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    Should I buy floor pad, wall foam, cove moulding?

    New to pools here, more research I do, more expense I add.

    I bought the pool cheap and having it installed next year.

    Which one is best?

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    Re: Should I buy floor pad, wall foam, cove moulding?

    Skip the wall foam, unless there is a lot of roughness on the inside of the wall. I like the foam cove, but if you are having it installed, ask the installer what they would like. A floor pad is helpful to protect against rocks and roots, but isn't always needed. There are other floor options too, for exmaple I used extruded polystyrene insulation sheets on my floor instead.
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    Re: Should I buy floor pad, wall foam, cove moulding?

    I would say that the wall foam has another good use, insulating the pool from heat loss. Very helpful in areas where the temp dips down at night enough to cause thermal wicking through the walls, or if you're heating the pool with solar or a gas/electric form of heat.

    Well, 2 things I suppose, the second being more of an added luxury. That is, making the wall softer and lessening the blow when someone, or some part of you invariably whacks into it! HAHA :P

    What size pool, steel or resin wall and are you doing a partial bury, or no?
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    Should I buy floor pad, wall foam, cove moulding?

    I used the foam cove and glad I did. I didn't think the the wall foam was worth the money,so I didn't use it. It's very thin I didn't think there would be much of an insulating factor there. Most people opt out on that. As for the floor I have no pad and the floor is fine. If you have alot of rocks,roots,or nut grass,I would look at the gorilla pad. It is only used for liner protection,no comfort from it. Nut grass is nasty stuff and will grow thru a liner.

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    Re: Should I buy floor pad, wall foam, cove moulding?

    I have floor pad, a white closed cell foam, and it seems it make a little difference but I think it's more for liner protection. I also have foam coves and recommend them. I was reading another thread where they had washed out due to rain, foam can't wash out. Wall liner, I think it lines the sellers pockets. The amount of foam relative to the thermal mass of 10k + gallons of water and its surface area... Useless in my book.
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    Re: Should I buy floor pad, wall foam, cove moulding?

    Quote Originally Posted by y_not
    I would say that the wall foam has another good use, insulating the pool from heat loss. Very helpful in areas where the temp dips down at night enough to cause thermal wicking through the walls, or if you're heating the pool with solar or a gas/electric form of heat.

    Well, 2 things I suppose, the second being more of an added luxury. That is, making the wall softer and lessening the blow when someone, or some part of you invariably whacks into it!
    There is not much heat loss through the sidewalls compared to the top, so the insulating aspect of wall foam is very minor (and wall foam is not thick to start with). Having foam on the wall could potentially cause more leaks since objects would be more likely to penetrate the vinyl with the "give" of foam behind it.
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