Changing your pool liner is a great way to make your swimming pool look brand new again. It does not matter if the liner is is torn, or just faded, the new liner will dramatically improve the aesthetics of your backyard.
The process takes about 3 days to go from pumping out the pool, to removing old nasty liner, patching up the bottom, and finally hanging the new liner.
Measuring the liner
My first charge and usually needed is to measure your liner. This will be me measuring your pool length, width, depth to order the liner. Some owners have the measurements from the original build. If you want me to order off those specs, I will, but I can not guarantee the liner will fit or be wrinkle free. A rectangle pool is relatively easy to measure, but an organic one will take a couple extra measurements and some geometry to get a good layout so I will charge extra for organic shape pools, steps, benches, removal of pool covers, etc.
Shape, wall foam, standard cost
Next is the actual pool liner price. A typical 16×32 pool would be around 3,000, 3500 depending on a couple different factors. Most pools are probably going to need a little patching to the floor, and new faceplates. I will do minor repairs to the pool bottom for free and most faceplates will just replaced as needed, however if the pool bottom is in terrible shape, I will have to stop work, and go over some options. Some pools were built with wall foam and some new ones were not. If you have a steel pool, I will require new foam if the old foam is in bad shape which is normally IS. This protects the steel (especially rusted spots) from tearing the liner and gives an extra layer of protection. If you have a polymer (plastic) pool wall, it really isn't needed, but I can always add a foam layer if desired.
The liner company we use is Kayden liners. They do come with a warranty, and standard with 27 mil wall. They are a small family business based in New Jersey, USA and are a pretty great company at making liners as that’s why I picked them versus Hydra or Tara liner.
Thickness of the liner
The liners will all have 27 mils on the side, as the manufacture (and I) believe this area needs to have a little extra strength as that holds the liner, while floor rests with no load to bear. This also helps slighty on protecting the tile line above the water from fading from the sun. There is an extra charge if you want 27 mil on the floor. It really is up to the home owner if they want 27/27 or just 27/20 mil liners. Some liner companies sell 20/20 liners and that can bring the price down lower. I elect to not sell those liners as saving that 100 or 200 dollars in that area seems like a really poor decision. Some pools were built with wall foam and some new ones were not. If you have a steel pool, I will require new foam if the old foam is in bad shape which is normally IS. This protects the steel (especially rusted spots) from tearing the liner and gives an extra layer of protection. If you have a polymer (plastic) pool wall, it really isn't needed, but I can always add a foam layer if desired.
Lastly, you can rent a pool bladder where I can pump the pool water out and into the storage container. When the liner is in place that water gets put back in. This is probably the most eco friendly way, but also can be useful (necessary) if there is no where to pump 30,000 gallons in your backyard. I would like use these on all jobs to save water, however they are incredibly costly and liable to break, thus needing to add a fee if they are chosen to be used. Like always I will give an estimate for your pool and include some costs that I am pretty sure will be needed like a couple bags of vermiculite to patch the floors. If there are any major issues, like wall cave ins, massive holes in pool walls, liner track replacement needed, I will get in touch during the process and make sure we are on the same page with the next steps. To get started on a liner replacement contact us, and we will measure your pool in person or via google satellites and some simple questions. Then it is 10% to get the ball rolling and have the pool measured. Then 25% more to get the liner ordered. 25% on the first day of liner removal. And then the remaining 40% due on liner install.