To help decide what type of pool would be best for your home, let’s take a look at the most common types of inground pools.
Vinyl Liner Pools
Pros: This inground pool is one of the least expensive options. The material cost is lower than other options and can save around $5,000 to $10,000 compared to a fiberglass pool. A vinyl liner also allows you to pick almost any shape and size of pool you can imagine. Today’s vinyl liner options allow you to make the pool as deep, curvy, or large as you would like.
Cons: The biggest disadvantage of a vinyl liner inground pool has got to be its lifespan. The liner material is a polymer that will break down over time and need replacement. The liner is easier to tear and it can come undone at the top seems causing it to sink into the water. The average expected lifespan of a vinyl inground pool liner is 7 to 12 years and the average cost of liner replacement can be anywhere from $3,000 to 7,000 depending on how large the pool is and how uniquely it is shaped.
Pros: Concrete pools, also known as gunite pools, are probably the most common type you see. One of the best features of installing a concrete pool is the ability to design and customize it specifically how you want including size, depth, and shape. Concrete pools are very nice to look at and elevate the luxe of your backyard, because of this they can bring a lot of added value to a home.
Cons: Concrete pools are sometimes considered high-maintenance. These type of pools need more chemicals and brushing to keep them clean and every 8-15 years the concrete will need a resurface. In addition to more upkeep some say that concrete pools can be rough on the feet when you are in the pool for several hours. If you decide on a saltwater pool this will cause the concrete to need resurfacing much sooner.
Pros: Fiberglass pools are much lower maintenance than other types of inground pools. Their smooth and non-porous finish makes it hard for things like algae to grow on the surfaces. Fiberglass pools require a much shorter construction period and some can be installed in as little as five days. Some of the newest fiberglass pools offer a 35 year lifespan.
Cons: One of the major disadvantages of a fiberglass pool is the liner needs to be constructed off site and transported in one massive piece from the factory to your home. This puts a limit on the size of the pool. If you want a swimming pool larger than 40 feet by 16 feet, a concrete pool would be a better option for you. Another disadvantage is that you will have to pick from pre-designed shapes made by the pool company. This is not the best pool if you are hoping for a custom shape.
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