Inground Vinyl Pool Installation
Vinyl-lined pools are the most common type of swimming pool in the United States. While they are ubiquitous in colder-climate states, they are also installed throughout California and are the most budget-friendly option for inground pools. Compared to concrete and fiberglass pools, inground vinyl pools have numerous advantages.
Vinyl Pool Advantages
There are three basic types of inground pools: concrete (or gunite), fiberglass and vinyl. While each has its advantages and drawbacks, vinyl liner pools are without a doubt the most economical choice. The initial installation is considerably more affordable compared to a gunite or fiberglass pool of a similar size and shape.
All pools eventually require resurfacing. While vinyl liners need to be replaced every 10-15 years, it is far less expensive to reline compared to resurfacing a fiberglass or gunite pool. Vinyl pools are also less expensive to repair and pool owners will save on maintenance costs.
While all pools require maintenance, vinyl liner pools require less chemicals compared to gunite pools because they have a nonporous surface and are not a cementitious material. Their smooth surface makes it more difficult for any type of algae to take hold. Vinyl pools are easier to brush and allow automatic vacuums to perform well.
The design possibilities for inground vinyl pools are practically limitless. Modern manufacturing techniques can produce a vinyl liner for virtually any size or shape of pool. For smaller backyards, vinyl pools are a great option as they can be designed to maximize space while meeting setback requirements. Vinyl pools can also be designed with more depth than fiberglass options.
Also, the look of your backyard is more customizable with vinyl pools because liners come in a myriad of different color and pattern options. When it comes time to replace the liner, you will have the opportunity to create an entirely new look for your pool and backyard.
One of the most appealing benefits of a vinyl liner pool is its smooth surface. Over time, the plaster on gunite pools wears thin, causing an etched, rough surface. As the gel coat of a fiberglass pool is worn, the pool surface may become chalky and exposed fiberglass can be very itchy and uncomfortable to the touch. A vinyl-lined pool will never have these issues. Its surface will always remain safe and smooth.