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   A-Pro Services offers expert in-ground swimming pool vinyl liner sales and  installation in central Oklahoma, and sales in the lower 48,  with  replacement liners from American manufacturers.  We believe in buying American made products, and in old fashioned American work ethics.    If you need more information about swimming pool liners, feel free to contact us by e-mail [] or by phone - we'll be more than happy to help with all your questions! 

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Choosing a New Pool Liner

  A-Pro Services offers expert in ground pool liner installation, and replacement liners by many manufacturers.  While everyone has their own sales pitch, this page is here to help the homeowner learn the key differences and terminologies you will encounter, so that you can make informed decisions when choosing your new vinyl swimming pool liner. The links on this site are designed to help you get all the information you need to choose your new pool liner, and get it properly fitted and installed.

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     If there is anything that I have learned, after very many years in this industry, it is to never forget the basics.  What is important to you when choosing a liner?  If you're a homeowner, you want what is the best all around deal.  Sometimes, that might be the cheapest liner you can get, but usually it is not.  Sometimes, if you are "flipping" the house, or a homeowner who is going to sell soon, it would be tempting to go the cheapest route, but imagine giving a tour of your house....  Here's the deluxe security package, Anderson Windows, Hunter ceiling fans, Berber carpets, Kohler fixtures..... And the cheapest pool liner I could find!   Of course, the most expensive isn't necessarily the best, either.  If you're not planning to sell your home, you want a liner that lasts longest and looks the best, at a fair price. And as for the installation side of the equation, You don't want a careless installer at any price!  usually, the best deal is somewhere in the upper middle, really.

        We have many patterns from our manufacturers that allow us to offer free upgrades to 27 or 28 mil, and, most of the time, it is better to take that free upgrade. It is real money, there is a real value to it.  There are some cases, though few, where a thinner liner, or a thinner bottom, would be more desirable.  The only other reason to buy a 20 mil liner would be if there is a pattern that you're just crazy about, and it doesn't have the free upgrade, and you aren't willing to pay extra for it, or a thicker version isn't available at all.  Really, though, as wide as the selection is of liner that do have free upgrades, nearly everyone can find something they like.  This writing is at the beginning of February, so the newest patterns will be updated soon, at the links above left under Brands.  We have narrowed it down to three brands that we think are the best.  Since one is known by the company they keep, there is also a little info about each brand, to show why.


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Choosing Liner Patterns

    There are so many patterns out there, you can easily agonize over which one looks best.  Well, Relax!  The same rules apply to your pool liner as apply to any other part of your home's  decor.  Obviously, if everything in your back yard is grey, you probably don't want a brown liner!  On the other hand, you also may not want a grey liner, either.  The best choice in this case might be a blue liner, because "pools outta be blue", with grey in the tile, or grey accents to compliment the rest of the yard. Just as you wouldn't want a monotone living room, you don't want the pool to be totally boring, either.

    Fads and trends come and go, but your liner should be around for ten years or so.  I would avoid anything to "jazzy" because most of these patterns look better in the picture than they do in the pool.  Little fish or rocks on the walls might seem like a cool idea, but remember this:  No matter what you do, your liner is going to fade over time.  Faded fish and blurred spaces between the rock pattern aren't so attractive.  Also, if you are planning to sell your house anytime soon, you want to choose a pattern that would be appealing to most potential buyers, and usually, that is not the wildest pattern in the book.  You can sell a house with ugly carpet, but it will cost you some money.  Same way with the pool. 

Darker Doesn't Mean Warmer

    While it seems logical that a darker liner will make the pool warmer, the difference is not even noticeable.  Some dealers try to sell it this way, because some manufacturers offer them a discount for selling their darker, less popular patterns.  The truth is, most heat loss from a pool comes from the surface of the water.  If you doubt that, look at the pool on a cold autumn morning.  You will see it steaming!  This evaporation is taking heat from the pool, the same as when a person perspires.  The water temperature at the bottom and sides of the pool is effected more by the ground temperature.  If you want a warmer pool, consider a solar blanket, which lays on top of the water, and works by preventing heat loss through evaporation.

Pool Liner Thickness

    Swimming pool liners are rated according to thickness in increments.  American Made liners are rated in Mils, or thousandths of an inch.  Thus, a 20 mil liner is rated to be twenty thousandths of an inch, and a 28 mil is 28 thousandths of an inch.   Foreign made liners are usually rated at a certain gauge.  International rules allow for a lot of variance in exactly what "gauge" is supposed to mean, so there is not a sure way to determine how thick the liner is supposed to be. My best recommendation when purchasing a new vinyl swimming pool liner is to choose a company that specifies the thickness of their liner in mils, for that and several other reasons. 

    While there are a few exceptions, usually, liners specified in mils are American Made.  I, personally, would rather help pay wages to a factory worker in Ohio, than to a sweat shop halfway around the world.   Of course, that Ohio factory worker has to have health care, workers compensation, and a living wage, and pays taxes. so American made liners are more expensive.  Also adding to the cost is the fact that American Manufacturers are required to meet pretty strict environmental standards. Buying American is one small way to lessen pollution, but that, too, costs money. One way to know you're not getting a liner made in U.S.A. is if it is too cheap.   This also often reflects a lesser quality. Cheaper liners usually look good at first, but don't last as long.

Thicker Isn't Always Better

    While thicker is usually presumed to be better, and often is, sometimes a heavier liner is not only unnecessary, it can be less desirable.  In-ground liners are custom fitted to your pool. There is a slight amount of stretch built into the liner. With age, all liners shrink.  Thicker liners shrink more than thinner liners, and so are more likely to bow in where there is a tight radius (six inch radius corners, for example).  A good installer knows how to compensate for this, but it is a knack, not a science.  If your pool is a complicated design, with many tight curves (Roman with covered sit outs, for example), you may be as well off with a 20 mil.  However, if your interior surfaces are not really smooth, you may be better off with a 28 mil.  Best advise here is to choose your pool liner installer carefully, and follow their recommendations.  If you plan to install the liner yourself, feel free to give us a call, we'll help you sort it out.

Special Treatment

    Some companies offer special treatments to their liners, which they say prolong the life of the liner, inhibit UV rays, withstand chemicals better, etc., and some claim that these treatments make the liner last up to 50% longer, but after selling and installing liners for nearly thirty years here in Oklahoma, I haven't found that these treatments make that much difference.  I guess that's why the "up to".  Anywhere from zero to 50% would be "up to" 50%.  The upgrade charge for these treatments is usually about 35% of the cost of the liner, so as far as I am concerned, They are probably not worth it.  The most important thing that you can do to prolong the lifespan of your liner is to take proper care of your water chemistry.


Choosing a Pool Liner Installation Contractor

Perhaps the most important part of choosing a swimming pool liner is choosing where to buy it, and who will install it.  Many people who sell liners do not install them.  This leaves some room for the blame game.  If there is ever a problem with the liner, or it doesn't fit correctly, it is pretty easy to for the contractor to blame the manufacturer (who was so great when they were selling you the liner), and for the manufacturer to blame the seller, who blames the installer, who.....

You are best off to purchase your new liner from a reputable local dealer who measures the liner, who buys directly from the manufacturer, and who installs the liner without the use of referred contractors or subcontractors.  Then, that dealer accepts responsibility for the quality of the liner and it's proper fit and installation.  This type of dealer is big enough to buy directly from the factory, but small enough to still do the installations "in-house".  Sometimes when there are scheduling problems, (like a sudden deluge of sales) some local companies may ocasionally use subcontractors, but, since most of their profit comes from their skill as an installer, nearly all installations are done by the company's own professional installer.   For more about choosing a Vinyl Swimming Pool Liner Installer, click  [ HERE ]



This page is all about In-Ground Swimming Pool Liners, and some thoughts on how to choose them. We offer professional installation in central Oklahoma Including:

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