Understanding Vinyl Liner Pools

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With their affordability, easy upkeep, and beautiful appearance, vinyl liner pools are considered to be the most popular in-ground pools on the market. At Prestige Pools we pride ourselves in our expertise in vinyl liner pools. If you are considering building a backyard pool and want to veer away from the traditional cement finish, we have got you covered! Follow us as we guide you through all you need to know about vinyl liner pools.

What Exactly is a Vinyl Liner Pool?

The distinguishing feature of a vinyl liner pool is the custom vinyl sheet that stands between the pool water and walls. This is in sharp contrast to the plaster membrane that is fitted in in-ground concrete pools. The thickness of the vinyl liners is measured in mils ( a mill is 1/100 of an inch), and normally measures 20 to 30 mils for residential pools.It is highly important to take the thickness of the liner into consideration as it can greatly affect both the cost and durability of your swimming pool. Opting for a thicker liner may lead to higher installation costs and frequent needs for repair.

How Much Does a Vinyl Liner Pool Cost?

A number of factors play a role in determining the final cost of a vinyl liner pool. It is to be noted, however, that vinyl liner pools are considerably less expensive than fiberglass or concrete pools. We can help you narrow down the exact cost of a vinyl liner pool by keeping the following aspects in mind:

The Initial Cost

On average the initial cost varies from $50,000 to $65,000, depending on the vinyl liner pool shape, size, and features you choose while building your custom pool.

Lifetime Cost

Apart from the initial cost, you should also take into consideration the lifetime cost. This is the amount of money you will be spending on maintenance, replacement, and repair. On average, a vinyl liner needs replacement every 12-15 years. The cost of this replacement can vary between $7500 and $9000.

Why Should You Choose a Vinyl Liner Pool?

While choosing a swimming pool it helps to be well informed of the benefits that it can bring to your backyard. Prestige Pools can help you grasp a better understanding of vinyl liner pools and customize one that is just the right fit. Once you understand the following beneficial features of vinyl liner pools, you will be hard pressed to say no!


One of the most important features of vinyl liners pools to understand is their longevity. With the proper care, vinyl liners can last up to 15 years. These liners can also withstand harsh weather conditions. They not only save you money that you would have spent year after year in replacement, but they also save you from the hassle of frequent maintenance requirements.


As mentioned earlier, vinyl liner pools are can be much less expensive as compared to other in-ground pools. Not only do they cost less to install but they also do not require much upkeep. Learn tips of proper caring of your vinyl liner, and you will definitely save a lot of money, making your pool even more affordable!

Smooth Surface

Vinyl liner pools are known for their comfort. The surface of the vinyl lining ensures a smooth touch. While a concrete pool can present the danger of cuts or scrapes, a vinyl lining can provide a comfortable and harm free environment.

How to Maintain a Vinyl Liner Pool

Understanding all about vinyl liner pools also means learning to take care of them. In order for a vinyl liner pool to last long and save you the cost of any maintenance or repair, it is necessary to take the proper measures. A number of factors go into their proper treatment, including cleaning and maintaining a chemical balance. Additionally, you might also need to winterize your vinyl liner pool in accordance with climatic changes. Once your pool is installed, Prestige Pools will guide you through taking proper care of your pool.

Chemical Balance

Understanding the proper chemical balance for a vinyl liner pool is the first step in its upkeep. An imbalance in pH can lead to scaling, wrinkling, and aging of the vinyl lining. A proper pH will not only keep the vinyl lining fresh but also protect the other components of the pool, such as the heater and pump, from any kind of damage.

The water’s chemical levels should be checked consistently. The pH of the water should range from 7.2 to 7.6. Your chlorine levels should vary from 1 to 3ppm. The alkalinity of the pool should be between 80-120ppm. Finally, the calcium hardness should range from 200 to 400ppm. Taking these measurements into account, will ensure your vinyl liner remains in good shape!


Keeping a vinyl liner pool clean helps ensure its durability. The water surface should be regularly skimmed to remove any debris or leaves. Similarly, the pool base should also be cleared of any waste or loose objects. If the vinyl liner is regularly cleaned, build up is less likely to occur and cause any damage.

Proper maintenance and cleaning will also prevent any algae growth in the pool water. You should still, however, take regular note of the water’s appearance. If you get algae in your pool you should immediately take precautions and shock the water.


Vinyl liner pools can be a great investment for your backyard. They are not only an affordable pool but also durable, and easy to maintain while coming in a variety of shapes and sizes. Geared with all the right information, you are definitely one step closer to getting the right pool for you and your family!

Contact Prestige Pools of NC to Build your Vinyl Liner Pool

Want to know more? With our expertise in vinyl liner pools, we can assist you in making the right choice for your backyard! If you are wanting to build a pool in Clayton, Raleigh, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Wendell, Zebulon or the surrounding areas,  please call us at 919-779-1003 or contact us through our easy-to-use form below. Call us at (919) 779-1033 or fill out the form below.