Vinyl pool liner - solid dark gray - anyone have one, see one?

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Posted 4/16/2010 by ~bethM~ in NSBR Board
 

~bethM~
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Posted: 4/16/2010 8:45:38 AM
This is a long shot, but the Peas haven't failed me yet!!

We're getting an in-ground pool, and aren't crazy about spending the dough for the heaters. (We're piping for it, just not buying the heaters - yet) Our pool will be in full sun all day, so the salesman suggested a solid, dark liner that would absorb more heat from the sun and then hopefully we wouldn't miss the heaters. He suggested a dark gray. He assures me that the water will still look blue. and my husband pointed out that the lake looks blue even though it doesn't have a blue liner! But i'm still not buying it. I'm convinced our pool will look like a murky gray hole.

The salesman offered to take me to see gray liners that he's installed, but pools aren't open yet here and we need to choose before they'll be open.

So has anyone seen a grey pool and even better, have a picture?

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Posted: 4/16/2010 8:49:51 AM
If he has offered to show you some of the installs then take him up on his offer. Maybe you could get a better idea of how it looks.

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Posted: 4/16/2010 9:07:53 AM
hmmm, have you seen any pics from the installer? I would think it would tend to look like a pond rather than a pool. Would you want the bottom of your pool to be absorbing the heat, or reflecting it back into the water??

Our pool is solar heated and our liner is fairly light blue, faded to almost white. When we replace it in the next couple of years, we will be getting another lightish blue one, one of those ones that looks like tile or stone.

BTW, we heat our pool with solar panels (we got them off ebay), and we have to turn the heat OFF sometimes to keep it under 95 degrees! If you're doing the piping anyways, you should really look into throwing some panels on your roof of your pool hours or actual house. Ours are on the entire west facing side of our house roof. We're able to extend our season by at least a month on each end and in the summer it maintains a temp between 83 and 93. Once you install the panels, you're heating for free for years - the water just circulates through the panels and into the pool.

HTH. Have fun!

ETA: A floating solar cover also helps to heat and keep heat in when the pools not being used.


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Posted: 4/16/2010 9:08:09 AM
I've seen one people, they don't look like a murkey hole at all.
but I agree...go see the ones he's offerd to show you.

are you in a cold area where the warm season is short?
my concern if not would be the pool being like "bath water" the hot part of the summer. I'm in Texas but once we get to the heat of summer...the pool isn't refreshing...so I would never want to heat it more like a dark liner would do.



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Posted: 4/16/2010 9:14:20 AM
We do not have a liner in out pool but we did choose a darker color for the gunite or whatever the pool surface is called. We really like the darker colors and probably would have even preferred something slightly darker than this.



As for the heater..........how much are they going to charge you to install the heater? We regret not having the heater installed when we put our pool in. They were going to charge us an extra $3k for a heater. We asked if the heater was easy to install later if we decided to add it and they said yes. We decided to wait a couple of years. Well, at the end of last year, we decided to install one to extend the pool season. It cost us just under $3k to buy and have a heater installed (they had free installation). However, we had to pay a plumber to run the gas line from the meter to the pool area. They only had to run the line about 20 feet. The first two estimates were $2k to run the line. A plumber friend did it for $1400. The pool company employed all of their own plumbers, electricians, etc. so that was part of the price that they quoted us. Needless to say, we regretted not having it done up front. If we had know what it would cost later, we would not have made that mistake. Something to think about.





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Posted: 4/16/2010 9:18:42 AM
Something else to consider is fading. Our liner is significantly faded, although its been in for 10 years and we've only been in the house for 2 years, so we're not sure if the previous owner was doing his chemicals properly. I would be interested to see what a dark liner would look like after 5-10 years.


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Posted: 4/16/2010 9:24:47 AM
thanks to all! nice pools ladies!

eebud, the pool guy said that the gray liner was comparable to gunite so your pool is probably a good sample! I'm just so used to bright blue patterned liners, it's hard to imagine otherwise.

Our town has some pretty crazy regulations on pool heaters, and there's no way to go a cheaper route. it's an $8000.00 option. So we're willing to give it a go without it for a year and see how we fare. He'll do all the pipes etc so we can just add the heater later if we decide we need it.

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Posted: 4/16/2010 10:05:06 AM
I found this (it's the first pic in the link), it's a black liner with grey steps. I think it looks cool! I am not one for the un-naturally bright blue pool, so I actually like this look better!

I hope you find one.

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Posted: 4/16/2010 10:21:08 AM
$8,000 is expensive. I probably wouldn't do that either. Everything on ours was ready to go also with the exception of running the gas line to the location where the pool heater would sit. DH also poured a concrete pad for the heater to sit on. We could have bought a pad from the heater people but they suggested a concrete pad because it would last a lot longer.





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Posted: 4/16/2010 10:24:44 AM
One other note about the pools with liners.............a pea posted about a week ago about a neighbor who let their dog into their back yard and their pool. The dog made some large rips in the liner. The pea was trying to repair the liner and wasn't having any luck. Not sure if she found someone to fix it or not. So.....just a word of caution if you have dogs that might be in the pool.





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Posted: 4/16/2010 10:33:59 AM
ooh, i like the look of the darker liners! i also am not a fan of the bright bright blue look. i bet it's more forgiving if you don't scoop the debris out every day, either.



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Posted: 4/16/2010 11:53:34 AM
pj sprocket - thanks for the link! see, that's starting to look like a gray murky hole to me! I like the bright, bright blue.
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