After selecting an above ground pool model, a buyer’s next decision 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, while others prefer a lighter shade. Additionally, some prefer a bright blue tropical design and others a more classic and subtle look.
Under each “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 an Overlap Liner vs. a Unibead 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.
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 variety 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 of 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. Moreover, there 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 waterline 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.
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 pool’s 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 do not come with bead receiver (except for the Intrepid).
We carry pool liners from the top manufacturer’s in the industry. These liners are made to last and feature extra heavy duty virgin vinyl, with super strong welded seams to last long winters and hot summers. The liner manufacturer’s use computerized cutting tables and a computer aided design, eliminating the risk of human error.