Latham Pools

F.A.Q.


What is the best choice of a liner pattern for my pool?

Just like choosing a paint color for a room in your home, making a choice of liner pattern for your pool is a very personal choice. We offer a wide choice of patterns to suite your decorative preferences. Here are some key considerations: White Base Film liners have more vibrant color contrast, however you may notice the seams in the pool a bit more when you choose a liner printed on a white base film. Blue Base Film liners have less vibrant color contrast, but the seams are bit less noticeable. What are the colors surrounding my pool? The colors of the coping, deck, house and patio furniture are important considerations in selecting a pattern that ties into your backyard decor. Ultimately, selecting the 'best pattern' is part of the fun of owning a vinyl liner pool, so enjoy the opportunity to decorate your pool to your personal taste.

Can an older gunite pool be converted to a vinyl liner pool?

Yes it can! The key to success is all in the measureing. We have experienced designers that can help you with these types of applications.

What do I do if I get a "bathtub ring" on my liner?

This is residue build-up at the water line, which can lead to weakening of the vinyl, and is one of the major causes of premature liner failure. The combination of sun screen, lotions, body oils, and air borne pollutants are what cause the dark line. Over time, the residue will destroy the clear coat finish of the liner, which protects against UV radiation and harsh chemicals. The best defense against "bathtub ring" is to clean your tile line regularly, especially after heavy use, with an approved vinyl liner cleaning product. Check with your local pool retail professional for a cleaner, and make certain it says safe for vinyl liners.

How do I get an in-ground pool liner back in the track?

It depends on the type of coping and the age of the liner. If the liner is still pliable you can slightly lower the water level and then use a hot water from a common tea kettle to heat the liner and carefully stretch the liner back into the track and use a liner lock to hold the liner in the track. Liner lock is available at some pool stores. Note you be very careful doing this not to harm or punture or tear your liner. If the liner is more than 3 to 5 years old or is no longer pliable to the touch, this should not be attempted.

How do I determine if I should purchase a 20 or 27 mil liner?

There is no clear answer to this. All things being equal a heavier gauge liner will last longer than the a lighter gauge, provided that the pool water chemistry is well maintained. The key determination is a function of price versus the expected life of the liner. You should discuss this issue with your pool dealer in order to make the appropriate choice for your pool.

Can my pet swim in my vinyl liner pool?

We love pets, but there are a number of reasons a pet shouldn't swim in your pool. First, it's really not a safe environment for your pet. A pet can become confused as to how to gain egress from the pool if there is no one there to help. Household pets also create a heavy burden on the pools water chemistry and sanitization. Household pets usually have sharp claws that can damage a pool liner. While ultimately it's your choice, these are all good reasons to keep your household pet outside of the pool.

How many gallons of water does my pool hold?

There are alot of variables as we cannot know the exact dimensions of entire pool bottom configuration, so without those specifications we don't know the exact size of the container and cannot calculate the exact volume of your pool. Please refer to the following guide for approximate water volume: Rectangle 12x24 Pool Size 8,500 16x32 Pool Size 19,000 18x36 Pool Size 24,000 20x40 Pool Size 30,000 Oval 16x32 Pool Size 17,000 18x36 Pool Size 22,000 20x40 Pool Size 27,000 Grecian 16.5x32.5 Pool Size 19,500 18.5x36.5 Pool Size 22,000 19.5x35.5 Pool Size 24,000 19.5x43.5 Pool Size 30,000 Kidney 16x30 Pool Size 15,000 16x34 Pool Size 17,000 20x38 Pool Size 21,000

How often do you change your liner patterns?

Well, that depends. In most years, we add 1 to 3 new patterns and 'close out' 1 to 3 patterns.

Where can I purchase one of your Liners?

If you are an authorized pool dealer, builder, installer or retailer, you can buy a liner directly from us. If you are a consumer, all you have to do is go to your local pool dealer, builder, installer or retailer and let them know you want one of our liners. In most cases they will know how to get to us, but if not, simply refer them to this website.

Can you make any shape liner?

You bet! We have a staff of Designers and Tech Support people to assist in making sure we have all the right dimensions to manufacture a liner that fits from a basic rectangle to a complex freeform.

Will I be able to see the seams in my pool?

Yes, though it will be very subtle you will be able to see the liner seams in your pool. Liners with white base film tend to make the seams more visible and liners with blue base films less so.

Will my vinyl covered steps be slippery?

You should always enter and exit your pool carefully and with a firm grasp of the handrail, regardless of the type of step. Provided that there is no algae growth on the steps a vinyl covered step should be no less or more slippery than a formed plastic in-wall step. Remember, algae isn't always visible, so exit and enter your pool deliberately and with the use of a handrail!

Will a darker liner heat my pool?

While a darker liner may help heat the water a very, very, very small amount, the key factors are the exposure to sunlight, use of a solar blanket and a pool heater. The difference a liner will make in terms of pool water temperature is insignificant. Our recommendation is that you choose the pattern decor you prefer.

How do I register my pool liner warranty?

It's easy, go to www.yourpoolwarranty.com and register on-line!

What type of winter cover would be recommended for my in-ground vinyl liner pool?

We would recommend a safety cover for your type of pools. Safety Covers are designed to protect both your pool and your family. Pool covers are manufactured to your specific pool size and shape, when properly installed; the safety cover will help prevent accidental intrusion by children and pets. These covers also allow water to flow into the pool without debris. There are various types of Safety Covers, both Solid and Mesh depending on which application best suites your needs.

How do I register my Safety Cover Warranty?

It's easy, go to www.yourpoolwarranty.com and register on-line!

How do I register my pool wall and structure warranty?

It's easy, go to www.yourpoolwarranty.com and register on-line!

What is the ideal water chemistry for my vinyl liner pool?

There are exceptable ranges for your water chemistry and they are as follows: Total Alkalinty from betweeen 80 ppm and 140 ppm. PH between 7.4 and 7.6. Calcium Hardness between 200 ppm and 400 ppm. Total Disolved Solids between 1000 ppm and 2000 ppm. Sanitizer - Chlorine between 1.0 ppm and 3.0 ppm / Bromine between 2.0 ppm and 4.0 ppm Item Range Low High Total Alkalinity 80 ppm 140 ppm PH 7.4 7.6 Calcium Hardness 200 ppm 400 ppm Total Desolved Solids 1000 ppm 2000 ppm Sanitizer Chlorine 1.0 ppm 3.0 ppm Bromine 2.0 ppm 4.0 ppm

Why do I have an algae problem in my pool?

You likely have low sanitizer levels in your pool. If your Total Alkalinity and PH levels are within acceptable ranges, then you will need to boost your sanitizer levels and 'shock' your pool at least every 2 weeks to ensure that you are not experiencing 'Chlorine Lock'. You should also introduce an Algaecide to the pool water as part of your weekly water chemistry maintenance.

Why is my pool water a funny color?

Brownish / Reddish color can indicate the presence of metals like iron in your water or a larger scale water imbalance. Greenish / bluish color can indicate high levels of PH. Cloudy Water indicates a number of possible problems including early onset of algea growth, high TDS levels, High PH levels, High Total Alkalinity levels, High Calcium Hardness levels.

Is it important to Stabalize my pool water?

Yes, it is very important for several reasons. First, it will provide for effecient use of the chlorine in your pool. Second, it will help protect the surfaces of your pool, such as the liner, during the times when sanitizer levels are higher, such as when the water is being 'shocked'.