A Complete Guide to Pool Liners & Pool Pads

Since the introduction of the conveniently installed, maintained and affordable above ground pool a few decades ago, the more expensive to construct and maintain in-ground pool has taken a very conspicuous backseat. Swimming as a recreation with fun times for the whole family has brought a new dimension into many households across the country. Though the installation of an above ground pool is a simple DIY operation with the help of a few friendly hands there are few important nitty-gritty aspects which needs to be addressed if you are to get the pool installed to perfection.

It is prudent to remember that the above ground pool is made of prefabricated materials which are light and flexible to facilitate easy packaging, transport and convenient installation. Whilst the frame and the outer wall of the above ground pool would be hard and strong the outer pool liner and the bottom are made of specially formulated Vinyl or similar material. They are all delivered in a knockdown condition which needs to be carefully installed if you are to get the best out of it.

The outer frame of the above ground pool protects the pool liner from any accidental damage but the same cannot be said of the base or bottom which needs to sit on the ground. The ground could be home to many types of objects which are liable to cause damage to the bottom of the above ground pool. The bottom in the case of an above ground pool is also made of Vinyl. Hence it is imperative that it is adequately protected if you are to use it for many years into the future.

We have selected and answered a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about pool liners and pool liner pads which should help you to apprise yourself, install and maintain your above ground pool better.         

1. What materials are used to manufacture pool liners?

It is specially formulated Vinyl that is popularly used to manufacture pool liners due to its flexibility, lightweight and strength. Vinyl can be repaired if damaged which also makes it a very popular choice among many above ground pool manufacturers. The other advantage is that Vinyl could be packed into cartons and transported without much hassle.

Vinyl could also be treated to withstand the harsh ultra-violet rays of the Sun preventing discoloration and damage with prolonged exposure. Another important factor is that Vinyl is a chemical compound and it is cheap to manufacture hence could be offered at a competitive price.   

2. Is Vinyl good for our health?

There have been no adverse findings about Vinyl posing a threat to human health and life, but some children and even adults could be allergic to it which would be a rare case. Any allergies would be detected but so far nothing detrimental has been reported.

3. Why use pool liner pad?

Installing the above ground pool on the lawn or elsewhere in the garden without any protection accorded to the base or bottom could render it susceptible to damage. There could be many sharp sided objects in the garden under the above ground swimming pool like stones, twigs, sticks, bugs and insects which could damage the Vinyl bottom. To ensure this does not happen it is imperative that a pool liner pad is installed at the bottom to prevent such a predicament.  

4. What is pool liner pads made of?

Different pool liner pad manufacturers use various materials but the most popular are Polypropylene geotextile, Geotextile and Polyester geotextile. These are specially formulated strong, sturdy and breathable materials.

5. Why do pool liner pads, need breathable materials?

When the above ground pool is placed on the bare garden floor the area underneath tends to dampen due to the limited exposure of that particular area to the Sun. This dampness would remain which is an effective invitation, to the many roots growing from the various trees around the above ground pool. These growing roots are attracted towards the dampness and once it does so we know what devastation roots could cause. The roots could grow under the pool base and when they become bigger it could be a recipe for disaster.

Installing breathable pool liner pads would breathe the water out from under the pool bottom by easily evaporating it hence effectively keeping Nature at bay. The minimum of dampness underneath the pool liner pad would mean there is minimum water.

6. How to select the best pool liner pad?

There are many different brands of pool liner pads coming from reputed manufacturers, selecting one that has been tried and tested over the years with an indelible reputation should win the day. The best above ground pool pad would last many years ensuring the above ground pool remains undamaged till eternity.

7. Who will cut and trim the pool liner pad to fit the pool bottom?

The pool liner pads industry works in close conjunction with the above ground pool industry. The pool liner pads are made to fit most of the standard above ground pools manufactured across the country. Once you have bought the above ground pool of your choice it would be easy to buy the pool liner pad to fit into it like a hand in glove.  

8. How thick is the pool liner pad, generally?

Most of the reputed manufacturers produce their above ground pool pads at a 1/8 inch thickness which not only provides adequate protection from underneath but also is soft on the feet. The softness leaves a comfortable feeling under the feet.

9. Is pool liner pad installation easy?

The process to install the pool liner pad would take just a few minutes and would need a couple of adults hands to help. Instructions are precisely laid out and installation could be accomplished in a few minutes.

10. Do pool liner pads come with a warranty?

Most of the reputed manufacturers of pool liner pads offer a three (03) year warranty. You could be rest assured that if installed carefully and it lasts the three year warranty period it would last for many years into the future.