Below are common questions asked about swimming pool liners and pool leaf covers. If you don't find your answer here, please feel free to contact us with your questions, we are only too happy to answer.
Frequently asked questions on pool liners
While we will always recommend a liner be installed by a professional installer, above ground pool liners are usually very straight forward designs and hence with care can be installed by the DIY person. We have an above ground pool liner installation guide just for this. We do recommend that you read the installation guide throughly before attempting to install.
Inground pool liners are very complex and require specialist knowledge to not only measure but to fit. Preparation is as important as the fitting process, and to get that perfect finish we can only recommend that an experienced pool builder fits your liner.
Generally there are only a few things you need to do to make sure you get the maximum life from your pool liner. Most are common sense and all will let you enjoy your pool to its maximum:
- always maintain good water balance
- never allow chlorine to come into direct contact with the pool liner. Always dilute first before adding or add and agitate so that the chlorine disperses quickly
- keep your filtration system in good working order
- never drain the pool so there is less than 300 mm in the shallow end. Removal of water for even short periods of time can allow the pool liner to shrink.
- over time a "bathtub ring" will appear around the edge of the waterline. This is an accumulation of oils etc overtime. Always use a specially formulated cleaner from a pool shop to ensure the cleaner is suitable for pool liners. Always avoid abrasive cleaning methods such as scouring pads, as these can damage the liner.
should you have any questions, always consult your local pool shop you can advise you properly on pool maintenance and care.
Measuring your pool for a new liner will depend on the type of pool it is. For most above ground pools, it can be as simple as specifying the model and make of the pool as the majority of pools are made in standard sizes. For inground pool liners, the pool liner is custom made to fit and should be measured by a professional. For very complex pools a special 3D measuring tool is utilised to ensure an exacting fit.
There are three main ways to build a pool - concrete, fibreglass and vinyl lined. While each has its own advantages and drawbacks, vinyl lined pools are an excellent choice due to:
- the low initial cost
- can be customised to any pool design. There are no limitations on width, depth, length and shape.
- a vinyl liner is very smooth to the touch and is non-abrasive
- a vinyl liner will not crack or peel like concrete or fibreglass
- the vinyl is treated to resist algae and fungus. Also the vinyl liner will naturally inhibit algae growth because it is relatively non-porous.
Vinyl liners are also an excellent and economical way to refurbish or restore previously cracked pools.
Pool Leaf Covers
Frequently asked questions on pool debris covers
While the mesh cover will stop your child from directly entering your pool and can support the weight of small animals or a younger child, however they are not rated as child safe and it is not guaranteed to do so.
Because rain can pass through a mesh cover, a complete pool shutdown is not possible.
Yes you can, it is not too difficult to do. The only tools you will need are a hammer drill and a concrete drill bit.
Unlike a pool blanket, a mesh cover does not need a pool roller to be stored. All you need to do is store it dry, folded and out of the sun.
The mesh of a debris cover will cover around 80% of the pool surface. This not only greatly reduces the amount of direct sunlight hitting the pool surface, but also stops evaporation from surface wind. The combined effects means water evaporation is reduced by about 70% - 80%.
All covers will have their positives and negatives and mesh covers are no exception. There are really only two main drawbacks when using a mesh cover.
Firstly, because it is anchored around the sides, completely covering the pool, it can be a little unwieldy putting on and removing. So unlike a solar cover, this means it’s not practical for day to day use.
Secondly, as the cover allows water to pass through, if leaves and debris are allowed to build up on the surface, any additional rain can potentially wash through minute particles, bacteria and spores.
The answer depends very much on what you want to do. A solar cover is primarily designed to keep your pool warm and reduce water evaporation. It also has the side benefit that it will also keep out some debris and is relatively easy to remove and put back.
A debris cover is much better suited when you aren’t going to be using your pool for long periods of time. Unlike a solar blanket, water cannot pool on the surface of the cover. A debris cover will also form a barrier to entry completely around the pool, which will stop small animals from entering the pool.
There are two main reasons you would consider a debris cover:
- you are getting lots of leaves, debris, spiders/insects or even small animals entering the pool (eq, many people find that the local ducks quite like their pool!).
- you don’t want to use your pool for an extended period of time. Eg. In winter time, or you might only use your pool on weekends, or you are going away.