Pool Liner Selection Tips - When replacing your above ground swimming pool liner, it's important to know a few details about your pool prior to making your liner selection. Knowing these few things before ordering can save valuable time and money. Please take a moment to read the information below to familiarize yourself with the different types of pool liners available. This will ensure you get the correct liner for your project. If you require additional assistance please call our tech support team.
Measure Your Pool First - The first thing every pool owner should do is verify their pool size. I know this sounds ridiculous to some, but many pool owners each year order the wrong size liner. Measuring a pool only takes a minute of your time but can save you many a headache.
To measure round pools simply measure straight across the middle to the opposite side. It is good practice to measure across from two different directions just to be sure. On oval shaped pools, measure at the longest points in length and width. You should also measure the wall height on all pools as well. To do this simply measure one of the upright posts from top to bottom. Wall height measurement is very important when replacing beaded and unibead pool liners. If your pool has a deep end or deep middle, make note of the total water depth as not all liners are capable of stretching to fit.
Pool Liner Types And Their Differences
Overlap Pool Liners - are easy to identify as they simply go up the inside of the pool wall and hang over on the outside, leaving several inches of excess vinyl visible. These liners are held in place with strips of plastic called liner coping strips. Overlap liners are the most affordable pool liner and can come plain or decorative and in various thicknesses. Overlap liners are made to fit 48" 52" or 54" pool walls.
Note: Always replace cracked or old coping strips to ensure a tight secure fit.
Unibead Pool Liners - work in most any above ground pool and are very easy to install. Unibeads attach by simply hooking onto the top of the pool wall. If using a bead track, tear off the removable hook and snap liner into the track or receiver. This stylish upgraded liner needs no additional parts for it's use. Great waterline graphics, 20ga or thicker 25ga vinyl, 48", 52" and 54" wall heights available.
Note: It's very important to measure your pool including wall height before ordering any unibead liner.
Expandable Pool Liners - are simply very tall overlap liners. Extra big to ensure adequate material exists to accommodate deeper swimming areas. Expandable liners allow for 2-3 feet of additional water depth, making typical above ground pools up to 6 or 7 feet deep. Deep ends and deep centers are created by dishing out the pool floor to the desired shape and depth prior to installing the expandable liner. These liners conform to your unique pool floor shape. Trim off excess material if needed.
Note: Not all expandable liners are the same. Some will accommodate up to 2 feet of additional water depth while other liners can go an additional 3 feet.
Beaded Pool Liners work only in an above ground pool using a bead track. Beaded liners simply snap down into the bead track or bead receiver along the top of the pool wall. Because the Unibead liner is capable of doing the same thing, there is no need to stock both style liners any longer. However we do stock the Doughboy, Lomart and Embassy factory replacement beaded liners.
Note: It's very important to measure your pool including wall height before ordering any beaded liner.