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What is a Vinyl Pool?

Want a pool to keep you cool that can be installed quickly and won’t break your budget? Vinyl swimming pools are typically the least expensive inground swimming pool option and can often be installed in a just few weeks. Plus, flexibility in design allows you to create your dream retreat in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at vinyl pools.


The first step in building your vinyl pool is gathering inspiration. Create a detailed list of ideas for your pool, along with corresponding images that will make it easier for your builder when you’re ready to create your pool plan. Consider the following tips when creating your list:

  • • Vinyl pools are constructed of a vinyl liner installed over a rigid frame. So, these pools can be flexible in their shape, size, color, and design. You will likely find some pre-designed, high quality, budget-friendly options, but customization is also possible.
  • Vinyl liners can be available in different thicknesses and a wide variety of patterns and designs. Talk to your builder about which liner is right for your pool and ask to see sample swatches for various liners.
  • Don’t forget about details and additions like steps, benches, tanning ledges, and other design elements. You can choose from a variety of options for vinyl pools just as you can with other types of inground pools.

And remember to consider other decorative touches, like custom ,pool lighting, water features, outdoor entertainment, and fun accessories like pool floats and games.

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With vinyl pools, you may have a choice of building materials, but galvanized steel or polymer are the most popular choices. Make sure to ask your pool builder what is best for you.

Vinyl swimming pool liners are custom-made sheets of vinyl that hold the water within your swimming pool structure. The wall panel structure is secured together, and the pool floor is typically leveled out by sand or a cement-like material. Your liner is then installed and secured across the top of your pool, then tightly vacuumed into place to eliminate any folds or wrinkles before the pool is filled (which can be a 1 to 2-day process).

Remember, vinyl inground pools can often be installed in just a few weeks to have you swimming in no time! (Who doesn’t love that?)


Your swimming pool is installed and you’re soaking up the sun, but don’t forget about regular inspections, testing, and maintenance. Some types of pool maintenance equipment like automatic cleaners, vacuums, offer different models specifically made for vinyl pools. Talk to your pool professional to find out what equipment is recommended for your pool type.

When properly maintained, vinyl pool liners typically last approximately 7 to 10 years. Though small tears or leaks are rare, patch kits are available to help extend the life of your liner. If you discover any issues, be sure to contact your local pool professional before attempting to patch or drain your pool to make sure you don’t cause further damage.

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Vinyl Pool Maintenance

The smooth, non-porous surface of a vinyl liner helps inhibit algae growth, but you still must regularly keep up with your swimming pool maintenance routine: Test your water, add chemicals, remove debris, and brush the surfaces of your pool. Proper maintenance and chemical balance help extend the life of your liner and keep it from fading prematurely. Refer to the proper chemical levels recommended for your pool and use pool equipment designed for vinyl pools to lengthen the life of your liner.

If not properly cared for, vinyl swimming pool liners can be prone to waterlines (like a bathtub ring) if dirt and grime are allowed to build up in your pool. So, in addition to regular testing and balancing, wiping your waterline regularly with a soft brush or sponge should be part of your maintenance routine.

When fall rolls around, if you live in an area where closing your pool is recommended, talk to your local pool professional about how best to protect your liner while your pool is closed.

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Vinyl Swimming Pool FAQs

What are the pros and cons of a vinyl inground pool liner?

Vinyl liner pools are durable, easy to repair, and often more affordable than concrete or gunite pools. They can also be faster to install than other pool types. However, the liner in your vinyl pool will eventually need to be replaced in about 7 to 10 years. But the better you maintain your pool, the longer your liner will last.

How much does a vinyl pool liner cost?

The cost of a vinyl swimming pool depends on several factors, including the size and shape of your pool and the specific features and liner you select.

How long does a vinyl swimming pool liner last?

In general, a high-quality vinyl swimming pool liner lasts approximately 7 to 10 years. But keep in mind that the lifespan of your liner may vary depending on your pool’s usage and how well it is maintained.

Can I use a vinyl liner in a salt water pool?

Typically yes, but be sure to discuss your sanitization options with your pool builder when you begin planning your pool.


Once you’ve chosen a pool type, the next step is choosing accessories:

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