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Replacing a Pool Liner

How to Choose the Correct Replacement Liner

for Above Ground Pools in Greece and Cyprus


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Above ground swimming pool liners are a functional part of the swimming pool, but also add style and character. Above ground pool liners are available in an amazing selection of attractive patterns and styles, and often set the décor for the entire swimming pool area.

This practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Not just the swimming pool needs looking for a build up of algae. But look after the landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment, to be pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer.

Practical Steps

  1. Step 1: Determine what type of pool liner you need, an overlap style liner, or a beaded style liner. The difference between them is the way the liner is held in place inside the swimming pool.
  2. Step 2: Beaded style liners have a very small groove, or lip, at the top edge of the liner. This small lip is snapped into a track all the way around the inside of the swimming pool at the very top of the pool wall, to hold the pool liner in place. If your swimming pool requires a beaded pool liner, you will be able to see this track by looking under the top rail on the inside of the above ground swimming pool.
  3. Step 3: Overlap style liners are folded over the wall of the swimming pool, and held in place underneath the top rail of the above ground swimming pool. If your swimming pool requires an overlap style liner, you can see a small amount of the pool liner under the top rail on the outside of the swimming pool.
  4. Step 4: Determine what grade (thickness) of pool liner you require. The thickness generally indicates how durable the pool liner is, and how long it might last inside a swimming pool. The thicker the pool liner material is, the more durable (and more expensive) it will be.
  5. Step 5: Choose your design. While most new pools come with a standard blue liner, replacement liners are available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns.

Practical Tip

  • The pool liner included with most new above ground swimming pools is plain blue color, and a 20-gauge thickness. This is a standard pool liner, and will perform well and look geat for years.


  • Installing a replacement pool liner yourself can be much more complicated than it might seem. If not handled carefully during installation, or if not installed properly, your beautiful new pool liner might quickly tear or leak. If you have never seen or helped with the liner replacement process or the installation of a new swimming pool your should pay a professional to install your new liner this time. Watch closely and ask questions, and you will be prepared for next time!
  • Replacement swimming pool liners can be found in thicknesses up to 30-gauge, but be aware that this is only a measure of the thickness of the pool wall material. The floor of the pool liner will always be thinner material.

This is a re-worked article tailor made for the BritsinCrete audience and living on one of the Greek Islands such as Crete or mainland Greece/Cyprus as an ex-pat. Original Article is to be found at wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Original Author credits are found at the original wikiHow article on How to Choose the Correct Replacement Liner for Above Ground Pools. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a wikiHow.

Further reading on swimming pools if you plan to rent out your property in Crete to be found on our "Getting a Greek Government approved EOT License" page.

Experiences of foreign residents of Building Swimming Pools in Greece and their comments as well as advice from Brits in Crete.