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Expected Longevity of my Above Ground Pool?

All of the decisions about buying a pool are behind you and you are content with your decision on buying an above ground pool. The sparkling water has become the hangout for the entire family! An above ground pool is a great investment for your family! But how long can you expect your pool to last? These type of pools normally last between 10-20 years. Now, I know what you are thinking…”the gap between ten and twenty years is pretty large!” The variables that decrease the life expectancy of your above ground pool are easily avoided with a little bit of TLC. Here are three ways to keep your pool in its best condition, so that you can get the most out of your investment.

Pool Liner

Your pool liner is not expected to last the length the life of your above ground pool. It will, however, last between 5-10 years, with great care and attention. Having a regular maintenance check of your liner will not only increase the life expectancy of your liner but also your pool. A leak can cause damage to the inside of your above ground pool! It will be under the liner and in a place that will be hard for you to discover. Make sure to keep your liner repaired and replace it when needed.

Pool Rails

It’s a natural thing for little kids and sometimes even adults to hang on the rails of your pool but this can cause damage to the structure of your pool. Try to minimize how much weight is put on the rails. This will help to keep your pool standing strong and will prevent your railings from sagging.


If you discover rust anywhere, make sure to tend to it in a timely manner. Early discovery can prevent it from spreading and getting out of control. When you replace your liner, make sure to check every inch of your pool. If you find a rust spot, sand away any rust. Painting your pool can give older pools a new look and help fight off the potential of rust!

Just a little TLC goes a long way to make sure you get the most out of your investment. If you have any questions stop by our showroom today.

The latest on replacement pool liners

When you think about it, swimming pool liners are pretty amazing. Custom-made to fit your pool, they’re strong, smooth, long-lasting and ultimately make owning a pool pretty darn easy and affordable. But standard liners also have their issues. Basic ones aren’t too thick. They have seams. And as your liner ages, these seams become more visible, and can often become the weak point should any issues develop over time.

But new developments in liner technology have eliminated this problem. Latham Ultra-Seam Liners feature virtually invisible seams for a line-free appearance, plus they’re stronger than typical welded seams, eliminating the usual worries about seam degradation over time.

These liners are made from virgin vinyl, and treated with fungicide to keep them free of bacteria. (After all, who wants a nasty pool liner – or a nasty pool?) Plus, UV inhibitors mean your liner is highly resistant to fading. Ultra-Seam liners are available in 30- and 40-gauge vinyl so they’re strong, and come in solid colors and more than 30 eye-catching designs.

If your pool needs a new liner, consider a Latham Ultra-Seam. It’s the biggest innovation in pool liners since designer patterns were first introduced in the 1990s. Wondering what it takes to replace a pool liner? Just watch. And when you’re ready to learn more, come see us.

Fiberglass vs Vinyl Pools

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Start shopping for a home swimming pool and you’ll have to wait all of eleven seconds before the question “fiberglass or vinyl” is raised.

What do you want from a swimming pool? There are any number of ways to answer this question. Folks in the market for a swimming pool have a number of options when it comes to shape and size of the pool and the material used to construct the pool.

One major decision will be choosing fiberglass or vinyl for your pool.

Fiberglass pools have been around awhile. Their popularity dates back to the 1950’s. Fiberglass tends to be the more expensive of the two options. Fiberglass pool shells are built from an existing mold. Once ordered, the shells are cast and delivered. The pools are built off-site so there is not a lot of installation time once the pool shell arrives at the home.

Many fiberglass pools have steps and seats molded right into the shell. There is a gel coating added to the surface that can prevent algae growth. The gel coating does require weekly cleanings.

Since fiberglass pools are built off-site and shipped to a home, the pools are usually limited to 16 feet in width.

Vinyl pools are pools that feature vinyl liners. The vinyl liner is placed over a steel or polymer pool frame. This allows for head-free installation and also allows for customization.

Vinyl pools initially cost less than fiberglass pools. However, at some point in time, the vinyl lining of the pool will need to be replaced. Choosing the right pool liner can be a great way to prevent against early liner replacement. There may also be more maintenance involved, since vinyl liners can be a little more sensitive to the environment.

Talk to a team of pool experts and decide what swimming pool option works best for you and your family.


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250 Main Street. (RT 150)
Wallingford Connecticut 06492
P: (203) 265-5980
F: (203) 294-1601

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In Connecticut take I-91 North or South to exit 15. Take Route 68 West towards Wallingford and Cheshire. Turn left at the intersection of 68 and 150 (Main Street). Brothers Pool is about 1 mile on the left.

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