Above ground swimming pools are great for relaxing, playing and exercising. But the fact is that there is also some hard work needed to maintain one. Aside from regularly keeping track of the chemical levels in the water, cleaning and vacuuming the pool walls and floor, skimming the surface and maintaining the water pump and filters, you will occasionally have to change the pool liner. Pool liners can last anywhere from five years to 12 years or more, so luckily you don’t have to worry about it too often. However, when it comes time to buy a new liner you will need to get the exact measurements of your pool to ensure you get the right liner. In this article, we’ll give you tips on how to measure above ground pool size.
Oval and Rectangular Pools
To start off with you’ll need to take two measurements from an oval or rectangular pool. The first measurement is the width of the pool. Measure from wall to wall in the middle of the pool to get the maximum width. Measure from the bottom of the inside of the pool and across to the other wall at the same height. The reason you should measure from the bottom of the wall is that sometimes the walls will shift slightly and be farther out of position at other levels. Do the same for the length of the pool to find the longest length from the base of one wall to the opposite.
You will also need to take two measurements for a round pool. Again, start at the base inside the pool and measure to the opposite wall at the same height. Make sure your tape measure crosses the centerpoint of the pool. Do this same measurement at another location and ensure you get the same measurement. If not, you’ll have to try at various locations until you get the largest measurement.
Most above ground pools range from 48 to 54 inches deep. You’ll find most pool liners are available in measurements of 48, 52 or 54 inches deep. When taking your measurements, place your measuring tape on the pool floor at least 2 feet away from the wall. This is so you don’t get a shorter measurement due to the sand cove along the bottom of the wall. Measure from the pool floor to the area where the liner attaches to the pool wall. If your round pool has a deeper area in the middle, you will have to make sure you get an expandable liner.
Types of Pool Liners
There are a few types of pool liners available. The variations signify the different ways in which they attach to the pool wall. Make sure you get a liner that’s compatible with the type of pool walls that you have.
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