How to Cut your Solar Cover to Perfectly fit your Swimming Pool

The right solar cover can add up to 17 degrees to your average swimming pool temperature over the summer. But, a solar cover needs to be the right size and shape for your swimming pool for it to work correctly. Solar covers come in a variety of sizes, but most of them are rectangular or oval in shape. If you have an oddly-sized pool or an irregular pool shape, you may need to cut your solar cover to fit your swimming pool correctly.

Luckily, it is very easy to cut a solar cover to fit any swimming pool.

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Making sure your swimming pool is safe and legally compliant

Swimming pools are incredibly fun and encourage quality outdoor time every day of the summer.  Unfortunately for homeowners, a swimming pool (and any body of water) can also be incredibly dangerous. As every responsible homeowner knows, every time swimmers are in your pool, it is essential that they are supervised, and that the pool area is free of hazards. But, what about those times when no one is around the pool?  Continue reading Making sure your swimming pool is safe and legally compliant

Vinyl Liners 101

Vinyl-lined swimming pools are incredibly common in Canada, and across North America. Vinyl pools provide a durable, flexible and comfortable way for your family to enjoy their own pool at home. You have a lot of options when it comes to the materials in your swimming pool, but vinyl has remained a popular choice, particularly for pool owners with small children. 

If you’re looking for a new swimming pool and thinking about your options or hoping to learn a bit more about vinyl pools, you’ve come to the right place. By understanding more about your vinyl pool, you can maintain your liner correctly and save yourself time and frustration each summer season. 

What is vinyl swimming pool liner? 

All swimming pools have a similar design. But, the materials used to make a swimming pool will vary from yard to yard. Some swimming pools simply use the shell of the construction materials – concrete or fiberglass – as the outer surface of your pool. In a vinyl-lined pool, a thick, durable vinyl liner is placed between the pool wall and swimmers. This liner needs to be carefully measured and installed to be sure that all-important elements of the pool are protected and thoroughly coated. 

A vinyl liner created a water-tight seal that protects your pool walls and equipment and leaves you with a comfortable and easy to clean surface in your swimming pool. 

Does every swimming pool require a vinyl liner? 

Not every swimming pool requires a vinyl liner. But, vinyl-lined pools are very popular for homeowners, and all aboveground pools are lined in vinyl. If your swimming pool was manufactured with a vinyl liner, you’ll need to replace it to ensure your pool continues to operate correctly. 

Concrete pools are simply lined with concrete and do not require a liner to be installed for swimming. Pre-formed fiberglass swimming pools are also designed to be used without a vinyl liner in place. 

How much does it cost to replace a vinyl liner? 

Vinyl liners for swimming pools are carefully designed and manufactured to withstand swimming pool chemicals and to protect the structure of your pool. It is more expensive than you might think to replace and install a brand new vinyl liner. But, the cost of vinyl varies a lot from pool to pool. 

The size of your pool, the layout of your backyard, the thickness of the liner you purchase, and requests for patterns will all impact your final price. To make sure you make the right selection, you’ll need to work with a pool professional to find a firm quote and ensure your liner is installed correctly. 

Can I replace my swimming pool liner by myself? 

Replacing a vinyl liner is a very difficult job that requires experience, knowledge, and the right tools to complete correctly. Vinyl liners can be impacted by handling and even the temperature outside. Even the smallest mistakes during installation can lead to warping, stretching and tearing in a new liner. 

Some handy people are able to figure out how to install their vinyl liner correctly, but we do not recommend this approach. More often than not, a DIY liner installation results in disaster. When things go wrong, you’ll need to pay for a new liner, and the cost to have a professional install it correctly. 

How vinyl liners get damaged 

Vinyl liners are designed to last for many years, and are composed of very tough material. But, vinyl liners can be damaged when exposed to sharp objects or imbalanced pool water, especially if these conditions last over time. 

If your pool water is habitually out of balance in terms of chlorine and pH, your liner can become brittle, wrinkled, discolored and weak. This will all make your liner inflexible, meaning it more likely to fit badly, tear, or allow in leaks. A brittle, sagging or ill-fitting liner will need to be replaced much sooner than one that is cared for correctly. 

To prime your liner to last as long as possible, you should be sure to always keep your swimming pool’s alkalinity, chlorine, and pH in balance. You’ll also want to do everything you can to prevent your liner from damage, and to avoid patching it as long as possible.  Keeping pets, kids and sharp objects out of the pool can help you to avoid damage to your liner. 

Repairing your vinyl liner 

Sometimes, your vinyl liner can be damaged from an isolated incident. If you have a small tear in a liner that is otherwise in excellent shape, you may be able to repair your liner, rather than replace it altogether. 

Depending on the scope of the damage, a patch kit or service visit from a professional can help your liner to last a few more years. In some cases, even damage that seems very small can be enough to ruin your liner entirely. If you notice any kind of damage to your swimming pool liner, it is best to have it assessed and repaired immediately. 

Getting the most out of your vinyl liner 

For most swimmers, a vinyl-lined pool is what they are most familiar with when they imagine taking a swim. Vinyl-lined pools are easy to clean, durable and long-lasting. But, replacing a vinyl liner that has been damaged can be very expensive, and doing it more often than you need to can make the cost of owning a pool simply too high. 

Taking care of your vinyl liner will help it to last years longer. With some care and effort, you’ll be able to enjoy a pool that is more attractive, more affordable, and more likely to last for years.  

Is an automatic pool cleaner worth the investment?

If you’re a pool owner, you’ve probably fantasized about a time when the pool would just take care of itself. Keeping a pool clean and sparkling every day of the summer takes a lot of work, and can cut into the time that you actually get to spend enjoying the water.

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The Benefits of Variable Speed Pumps VS. Single or Double Speed

Of the different pool renovations, repairs and accessories which reduce energy consumption, the one most often talked about is the pump, as it’s the piece of equipment that generally consumes the most energy. For this reason, finding a pump that suits your pool and reduces energy costs is an important task in the maintenance of your pool. You might find that your older, single or double speed pump is running your energy bills through the roof, and are considering a change.

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Sand VS Cartridge Filters

What is the Best Filter for a Swimming Pool?

Your pool’s filter plays a huge role in the maintenance of your pool, and is responsible for keeping your water clean, free of debris and contaminants. If you’re unaware of the way a filter works, and the kinds of pool filters available, you might have some trouble finding the correct one for your pool. The two most commonly used types of filters are Sand and Cartridge filters. These two offer different benefits, and vary significantly in how they work. In this article, we will outline the difference between these two kinds of filters so that you can have a more accurate picture of what each one can offer your pool. Continue reading Sand VS Cartridge Filters

Chlorine Generators

On-site chlorine generation is growing in popularity in North America. Most new residential pools have generators installed when the pool is built. These systems are popular in other parts of the world as well, for example, the majority of pools in Australia have chlorine generators. By creating free chlorine in the water, chemical storage, transportation, chemical feeders, and handling is reduced. It is important that a qualified technician or contractor install the chlorine generator. The operation manual should be carefully reviewed. A spectrum of chlorine generators is available for smaller pools up to 40,000 gallons (151,500 liters). Units that can treat larger pools are also available.

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Solar Blankets & Solar Pool Heaters

Like so many pool owners, you must be fed up with the maintenance fees that come with keeping your pool usable, comfortable and warm. Every month your electricity bill is higher and higher, and these costs are not feasible for your family. With the aid of a solar blanket or solar pool heater, you can easily heat your pool and save on heating costs. Solar energy is a staple of the modern world, and can be used for everything from powering your home, to warming your water, so why not use it to heat your pool? Solar pool heating is the most cost-effective form of heating in many climates, and if you are only using your pool in the summer months, is an excellent way to save on energy costs. Continue reading Solar Blankets & Solar Pool Heaters

Heat your Pool For Free – Use Solar Panels!

With increasing Fuel costs, many people are looking for alternatives to maintaining a warm and comfortable pool. One alternative which has become quite popular is the swimming pool solar heater. There are numerous variations of a solar heater all trying to achieve the same purpose – increasing the pool water’s surface area exposed to the sun, thereby allowing a greater volume of water to be heated simultaneously.

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Pool Filter Selection Guide

In order to keep the water in your pool crystal clear, mechanical filtration is needed alongside chemical treatment. Mechanical filtration is the oldest and simplest method of removing any solid particles from water, such as sand or dirt, and it remains the most effective way of doing that. As such, water filters are a requirement for any swimming pool.

The principle of filtration may be old and simple, but modern technologies allow for manufacture of more sophisticated filters that are able to remove not only large particles from the water, but also the ones invisible to the naked eye. There are two types of filters commonly used in residential swimming pools – Sand and Cartridge filters. Continue reading Pool Filter Selection Guide