Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rounded corners on a rectangle vinyl liner pool? I hate them and here’s why!

In Indiana we do a lot of rectangle pools.  Sure, I like shape and design as much as the next guy but WOW!  Rectangles offer a lot of advantages.

First, you can do a perfect undertrack auto cover so your tracks don’t show at all!  Second, you can do corner or full width steps that leave you with a nice tight look.  Third, you get the most water for the money with a rectangle—those curves and shapes take away from the square footage of water!  And to the extent you sacrifice anything on design, you can refocus those design forces with loops and curves in your concrete, water features, landscaping and nice furniture.  There’s plenty of opportunity for a unique design utilizing a rectangle.

But all rectangles are NOT created equal and one feature I hate are rounded corners which look like a throwback from the 1970s.

Here’s the difference—rounded corners (picture) square corners (picture).

One is so superior to the other that it BLOWS MY MIND that most installers still prefer rounded corners.  Sure, I understand that the liner arguably lays better into a rounded corner but you sacrifice too much for such a small advantage (and it is small).  Square corners look better!  You don’t have that rounded piece that shows and does not wear well (it’s either painted metal or plastic that get’s direct sun). 

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