Purchasing a swimming pool vinyl liner for your pool can be a huge headache. Costly mistakes are so easy to make. Unfortunately, the pool liner replacement market is full of unscrupulous people who will rob you blind if you are not careful. This is why I decided to provide those people interested in purchasing a pool liner with a handy checklist to go through before purchasing a pool liner. All of these items should be checked off before making a purchasing decision. Some items are more important than others for a proper pool liner replacement project. I have made it clear which ones are the most and least important.
- Don’t Buy Online Purchasing a liner online is usually a huge mistake for most people. There are two reasons for this. First, online liner purchases do not come with a warranty to fit correctly. If you measure the swimming pool liner incorrectly you will be responsible for it and you will have to buy another liner. I have met at least 100 people over the years that have a pool liner sitting in their garage because they measured the pool incorrectly and their new liner from some .com company didn’t fit. Even a standard rectangle pool liner is tricky to measure. Don’t try it unless you are absolutely certain you won’t fail.
- Demand Insurance At a minimum, your pool company should carry workers compensation and general liability insurance. Ask for an “insurance certificate” from the company you are considering for the pool liner installation. Anything other than the certificate is not acceptable. I have heard so many excuses regarding insurance before. No matter what the excuse you cannot afford to hire a company without insurance. What if they back their truck into your house? Guess who is paying for it? You and your homeowners insurance company are paying for it unless the company you hired is insured independently.
- 50 Great Reviews Minimum Check websites like kudzu.com or angielist.com to see if the pool company you are considering is highly rated by past customers. 50 great reviews by previous customers indicates that the company you are considering for the job has a solid foundation of doing good work. No company is perfect so you can overlook the random bad reviews but the vast majority of the reviews you find should be positive.
- Beware of 30 Years of Experience Most companies that profess to have 30 years of experience are lying. When you press them on the issue they will say they have 10 employees who each have 3 years of experience or something to that effect. A dead giveaway for this kind of marketing scam is the company who claims to have 30 years of experience in pool liners but only has 25 good reviews on kudzu.com. If it took them 30 years to get 25 good reviews then they satisfying less than one customer per year! Don’t hire these types of liner installers.
I hope that this checklist will help you make the right decision regarding your swimming pool liner replacement project.
By Christopher Ward
More information on swimming pool liners can be found at www.lazydaypools.com.