I have a question about my liner durability. This is our first pool and it was installed about 4 weeks ago, It is 15'x30'x54" AG with a vinyl liner, J-hook style, "heavy duty / Perma 25", made by Swimline. Advertised as 25 gauge or 25-mil depending on where you look. Here is a link to it online.
Since this is our first pool, I am unsure about the durability of the liner over time and with use. There is sand underneath for the floor and coping. I have read others on this site say they have used boxes/platforms out in the middle of the pool. I'm curious about their effects on the liner with possible rub through / thinning. I'm also concerned about the area under the entry stairs feet. There are 4x round suction cup looking feet on the bottom each about 3-4" diameter. Here is a link to it online. I think we have the 6003 model. Ours is currently attached to a ladder over the side and not to a deck. It sits on the floor of the pool, on the liner and is about 3-4" from the wall & coping.
Obviously I want to keep sharp objects out and pokey things to a minimum, but how resilient are these liners? Does anyone have first hand experience with this brand / model? How much sand movement / settling is OK vs too much? Around a couple of the side supports where the walls are straight, there are some dips in the sand. Its definitely not down in a deep crack, but appears to be some settling around where the under pool supports are.
It still has that "new pool smell/feel" and perhaps we're still babying it a bit. I just don't want to rip or poke a hole or thin the liner. unfortunately I know first hand what is involved in replacing a liner!! When they first installed the pool, the liner had a leak in one of the seams. It took them about 20 minutes to find it and patch it. The builder came back 10 days later (on their 3rd trip) to replace the liner. What a hassle for a pool that was just 10 days old!! We used it in the patched condition, but I don't want to do that again any time soon.
Also, is there any special brushes I should use for cleaning? How often is normal? We don't really have any trees or leaves in close proximity that shed during the summer, and few that will shed this fall. We are going to cover it over winter though. I don't think I've picked out one leaf in the last 4 weeks. Mostly just some grass and bugs, the skimmer grabs it all.
Thanks - Dave -