Well, my first season as a pool owner is winding down. Thank you TFP members for helping me through the process and giving me the confidence to maintain the pool myself. Closing of the pool is scheduled for next week and I'm planning on replacing my vinyl liner next season. I thought it would be prudent to get a head start on the process so I've gotten a couple of quotes ($4,500 from my pool guy and $3,400 from a competitor). Figuring it might be a good idea to order the liner now so I don't run into a situation next year where local installers are booked and/or items are backordered, out-of-stock, etc.
Both quotes are for an "all in" install which includes new skimmer facings and gaskets, light gaskets, return jets and gaskets, etc. Extras may include "de-waterization" if the water table interferes with the installation. First quote was for $1,800 and the other quote was for $700 or higher depending on the situation and how high the water table is. I've been offered liner options from Merlin, Loop Loc or Dover.
So, my questions are:
1.) From the above choices, which brand of liner would you all recommend?
2.) What other questions, if any, should I ask to make sure I've got all my bases covered?
3.) The quote disparity between the two pool companies is considerable. It should be noted that the $4,500 quote was a verbal quote over the phone and the cheaper price was for a detailed, written quote. Do these price quotes I've received seem reasonable or should I get others?
Pool is pictured below.
Thanks in advance, folks. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.