Your family pool is great – especially when the kids are young. Unfortunately, by the time they hit 10 or 12 years old, that 4-foot pool is feeling pretty skimpy to them. They want something deeper and more exciting, yet an in-ground pool probably isn’t an option – for a number of reasons.
You could buy another above-ground pool, but it seems like a tremendous expense just to get a foot or so more depth. Fortunately, there’s a way that you can actually improve that pool and make it deeper without having to replace it: with an expandable pool liner.
Make sure it holds upThere are a number of factors that will go into choosing the right expandable pool liner, but what you need to know going in is this: an expandable liner is more prone to wrinkling and damage than other liners. For this reason, make sure you buy a liner that’s at least 25 gauge, preferably 30 gauge.
You’re going to pay more, but you’ll wind up replacing it less.You should also choose one that has a fully-printed pattern, as that tends to hide some of the inevitable imperfections that happen during installation. Take your time putting it in
Installing an expandable pool liner is quite a bit different prospect than installing another type of liner. Because the size of the liner is variable, you’re going to be especially prone to seeing wrinkles. There are a couple of things you can do to avoid this, including:Secure the upper part of the liner. Ideally, you’ll secure the overhang portion of your liner with a rope.
That way, as the pool fills, you can release tension on the rope and allow the liner to more or less “fall” into place.Stop to smooth out wrinkles. Any time you install a liner you’re going to have wrinkles that need to be smoothed out. This is even more the case with expandable pool liners. Work out each wrinkle as you go, stopping the water if necessary.Install when it’s warm and sunny. Ideally, you’ll install that liner when the temp is at least 80 degrees Farenheit and you’ve got plenty of sun beating down. This helps with the liner’s elasticity, and will make it much easier to shape.With a little bit of patience and some hard work, you can breathe new life into the family above ground swimming pool by installing an expandable pool liner.