Vinyl pool liners are a popular choice for swimming pools, due to their flexibility and cost savings. They are also easy and quick to install. A vinyl liner is the sheet of vinyl that is placed between the pool wall and pool floor. The top edges are locked, and sand or a cement-like material is placed beneath the liner.

But before you decide on whether or not you should install a vinyl pool, read through these pros and cons of vinyl pools and vinyl liners.

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Pros of Vinyl Liners

Many factors make vinyl liners a popular choice for homeowners. Cost of installation, quick construction, and customization are some of them. Following are the pros of using vinyl liners in your inground swimming pool:

Lesser Initial Costs

When it comes to initial costs, vinyl liners are initially more affordable than fiberglass or concrete pools. Both the cost of purchasing and installation for vinyl liners are low. This is mainly due to the lesser cost of materials and labor used for their installation.


Many people have a misconception about the durability of vinyl liners. Technological advancements are making the structure of vinyl pool liners much more durable. They are available in a thick vinyl material that comes with UV protection for sustaining harsh weather elements.

Faster Installation

In comparison to other types of pools, vinyl liners take much lesser time for installation. Typically, it takes about 4-8 weeks for the complete installation of a vinyl pool. With the help of pool contractors, you can finish the project in time to enjoy the upcoming swim season.

Customization Options

With a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, vinyl liners allow you to customize your swimming pool. Vinyl liners were historically rectangular, but today’s vinyl pools can be customized to the shape you wish. Your pool builder can also customize the depth of the pool to meet your needs.

Smooth Surface

Vinyl liners are extremely smooth, unlike concrete pools that can be rough on your skin.

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Cons of Vinyl Liners

Despite their benefits, vinyl pool liners may not satisfy all of your needs and expectations. They have some drawbacks, such as:

Cost of Liner Replacement

Typically, vinyl liners last for 5-9 years. You will need to replace the liner over time. The replacement cost includes the costs of the liner itself along with labor charges and some other expenses. Therefore, while the low initial investment is attractive,  the cost of ownership increases over the lifetime of the pool.

Low Resale Value

When compared to concrete or fiberglass pools, vinyl liners have a lower resale value. They are a short-term structure that some homeowners find less than appealing. If you think you may want to sell your home at some point, a vinyl pool can be the least attractive option for pool building.

If you would like more information on vinyl pools and vinyl pool liners, or you’re interested in a free quote for your new pool, use the form below to contact Premier Pools & Spas for a free quote on your dream pool.


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