Swimming Pool Blog

- Vinyl & Fiberglass
  • The Complete Guide to Inground Pool Liner Replacements
    Probably 80% of inground pool liners are installed in the spring, but only 20% of people do it themselves. If your liner looks tired or torn, then you may consider replacing it yourself. The cost savings are significant. Inground pool liner replacements can easily run $3000 if priced through a local company, who typically doubles their liner cost and then charges about $1500 to do the labor.
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:54 PM
  • Aboveground Pool Liner Replacements
    Rob Cox
    For above ground pools, dropping in a new liner is an easy weekend project, and a fast way to give your pool a facelift. I like to replace my liner about every 5-10 years. Once you start to develop holes that seem to come from nowhere, it can grow into an entire season of chasing little leaks.
    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:08 PM
  • Wrinkles in a vinyl liner pool
    Wrinkles in your vinyl liner. Not pretty to look at, and also causes some vinyl liner performance issues. Wrinkles in a vinyl lined pool can create some problems such as: Traps dirt up against the folds. Risk of holes from cleaners snagging a fold. Weakens the area that is folded. Read more...

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 5:19 PM
  • All about In Ground Pool Liners
    How to take care of an inground pool liner, and how to measure and install an in ground pool liner yourself.
    Saturday, August 27, 2011 7:11 PM
  • All About Above Ground Pool Liners
    If you have a vinyl pool liner, you know - that there's a lot to know. Taking care of your vinyl liner is important to prevent bleaching, staining and tearing of your pool surfaces. Replacing your vinyl liner is inevitable. I have seen them last 20 years, but more and more, liners are less durable than they used to be. This may be due to more restrictions on their manufacture. Less plasticizers and resins in modern, domestic vinyl causes them to break down in a shorter time period.
     
    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 4:51 PM
  • How to replace an above ground pool liner
    Rob Cox
    pool liner replacementSooner or Later, your above ground pool vinyl liner will need to be replaced. Generally, above ground liners last 10 years or so, depending on the quality of the pool liner and the care given to the water chemistry. Over time, harsh water conditions can deplete the plasticizers within vinyl and cause your vinyl liner to become brittle and stiff. Eventually, all liners will fail, some gradually, some tragically and all at once.
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:56 PM
  • Fiberglass Pools ~ Care and Conversion
    Like plaster or vinyl pools, fiberglass pool surfaces can be affected by aggressive water conditions. Too much Chlorine or low pH over time can fade the fiberglass gelcoat on your pool. However, fiberglass pool surfaces typically do not erode like plaster, or develop holes like vinyl liners. A fiberglass pool, properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Here's some tips on keeping it clean and bright. We also discuss the steps taken in converting a vinyl or plaster pool to a fiberglass shell.
    Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:41 AM
  • Aboveground Pool Liner Replacement
    Every 10 years or so, it becomes necessary to replace a liner that is faded, cracking and leaking. With a little planning it can be a painless Saturday of work. No problem. On most pools, the first step is to remove the top rails of the pool. These are the flat covers at the top of the pool wall. Once you remove them, you are all set to remove the old liner. Oh, did I mention that you need to drain the pool first? Use a sump pump or cover pump and pump far away from the pool area. If the pool is very green, this can be good food for your lawn.
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:51 AM