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Increase the Longevity of Your Swimming Pool With Pool Liner Replacement

Your swimming pool is an investment that brings your family and friends together for fun, relaxation, and memory-making! But as you know, if you want to get the most out of your pool and the benefits it offers, it requires a lot of maintenance and care. While balancing the water, adding chemicals, and making sure that all the equipment is running smoothing are all an important part of swimming pool maintenance, keeping an eye on the swimming pool liner and knowing when to replace it is vital in protecting your pool — and bank account — from costly damages and repairs.

At S&R Pools, we’re the trusted providers of New Jersey inground liner replacement services. With over a decade of experience, we’ve helped many homeowners throughout the area replace their swimming pool liner with a more durable and long-lasting solution. We understand that even the most invested swimming pool owners have questions regarding their pool liner and whether to repair or replace it. That’s why we applied our knowledge and expertise to create a complete homeowners guide for swimming pool liner replacement. Refer back to this page whenever you have questions or concerns about your pool liner, and if you live in Burlington County, feel free to contact us for all of your pool liner replacement needs!

Vinyl Pool Liner: The Basics You Should Know

All above-ground pools and most in-ground pools have a vinyl pool liner installed. Typically, vinyl liners will need to be replaced every five to nine year as normal wear and tear alone can take a toll on the liner material. And sometimes, certain conditions or incidents occur that can impact the liner’s aging process or just outright cause damage that can only be addressed by replacing the pool liner entirely.

When pool liners become worn or damaged they are at a higher risk of developing leaks. Leaks are something all pool owners want to avoid as they can lead to a slew of problems and headaches. That is why timely pool liner replacement is essential. For the best outcome, swimming pool owners should regularly inspect the lining to look for common signs of wear and damage. Any concerning signs should be addressed by a professional.

Common Signs That Indicate Your Swimming Pool Liner Needs Replacing


Exposure to chemicals and UV rays will naturally cause vinyl pool liner to fade. Aside from the aesthetics issue, faded pool liner is more susceptible to leaks.


Pool liners can lose elasticity and become wrinkled over time. If the liner becomes too wrinkled, it can eventually tear and lead to difficult-to-repair leaks.


With exposure to harsh UV rays and pool chemicals, pool liners can begin to crack, leading to bigger issues such as a leak, and should be addressed immediately.


Liner leaks aren’t always visible, but if your pool’s water level drops by over an inch in less than two weeks, you may have a leak and should contact a pro.

Did You Know:

A Pool Leak Can Cost Hundreds of Dollars Per Day?

When you combine the increased energy consumption from your pump working overtime with water loss, your pool leak could be costing hundreds of dollars each day! That is why it is important to be on the lookout for leaks as well as issues that could potentially lead to the development of one.

7 Steps of The Pool Liner Replacement Process

Replacing pool liner involves quite a bit of work which is why it is best to let professionals handle the job. Inadequate pool liner installation will get you nowhere. Faulty materials and improper installation are among the most common reasons why pool liners don’t last as long as they are meant to. Hiring a professional will ensure that the job is done right using high-quality materials, and that you won’t have to worry about fading, wrinkling, cracking or leaks for years to come. When working with a professional pool liner replacement company, you can expect the process to be similar to this:

Step 1: Preparation

Before the pool liner replacement process can begin, all the necessary preparation must be completed. The most important part of this step is getting the right measurements for your pool. Accurate measurements are essential to getting a liner that fits like a glove and is long-lasting. During this stage, you’ll also choose a new pool liner. Pool liners are often available in a wide range of patterns and colors, making it easy for you to create a one-of-a-kind oasis.

Step 2: Drain the Pool

Once all the preparation work is complete, the pool will need to be drained before any further work can be done. Professional swimming pool liner replacement companies will have equipment to help this otherwise time-consuming process go much faster. Draining the pool can take an entire day so that there is sufficient time to allow ground water beneath the pool to make its way to the surface.

Step 3: Removal of Old Liner

Once the pool is properly drained, the existing liner can be removed. The old liner will be removed entirely, both from the walls and the floor of the pool. During this stage, the faceplates from any skimmers, wall returns, main drains, and pool lights are also removed for easier installation.

Step 4: Surface Repairs

With The old liner removed, the surface of the pool will be exposed. Therefore, it is the perfect time to handle any necessary repairs. Holes and other imperfections on the walls and floors should be filled with a concrete mix or a vermiculite mix. After the repairs are complete, the surface will need to be prepared and made ready for the installation of the new liner.

Step 5: Install New Liner

Once the walls and floors of the pool are properly prepared for the installation of the new liner. Professionals will know how to hang the liner properly and securely. A liner vacuum will also be used to remove any air pockets or bubbles underneath the liner. Once the liner is completely vacuumed and in place, sections will be cut out where the main drain, skimmers, and returns are located.

Step 6: Refill the Pool

After everything is in place, the pool can get refiled with water—but only to a certain distance. Typically, experts will fill the pool about six to eight inches into the shallow end. Once the pool is filled to this level with water, the liner vacuum will be removed from the pool and the rest of the liner will be tucked into the wall. The pool can then be topped off with water.


After the pool liner installation is complete, your pool will look as good as new and be ready to use in no time! When the time comes, there is no better way to test out your newly-lined swimming pool than with a cannonball!

Ways to Extend The Life Of Your Pool Liner

While a new swimming pool liner will certainly be more durable than what you previously had, it by no means is impervious. Improper treatment can drastically shorten the lifespan of your liner, meaning more replacements, higher costs, and less time spent enjoying your pool. These tips will help you protect your investment and extend the life of your newly-installed pool liner.

  • Maintain proper proper pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels
  • Add pool chemicals individually
  • Invest in a pool cover
  • Keep pets out of the pool
  • Remove sharp objects from the pool area
  • Consider professional swimming pool maintenance
  • Keep an eye out for leaks
  • Make sure that leaks and other damages are repaired promptly

Schedule Pool Liner Replacement

Hopefully, this guide has provided you with a better understanding of pool liners and pool liner replacement services. If you notice that your pool liner is nearing the end of its life expectancy, has already had multiple repairs, or is showing signs of wear and age, it's definitely worth considering having it replaced by professionals like those at S&R Pools.

If you are in need of New Jersey pool liner replacement, specifically in Burlington County and the surrounding areas, our team at S&R Pools would love to help. With years of experience, access to the industries best products, and unparalleled customer service, you can rest assured that our pool liner replacement solutions will restore the appearance and integrity of your swimming pool.

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