist.