Doughboy Pool Liner
by Michelle Lawton
(Fort dodge, Iowa)
We recently were given a 16x32 Oval Above Ground Doughboy Pool. Of course, we have to replace the liner.
We have priced liners from Doughboy authorized dealers and also "generic" liners. The difference in price is significant.
Do we dare try a "generic" liner in our Doughboy pool or swallow and just purchase a Doughboy liner?
I think the Doughboy Uniform Depth 20 mil liner is probably the best liner made. With proper care it could easily last ten to fifteen years, even longer is possible. Most of the cheaper liners on the market are five to seven year liners. For pools that are just going to be up a few years I have no problem using a cheaper liner. If you don't want to be bothered changing the liner for ten years or better the extra money for the Doughboy liner is money well spent.
If you are digging a deep area in your pool I would definitely go with a Doughboy brand liner. There is no other expandable liner made that will go into a deep area and look as nice as a Doughboy. Some are completely impossible to keep the wrinkles out of. When the bottom of the pool is nothing but wrinkles cleaning becomes very difficult.
Keep in mind also the difference between a 20 mil liner and a 20 gauge liner. Most liners sold on the internet are sized by gauge. A 25 gauge liner is about the same thickness as a 20 mil liner. Many people think that a 20 gauge liner will be the same thickness as a 20 mil liner when it is actually closer to a 16 mil liner.