How Much Does It Cost to Build a Vinyl Liner Pool?

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Vinyl liner pools are beautiful, a popular choice, and easily the most affordable of inground pool types. There are plenty of options for colors and designs so you can customize the look for your special retreat. The question people ask the most is “how much does it cost?” Building an inground pool is a big investment and one that you need to carefully consider. In terms of cost, there is a wide range in price because of the many options that are available. At Prestige Pools we specialize in vinyl liner pools, so we wanted to give you a general guide to de-mystify the project in terms of costs. See us for more details–we can help you narrow down your decision.

Initial Cost and Lifetime Cost

There is the initial cost of building the pool and there are ongoing costs for maintaining the pool over its lifetime. The initial cost is what you pay upfront when you buy the pool itself, the surrounding area, and other features. The lifetime cost is what you spend after the purchase for maintenance, replacements, and repairs.

Initial Vinyl Liner Pool Cost

The average initial cost for an inground vinyl liner pool is $55,000 – $75,000. There is a wide range because of the many sizes and options you can choose from.

These are some of the biggest factors in the upfront price of the pool:

Pool Shape

The size and shape you choose affect the price of the pool. Vinyl liner pools have more shapes, sizes, and depths available than other types of pools. A rectangular shape is less expensive because it is easier to manufacture the vinyl liner than a custom curvy shape. Vinyl over your steps adds more to the price as well.

Pool Features and Accessories

Pool accessories and special features add to the cost of the pool. For example, a simple design costs less than a spa with waterfalls. Some add-ons you can also get with your pool include water features, additional lighting, slides, a pool cover, heater, spas, robotic cleaners, and pool equipment automation that can be controlled from your phone.


Coping is the border around the top perimeter of the pool that creates the transition from the pool to the patio. It is priced by linear foot. Depending on the material you choose to use, the price can vary.

Steps and Benches

Vinyl liner pools have steps that either sit outside the perimeter or inside the perimeter of the pool. While white plastic steps that sit outside of the pool perimeter are standard, you can also choose to have vinyl-covered steps either inside or outside the perimeter of the pool.

Benches are also another nice added feature for you to be able to sit and rest while in the pool other than the steps. Depending on your needs and ideas, we can customize your pool to have vinyl-covered benches in many different places along the pool wall.

Ongoing Lifetime Costs of a Vinyl Swimming Pool

From maintenance to operating costs, there are ongoing expenses for the lifetime of the vinyl liner inground pool. Aside from periodic liner replacements, the approximate costs per year are typically below $1000 for maintenance. This is primarily split between the cost of chemicals and electricity, which vary according to the size of the pool, the equipment you have and the area in which you live. The vinyl liner doesn’t last forever, but it will last longer if you keep it maintained properly. Typically, a vinyl liner needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years and on average will cost $7500-$8500.

Proper maintenance for a vinyl liner pool includes:

  • Checking chemicals so the water has the correct balance
  • Don’t drain the pool
  • Prevent unnecessary weathering and buildup by using a cover when not in use
  • Keep the pool clean with vacuuming
  • Avoid sharp objects that can cause punctures and tears

Contact Us if You Are Considering a Vinyl Swimming Pool for your Home

If you are thinking about getting an inground vinyl liner pool, let Prestige Pools of NC help you. By learning more about your goals for your home’s swimming pool, we can give you all the details and help make the right decision.  Please call us today at 919-586-8556  or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free estimate for a vinyl liner swimming pool installation in Clayton, Raleigh, Coats, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Middlesex, Wendell, Zebulon, or the surrounding areas.