On average, a well made pool liner will last ten to fifteen years with proper care and maintenance. There are four big reasons why pool liners fail prematurely.
- Chlorine /Shock: Chlorine and shock destroy the pool liner chemically over time. A salt system causes the same chlorine damage as a regular chlorinated pool with the only true difference being that the chemical damage is spread out more evenly over the surface of the pool liner. The best way to prevent chlorine damage is by installing a drinkable pool water system (although this is an expensive option).
- Sunlight / Heat: The liner will “shred” above the waterline (usually in corners first) due to daily heat from sunlight breaking down the vinyl material over time. Each day direct sunlight heats up the surface of the liner on the four or five inches above the waterline. The corners of the pool are the most likely to shred because of the extra stretch that tends to exist in the vinyl liner at the corners of the pool. The effects of the sun can beslowed by installing a cover on the pool during the winter months.
- Sharp Objects: Knives, Bicycles, Glass Bottles, Chairs, Dogs and Cats. None of these belong in a vinyl lined swimming pool. A vinyl liner can be very easily penetrated by sharp objects. Take care to keep all sharp objects away from the pool even during the best party ever.
- Ants: Yes ants! Ants will chew holes in a pool liner. Believe it or not this is very common. The best way to handle ants is to prevent them from ever getting to the pool. If ants are allowed access to your pool they will destroy the liner. Treat the area all around the pool 360 degrees to kill the ants before they can colonize the liner track or coping.
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