Swimming pool liners are simple devices that help to protect the floor and walls of a pool. Available in models that are constructed for use with in-ground as well as above ground pools, the liners are often made of a highly resilient vinyl or other synthetic material. The object of the pool liner is to extend the life of the pool by preventing mold and other forms of damage to occur to the pool itself.
Pool liners are usually part of the installation process that takes place when the pool is put into place. The liner is usually secured to the interior sides of the pool using a series of fittings along the edges of the pool. As part of the installation process, the liner is also sometimes installed with the use of water-resistant adhesives that allow the liner to adhere to the construction of the pool.
While the pool is considered to be more or less permanent, the liner is not. Depending on the climate and how well the pool is maintained, the pool liner is likely to last for many years. However, it is not unusual for a liner to be replaced at some point. While a homeowner may find it possible to replace the liner on an above ground pool with little trouble, the process is often more involved for an in-ground pool and requires the services of a professional.
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While a pool liner can be constructed with many different materials, the vinyl liner is often an ideal choice. The vinyl is rugged and also capable of molding to the dimensions of the interior section of the pool with no trouble. This is particularly important if the pool design includes ledges or steps in the pool itself. The vinyl is also relatively easy to move around during the installation process, making it easier to smooth out and wrinkles or air bubbles that may appear as the liner is put into place.
Cleaning a pool liner usually involves draining the pool and scrubbing down the surface with cleansers that are formulated for the task. With proper care, a liner can easily last for many years before replacement is required. During the life of the liner, it is important to make note of any small rips or tears that may form in the lining. Repair kits that help to seal smaller rifts in the liner should be kept on hand, as the potential for permanent damage to the pool is increased while the tear remains unsealed.