Vinyl Pool Liners
Vinyl lined pools are made in a factory, produced from various pool wall materials they are designed like a big erector set. Vinyl pools come in dozens of different sizes and shapes. Once the pool structure is erected and cemented into place, the interior of the pool is prepared for the PVC liner membrane, which has been pre-manufactured to specific dimensions, or in the case of a replacement pool liner, it is manufactured to the dimensions supplied when ordering. The surface of a pool liner is smooth and silky to the touch, unlike the interior of a concrete/gunite pool, which can get so rough that it could scrape your skin.
Vinyl pool liners are non porous and are easy to clean and care for. The vinyl liner pool became popular in the late 1950’s and continued to enjoy a growing popularity all during the next 40+ years. One of the reasons for it’s popularity is it’s relatively low initial cost. A family could purchase a typical vinyl in ground pool for 30% to 40% less than a gunite pool. Early on the only vinyl pool available was a rectangle, however in recent years vinyl pool manufacturers have introduced many different pool shapes, and liner tile and bottom patterns give the pool a unique custom look.
The average life of a pool liner is 10 to 12 years. That compares to 8 to 10 years for the plaster finish on a gunite pool or painting every other year, which will eventually require sandblasting. Over a 10 year period the cost of replacing a vinyl liner can be 50% less than similar maintenance on other types of pools.