The liner develops visible defects, such as cracks, tears or wrinkles.
Four Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Liner
There are stained, discolored, darkened or faded areas on the liner. While some amount of fading is normal, it may be time to replace your liner if it’s faded to the point that you can no longer determine a pattern.
The liner seems to be stretching out or falling out of the track in areas where you can actually see the pool wall.
The liner may be detaching from the bead. The bead holds the liner in the tracking around the top edge of your pool.
Replacing Your Vinyl Liner
Replacing a vinyl liner on your inground pool gives you the unique opportunity to update your footprint and give your pool a new, fresh look. A replacement vinyl liner lets you customize or upgrade your pool. But you don’t have to wait until it’s time to replace your liner to upgrade your pool. You can get ahead of the curve and replace your pool liner when you want a new look, or simply wait until it’s time to find a new one.
When you replace your vinyl liner, it’s also a great opportunity to consider new features and add-ons for your pool. Maybe you want to add some custom stairs or customizations to make your pool more accessible to older or younger family members. A tanning ledge can offer another way to enter the pool or you can change your steps or railing for younger family members. From vanity changes to accessibility, the possibilities are endless.
Curious how different liner patterns will look in your pool? The Latham Liner Visualizer makes it easy to explore a wide variety of patterns applied to a pool similar to your own.
Vinyl Liner | Blue Seastone
Photo courtesy of Les Services, Canada
Vinyl Pool Liner Replacement Cost
Have you been putting off replacing your swimming pool liner because you’re worried it’s going to cost a fortune? Replacing a vinyl pool liner is more affordable than you think. Some factors that can impact the total cost of replacing a pool liner include, but are not limited to liner material, liner size, features and liner thickness.
Disco Pearl Liner Pattern
Vinyl Liner Replacement Cost: 1/3
Vinyl liners are economical, come in a wide range of unique design styles and are relatively easy to maintain and replace, which has made them a popular option among pool owners since they were first introduced in the 1950s. However, not all vinyl liners are the same. Liners can vary in quality and durability, making it important to choose a reputable and knowledgeable dealer. For example, Latham liners feature cutting-edge UltraSeam technology that offers advanced strength and protection, which is exclusive to the Latham brand.
Legends / Deep Blue Fusion Liner Pattern
Vintage / Blue Mosaic Liner Pattern
Vinyl Liner Replacement Cost: 3/3
Vinyl liners are available in a range of thickness options, such as 20 mil and 27 mil pool liners. Thicker liners (such as 27 mil liners) cost more to install than thin liners (such as 20 mil liners), but are more durable and therefore save money on long-term maintenance over the course of their lifespan.
Is a Light, Medium or Dark Pool Liner Better?
The design you choose can impact not only the way your pool looks but also how it feels to swim. Darker liners absorb more sunlight than light liners, enabling the water to heat up faster. In cooler climates, such as the Northeast US, a navy or vivid blue liner can help you trap more heat. In hot climates like the Southeast, a light blue or aqua-colored liner can help deflect heat and keep the water refreshingly cool.
Temperature isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing a liner color. Dark liners have the advantage of making your pool look cleaner since they tend to obscure dirt and debris. However, light liners have an advantage of their own: they’re more resistant to fading, meaning they may need less frequent replacing. If you can’t decide between light or dark, you can consider a medium color option instead.
Vinyl Liner | Disco Pearl
Photo courtesy of Betz Pools Limited, Canada
Learn More About Replacing Your Pool Liner
An inground vinyl liner pool truly lets you create a custom backyard experience. Latham’s modular vinyl liner pool system provides the flexibility to create a custom shape that fits your space and your style, whether you’re building a new pool or are in the process of adding custom add-ons while replacing your existing pool’s vinyl liner.
From wall types to liner patterns to custom add-ons, the options are endless to help make your vinyl liner pool meet your unique needs.
Of course, you don’t need to wait for your liner to become weathered or damaged before you replace it. In fact, installing a new liner in an older swimming pool is a great, cost-efficient way to completely upgrade the look of your pool, giving your entire yard a fresh breath of life — and an added boost of curb appeal. And with so many patterns, colors and styles to choose from, Latham makes creating your custom dream pool easy and fun.
There are many how-to guides and videos online that explain how to install a swimming pool liner. However, unless you already have extensive experience installing pool liners at home, we recommend contacting an independent licensed dealer or pool professional to help you ensure that the job is completed properly.
What are the benefits of hiring a professional to install your pool liner, and why should you trust Latham with this important investment? Latham independent dealers undergo extensive training and use specialized industrial tools that are designed to cut each liner to precision specifications. This measurement process allows us to custom-fit liners to pools of any shape or size with exceptional accuracy, ensuring there are no leaks or tears. In addition, independent Latham builders follow strict requirements that comply with pool and hot tub building codes, which must be obeyed when constructing or modifying swimming pools on your personal property. Last but not least, it’s important to keep in mind that DIY repairs and installations can affect or potentially void your warranty, leaving you without coverage when you need it most.
Avoid these hassles and headaches by working with a trusted independent dealer, like one from the Latham network. An independent Latham builder will do all the work so that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your new or upgraded swimming pool.
We do not recommend installing a new swimming pool liner over or on top of the existing liner. While this might seem like a time-saving shortcut, the opposite is actually true. You will need to regroom the bottom of your swimming pool and install a new liner pad before adding the new liner.
This means it will be easier (and more cost-efficient) to install a new liner following the regular method, which involves draining your pool and removing the original liner before a replacement can be installed. Note: never drain a vinyl-liner pool without consulting your dealer.
Learn More About Replacement Vinyl Liners
Latham is the #1 replacement liner manufacturer in the North American residential inground swimming pool market, a reputation that’s built on more than 65 years of dedicated service and commitment to excellence. Our vinyl liners are available in a wide range of styles that all come with built-in UltraSeam technology, making seams invisible and increasing the strength of your liner. Request more information to learn more about replacement liners today!