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Comparative Swimming Pool Linings: Possibilities and Prices

Pool linings imply the liner, the reinforced PVC membrane, the polyester, and the coating that ensure a good water-tightness of the pool (they are referred to as “independent of support” below).

There are also pool linings, for example, the tiling and the paint which are dependent on the substrate and they do not ensure the waterproofing of the pool.

Criteria for choosing a swimming pool coating

Several elements determine the choice of your pool’s lining:

Depending on the structure: you can’t put just any liner on just any structure.

According to your budget: if the liner is the most used liner, both in the case of kit pools and masonry pools, it is undoubtedly because the quality/price ratio is the best. Paint is the cheapest liner, but it is not permanently watertight and needs to be redone very regularly. Tiles and stones are the most expensive coatings because, in addition to their own price, they require prior waterproofing.

Depending on the shape of the pool: some coverings are incompatible with certain pools. It is hard to imagine a natural swimming pool covered with tiles.

According to your taste: since this is what will be seen in the end once the pool is finished.

Comparison of pool linings: possibilities and prices

This table is not exhaustive, which is why we recommend that you seek professional advice to guide you towards the most appropriate choice for your pool (shape and materials).

If you wish, we can help you find a pro near you.

Comparison of pool linings

Lining

Type of pool

Durability*

Ease of maintenance

Indicative cost for an 8 × 4 × 1.5 meter pool

Waterproof

Coated

Poured concrete pool

More than 50 years old

xxx

$25 to $60 the bag of 25 kg

Shotcrete pool

Modular form pool

Liner

Wood

Between 15 and 20 years

xx

Approximately $1,200

Poured concrete

Cannot stand too hot water

Shotcrete

Modular formwork

Modular panels

Reinforced PVC membrane

Wood

Between 15 and 20 years

xx

About $2 000

Poured concrete

Cannot stand too hot water

Shotcrete

Modular formwork

Modular panels

Polyester

Wood

Between 20 and 25 years

xx

Approximately $6 000.

Poured concrete

Gel coat to be replaced every 10 years

Shotcrete

Modular formwork

Not waterproof

Tile/

mosaics

Poured concrete pool

More than 50 years

xxx

Approximately $5,000 to $6,000

Shotcrete pool

Joints have to be replaced when they get damaged (about once every 10-15 years).

Modular form pool

Painting

Poured concrete

Approximately 5 years

x

Approximately $1,500

The following table will tell you which type of lining is suitable for which type of pool.

Type of pool

Swimming pool lining

Independent of the support

Dependent on the support

Liner

Reinforced PVC membrane

Polyester

Coatings

Tiling

Painting

Poured concrete

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Shotcrete

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Modular formwork

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Yes**

Modular panels

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wooden swimming pool

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hull swimming pool

Above ground pool

* Concrete must not be water repellent in order to absorb the water from capillary perspiration of the coating and avoid leaving stagnated water.

**Outside installation, for an 8 × 4 m pool.

Should you wish to read more on pool lining, this post was recently published: How to Renovate the Liner of a Swimming Pool.

Hope the postings on this blog are to your taste. Remember to leave your comments in the section below and do not forget to share it with your friends.


10 Tips to Renovate Your Bathroom

Everyone wants a bathroom that makes them feel like they are in a Zen place. In my opinion, a bathroom should be the place where you can get rid of your fears, anxieties, worries and fatigue. Whether your bathroom is small or large, choose the best products that will make it look bigger in many ways. In a small bathroom, we should have everything that a large bathroom incorporates, but with fewer items inside. It may sound simple, but sometimes it is hard to get.

If you are looking for inspiration when renovating your bathroom, here are several ways to make your small bathroom look bigger when you are thinking about renovating:

 

  1. Paint
    Paint your small new bathroom in light colors. Lighter colors create an optical illusion, the space will look wilder. Although people think it will create this effect, in the end, your bathroom will look like a cold hospital bathroom. It is best to try to choose a combination of warm colors. Try painting clouds on the ceiling – if you can do that, this type of design can really bring much-needed creativity and sparkle to your small bathroom.

 

  1. Tile or wallpaper
    When you decide to use wallpaper on your bathroom walls, be sure to use small patterns – you do not want a heavy pattern to invade your bathroom space. You can also install bathroom tiles with a delicate pattern that will repeat itself on the floor. Decorative tiles bring lightness into your modern home. These tiles are full of charm and vitality.

 

  1. Light
    Play with bathroom fixtures – install heavy lighting or better yet, a skylight if you can. A bay window is ideal, of course, you can create extra storage space by using its alcove.

 

  1. Bathroom mirrors
    Place bathroom mirrors opposite each other if possible. This old trick of creating space should work wonders in your small bathroom; combined with lots of light, it will certainly make the space look bigger than it is. Also, if you place a bathroom mirror against the bathroom window, you will create an extra “bathroom window”.

 

  1. Reflective surfaces
    Choose bathroom cabinets and vanities with shiny, reflective surfaces; see if you can install a glass shower stall when renovating your bathroom or even install a full-length mirror inside or just outside your shower.

 

  1. Bath mats
    Avoid bath mats or doormats if possible or choose light-colored carpets for your small bathroom. Do not overload it with towels – make sure that only the necessary accessories are kept in your small new bathroom.

 

  1. Shelving
    Focus on the horizontal parts of your bathroom. Use shelves in the corners of your bathtub. You can put all your frequently used soaps, shampoos, hair masks and bath salts on them. See if you can turn any unused vertical space into bathroom storage.

 

  1. Use the space above your toilet
    A very generous space is the one above your toilet. You can place a waterproof cupboard above your toilet where you can put small things: cosmetics, brushes, and towels.

 

  1. Use the space under your sink
    If you do not install a pedestal sink, you can use the space to put a cabinet with several shelves under your sink. When you have a small bathroom, give up the idea of a pedestal sink and use this space to its fullest potential. You will be surprised how much you can fit in there.

 

  1. Change your toilet seat
    Buy a toilet seat with a decorative pattern. A funny toilet seat will give your small bathroom an original look.

 

These tips will be helpful especially if you are renovating on a budget. Well, it is always better to get the help of experts when it comes to renovation.


How to Renovate the Liner of a Swimming Pool

Summary

– Step 1: Deep clean your pool liner

– Step 2: Repair leaks and holes in your pool liner

– Step 3: Renovate the pool liner with an adhesive frieze

Over the years of use, a pool liner inevitably gets dirty, gets holes in places, and eventually discolors, especially above the waterline, giving it a neglected appearance. Before you consider changing the liner, an operation that represents a certain cost, you can undertake to rejuvenate it at little cost.

Here is a step-by-step procedure for renovating a pool liner.

Materials needed to renovate a pool liner

Burning alcohol $3 approx.
Pool brush $6 approximately
Rag Free
Magic sponge $8 approx.
Adhesive frieze $8 to $12 per meter
Cleaning glove $7 approx.
Repair kit (patches + glue) Starting at $6
Special rust stain cleaner Starting at $9
Degreasing product Starting at $7 per liter
Plastic squeegee $1 approx.
Spray to facilitate installation $12

1. Renovate the liner of a swimming pool by deep cleaning

Perform a global cleaning of the liner:

– Vacuum or robot in the pool.

– If you do not have a robot or if it does not clean the walls perfectly, vigorously brush the vertical walls with your wall brush to remove any algae residue.

– Use a liner cleaning glove.

– Wet the glove thoroughly and then pour a water line cleaner over it.

– Scrub the soiled areas in circles, one way and then the other.

– Emphasize the areas where the dirt is stubborn.

Use a “magic eraser”:

To fine-tune the cleaning in hard-to-reach areas, such as corners or around skimmers, use a “magic eraser” or “magic sponge” as follows:

– Slightly moisten the sponge or eraser, which will harden into a micro-thick material.

– Scrub the areas that remain dirty: the dirt particles are mechanically absorbed without the risk of damage to the liner.

Eliminate rust and brown stains:

– If your liner is stained with rust, use a special rust stain remover: pour a small amount on the cleaning glove and gently rub the stains.

– If your liner has stubborn brown stains, the problem is more complex.

2. Repair leaks and holes in your pool liner

If your liner is punctured in places or leaks, you can repair it with a repair kit with patches and specific glue.

Here is the procedure to follow:

– Apply the glue generously on the patch.

– Fold the patch in half.

– Unfold the patch underwater at the last moment.

– Apply the patch by pressing hard and smoothing it with the flat of your hand to eliminate all air bubbles.

– If you are repairing on the bottom of the pool, place a heavy object (such as a canister of water) on the patch for a few hours.

3. Renovate the pool liner with an adhesive frieze

Under the action of the sun, the liner fades, especially in its emerged part, which gradually tends to become almost white, which is not very aesthetic and gives a neglected aspect to your pool.

You can then apply an adhesive frieze to the water line yourself, which will camouflage the discoloration and also offers the advantage of being very easy to clean in the future.

Calculate the dimensions of the frieze this way:

2 × the length + 2 × the width of the pool = total perimeter

For example: for a pool of 8 × 4 m, you will need 24 meters of the frieze.

– Calculate the necessary height of your frieze: measure the height of the discolored liner starting from the top edge of the pool. Your frieze must cover at least this height + 3 cm.

Prepare the surface:

– Empty the pool a little to work out of the water.

– Degrease perfectly the surface where the frieze will be applied with a water line cleaner.

– Finish by wiping with methylated spirits and a cloth.

Glue the frieze:

– Spray the surface to be glued with a spray product specially designed to facilitate installation (sold by manufacturers of adhesive friezes).

– Remove the silicone paper that protects the adhesive side of the frieze.

– Apply the frieze starting at an angle, positioning it very precisely at the top of the liner.

– Make sure it is firmly adhered to a squeegee to prevent air bubbles from forming during gluing. Move the squeegee from the middle of the frieze to the outside top and then to the outside bottom.

– Before applying the frieze to the skimmers:

◦ Make a cardboard pattern with the exact dimensions of each skimmer.

◦ Place the pattern on the frieze where it will cover the skimmer.

◦ Draw the location of the skimmer on the frieze using the pattern and a felt pen.

◦ Scissor out the skimmer location.

– When the frieze is fully applied, wait 48 hours before filling the pool to its normal level.

And, that’s it. You are done. Remember to leave your comments in the section below.


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