Vinyl Liner Pools vs Fiberglass Pools
You’ve made the decision to get a swimming pool now the question is should you get a fiberglass pool or vinyl liner pool? These are advantage and disadvantages to both.
What type you choose will play a big role in shaping the aesthetics and maintenance needs of your pool. It will also determine both the initial and long term cost.
There are 4 primary considerations to think about when you are thinking about what type of pool to get:
Initial Cost vs Long Term Cost
Would you rather pay more money upfront or pay less at the beginning and budget for more maintenance? How you answer that question may determine which option is best for you. The biggest benefit of getting a vinyl pool is that it has the lowest initial cost. Installing a fiberglass pool can cost between $4,000 and $9,000 more than a vinyl pool. If you’re budget is tight, a vinyl pool may be the best choice. Both the price of materials and labor are less expensive.
The long term cost of a fiberglass pool is less than vinyl. Fiberglass pools can last for 30 years or more without the need for significant maintenance. While the structure of a vinyl pool can last for nearly as long, the vinyl liner itself will need to be replaced every 5 to 9 years. Though most vinyl liners are available with long term warranties, the value of the warranty depreciates over time. As a result, the warranty rarely covers the full cost of replacement. The average cost of replacing a vinyl liner is around $4,000. If you are concerned about that cost, it’s a smart idea to make the bigger initial investment in a fiberglass pool.
While both types are very durable, fiberglass pools are the most durable. Not only can they last for decades without needing to be replaced, they also aren’t prone to discoloration. In contrast, vinyl liners in chlorine pools are prone to fade overtime. Often, they fade unevenly which can detract from the beauty of your pool.
Shape, Size & Appearance
Though vinyl pools may not be as durable as fiberglass, they are more customizable. You can choose whatever depth or shape you like for a vinyl lined pool. Whether you want a classic Roman or Grecian pool, an L-shaped pool, or another unique design, you can have it made. The options for fiberglass pools are much more limited. Typically, a fiberglass pool can only be 8 feet deep and up to 16 feet wide.
The type of pool you choose can impact your home’s resale value. Fiberglass pools are preferred by most homebuyers and can add to the value of your home. Since a vinyl liner pool isn’t considered a long-term structure, it will not add as much value. The maintenance cost of a vinyl liner pool can be a turn off for many buyers. If you are considering selling your house in the future, a fiberglass pool may be the best option.
Both vinyl liner pools and fiberglass pools are beautiful and long lasting. Since they are not porous, like concrete, they require less chemicals. Their smooth surface is gentle on your feet. The right choice for you depends on your budget, aesthetic desires and long term plans.