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Vinyl Liner Pools

IF YOU ARE CONISDERING A SWIMMING POOL and funds are tight, look into a vinyl liner pool. They have several advantages going for them and are regionally popular in the southern and eastern United States.


Almost unthinkable for any other type of swimming pool is the ease by which vinyl liner pools can be built. This arises out of their construction methods – or lack of them. Originally appearing in Sears Roebuck catalogs as “do it yourself pools”, the first line pools were hardly more than a hole in the ground with a plastic liner inside to hold the water in. Much has changed with line pools, but not the easiness of construction.

All pools save for above ground pools start the same way – a hole in the ground – and oftentimes this is the one of the hardest parts of the build depending on where the pool is to be installed and the size of the back yard. Once the hole is dug, a liner pool has a distinct edge when it comes sheer speed – a framework is installed within the hole to shore it up, sometimes consisting of treated wood or galvanized steel, and then a track is installed on the perimeter of the hole, and this track locks a bead in the vinyl liner and suspends the liner in place. The pool is then filled conventionally, and away you go.


Vinyl liner pools cost a fraction of the price of gunite or fiberglass pools because there’s hardly any labor involved by comparison. Besides the hole and some shoring, as well as a framework, there is none of the endless concrete pumping required for gunite nor the careful and tedious application of pool plaster. Additionally, the liner is quite robust depending on the climate. In cooler more northern climes, a liner pool could be good for decades of use. Liner pools can also be constructed extremely quickly compared to other pool designs, being put up in a matter of days by trained crews – and also dismantled and removed if need be.


As with anything, vinyl liner pools have a downside. As far as design considerations go, you’re more or less limited to constructing your liner pool using existing liner designs. There are several choices as far as shapes and sizes, but just like a fiberglass pool, there are not a whole lot of custom options available. Another downside is that the vinyl material is susceptible to tears and sunlight degradation. The vinyl material itself is only designed as a membrane to keep water inside and doesn’t have the strength properties of concrete, so a jab with a sharp object could damage it and cause it to leak. Like any plastic, vinyl liners can be broken down by UV rays over the years and therefore aren’t a good choice in hot climates like Southern California, where a liner pool life expectancy is less than a decade. Harsh chemicals can also contribute to the early demise of a vinyl liner.

A vinyl liner pool might be an excellent choice for you if you live in a cooler climate, don’t plan on staying in the home forever, and want a quick construction method that’s easy on the wallet. As long as you are aware of the limitations both of design flexibility and longevity, you’ll find that a liner pool fills most of your family’s needs – the same needs that gunite and fiberglass pools would fill, without most people knowing the difference. Your family will thank you as they plunge off the deep end into your new vinyl liner pool – that wasn’t in your yard just a week before!

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