How Long Does a Pool Liner Last? & 4 Signs It Needs to Be Replaced

Whether you have an above ground pool or an inground pool, your pool liner is a crucial component that needs to be in good condition at all times. It’s easy to take a pool liner for granted and many people won’t even give it a second thought until something goes wrong. The reality is, that no pool liner lasts forever and it’s important to know the signs that it’s time for a replacement.   

Typical Pool Liner Lifespan   

The life expectancy of your pool liner depends on a range of different factors, including whether you have an above ground pool or an inground pool.   

How long does an above ground pool liner last?   

The liner for a typical above ground pool can last from 6 to 10 years, depending on how you care for it along with other factors.   

How long does a liner last in an inground pool?   

The liner for an inground pool can last from between 10 to 20 years, depending on how you care for it and other factors.   

Some of the things to watch for that will help you increase the lifespan of your pool liner include:   

  • Maintaining the pH level of your water and overall water chemistry 
  • Being mindful of groundwater seeping in under the liner and causing it to stretch 
  • Having a liner that’s a proper fit for the dimensions of your pool   

Signs Your Pool Liner Needs to Be Replaced   

A pool liner is one of those things that can’t be just in pretty good shape to be working correctly. Even a small issue with your pool liner can make a big difference when it comes to the overall function of your pool. Here are some signs that your pool liner needs to be replaced:   

1 – Obvious Cracks and Tears   

If there is obvious damage to the liner, that’s a clear sign that it should be replaced. As time goes by, vinyl pool liners deteriorate due to UV radiation and poor water chemistry which can lead to cracks and tears that will eventually lead to water leaks.   

2 – Staining or Fading   

Another time-related issue that can happen to your pool liner is staining or fading. And this is also due to UV damage or poor water chemistry  and will eventually weaken the strength of your liner. Some fading or staining is normal, but if you notice that the colour of your pool liner has faded dramatically, contact to see about a replacement.  

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3 – Floating Liners   

Groundwater is one reason your pool liner might look like is floating after it’s been installed. When there is a high water table and it lowers in the summer months this may leave some wrinkles behind. If you notice wrinkling in your pool liners, call in a professional for an assessment.   

4 – Water Leaks   

You can still have damage to your pool liner that is not visible by just looking at it. If your liner is getting older there may be cracks or rips that you can’t see that are causing you to lose water. You’re always going to lose some water due to evaporation, but if your water level is inconsistent, it may be due to issues with the liner.   

The Best Time to Schedule Pool Liner Replacement   

For the most part, spring and fall are the best times to have your pool liner replaced. When you have it replaced during the offseason, you’ll still be able to enjoy a full swimming season without any disruption. Much of the time, you’ll also find better deals on pool liner replacement during the off-peak swimming season (Autumn and Winter).   

If you have questions about your above ground or inground pool liner or you think it may be time for a replacement, get in touch with us at Leisure Industries today and we will provide you with the solution you need.