Vinyl-lined pools are the most common type of swimming pool, and for good reason. While fiberglass pools have their benefits, vinyl liners offer a number of advantages for the discerning pool buyer. If you’re considering installing an inground pool in your backyard, here are a few reasons a vinyl pool liner should be at the top of your list.
The Most Cost Effective Choice
First, vinyl liners are the most economical choice of all the different types of pools. Sure, any which way you go, a new swimming pool is going to be a substantial investment, but vinyl Is less costly than fiberglass or concrete. Concrete is costly both in installation and maintenance. Fiberglass is more cost effective than concrete, but shipping them is costly and repairing a damaged fiberglass pool can get expensive. Vinyl pools, on the other hand, are a little bit cheaper than fiberglass on the onset, and if you do need to repair a vinyl liner, it’s generally much less expensive than concrete or fiberglass. You will need to replace your vinyl liner at some point, but, compared to the cost of resurfacing a gunite pool, that’s not terribly expensive either.
Spend More Time Swimming, Less Time Maintaining
All pools require maintenance, let’s be clear about that, but vinyl pools don’t need quite as much as their concrete or fiberglass counterparts. Modern vinyl liners are extremely durable. Vinyl is a nonporous surface which means it won’t require as many chemicals as a concrete pool. Vinyl’s smooth surface also makes it harder for contaminants like algae to take hold and wreak havoc on your pool. A well-maintained liner will last many years, but it will need to be replaced at some point. However, compare the cost of a new liner to the cost of refinishing a concrete pool (it can climb into the 5 figure neighborhood) and you’ll see that a vinyl liner is also a very cost effective choice in the long run. Vinyl (along with the steel or polymer shell) are less vulnerable than concrete pools to the freeze/thaw cycles that affect colder climates. This is especially important if you’re installing your pool in the Midwest or any area where temperatures routinely drop below freezing during the winter time.
You Can Have the Pool of Your Dreams
The vinyl pools of yesteryear were pretty limited when it came to design options. If you wanted something other than a rectangle with an aqua blue hue, you were out of luck. These days, the possibilities are almost limitless. Modern manufacturing techniques can produce a vinyl liner for virtually any shape of pool. You can now get vinyl pools with any number of features like spill-over spas or tanning ledges, and liners come in a myriad of colors, patterns, and thicknesses. Vinyl pools can be designed with a much deeper deep end than fiberglass can offer. Furthermore, should your tastes change, a completely different look is just a replacement liner away. That’s something you can’t do with a concrete or fiberglass pool. Latham Pool liners also feature UltraSeam technology which will give your pool a seamless look that other manufacturers cannot offer.
Before I wrap this up, I’d be remiss not to touch on the most appealing aspect of a vinyl liner: its smooth feel. Anybody whose ever skinned a heel or elbow on a concrete pool knows what I’m talking about. There’s something satisfying about sliding over the smooth surface of a vinyl pool liner. And, again, that smooth surface also helps cut down on the maintenance.