Vinyl Liner Pool Customization Options

a backyard with a pool surrounded by landscaping.

If you are planning to have a vinyl liner pool built, you don’t have to settle for a plain pool with no personality. Vinyl liner pools have many options available for customization so your pool is a beautiful enhancement to your backyard living area. At Prestige Pool of NC, we build customized pools tailored to our clients’ backyard goals. 

Learn more here about features that can be custom-built to create an in-ground pool perfectly designed for your outdoor space. You can also learn about vinyl liner pool basics here.

Decking Around the Pool

The decking around your pool, which adds to the overall appearance of the pool and surrounding area, is easily customized. Beautiful decking transforms your pool from a place to simply swim and be in the water into a place where friends and family come together. The deck around the vinyl liner pool is not only a pathway around the swimming pool but also a focal point that creates a setting for all of your backyard activities.

The decking width is usually a minimum of three feet and is made of slip-resistant materials with a slight angle to assist with water drainage away from the pool. A deck can be constructed from a wide variety of materials, not just wood.

Some popular decking options are:

  • Stamped concrete
  • Stone pavers
  • Tile
  • Composite decking
  • Wood
  • Brick
  • Natural stone
  • Concrete pavers
  • Flagstone

Each option creates its own unique look. Which one you choose is up to you and your vision for the pool space.


Coping is the area that frames the edge or lip of your vinyl liner pool.

There are several purposes for pool coping:

  • Provides the decorative frame around the edge of your pool and leads to the decking
  • Provides swimmers an edge to hold onto
  • Helps to move splashed water away from the edge of the pool
  • Helps to cover the aluminum coping track underneath that serves as the connection point from which the actual vinyl liner hangs

Coping can be distinct from the decking around your pool. You have several options when choosing the type of coping with your inground vinyl liner pool. Your pool contractor can help guide you and provide information on the coping that is right for you.

  • Cast-in-place concrete
  • Brick
  • Flagstone
  • Precast concrete
  • Travertine
  • Aluminum
  • Tile

Styles of Pool Coping

There are basically three styles of pool coping.

  • Flat-Top Mount – A flat-top mount puts the stone, brick, or pavers used for the coping either directly to the pool’s edge or protruding over the edge.
  • Concrete Receptor -Concrete is one of the most frequently used materials for pool coping. Poured concrete offers a seamless transition between the coping and the pool. It is easy to work with and can be more affordable than other materials. Concrete can provide the illusion of a bigger pool, so it is a good choice for a small pool.
  • Cantilevered Forms – This style uses a flat-top mount profile with foam forms for concrete to be poured into the shape of edged stone that gives a finished appearance on the edge of the pool.

Steps and Stairs

The two options for steps are vinyl-over-steel or polymer.

Vinyl-Over-Steel Steps– This type of step uses the same metal as the wall panels of a vinyl liner pool. They can be constructed inside the pool instead of being external to the pool. This makes everything look the same, the liner and the steps. The fact that the steps are multiple pieces that are connected to each other is hidden by the vinyl liner. These steps come in different shapes and sizes and can be placed in specific locations, offering a multitude of options.

Polymer Steps– Polymer steps are commonly known as white plastic steps and are commonly used because they are cheaper than vinyl-over-steel steps.

Tanning Ledges

Tanning ledges are a popular choice that adds to the beauty of the pool. A tanning ledge is a level area that is located at the entrance of the pool with a very shallow depth. Pool owners love this feature because it offers a place to put a chair or lie on to enjoy just a bit of water without getting completely in the pool.

Pool Size, Shapes, and Depths

Both the size and shape of your pool are customizable with vinyl-lined pools. The options are endless, but you need to take into consideration the size and shape of your yard, in addition to any rules and requirements laid out by your Homeowners Association and municipality. At Prestige Pools of NC, we work with our clients on pool shapes and sizes that work best for your situation.

Some pool shape options include:

The depth of your pool is also a customizable feature. You can have a pool that is level or one that has a graduated depth, depending on what your intended use for the pool is.  Will you have a diving board? Do you want a shallow end? These are considerations that you can discuss with your pool builder.

Vinyl Liner Color and Design

The color and design of your liner are two more areas where you have choices when customizing. Because the liner is the entire space of the pool, the color and design make a big impact. The color will ultimately be the color of the water in the pool. Everyone says they want the water to be blue, but there are different shades of blue. Knowing what you want the result to be is the main thing you decide in eliminating options.

There are four main color groups for vinyl liners:

  • Deep Blue
  • Light Blue
  • Vivid Blue
  • Aqua

There are also many options for the design of the vinyl liner. You can find liners with ceramic tile prints, marble, sand, and natural stone, just to name a few. Keep the surrounding area of the pool in mind when selecting the design. You will want to choose a pattern that complements your patio, instead of fighting it. A sleek design that is simple will probably lead you to a no-tile pattern. Know that most liner patterns can have the border removed, so if you really like a tile design, you can more than likely get the underneath pattern solo.

Swimming Pool Water Features

There is a multitude of options when looking a water features when customizing your vinyl liner pool. Swimming pool water features are great ways to add beauty and dimension to your pool space. You can get everything from waterfalls and grottos to deck jets. And, of course, diving boards and slides “up” the entertainment for kids of all ages! Here are just a few water features that increase the aesthetic of your pool:


Ornamental fountains are attractive additions to any swimming pool. You have some options for fountains, like bubblers on a tanning ledge, and spray fountains. Add lighting for a truly beautiful feature providing nighttime viewing.

Deck Jets

Deck jets are flowing arcs of water that are elegant and project a sense of relaxation. These jets come from the deck or coping and gently fall onto the pool surface. The height can be adjusted; however, typically the arc height is four to five feet.

Laminar Jets

A laminar jet produces a steady and forceful arc of bubble-free water that creates the illusion of a glass tube. This is a more expensive option than a deck jet.


Cascades are one of the most common decorative elements for your pool. Cascade waterfall features come in several styles and sizes. They are affordable and versatile for installation, making them a great option. The two primary styles are 1)  raindrop pattern and 2) smooth, even sheet pattern.

Contact Prestige Pools for Your Customized Vinyl Liner Pool

If you are considering building a beautiful in-ground vinyl liner pool, contact our experienced team at Prestige Pools. We have the knowledge to look at all of your options for customizing your pool so that it is a unique backyard setting for fun and entertainment. We work with you to make your vision come to life by creating the private oasis of your dreams! Call us today at 919-586-8556 or fill out the easy-to-use contact form to schedule a quote for a vinyl liner pool installation in Clayton, Raleigh, Coats, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Middlesex, Wendell, Zebulon, or the surrounding areas.