Helping You Pick a Liner Pattern

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With the variety of patterns available, choosing the right liner can be a daunting task. Luckily we've seen a few liners, and think we can help.

Color in Water

One of the most important things to realize is, all colors, underwater, look blue. This is because water filters out all the other spectrums. So the deeper the water, the bluer it looks. What you need to decide is what kind of blue you want.

So, what if you have a blue liner? Since there is less of a filtering effect, there is less difference between the color of the liner at the top of the pool and the color at the bottom. This will lead to a flatter kind of blue. Check this guy out to see what I mean (Cambridge). The following is a list of blue patterns:

Non-blue colors give a strikingly rich look to your pool. The lighter colors, Borromean and Tripoli, will give you a move vivid, crisp color to your pool. For something a little more muted (and Erika's personal favorites) go with Scrolling Verdure, Carmel, or Terrene. They tend to hide dirt a little better too.

And if you can't decide whether you want a rich looking pool or a flat looking pool, there's the middle of the road collection: Stanton, Madison, Grand, Grey Lancashire, and Radiance.

Floor Seams

All of us liner manufacturers would love to say that our seams are invisible, but the truth is: even the best (us) have visible seams. For some homeowners—it's a big deal, for others—not so big.

Alright, you're reading on so you must think it's a big deal. Well you're in luck—we have a solution. Let's first learn about what makes the seams visible. The seams are made visible because, upon welding the liner together, part of the base film is squeezed to the top of the liner. The base film is the unprinted part of the vinyl. This will leave a very narrow stripe along the length of the seam. The trick is to have a base film of a similar color to the ink. The following patterns are the best at hiding seams in order from best to... least best:

  1. Tripoli
  2. Borromean
  3. Scrolling Verdure, Carmel, and Terrene
  4. Blue Lancashire
  5. Stanton and Madison
  6. Radiance

If you have a problem with seeing seams be sure to stay away from Cambridge. It's probably the prettiest looking liner, when you are looking at the swatch in your living room, but it will show the seams. The base film is white and the ink is dark blue giving it the most contrast of the entire selection.

Wall Seam

Again, no manufacturer wants to admit they have seams in their liners, but I'm not here to tell you how special we are, I'm here to help you pick a liner pattern.

The seam we are talking about now is the vertical wall seam, or closing shot. Just like when you wallpaper a room, you always end up with a spot in were the repeat doesn't quite match up. Because the repeat in the wall material isn't specially designed to fit the perimeter of your pool, the two ends will not match all of the time.

If you have plastic steps in your pool, please be sure to tell your dealer that you want the wall seam there. 90% of the time we can make a pool with only one wall seam so if it's buried in the step, you'll never see it. We also make the seam very, very flat so step gasket will achieve a complete seal even at the seam.

Because the wall material is vinyl, we can stretch it a little to match the pattern up if it's close. Luminous, Grey Lancashire and Blue Lancashire are the best patterns to match the wall because they have such a short repeat (about 3 inches), but it doesn't always work out perfectly.

If we can't match the ends perfectly, we go for a mirror image effect. That technique only works for symmetrical patterns like Stanton, Borromean, Grand, Tripoli, and Radiance.

Some patterns have a vertical grout line that you can hide the seam in: Madison, Terrene, Cobblestone, Tripoli.

Carmel has a consistent horizontal theme, so the vertical wall seam isn't that big of a deal.

Scrolling Verdure is chaotic enough that we can usually find a good spot for the seam. Crystal Wave, and Cambridge are tough though—they have no symmetry, no vertical grout line, and no horizontal theme.

Furthermore, if you're concerned about the wall seam, you can ask your dealer to have it located on a side of your pool that isn't often visible. Be sure to specify though.


Maybe you see a bottom pattern that you like, but you hate the tile. Well you're in luck. For an additional charge we can attach a different tile to the liner or omit a tile border all together.

If you'd like us to attach a different tile, keep in mind that there will be a seam all around the pool. It tends to blend in with the "grout line" and is below the water-line. I'm not sure why I even brought it up—it's almost invisible.

If you plan to omit the tile all together we can do it 1 of 2 ways. We can use 20mil material for the wall or we can use 28mil material.

The up-charge for the 28mil material is substantially more expensive. Also, there will be a seam all around the pool at the bottom of the wall.