Everything wears out and needs replacement including the vinyl liner in your backyard swimming pool. How long can the pool survive the liner is important to understand. There are certain factors that play a key role here and we would discuss them below.
The installation cost of vinyl liner pools is comparatively less than other materials used in fiberglass or concrete pools. They also provide a smooth surface that doesn’t attract algae.
Let’s check the life-span of your vinyl liner pool and conditions that could influence this.
When we talk about the life of vinyl liner pools, there are two factors that come into consideration – the structure of the pool and the vinyl liner. Normally, the lifespan of a vinyl liner, for inground or above-ground pools, is around 5-10 years. This remains the same for both the thick and thin liners if the former is not maintained well. On the other hand, the structure of the vinyl liner pools has a really long life. It can have a life-span of more than 35 years. However, if made of wood, the duration wouldn’t be that long. Unfortunately, liner’s replacement time is much early as compared to the pool structure.
There are cases where the liners have lasted for more than 15 years. But these cases happen in extreme care zones, therefore, this figure cannot be certified as the average lifespan of vinyl liners. There are certain factors which govern the longevity of the liners. They include proper installation, the chemicals used in the water, proper maintenance, water chemistry, and to some extend luck.
Pool installation comes with warranties but, mostly, they are prorated. You also need to make sure the things that are covered in the warranty.
Factors that can extend the life of a vinyl liner pool!
The Kind of Liner Used
There are two kinds of liners available – embossed and non-embossed. The former is less expensive but does not last long. They have divots on the surface and are thinner as compared to the non-embossed liners. Easily punctured, therefore, this option is not recommended.
On the other hand, if you use non-embossed liners, you would be relaxed for a long period of time. With proper installation and maintenance, these liners tend to last longer. They do not have divots on the surface but are expensive as compared to an embossed liner. They are also thicker and heavier making the installation process a little difficult. The thickness of these liners, however, is beneficial that helps in providing a smooth surface and perfect corners.
The vinyl pool liners in your backyard swimming pool need to be properly installed. Seek expert help if you need. They will make sure to leave no room for air pockets or wrinkles that can reduce the longevity of the liner.
The raw materials used while installing the vinyl liner pools can play a big role in the longevity of the liners. Chemical additions are also used to strengthen the liners. Measurement is another important factor while installing the liners. Proper fit reduces the chances of overstretching the materials which in turn increases longevity.
Balanced Water Chemistry
The pH and chlorine levels need to be maintained well in the backyard swimming pool water. These unbalanced levels tend to damage the vinyl liners, your skin, and even the pool equipment. Moreover, low pH levels increase the acidity in the water. This in return does not allow the chlorine to do its task, i.e. disinfect the water. Overall, well-balanced water chemistry increases the lifespan of the vinyl pool liners.
Keep away sharp things that can puncture the surface of the vinyl liner. These could be your pet’s claws, any sharp equipment, branches of trees around, and even your nails. Once the liner is punctured, you have no choice but to replace it.
Life-span of any material depends highly on the way it has been taken care of. Similarly, vinyl liners also tend to lose their longevity if not maintained well. Try and cover the pool to protect it from extra ultra-violet rays. These tend to reduce the liner’s resilience feature. The water levels should also be monitored.
However, with all the efforts, you still won’t be able to keep the vinyl liners in the backyard swimming pool forever. The fact remains unchanged that they need change as well – sooner or later!
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