About 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, 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 be so rough that it scrapes 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 during the next 40+ years.
One of the reasons for its popularity is its relatively low initial cost. A family can 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 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 eventually requires 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.