Top Mistakes People Make When Installing A Pool Liner

There’s no doubt that above ground pool liners are an investment. Proper installation makes sure you get the most bang for your buck and enjoyment out of your pool for years to come. 

If you’re preparing to install a pool liner, check out some of these common mistakes we see people make that can slow down the installation process or damage your pool and vinyl liner. 

Not Clearing the Area Around the Pool Site

Rocks, sticks, branches, and other debris can easily tear or snag your vinyl liner. They’re also tripping hazards, making them dangerous for you and others helping with the liner installation. Before you get started, it’s important to take the time to clean up your yard to minimize risk to you and your liner. 

Not Properly Leveling the Ground

Failing to level the ground beneath the pool properly can cause the liner to shift or tear over time. Ensure the ground is properly leveled and compacted before installing your new liner.

Skipping the Padding

Pool liners should be installed on top of a protective liner pad to prevent punctures from rocks, roots, or other debris. While sand can be a great option, using a liner pad can help your liner last longer.

Not Getting the Right Size

Properly measuring your pool is key to correctly installing your liner. The liner needs to fit your pool exactly to avoid leaks, tears, and other issues. Keep in mind that many liner companies won’t accept returns after a liner is open, so double check your measurements before ordering to make sure you get the right size (and shape) for your pool. 

Accidentally Cutting the Liner

We’ve seen pool owners accidentally cut the liner when opening the packaging or installing it. Use caution when opening boxes, and avoid leaving sharp objects and tools on your deck or patio area where they could cause damage during the installation process.  

Overstretching the Liner

Sometimes people think the liner doesn’t fit, and they stretch it too tightly during installation. This can cause it to stretch beyond its capacity, leading to wrinkles, tears, or an improper fit. Be gentle when positioning the liner, and avoid excessive pulling or stretching. If the liner is within 2-3 feet of the size ordered, then you have the correct one. 

Not Securing the Liner Properly

Failing to properly secure the liner around the top edge of the pool can allow water to seep underneath, leading to damage and instability. How you secure your liner depends if you have a beaded or overlap pool liner. If you have a beaded pool liner, the liner should easily snap into the bead receiver. For overlap liners, the liner goes over the top of your pool wall and is secured in place with coping strips

Not Following Manufacturer Instructions

Every pool liner comes with specific installation instructions provided by the manufacturer. Ignoring these instructions or taking shortcuts can lead to problems down the line. Always follow the recommended guidelines for best results.

Rushing the Installation Process

Installing a pool liner requires time and attention to detail. Rushing through the process can result in mistakes that may compromise the integrity of the liner. Take your time and ensure each step is done correctly. Block off your calendar to avoid having to stop for another event or commitment. 

Not Having Extra Help

When it comes to installing a pool liner, an extra set of hands or two is often necessary. If you plan to install the liner yourself, enlist a family member or trusted friend to help you with the process to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Cold Weather/Installing Too Early

We know you’re anxious to enjoy your pool once the weather starts to warm up, but too many people jump the gun. Pool liners, particularly liners from LinerWorld, are designed to be installed when the temperatures reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. You should fill the pool when it’s warm and sunny, not on cloudy days or at night when temperatures drop. 

Need Help With Your Pool Liner Installation? 

If you purchased a brand new liner from LinerWorld and you’re ready to install it, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our full pool liner installation guide for step-by-step instructions and check out this handy installation video. 

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