Liners come in all sorts of patterns and colors. A couple of things to keep in mind:
You can help a liner not fade by not running your chlorine levels any higher than needed. Also you can install an ionizer (see our section on ionization) or UV system to help disinfect your pool and reduce chlorine significantly and extend the color life of the liner.
Liners come in 2 basic thicknesses, 20 mil (standard) and 27 mil (thicker). The obvious difference between the two is that the 27 mil is thicker, and less prone to accidental punctures. The 27 mil is recommended for pools where there will be lots of kids swimming, where rough play and lots of activity are common. The 20 mil is fine for most pools that have standard usage.
There is actually no difference in life-expectancy of the 20 mil and the 27 mil liners. The most common failure of both is sun rot along the tile line. You can expect either thickness to last about 10 seasons if the chemicals are taken care of properly.
The 27 mil cost more to purchase and are harder to install. Therefore, expect a cost difference of about 40-50% between a 20 and 27 mil liner.
A Newly Installed Pool Liner
There are many styles and patterns to choose from. We will be happy to drop off a sample book for you to select your new liner from.
An Old Badly Faded Pool Liner
A Newly Installed 'Charmichael' Pattern Pool Liner