Overlap Pool Liners
Overlap 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. Overlap liners are the most affordable liners because they don't need a bead or finished edge to work in a pool, therefore they're less expensive to manufacture. They attach to the top of the pool wall and are held in place with strips of plastic called liner coping strips. The coping simply pinches down on the liner holding it tight on to the pool wall while protecting the vinyl liner from the metal or resin stabilizer bars.Overlap liners are available in various thicknesses and prints. They are made to fit 48" 52" or 54" pool walls.
Tips For A Leak-Free Overlap Pool Liner Installation
When replacing your overlap pool liner it pays to be prepared. The last you you need is to have your pool disassembled for the installation of your new liner only to find that you need some additional items. Having installed thousands of pool liners here, I can give you some very good advise that will make your liner install day go much smoother.
If you are installing an overlap pool liner buy liner coping strips when you purchase your new liner. Coping may look fine, but once you remove them cracking or crumbling of the plastic is very common. If your is still soft and flexible you may not need to change it. It's fairly inexpensive and great insurance that your pool liner will stay put where it belongs.
Another item that should be examined is the pool skimmer and gaskets. A leaking skimmer is the number one reason pool walls rust out and fail. This is mainly due to bad gaskets, but the plastic skimmer itself can be an issue. A few minutes of time is all that's needed to examine these pieces and ensure a leak-free install.
Once removed from the pool look closely at the screw holes in the skimmer box itself. They often become cracked and stripped out and if this occurs you'll never be able to tighten them properly to get that leak-free seal. Be sure to look at the skimmer faceplate, it often is cracked or warped. Either one of these conditions will practically guarantee a problem. While you're at it, examine the gaskets too. Paper ones should be replaced but the silicone or rubber ones usually hold up well. But if they were not installed properly and have additional holes in them replace 'em.
Overlap Liner Installation Final Details
Now that you no longer will have to worry about a leaky pool liner, we can address making your above ground pool last longer while having a better experience while using it. The most important part is extending the life of your pool and this is done before the new overlap liner goes in. Take the time to address any rust on the inside of the pool wall. A quick scraping or sanding to remove corrosion followed by a coat of rust preventing paint is all that's needed to stop the rust in it's tracks.
Once the wall is a ready, turn your attention to the pool floor. Now is the time to smooth out that bottom and remove any pesky rocks or fill in any ruts. Be sure to rebuild the cove around the edges and treat the ground to weed killer if needed. Now it's time to get that new overlap pool liner in and enjoy your pool for many swim seasons to come.