Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl Pools
Spring begins this week – the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the temperatures are rising. Wanting a pool to keep you cool but you’re not looking to spend the big bucks? Vinyl swimming pools are the least expensive inground pool option that can be installed within a week’s time. The smooth texture of the liner eliminates the risk of loved ones scratching themselves on the pool walls and with that ease of mind, it’s no wonder why vinyl pools are so popular! Plus, flexibility in design still allows you to create your dream retreat right in your backyard. So without further ado, let me introduce you to vinyl pools.
As we discussed in our previous blog about gunite pools, the first step in building your dream pool is gathering inspiration and writing it down. Creating a detailed list of your wants for your pool with corresponding images will make it easier for your builder when you’re ready to create a blueprint. Consider our following tips when creating your list:
Vinyl pools are flexible in their shape, size, and color, so you can make any swimming pool dream a reality. There are pre-made, budget-friendly options but if those don’t match your vision, you can have a customized liner created for an additional fee. There are three types of pool liners that differ in installation: Beaded pool liners are installed onto a track, overlap pool liners are installed under a coping strip, and unibead pool liners are installed with a J-hook.
With vinyl pools, you have a choice of the building material – wood and concrete are options although galvanized steel or polymer are the most common choices. Material used can affect the longevity of the pool, so make sure to ask your pool builder what is best for you. Vinyl liners are custom-made sheets of vinyl that serve as a divider between the water and your swimming pool structure. This wall panel structure is secured together and supported from behind to prevent it from bowing. The pool floor, formed by sand or a cement-like material, blends up into the wall structure for a flawless transition. Your liner is then installed and secured at the top of your pool, vacuum sucked into place, and the pool is filled. The 1-2 day filling process will allow the water pressure to keep your liner in place throughout the life of your pool. Don’t forget, your pool can be installed in about a week to have you swimming in no time! (Who doesn’t love that?)
Your swimming pool is installed and you’re soaking up the sun, but your liner is at risk for rips and tears. Checking for this regularly could save you big bucks and prevent any backyard disasters. If you find a leak in your liner, you can easily patch the leak with a patching glue available from your pool dealer. However, if you are concerned the leak caused further damage that could lead to cracks, fissures, or sinkholes, contact a pool professional. Unlike a concrete pool, you cannot drain a vinyl pool. The water is what is keeping your liner smooth and in place. With the pressure released, your liner can shift and bubble up. If this happens, you will need to rent a special vacuum or hire a pool professional to get your pool back to normal.