I was at a neighbors house today to check out his new liner I heard he had installed, not only did he have the normal replacement liner done he was advised to try out this new technique to help preserve his new investment.So I thought I would share some pics and the reason why he had to have his 4 yr old liner replaced already and why the recommended new way he tried and how it looks. Has anyone ever seen this done, it actually looks really cool, I may have went with a different tile color choice but the idea makes sense and opens up alot of options for us vinyl owners when liner replacement comes along...
Why, from what he was told all liner manufacturers had to start changing batches of the polymers or something (leaving out certain ingredients?) in their process of making the vinyl for pool liners so they degrade in the landfills better (or at all?) when they eventually get replaced and thrown out. So the part of the liner that sits above the waterline and subjected to the suns rays beaten down on it all the time will degrade alot faster compared to liners manufactured years ago? Hence, his liner started cracking/splitting after just 4 yrs of having it replaced.
He said the liner was installed like normal but afterwards they installed a top/bottom track type system that allowed the tiles (5 or 6" I believe) to snap right into the track system (no grout used at all) and act as a barrier from the sun at 2" below his waterline and up to the bottom of the coping. He said they had to screw through the liner to mount the bottom track but used a certain type of screw with a rubber seal that eliminates any potential water seepage through to behind the liner ?? Thats the part I wish I could have seen done, a little wiery on that sealing part ??
Anyhow, it looks real nice and he is real happy with the work and believes his investment is protected for many years... Just thought I would post about it and see it there is anyone here that's ever heard of this being done elsewhere ?? I'll be needing a liner replacement in a season or 2 so its a very interesting option for me to look into in the near future, I just hope there's not that many color tile options out there to choose from because I can see my wife having a VERY colorful waterline frenzy happening when the time comes