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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Is converting my existing gunite pool into a vinyl pool right for my pool?
Gunite or concrete pool cracks and structural failures lead to this question. It is in fact an option, however, here in lies the problem, it is not cheap. To convert a gunite pool to vinyl, the return fittings, pool sweep line, main drain, skimmer, and light all have to be converted to a vinyl type fixtures. The pool also has to have a liner track installed around the perimeter to mount the liner to, which means the coping typically has to be removed to allow for the installation of the track into the bond beam before the liner can be installed. The flexibility and resilience of pool liners make this a great option for a problematic gunite or concrete pool with a un-repairable structural issue.
When should I replace my liner?
Unfortunately, most swimming pool owners wait until their vinyl liner has failed before they decide to replace it. Liner failure will often result in significant damage to the underlying structure of swimming pool, so it is wise to replace your liner proactively when it is nearing the end of it's useful life. A few signs your liner needs to be replaced would be discoloration or fading, excessive wrinkling, excessive patching, spits, cracks, leaking liner.
How long will my liner replacement take?
After signing an agreement, the time will typically take 2 to 3 weeks. Liners are custom measured, then ordered, manufactured, and shipped specifically for your pool. We book on a first come, first serve basis. Once we have the liner from the manufacturer we will schedule the day to do the work, with no underlying problems to be addressed, a liner replacement renovation will typically take one day to complete, and around two days for the pool to fill back up.
Can the depth of my pool be changed?
Yes. We can modify the depth of your pool to make it deeper or shallower while we're in the process of replacing the liner.
Is there an advantage to a 27 mil liner over a 20 mil liner?
We get asked this the most, and the answer is and always will be Maybe? You typically will not get any extended life out of a 27 mil liner over a 20 mil. Anything that will puncture a 20 mil liner will typically also puncture a 27 mil liner, and any chemicals that will affect a 20 mil liner will effect a 27 mil liner. There is a certain amount of stretching that is needed to get the right fit, and a 20 mil liner stretches better than a 27 mil allowing for a better fit. There is also the added cost to the 27 mil liner material, you can expect to pay around an additional $550 or more. A 27 mil will have slightly more resilience to puncture or tearing, however, with expected lifespan of a liner here in North Texas, we do not recommend paying the upgrade.
How long will my liner last?
Average lifespan is 7-10 years on a well kept liner. Though possible, we will not tell anyone anything over ten years. There are to many variables when determining the life of your liner to give an exact number.
How can I get the most life out of my liner?
The first step in getting maximum potential would be hiring a experienced professional for proper measurement and installation. Here in Texas the sun plays a big role in destroying liners, the material above the waterline is susceptible to the harmful rays of the sun, and little can be done to stop this, it is always our recommendation to cover your vinyl pool as much as possible to protect it from over exposure to the sun. But the greatest threat to the life of a liner is chemical abuse, we recommend diluting your chemicals before adding them to your pool. It is equally important to have some sort of inline chlorinator for your chlorine rather than putting tablets in a floater, or directly in your skimmer basket. The problem is when your pool equipment is not running, the water in the skimmer gets super chlorinated and the water that drifts out can destroy the liner material surrounding the skimmer. With chlorine floats, the floater drifts against the walls damaging the waterline through over chlorination, and the small chlorine particles waste sinks to the bottom and damages the floor. The best chlorination and what we recommend is liquid chlorine. Proper maintenance, proper chemical balance, and a little extra care each week will put you on the road to getting the most life out of your liner.
Do I need wall foam on my pool?
Unless you have a wood wall pool, or a preexisting major rust situation the answer is no. Most in-ground vinyl pools are steel wall pools, and I cant stress how much foam destroys these steel walls. We see it time and again, we cut out old liners, peel back the foam on a steel wall that was put there on a recommendation by a previous pool company, and the walls are covered in rust, some of which depending upon how old the liner is, has eaten completely through the wall. On steel walls the foam has to be installed by a spray type of adhesive, and what happens is this creates pockets that retain moisture, and causes havoc on the steel. We prefer to take a little extra time, scrape off the surface rust and paint the walls with a rust inhibitor if possible or necessary rather than just hid the problem with foam. Another problem with foam is it creates a soft space behind the liner that is easily susceptible to punctures and tears, increasing the chance for damage to the liner.
My liner has fallen down out of the coping track, what should I do?
If we installed the liner, this is covered in your workmanship guarantee, give us a call. The liner will have to be stretched back into the track. Some times this can be pretty difficult, if it cold out side, you can use a blow dryer to warm the vinyl up a little, but be very careful not to over heat the vinyl. If the liner is old or it has been out of the track for a long period of time, the pool might have to be drained down a little. There is also a chance that the liner can tear during this process but typically only if the liner is older and brittle.
My liner is floating what should I do?
Keep your pool full of water, never drain your pool and give us a call. Heavy rain, drainage water, or a leak can cause the ground water table in your yard to become super saturated and can float your liner. If your pool was loosing water prior to your liner floating or a heavy rain then the leak should be fixed. We offer a service called a vinyl liner reset, this is where we come in and drain the water out from behind the liner and reset the liner into its proper position.