Price Difference Between Vinyl Liner, Concrete And Fiberglass Pools



When you have made the decision to install an in-ground swimming pool, the very first thing that you will need to think about is the type of pool you are going to have. It is very likely that one of the main considerations in this decision is going to be the cost. When thinking about the cost of a swimming pool it is not just the initial installation costs that you need to consider. There may also be maintenance costs that you need to take into account and these costs will vary depending on the type of pool that is chosen. The three main types of in-ground pools and the costs associated with them are discussed in more detail below.

Vinyl Liner

Once the walls and floor of the pool have been constructed then a vinyl liner is added to the pool. This liner is usually about 30mm thick. It will cost anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000. The liner of the pool will need to be replaced every 5-9 years and this will cost $4,500. There is the chance that the liner of the pool could be punctured quite easily but there are kits that you can buy which allow you to make this repair yourself. This means that even if a repair is needed, it is not going to be something that is too difficult or costly to put right.


Fiberglass pools are constructed off-site and then placed into the hole that has been dug out. They are made to measure and so can be made to fit the space that you have available. The cost will fall somewhere between $35,000 and $65,000. One of the main advantages of fiberglass pools is that they have no maintenance costs once they have been installed. The fiberglass can last anywhere up to 30 years before it needs to be replaced and so you should not have any other costs that you have to pay out in this time.


A concrete pool is constructed from steel bars with the concrete blown onto these bars and left to dry to form the pool. They continue to be the most popular choice for in-ground pools. However, they will probably also be the most expensive option as concrete pools cost between $35,000 and $100,000. The plaster in a concrete pool will have to be drain washed every 3-5 years which will cost $600. It will also need to be replastered every 10-15 years and this will cost $10,000.

Ultimately, the choice that you make about which type of pool you will have installed will be based on personal preference, but the cost is likely to have a big role to play. Thinking about the long-term costs is really important for the continued use of the pool. If you are unable to meet any maintenance costs further down the line then the pool can become too dangerous to use and this means that you would have spent an awful lot of money on something that you are no longer able to enjoy.


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