At Tara we have committed to using domestically produced virgin vinyl because it is the highest quality available. The quality of the vinyl is essential in determining the durability, longevity and fit of the liners. Unfortunately, not all vinyl is created equal. American manufacturers must comply with industry standards and they rigorously test both the raw ingredients and their finished material for quality, performance and consistency. Vinyl produced off-shore is not subject to the same standards or testing. Unlike companies in the U.S. there is no guarantee that you are getting what you pay for.
What are you paying for?
There is a lot that goes into making the vinyl used in pool liners. It has to be strong, flexible and robust enough to stand up to sanitizers, sunlight, organisms and water. If the ingredients that go into the vinyl aren’t of the highest quality, it won’t be able to stand up to demands of the pool environment. Testing has shown that vinyl produced off-shore can contain a filler ingredient, calcium carbonate. Fillers make the vinyl cheaper to produce but they dilute it as well. That means instead of being flexible and strong, it becomes stiffer and weaker. Vinyl with high levels of filler content will not fit well and will likely fade or bleach quickly. Another side effect of using calcium carbonate is its ability to absorb water. As it absorbs water, it expands and forms wrinkles. Once a liner becomes bleached, faded or wrinkled, it can’t be fixed. When you make the investment in a new liner, you want to get what you pay for. Domestically produced vinyl liners from Tara give you that assurance.