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    Happy bottom vs. perfect pool bottom vs. gorilla pad

    Hi all- We are planning an ABG to be decked up and left semi-permanently in place, so I am looking for the pool pad with the best durability. The pool we are getting has a 10 year warranty, so I'd like a pad that will last at least that long as well. So far, I've been able to determine:

    1. Happy Bottom has NO warranty;
    2. Perfect Pool Bottom (which I hadn't even heard of as long-time lurker here) has a 10 yr warranty; and
    3. Gorilla Pad - ???- can't find any info.

    I know #1 and# 3 serve somewhat different purposes (padding vs. puncture protection:) do people use both??

    Also, how long do they last in anyone's experience, even if not warrantied?

    #2 looks like it serves both purposes but is quite a bit more expensive, and isn't available in the size we want: we'd have to cut it way down.

    Thanks - you guys (and gals) are great. I followed all your advice for last year's cheapo starter intex but am ready to move up to a more semi-permanent pool this year - whew, things get complicated quickly !! -MNmom
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    Re: Happy bottom vs. perfect pool bottom vs. gorilla pad

    I can't tell you how long they last, with or without the warranty. What I can tell you is that I watched a friend install Happy Bottom and swam in the pool after it was in. It does have pieces with taped seams. It was ok. It did make me decide to order Gorilla Pad instead when we did our last liner replacement and I really love it. One piece construction, cut to fit your pool size, feels thicker than the Happy Bottom, it's a really thick-stretchy felt type material, don't think anything is growing through that stuff and the bottom feels sooooo nice. One of the nicest things we did for our pool. We had a plain sand bottom before with a sand cove. Gorilla pad, wall foam and foam cove. Much nicer, smooth. Wonderful.
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    Re: Happy bottom vs. perfect pool bottom vs. gorilla pad

    MNmom- Welcome aboard!
    Not to add confusion but another choice is styrofoam. The 2" pink, or yellow from the building supply store. It insulates the bottom of the pool from the cold ground, gives the floor of the pool a very nice cushion and protects the pool from rocks creeping up throught the floor. I have been using the same foam for about 10 years. and mine was taken up and stacked w/o any covering all winter. For the last 2 winters the foam has had my boat sitting on it w/o a problem. My setup is 6-36" of class 5 screened and tamped every 3". Aprox 1/2-1" of sand compacted, just to smooth and level the area. 2" pink styrofoam, gorilla tape on the seams, cut into a 18' foot circle. HD silver tarp covering the foam. 3/4" river rock 1' wide around the pool.
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    Re: Happy bottom vs. perfect pool bottom vs. gorilla pad

    Just wondering which pad you went with and how your pool is holding up. We are working on installing a 16'x48" Intex above ground and we want to make it last.
    5K Gal, AG, Intex 16' X 48" Ultra Frame, Just purchased, Working on Install as of 6/22/13

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    Question Re: Happy bottom vs. perfect pool bottom vs. gorilla pad

    I am in the midst of planning out my first AGP install and was also wondering if you simply leveled out the ground and put the Gorilla Pad down and the pool on top. I am reading so many different opinions about leveling with sand, or a clay based sand, etc etc. My head is spinning. I just need help as I peruse this site. Thanks.
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    Re: Happy bottom vs. perfect pool bottom vs. gorilla pad

    I used 1/4" foam (FOAMULAR brand) and the bottom is divine. Don't know if it will hold up, but everything I've read says it will.
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    Re: Happy bottom vs. perfect pool bottom vs. gorilla pad

    Regardless which one you put under the pool, it will outlive the pool for sure.

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    Re: Happy bottom vs. perfect pool bottom vs. gorilla pad

    Gorilla pad is a fiber blend, kind of like a super heavy duty 1/8" thick landscaping cloth, but really tough. Happy Pool pad is a 1/4" foam pad. Perfect Pool bottom is a polymer with a 10 year warranty. http://www.gladon.com/perfectpoolbottom.htm

    They all do the same job, depends on the price really. Shop around, check on line, etc.

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