January is the time of year when people start thinking about having a pool installed; the hot summer days of last year aren’t so far behind them that they are forgotten, and the new summer is still far enough away that the new pool will be completed and ready for frolicking in. Like any good homeowner you have been doing your research and have been reading about – or if you are from back east – have heard about the popularity of vinyl lined pools. You won’t see many vinyl pools in the Phoenix area, but they have become better known in recent years. Below is a list of pros and cons to help you determine if vinyl is the direction you want to go.
Pros of Vinyl Pools
- Cheaper Initial Cost – Of all pool types (fiberglass, concrete or vinyl) vinyl has the lowest startup costs. The materials are cheaper, installation costs are lower, and once the pool is filled, chemical start up is cheaper.
- Versatility of shape, depth, color and pattern – Easily moldable, a vinyl liner can be stretched to form almost any shape you can imagine…L shaped, Grecian; if the structure can be built, vinyl can be formed to it. Vinyl also comes in many different colors and patterns, allowing you to be creative with your pool design.
- Retards algae growth – the non-porous surface of the vinyl liner retards the growth of algae, causing less maintenance overall. Very little chlorine is needed for upkeep, keeping maintenance costs down.
- Smooth on tender feet – Anyone who has spent any amount of time in a pool understands how sensitive feet get the longer you’re in the pool; concrete pools can rub your feet raw after prolonged exposure – the soft vinyl surface will not.
- Long term costs are higher – Vinyl pool liners need to be replaced every 7-15 years, costing you as little as $2000 to as much as $4000 each time. This can add up rather quickly and tends to negate the savings of initial installation.
- More care needed – Vinyl is very thin and tears rather easily; dogs, kids, roofing material that comes that lands in your pool after a big monsoon storm – any or all debris could damage the liner causing you to have to replace it sooner than you originally calculated, again adding to and negating the original cost savings.
- Discoloration – chlorine can bleach the liner leading to unattractive discoloration. The only remedy is replacing the liner.
- Resale value – Installing a pool only adds around 10 percent to the price of resale value and a vinyl lined pool adds even less. The industry tends not to respect the value of a vinyl and prospective sellers anticipate problems and shy away from homes with vinyl lined pools.
Now you’ve read some of the pros and cons of vinyl pools all that is left is making the final decision. You may have to spend a lot of time researching and talking to people to help you pick the perfect pool, but in the end, it will be time well spent. Summer days in the desert can be brutal but when you are floating in your own beautifully designed pool we can almost guarantee you won’t even notice the heat!
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