How to Choose a Swimming Pool Liner

When things start to go wrong, first instinct tells us to take drastic measures. When something starts acting up or not working, our immediate thought is to replace it completely. If your pool liner is starting to fall, you might be thinking you have to buy a new one entirely or at least hire someone to fix it. Before you give up and spend money on getting another liner installed, try to fix your current pool liner! You may be able to solve the problem with a little DIY-action.

 

Why Pool Liners Fall

Pool liners can fall out of track as a result of many different things, but there are a couple more common reasons. As liners age, they can shrink and lose elasticity, which can cause the liner to fall off track. If there’s a part of pool liner that barely stretches into track now, chances are it will fall out as the years go by.

 

Another common reason they fall is because the track itself starts to stretch open and loses grip of the liner. In both instances, the solutions can be pretty simple. Of course, if there is damage to the liner or the track (beyond normal wear), then you might need to replace the damaged parts.

 

Stretched Out Pool Liner

As mentioned, it’s very common for a pool liner to fall off track. If your liner is fairly new, then it’s possible that it can be fixed with hot water and a little manipulating. You’ll need to drain your pool just enough to expose the fallen liner, but not more than that. With boiled water that’s still hot, carefully apply heat to the liner, avoiding the space between the liner and the pool wall. Working swiftly, stretch the liner back into place. This process will take patience and strength. Continue adding heat to sections as necessary.

 

If your liner is seven years or older, then more likely than not, it’s time for a replacement. You can try this trick, but pool liners lose their stretch over time, so it’s not likely this trick will solve your problem.

 

Stretched Out Track

If the pool liner isn’t the problem than the coping track might be the problem. The solution to the problem depends on the material your coping is made out of, usually aluminum or PVC.

 

If you are dealing with aluminum coping, chances are you’ll be able to bend the track into place wherever the liner is slipping from. That’s the main advantage of aluminum, as well as its durability.

 

PVC coping is not as easily fixed. It’s a cheaper option than aluminum, but when it starts to fail, it will most likely need to be replaced. It also requires a liner replacement. Before you upgrade, consider spending a little extra on aluminum coping. That way, if the coping fails again, you might be able to prevent a full replacement again. Sometimes the cheaper option ends up costing you more in the long-run.

 

Do you have a falling pool liner? If you have questions or need help, Aqua Blue Pools can help out all throughout Pulaski County. Give us a call at 501-288-8484 with any of your pool-related questions or click here.