Generally, you should expect your vinyl liner to last for about 10-12 years. Naturally, the lifetime of your liner will depend on whether or not you take good care of it and the rest of your pool with regular maintenance.

Fading and bleaching will happen naturally over time. It should take several years for this to have a pronounced effect, though it can occur more quickly if your pool has very high chlorine or low alkalinity content.

Since this is only a cosmetic issue, it doesn’t hurt the usability of your pool. One way to prevent this is to choose a colour for your pool liner that is more resistant to bleaching. You can contact your local pool contractor for more information.

What affects the lifetime of a pool liner?

Just like everything in life, a vinyl pool liner requires a little maintenance and TLC from time to time.

  • If you ignore the quality of your water and let the acidity build up, that can start to have a negative influence on the condition of your line.
  • Heavy UV exposure from the sun can also cause wear and discolouring. This can be offset by using a sturdy swimming pool cover.
  •  Storms or a simple accident may cause sudden, irreparable damage to your pool liner. Of course, it’s difficult to predict or prevent these events, except maybe to have a sturdy pool cover that can be used when a strong storm in on its way.

Is it possible to fix or patch up a Vinyl Pool Liner?

Yes, although it depends on the amount of damage. Assuming there isn’t a significant tear or hole in the liner, an underwater patching kit can do the job of fixing up minor damage. This can be done by your local pool contractor.

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What about the warranty?

A typical pool liner warranty may last for several decades. However, don’t expect to get the full value of the purchase back if something goes wrong after 15 years. The amount that you get back will decrease over time, and certainly, once you get past the typical life expectancy of the liner. With that in mind, a warranty will certainly do an excellent job of covering you if you encounter an issue within a few years of installation.

How much does it cost to replace a vinyl pool liner?

Typically around $3000-4000, with inground pool liners being a bit cheaper than above ground pool liners. It will depend on the size, shape and complexity of the pool.

If you have any additional questions about how to get the most life out of your pool liner or to learn more about how and when you can replace your pool liner, get in touch with the experts at Pool Craft today!