All pools have some type of liner as part of the actual pool system. The liner is the piece of the pool that forms the barrier between, either, the earth in a below ground pool, or that keeps the water inside in an above ground pool. The pool liner can be made of several different materials, and the choice of which one you have is completely up to you. If you don’t know what your liner type is, we can help you to identify that, when we come out, and clean, maintain and patch it accordingly.
Fiberglass liners are the most low-maintenance type of liner that there are. Fiberglass liners are made with a gel-coat that is completely non-porous. This means that algae and bacteria have no real holes to anchor on to, and grow in. Another benefit to this pool liner type is that it is generally manufactured off-site and then installed in place in a manner of days; leading to quick installation times. Because fiberglass “liners” actually don’t have an additional liner layer, they are not easy to puncture and do a very goo job of holding up under daily use.
The primary benefit of a vinyl liner in your pool is that vinyl liners are the most cost effective type of liner that there are. While any pool installation will cost some kind of money, vinyl liners make pool ownership affordable for the average family. Another great thing about vinyl liners is that they can be customized to nearly any shape or depth. Some of the drawbacks of this liner type, that need to be considered, are that vinyl liners are prone to punctures and cracking and can be very costly to replace and repair.
The number one benefits of concrete pool liners is that they are virtually indestructible. There is little worry of puncturing concrete. Another great benefit is that concrete pools are the most customizable pool type that there is. Concrete pools can be poured in any size, shape or depth. One of the biggest drawbacks of concrete pool liners is that they represent the highest cost of ownership for any pool type. Concrete liners are also not compatible with salt water pool water and, because concrete is a porous material, it is prone to algae growth and needs to be cleaned and maintained regularly.
If you have an above ground pool, your liner will, almost always, be made of flexible vinyl. There are instances, however, where these pools can also be made of fiberglass. An above ground pool will almost never be made of concrete, as this material would be incredibly costly to form and pour and doesn’t lend itself to being out of the ground. If you have an above ground pool, we can do cleaning and maintenance on it in the same way we would for an in ground pool. There is little difference in liner type, and function, in above ground and in ground pools.