Preparing a pool for overwintering is called “winterising” and is a really important task for prolonging the life of your pool. Winter weather conditions in the UK are rarely drastic enough to create the depth of ice required to exert tremendous force against the pool walls but you never know what conditions this winter will bring.
There are many types of pool cover but the most common are the winter cover and slatted covers that roll up at the touch of a button. No matter what type is on your pool, there are some common steps that should be followed to carry out the cleaning procedure safely and without damaging the cover.
There is no swimming pool without a swimming pool liner - the liner is the support structure which holds the water in place. Pool liners are typically made of vinyl sheeting which is fitted tightly around the shell of the swimming pool. They are usually blue and vary in thickness from 20 mm to 30 mm.
Your swimming pool cover does a good job of taking care of your pool. It keeps out debris and animals, conserves heat, saves energy, reduces evaporation in the summer and protects against frost in winter. It may also stop people and pets falling into the pool depending on the type! No home swimming pool should be without a high quality swimming pool cover. For it to do its job, the pool cover needs taking care of regularly, which involves paying attention to keeping it clean.
When it comes to hiding your home swimming pool, you’re out of luck unless you have a tall fence, well positioned shrubs, a home surrounded by acres of field, or an invisibility shield. Unfortunately, most people don’t have these “magical” features and are left with friends, family, and neighbours knowing about their pool.
Your choice of liner will come down to many factors such as who will be using the pool, shape and complexity of the pool, required finish and budget. If you are looking to refurbish an existing tiled pool an onsite liner is often the best way to go. By contrast, if you are planning a brand new installation a one piece liner may be the way to go. A one piece liner is fabricated in the factory and delivered to your site ready to be dropped into your in-ground or above ground pool structure.