Overlap Liners

All About Overlap Pool Liners

Overlap liners are my personal favorite.  When properly installed they fit better than any other type of liner, like the beaded or J hooks.  The liner can be stretched  over the existing framework allowing the water to lay the bottom in smooth.  The walls can be pulled tight and all the excess liner tucked back under leaving smooth walls and an even overhang on the outside.  What more could you ask of a vinyl liner.

Prints and patterns are all the rage with vinyl liners these days.  Yes they are very nice and colorful when new.  Liners tend to fade quickly from the exposure to the sun and pool chemicals.  How long will that expensive pattern stay looking nice?  Not long enough I am afraid.  I prefer an inexpensive blue liner myself.  That's just my personal opinion.

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The beauty of an overlap liner is the way they can be stretched and adjusted around the top.  My focus with installing liners is to keep the wrinkles, if any, to a minimum.  I cannot do that and keep a tile pattern at the top looking even.  That nice pattern looks a little silly if it goes up and down all the way around the pool.  Would I ever cause wrinkles to keep it even?  No I would not.  A tile pattern around the top of an overlap liner is the dumbest idea anyone has ever had.  If you need a pattern on your liner choose one with bottom only, or the whole liner the same.


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Liners that overlap can be stretched into a pool, allowing the water to smooth the wrinkles out.  There is no better way to install a liner.  Most all of our liner installs result in wrinkle free pools.

When installing a liner in this way be sure the corners on all of the caps are smooth or well covered with duct tape.  Doughboy pools are designed for this type of installation but many other brands are not.  Sharp corners can easily tear the liner.  Use plenty of tape and any brand of pool can have a vinyl liner stretched into it in this fashion.

The biggest problem people have with vinyl liners of all types is leaks.  Finding and patching holes in liners is sometimes fast and easy, sometimes a real pain.  Click this link to learn more about finding holes in vinyl liners.

Another real problem with vinyl is dry rot.  In some cases it cannot be prevented, but with proper care the damage can be minimized.  Most dry rot will occur above the water level on the side of the pool that gets the most afternoon sun.  Providing some shade for this area of the pool is one way to control dry rot.  Keeping the water level as high as possible is another.

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