Vinyl liner pools are beautiful, a popular choice, and easily the most affordable of inground pool types. There are plenty of options for colors and designs so you can customize the look for your special retreat. The question people ask the most is “how much does it cost?” Building an inground pool is a big investment and one that you need to carefully consider. In terms of cost, there is a wide range in price because of the many options that are available. At Prestige Pools we specialize in vinyl liner pools, so we wanted to give you a general guide to de-mystify the project in terms of costs. See us for more details–we can help you narrow down your decision.
Initial Cost and Lifetime Cost
There is the initial cost of building the pool and there are ongoing costs for maintaining the pool over its lifetime. The initial cost is what you pay upfront when you buy the pool itself, the surrounding area, and other features. The lifetime cost is what you spend after the purchase for maintenance, replacements, and repairs.
Initial Vinyl Liner Pool Cost
The average initial cost for an inground vinyl liner pool is $40,000 – $65,000. There is a wide range because of the many sizes and options you can choose from. These are some of the biggest factors in the upfront price of the pool:
- Features and accessories
- Vinyl liner thickness
- Type of coping, either concrete or natural stone
- Type of wall panel
- Type of steps and benches, either plastic or metal
The shape you choose affects the price of the pool. Vinyl liner pools have more shapes, sizes, and depths available than other types of pools. A rectangular shape is less expensive because it is easier to cut out the vinyl liner than a custom curvy shape. Vinyl over your steps adds more to the price.
Vinyl Liner Thickness
Vinyl liners come in a range of thicknesses. And, you have the option of embossed or non-embossed vinyl, embossed vinyl being the more expensive. The most common options in thicknesses are 20, 25, 27, 28, and 30 mils (thousandths of an inch). Thinner liners are less expensive than thicker ones and they are easier to install, but they are easier to puncture.
Features and Accessories
Pool accessories and special features add to the cost of the pool. For example, a simple design costs less than a spa with waterfalls. Some add-ons you can get with your pool include water features, a pump, lighting, diving board, robotic pool cleaner, a pool cover, heater, and retaining wall.
Coping is the border around the top perimeter of the pool that creates the transition from the pool to the patio. It is priced by linear foot. Your choices are a cantilever coping (the least expensive), a flat-mount coping (next expensive), and a white aluminum c-channel coping (same as the flat-mount). The standard is white aluminum C-channel coping.
Steps and Benches
Vinyl liner pools have steps that either jut out of the pool or are in the water. If the steps are in the water, they are covered with the vinyl liner. White plastic steps are standard. The plastic steps bolt onto the pool walls and extend out from the water of the pool. O,r the other option is for the steps to be built inside the pool and covered with vinyl. This is an upgrade and can cost as much as 75% to 200% more than the plastic steps.
If you would like a bench in the pool to sit on, there are a couple of options for it. It’s a nice feature to have a place on which to sit and rest while in the pool other than the steps. You can add a simple white plastic bench seat to the interior walls, which is the least expensive option. Or, you can choose to have the vinyl liner cover the bench in the pool wall. For this option, the bench is built into the wall with the liner stretched and fitted over it. A white plastic bench isn’t as attractive, but it is more durable over the long term.
Ongoing Lifetime Costs of a Vinyl Pool
From maintenance to operating costs, there are ongoing expenses for the lifetime of the vinyl liner inground pool. Aside from periodic liner replacements, the approximate costs per year are typically below $1000 for maintenance. This is primarily split between the cost of chemicals and electricity, which vary according to the size of the pool, the equipment you have and the area in which you live. The vinyl liner doesn’t last forever, but it will last longer if you keep it maintained properly. Typically, a vinyl liner needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years and on average will cost $5000-$6000.
Proper maintenance for a vinyl liner pool includes:
- Checking chemicals so the water has the correct balance
- Don’t drain the pool
- Prevent unnecessary weathering and buildup by using a cover when not in use
- Keep the pool clean with vacuuming
- Avoid sharp objects that can cause punctures and tears
Contact Us if You Are Considering a Vinyl Liner Pool
If you are thinking about getting an inground vinyl liner pool, let Prestige Pools help you. We can give you all the details and help you with your decision by looking at your individual situation and the pros and cons for you. Call us at 919-779-1033 or contact us through our easy-to-use form below.
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