Beaded vs. Overlap Above Ground Swimming Pool Liners

Choosing a swimming pool liner for your above ground pool is one of the fun parts of being a pool owner. From the Great Barrier Reef to sharks to pebbles, there are a variety of pool liner designs that can enhance the look of your above ground pool.

One thing that can confuse pool owners is what type of liner to get for their above ground swimming pool — beaded or overlap? There are a few important differences between these two types of pool liners. The main difference between these two types of vinyl pool liners is the installation process.

Beaded Pool Liners

beaded pool liner

Above ground beaded pool liners have a groove called the bead receiver that goes around the liner’s top edge. The bead receiver is snapped into a track at the top of the pool wall and runs completely around the inside of the pool. Beaded pool liners are easy to install because they simply snap into the bead receiver, which creates an even and uniform look. One major benefit of above ground beaded pool liners is that future liner installations will be a lot easier. With a bead receiver, pool liners can be removed and reinstalled without having to remove the top ledges.

Overlap Pool Liners

overlap pool liner

Overlap pool liners are easy to install, and the most common and budget-friendly of these two pool liner options. After removing the top rail of your swimming pool, overlap liners are literally wrapped over the top of your swimming pool’s walls, as the name implies. Above ground overlap pool liners are held in place by plastic strips, called coping,  that rest on top of the liner, the top rails are then put back on your pool, and finally you trim off the excess liner. Sometimes this type of pool liner can be tricky to install because overlapping can create unevenness in your liner during installation. It’s also important that overlap pool liners match the exact length and width of your above ground pool in order to have the best fit.

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Find the Right Pool Liner For Your Above Ground Pool!

If you’re ready to find a new pool liner for your above ground pool, working with LinerWorld to get the right one is quick and easy!  Choose the design you want, select your pool size, and browse dozens of different vinyl liner patterns. It’s that simple!

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beaded vs. overlap pool liners

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