The construction process for vinyl pools is similar to that of gunite, but instead of applying gunite, the builders add a custom-made vinyl liner sheet onto the galvanized steel pool wall panels. The liner is vacuumed and the surface tested for possible air leaks. Pre-decking steel and an interior block wall are installed as the final step in the process.
In terms of shapes, sizes, and designs, the sky’s the limit with vinyl swimming pools. Vinyl pools are highly flexible and customizable, which means you can incorporate a wide array of design elements. Although most pools are rectangular, you can get a custom-built pool with fluid lines or eccentric curves. Vinyl liners are available in varying thicknesses.
Technological advancements have made vinyl pool liner structures much more durable than in the past. However, getting the right thickness is crucial as the liner could tear easily.
Taking care of a vinyl pool is critical to its lifespan. However, even with proper care, a vinyl liner has a lifespan of approximately 5-9 years.
The surface of the vinyl liner pool material is exceptionally smooth, which provides excellent algae resistance.
Vinyl liners are available in many colors, and you can choose one that blends well with the overall theme of your backyard. They can look stylish and sophisticated when combined with other décor elements.
Compared to other pool types, vinyl may require more care. The effects of direct sunlight for prolonged periods may cause the liner to sag or make the surface wrinkly. If you do not fix these issues promptly, they could lead to significant repairs. On the other hand, brushing or sweeping is relatively more relaxed as there is fewer algae buildup.
Vinyl liners are the most affordable option among the three types of pools. Even the installation costs are far lower than those of gunite pools of similar size.
On average, you may have to spend a good amount of money on vinyl liner replacements. Typically, the liner needs to be replaced every five to nine years. A vinyl pool also has the lowest resale value of the three types of inground pools.
Features and Add-Ons
Vinyl offers a myriad of choices to reflect your personality. Whether you want a classy and luxurious pool or a functional one, vinyl allows for creative designs to make your pool a focal point.
Within four to eight weeks, you can have your vinyl pool ready for swimming. A vinyl liner pool is also easy to install, with ready-to-assemble kits available on the market.