After selecting one’s above ground pool model, a buyer’s next decision to make is the pool liner design/print. Being able to choose the liner print is an important aspect of the design. Some homeowners prefer a darker swimming pool liner; others prefer a lighter shade. Some prefer a bright blue tropical design, others a more classic and subtle look.
Under each and every “customize your pool” section at www.ThePoolFactory.com there are many different pool liner styles to choose from to get the perfect look that you have in mind.
Equally as important is the way in which the liner is installed. Knowing the differences between a Unibead pool liner or an overlap pool liner and the advantages of each will help you to decide.
Overlap Pool Liners
Overlap pool liners must match the exact length and width of your above ground pool in order to have a proper fit. It is not important to have the liner match the pool’s height. They have additional material so that they can overlap the wall and be held down with coping strips. Overlap liners are the liners that you can see from the outside of the pool near the top.
The extra material provided in the height of an overlap liner will fit either a 48”, 52” or a 54” tall pool. It is possible to tuck the additional material under the top ledge to make it less visible.
Some people like to trim the outside of the liner once installed but it is very important to only trim the excess overlapped vinyl after the pool has been filled with water and has been given at least 2 weeks to settle. It is also important to trim only a small portion of the overlapped vinyl as you run a higher risk of the liner beginning to pull off with the shorter you trim it.
Overall, the overlap liners provide some major benefits. Overlap pool liners are very easy to install and can be slightly adjusted as the pool is filling with water, making it the perfect choice for a DIY project. They are generally less expensive (depending on the print) and if there are any questions on the exact height of your pool, an overlap pool liner will fit a variation of heights.
Unibead Pool Liners
Unibead pool liners must match the exact length, width AND height of your above ground pool. These liners are custom cut in every direction so it is important to know your exact pool size.
EXPERT TIP: Unibead simply means you have the choice how to install the liner in one of two ways, as a beaded liner, or as a J-hook liner (a.k.a. V-bead liner).
Unibead Liner as a J-Hook Liner
A J-hook liner has a special attachment at the top of the pool liner (similar to built-in coping strips) that hangs directly on the top of the pool wall. Since it is custom cut for the height of the pool wall as well and the length and the width, a J-hook liner is easier to install than an overlap liner. There also will not be any overlapped vinyl showing on the outside of the pool like there is with overlap liners. Unibead liners simply clip to the top of the pool wall (using the integrated J-hook bead at the top) allowing you to have a printed design with a straight border at the water line giving a more professional appearance.
We recommend Unibead liners to be used just the way they come out of the box, as a j-hook liner. It simply clips right on to the top of the pool wall and you would not need bead receiver. This seals off the inside of the pool wall to avoid the corrosion problems caused by chemically treated water that gets between the gaps of the 4′ long bead receiver tracks and causes corrosion problems on the inside of the pool wall.
However, some pool models require a standard beaded liner and the Unibead liner can easily be adapted for this purpose.
Installing a Unibead Liner as a Beaded Liner
Beaded liners attach to a special tracking called a “bead receiver”. The main benefit of installing your pool this way is to make your next liner change easier. With bead receiver, the pool liner can be removed and reinstalled without having to remove the top ledges. Need a liner replacement? A beaded liner makes for the easiest change. This is especially important when decking is installed above the pools top ledge. After draining the water, the old liner can be removed and the new liner replaced without disassembling the pool itself.
Important to Know!
If you are purchasing an above ground pool from www.ThePoolFactory.com and wish to install a Unibead liner using the beaded style, you will need to purchase the bead receiver separately. All pool models, except for the Intrepid, do not come with the needed bead receiver.