Liner Changes

I Need My Above Ground Pool Liner Changed

To have your liner changed you need a few critical measurements.

Size Matters – Pool Wall Size

First is the size of the pool wall. How tall is it. 20 years ago all above ground pool walls were 48”. Then they overcompensated to 54”. Now days, the most common wall height is 52”.

Pool Size – How Big Is Your Pool

Run a tape measure across your pool in three locations to give you your pools true measurement. Don’t use the caps, use the actual wall.

What Type of Liner Do You Need?

There are three main types of vinyl liners for above ground pools: Overlap, Beaded and Unibead.

Overlap Pool Liners

Overlap pool liners are the most economical option and are easy to install. They attach to the pool wall with coping strips that hold the liner to the pool wall. A coping strip is a piece of plastic that acts like a wide paper clip that runs along the top of your above ground pool wall. Since it “overlaps” the swimming pool wall from the inside, the copingstrip ensures that the liner is held firmly in place.

Beaded Pool Liners

Beaded pool liners are the easiest to replace and come in a wide array of designs. Using a bead receiver that hangs over the top of an above ground pool wall, the Beaded pool liner simply snaps into the receiver giving you an even and consistent look.

Unibead Beaded Liners

Unibead pool liners are the ultimate in versatility and have a two-in-one feature that allows you to replace an Overlap liner with a Unibead liner. Unibead liners have the option to be used with a bead receiver or as a J-Hook liner. If you don’t have a bead receiver, simply hook the line onto the rim of the pool wall.

Do You Have The Pool Liner?

Mil or Gauge? Gauge is not a real way to measure a pool liners thickness. It has been used to market liners to the consumer and cause confusion. 17 mil is the normal liner thickness (Golden and Myrtle Beach). Hydra offers two upgraded liners that are thicker and have a better warranty (Platinum and Willow Creek).

Pool Deck

Do you have a pool deck? If you do, the boards can not be over the pool rails. If they are, we can not help you. All top caps and rails must be removed when doing a liner change.

Flat Bottom, Deep Center or Deep End Liner

Make note if you have a flat bottom or deep end pool liner. A deep end is a special order and is a different process for installation. Please call for a quote on a deep end. Deep center uses the same liner as a flat bottom, but the installation process is different.

Site Preparation

If you can prepare your site, it will save you money. Your pool needs to be drained and cleaned with the bottom cut out. This will allow the sand to dry. If you need us to pump the water out and cut the liner for you, it will almost double the price of installation.


This it the time to look at your pool and see what else needs to be replaced. Skimmers should be replaced with the liner. Armor Shields are a great way to protect your investment.