When setting up a pool, one question definitely comes to mind. What should I put under my above ground pool? Pool liner pads are targeted towards protecting your pool liner from damage. While padding your pool, it is very vital to make use of pads that efficiently protect the liner from damaging impacts from rocks, debris, roots, or twigs. The pool pad’s bottom creates a barrier for the pool liner; hence preventing leakage. However, an effective pool liner pad might prove to be too expensive and might pose difficulty during installation.
Choosing the right kind of padding for your pool might be difficult as you might need to consider some factors such as the expense, cushioning effect, and protection from abrasion. These are very important so as not to experience a pool leakage which can be very burdensome to remedy.
There are a lot of pool padding alternatives to go for rather than sticking to the commercial pads which are quite expensive and might not be readily available.
Pool Padding Ideas
The following are alternative padding methods that can be used to properly replace expensive commercial pads.
Sand can be very effective in protecting the pool liner from damage. To properly prevent damage, a sufficient layer of sand is spread across the base of the pool thereby providing an adequate cushioning effect. It is quite important to create a flat surface and avoid making slopes by filling up low extremities in order not to put the pool liner at any risk. Before installation, significant rock, twig, or other debris should be removed from the pool spot. Sand is a very nice option as it conveniently is in no way expensive and does not pose any form of challenge during installation.
- It creates a mess and is not quite convenient if you decide to move the pool.
- It is a natural habitat for insects. It is very possible for insects to burrow up the sand and cause damage to the fragile pool liner and cause leakage.
- It might sometimes need to be used with other pads.
This method is quite convenient and does not pose any form of installation difficulty as it is quite easy to cut up to fit the bottom of the pool. In terms of expense, it is really convenient as you can make use of old carpet rather than purchasing new ones. For adequate cushioning, about two layers of carpet might be necessary to sufficiently protect against abrasion and debris. If you decide to use the carpet for padding, you should definitely go for dense materials with sufficient cushioning.
- The carpet does not provide excellent cushioning if extra layers are not added.
- If not properly set up, it might not provide protection to the pool liner.
Foams are very good substitutes for commercial pads. Foams are generally made from polyurethane or polystyrene making them very easy to cut up to fit whatever shape you want them. It is quite a very good material for padding as it easily nears the weight of the pool without slipping. However, when picking foam for pads, ensure you go for materials that are specified to be for outdoor use. When installing, it is better to set up the pool’s walls first as a guide for cutting up the foam to fit the pool’s area. Foam is not as expensive as commercial pads and they do provide more layers of a cushion than most commercial pads.
- Foam under pool liner might be at a loss as some foams are actually expensive.
- The installation is sometimes cumbersome.
This material is usually used for floors in buildings to prevent transmission of sounds and under plank floors for extra layers. Selecting this material as padding is quite cheap as the underlayment is very affordable and easy to acquire. Just like a carpet pad, the underlayment might also need extra layers. A single layer is generally not enough, multiple layers must be used to effectively protect against abrasion and provide nice cushioning.
- It does not provide enough cushion as commercial pads.
- It requires multiple layers.
Pool liner pads are a good way to protect your pool liner. However, if you want to cut down on some expenses and go for effective and yet inexpensive methods, the above-listed alternatives would be an excellent choice. It is best to always ensure that whatever material you intend to use for padding is able to provide a good cushioning effect and protection from abrasion.
Sufficient planning should be made to ensure whatever method chosen highly suits the pool it is serving as well as the environment. This will ensure the protection of the integrity of the pool liner and prevent any corrections which might arise due to poor pool installation.