Option #2: Vinyl Liner Inground Swimming Pools pros and cons
Advantages of vinyl liner pools
If you’re looking to get an inground pool and have a very limited budget, vinyl liner may be the best choice for you. Their material costs are low and as a result a vinyl liner pool will in most cases cost $5,000 to $10,000 less initially than their concrete or fiberglass counterparts.
With a vinyl liner pool, you have very few limits when it comes to shape and size. With today’s technology, you can make the pool as deep and as curvy/straight/large as you’d like.
Disadvantages of vinyl liner pools
The biggest disadvantage of a vinyl liner inground pool is the liner itself. The material is a polymer and it will break down over time and need to be replaced. Also, the liner can tear easily or become undone from the sides, causing it slowly to fall into the water.
On average (and regardless of what “warranties” say), you can expect your inground vinyl liner to last between 7-12 years, with the average cost of replacement (labor, liner, and water) in the $3,000 to $7,000 range, depending on the size/shape of the pool.
Another disadvantage of a liner pool is the aesthetic look. Generally speaking, a standard liner pool installation will look much “cheaper” and “temporary” than a fiberglass or concrete pool. As a result a vinyl liner inground pools typically don’t add value to your home like a fiberglass or concrete pool would do of the same size.
In many countries now, vinyl liner pools are no longer sold and fiberglass pools and concrete pools are the swimming pools of choice.