So you've decided to take the plunge and invest in an in-ground pool. Now you no longer have to dream about sipping tropical drinks from an inflatable water mattress?you can do it from the comforts of your own backyard. Before you start taking out you decorative cocktail umbrellas, however, you're going to have to decide whether to use vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete to build your pool. Here are a few facts about in-ground vinyl-lined swimming pools.
In-ground Vinyl-lined Pool Cost and Installation
One of the best attributes of a vinyl-lined in-ground pool is its cost. It is relatively much cheaper than either fiberglass or concrete for many reasons. A vinyl lining is not meant to be permanent, and is thus not as durable as the other materials. Its structure is similar to that of an above ground pool. Once a hole has been dug, a frame is built around the perimeter of the hole. Sand is then put at the base of the hole, and the vinyl liner is then attached to the structure's wall. This whole process only takes about three weeks, which is less than a third of the time it takes to install a concrete pool
In-ground Vinyl Lined Pool Maintenance
As mentioned, you're going to have to spend more time maintaining a vinyl-lined pool than with either fiberglass or concrete. Vinyl liners do wear out and need to be replaced approximately every ten years. As you can imagine, this is a fairly involved project that takes some time and money. Vinyl is easier to winterize than the other materials, however. Because it has the ability to flex, vinyl is not susceptible to damage caused by sudden climate changes. This means that in order shut your vinyl-lined pool down for the winter, you simply need to cover and drain it.