One of the most commonly-asked questions we receive when people are building their above-ground swimming pool is "Should I use foam padding or foam cove under my liner?"
Above-Ground Pool Base Pad
The simple answer is yes, because it provides the liner protection from stones, roots or other debris that could damage and cause a leak. Gorilla Pad and Armor Shield also gives the Above Ground Pool Liner some extra cushioning, lessens the occurrence of foot prints in the sand under the pad and also can lengthen the liners life.
There are many different types of padding on the market today, and some people use simple foam padding. We, however, recommend Gorilla Pad or Armor Shield, as they are high-quality and pre-cut to match the shape and size of your pool's bottom. This makes installation quick and easy, especially for do-it-yourself pool installations.
But whichever padding you choose to use we still recommend using sand as your base beneath the pad.
Consider Adding Wall Foam
Help prevent rust, corrosion, and other wall degradation from puncturing your liner, plus keep your liner like-new for years to come by adding wall foam between your pool walls and liner. While not required for installation, it is highly recommended as a way to add extended life to your pool.
In addition to foam pad, we also recommend using foam cove, which helps cushion the liner from the pool’s sidewall and will also help with heat loss. You can use sifted earth for your cove, however the foam cove is quicker and easier to use and may provide better liner protection.
Unlike shift Earth (or sand which should never be used for a cove), a foam cove holds its shape over time meaning there's no additional strain on your liner which helps increase the life of your liner while keeping away stretch marks.
Unlike sand and shifted Earth, foam cove won't hold moisture up against the metal parts of your swimming pool. This will greatly reduce corrosion and can add years of use to your pool.
Plus Bonus: the foam coves are lightweight, making them easy and quick to install; peel it, stick it.
That's right! Foam coves have adhesive backing making it easy to secure them quickly to your pool. With a shorter install time you'll be much swimming quicker than you would if you spent time hauling sifted Earth just to pack it into place; not to mention while trying to get an equal slope/grade around your pool.Trust us, foam coves are the way to go.
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