We've been in our house for 3 pool seasons (starting the 4th) and have been discussing replacing our liner for all three. Getting more serious about it now for several reasons. First of all, the pool is used by someone who is part fish (and who also has Multiple Sclerosis - so the pool is really important to her in the summer for multiple reasons) so the liner failing in mid-season would be a huge disappointment. She may call it catastrophic - but that seems a little extreme.
Second is a combination of aesthetics and noticing a few more irregularities in the last year. We had a hole to patch a little over a year ago, we've noticed a few textural differences (below the liner) in the floor in a few places (lines/divots - though nothing major), the liner pulling out of the coping by the steps which is exposing a few inches of the steel wall as well as allowing a place for water to get down into, and of course it's really bleached out (the part of the border that is mostly below water is completely worn away as well as any pattern on the main liner). These things, combined with the fear of a more serious issue developing mid-swim season is making us think about going ahead with the replacement. I'd guess the liner is AT LEAST 8-10 years old.
Of course, this means lots of questions. LOTS.
(For what it's worth, I have been reading old posts in the forum to try to learn as much as I can, but am curious as to how things may have changed in the last 5 years or so from when some of those discussions were held, if at all.)
1. Thickness. 20 vs 27/28 or combo. I have seen a few people mention that a sound structure means that the thickness may not really be that important. Would that recommendation change for a pool that routinely has 3 border collies in and out? I know, not ideal, but they are part of the family and they love swimming.
2. Are there any brands that anyone would recommend - or recommend staying away from?
3. Is there a better time to replace (fall/spring)? I realize that temps are important in the install.
4. Does the pool have to be drained to measure accurately? If so, I'd think that this would make Spring a better time to do this since (around here) we never know what Fall will bring in three weeks (guess of time between drain, measure, order and shipped liner). Same with Spring - but at least we know it's going to get warmer sooner than later.
5. Any recs for someone to replace a liner in central Ky (Lexington/Louisville area)?
I've got more questions of course, but thought I'd start with these.
Thanks for any help!