The liner in my pool was damaged when installed and has been leaking for three years. I've had it patched three times now and the patch lasts about a year. So now I'm considering a new liner. The pool is 20'X40', 3' deep in the shallow end and 9' in the deep end. It has a bottom drain, one skimmer, and two returns. The leak is around one of the returns. I'm not sure what the installer did wrong but he is long gone. He left town owing a lot of people money and several botched liner installations including mine.
I'm wondering about other people's experience with liners - both good and bad. Are some brands better than others? What about thickness? Is there a significant difference between brands in terms of life span, stability of the patterns, or other factors. This will be the third replacement and I have not been extremely pleased with any of them. The first two were damaged by hurricanes and the replacements came from local pool stores. I believe they were both 20 mil thick. The inked pattern on the last one has not held up well at all. There are several large areas where the pattern has been bleached out and it makes the pool look bad.
I've lost confidence in the local pool stores and do not trust their advice any more. I intend to do a lot of research before making a decision this time.