Uni-Bead was designed to accommodate both ‘Standard Bead’ and ‘J-Bead’ applications. Uni-Bead can be used ‘as is’ in the J-Bead aboveground liner applications. It can also be ‘field modified’ to accommodate Standard Bead aboveground liner applications by removing the top J-Bead portion of the bead head entirely before installation. This is done by ‘tearing’ the bead along a score mark or continuous perforation in the bead to remove the J-Bead portion of the bead head to leaving only the standard bead portion of the bead head and making the liner ready for installation in that application.
Note: Pool Fits recommends replacing Uni-Bead liners with EZ Bead / Multi-Bead liners which will fit both applications!
EZ Bead / Multi-Bead
EZ Bead/ Multi-Bead was also designed to accommodate both ‘Standard Bead’ and ‘J-Bead’ applications. EZ Bead can be used ‘as is’ in both J-Bead above ground liner application and in a Standard Bead aboveground liner application and requires no ‘field modification’ in either application. You either insert the very top portion of the bead head into the standard liner coping track around the top perimeter of the pool in standard bead applications or slip the entire bead over the pool wall, along the top edge, much like an ‘overlap’ liner but with no need for adjustment of the excess liner ‘over-hang’ during installation.
Is no-longer commercially available, but it may be the type of bead that you have on your existing above ground vinyl pool liner and is shown hear to assist in identifying what type of bead you require for your replacement aboveground liner. Duo-Bead is the predecessor to EZ Bead and was designed to accommodate both ‘Standard Bead’ and ‘J-Bead’ applications by ‘folding’ or ‘unfolding’ the liner bead head.
Wilkes ® Bead
Wilkes ® style bead is similar to J-Bead in concept, but much smaller and was designed specifically to install with / slip onto liner bead coping track of Wilkes ® brand rectangular above ground / on ground pool.
Esther Williams ® Bead
Esther Williams ® style bead, also referred to as ‘Tab Bead’ or ‘E/W Bead’ is similar to standard bead in concept, but with a slightly thicker bead head and unique rounded top to the bead head. Esther Williams ® bead was designed specifically to install into the liner bead coping track of an Esther Williams ® and/or Johnny Weismeuller ® brand aboveground / onground pool, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Esther Williams ® bead is inserted ‘vertically’ into the Esther Williams ® liner bead coping track, where typically most standard bead applications are inserted ‘horizontally’ into the liner bead coping track.
Kayak ® Style Bead
Kayak ® style bead is virtually identical to standard liner bead but with a slightly thicker width in the head of the bead. Kayak® style bead was designed to install into the liner bead coping track of Kayak ® brand rectangular aboveground / onground pool.