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Inground Swimming Pools: Fiberglass vs. Vinyl vs. Concrete

Inground Swimming Pools: Fiberglass vs. Vinyl vs. Concrete

29,May 2019

With a variety of swimming pool liner options out there, it can be challenging to know which one will work best for you.

At Swimming Pool Discounters we’ve put together the pros and cons of fiberglass, vinyl, and concrete pool liners to help you make an informed decision.

Vinyl Liners: Pros & Cons

Vinyl liners have a lower initial cost than other types of in-ground pool liners and can be installed in customized shapes and sizes. Other benefits of vinyl pool liners include:

  • Nonabrasive, smooth surface.
  • Doesn’t foster algae due to a relatively non-porous surface.
  • No limitations on the length, width, and depth of the liner.
  • Although vinyl offers a variety of benefits, it typically requires more frequent replacement than other pool liners.

Other cons of vinyl pool liner include:

  • Higher costs over the lifetime of the pool because the liner will need to be replaced roughly every 5-9 years at the cost of $2,500-$3,500 just for the liner.
  • Pool must be used more carefully to avoid damage from dogs, children, as well as debris that can fall into the pool such as tree limbs due it is relatively thin surface.
  • Hold a lower resale value especially if it hasn’t been replaced within the last few years. Potential homebuyers may want you to have the pool liner replaced before they buy, especially if it is more than four years old.

Fiberglass Pool Liners: Pros & Cons

With fiberglass pools, you can expect easy maintenance, quick installation, and a durable liner. Unlike vinyl, they tend to cost more upfront and do not offer as many options for customization.

Benefits of having a fiberglass pool installed include:

  • Low/easy maintenance because the fiberglass gel coat doesn’t foster algae growth.
  • Little to no lifetime cost because fiberglass pools tend to require almost no upkeep.
  • Non-abrasive gel coat surface that is smooth to the touch.
  • Installation usually takes 3-6 weeks since the fiberglass pools are built at an off-site location
  • Options for beautiful color, ceramic tile, water features, poolside walls and more.

With fiberglass pools of an array of benefits, but like with anything, they come with their cons such as:

  • Offer limited shapes and swimming pool designs because they are made from a mold.
  • Cannot be wider than 16’ because of restrictions when shipping via the road.
  • When repaired, the colored finish doesn’t always match.
  • Cost more upfront and can carry an initial investment of roughly $10,000 more than vinyl liners or concrete pools.

Concrete Pools: Pros & Cons

Concrete pools offer you the chance to design your pool to flow with your landscape and compliment your home. They are a great option for those who want a more customized look. Other benefits of concrete pools:

Design features such vanishing edges, tanning ledges, and beach entries for add a unique touch.
You can integrate your concrete pool into your landscape for a beautiful appearance.

Even though concrete pools offer you the ability to design your pool exactly how you want it, it also comes with a few drawbacks, which include:

  • High lifetime cost because they need to be renovated every 10-15 years, at the cost of $10,000-$20,000 or higher.
  • More chemicals and filtration are required to keep the pH balanced and to prevent the growth of algae.
  • More in-depth maintenance is required such as frequent sweeping of the concrete to remove algae from the surface of the pool.
  • A concrete pool can take around 3-6 months to install, which is much longer than vinyl or fiberglass pool installation.

High-Quality Pool Liners to Meet Your Needs

At Swimming Pool Discounters, we carry a wide range of high-quality pool liners to choose from. If you are unsure of which liner is best for you, our experts can help! Contact Swimming Pool Discounters today to learn more about how we can help you achieve the pool you’ve always wanted.