I just bought a foreclosure and in the backyard I have an older 12x24 oval pool. It has a partial liner that has a tear in the deep end. I am in Alabama where winters are warmer than most, so there is probably is no chance of frost damage. Someone has winterized the motor/filter as everything has been drained and the caps placed inside the leaf collector before the motor. I called several pool companies and they stated they do not do partial liners so I am here for advise and now doing it myself. At the top of the pool wall is a ceramic tile boarder with a tile bullnose used for an edge, similar to a gunite pool. Behind the tile is your basic poured concrete. It might be possible to remove the ceramic tile without damaging the concrete and install new coping/bullnose stone, but thats a lot of work. About me I am a mason so the tile/cement work is no big issue, the question is just what do I have to do to tackle the liner issue.
First Question: Can I replace the partial liner with the same or do I need to go to a full liner with new coping (probably Alumimum from Cinderella) installed all around the pool?
Second Question: Where do I go for the materials? I am a contractor so I should be able to get a trade price and keep costs down, so specify both the bare minimumn solution and the the optimal one.
Third Question: Can you give me a lesson on liners? How thick do I need to go 20m on bottom is standard, but walls varry from 20m to 35, why? Type of material ie. Virgin Vinyl ? Do i change the liner lock, ie. yes? Do i use padding on the bottom such as Liner Guard Vinyl floor membrane? If i need a full liner do i use wall foam and what thickness 1/8, 1/4, etc.? And anyting else you may add is valueable info including your two cents!
I am draining the pool this weekend, removing the leaves, and once I get things cleaned up, I will post some pics. Hope to be swimming soon!