When is it time for new vinyl pool liners installation?

For typical in-ground vinyl pool liners installation in New England, the homeowner can expect to get 8-12 years out of an average to better quality liner.  There are of course some occasions where liners will last much longer than 8-12 years and sometimes they will fail sooner than that. People often ask, how do I know when it’s time to replace my liner? Here are some of the most common symptoms of a vinyl liner that needs replacing:

  • Liner has faded so badly there is no pattern left
  • Liner pops out of track and cannot be put back in due to loss of elasticity
  • Liner becomes brittle due to sun and chemical exposure
  • Liner constantly needs to be patched to prevent water loss
  • Large tears or holes in liner

What is included for new vinyl pool liners installation?

Proper measuring of the pool’s dimensions is critical to having a wrinkle free liner that lasts as long as it should.  There are cases of less than reputable dealers measuring a liner too small so there are no wrinkles.  The problem with this method is there is a tremendous amount of strain put on the material (especially in the corners) and it will usually fail within a few years. Here is a list of what’s included with a new liner installation:

  • Pump out pool water and remove existing liner
  • Properly dispose of old liner
  • Take all necessary measurements to ensure a proper fit
  • Repair any minor imperfections to pool bottom
  • Order a new liner from a quality vinyl liner manufacturer (usually Vyn-All in New Market, NH) with pattern of homeowner’s choice
  • Install new liner using high powered liner vacs to hold liner in place
  • Coordinate delivery of pool water (to be paid separately by homeowner)
  • Install new face plates and gaskets on all skimmers, return lines, main drains and lights
  • Start filtration system if it’s in good working order prior to our arrival
  • Clean up job site of all tools, materials and trash

Cost for in-ground vinyl liner replacement varies and is available upon request.