How Long Do Vinyl Pool Liners Last?

How Long Do Vinyl Pool Liners Last?

February 10, 2020

A brand-new liner in an in-ground swimming pool changes the overall feel of the pool for the better. The water feels and smells fresher. The pool itself looks cleaner than it ever did before. But, like many pool owners, you might be wondering when that “new-pool look” will begin to fade, and when repairs are likely to be necessary—including to the liner. With this in mind, how long do vinyl in-ground pool liners in New Haven County, CT last?

While there are a few factors that will have an impact on the condition and lifespan of your vinyl liner, maintenance is the most important. Here’s what you need to know.

Lifespan of a vinyl liner

Today’s vinyl swimming pool liners are made with a thicker vinyl material that helps with durability and protection against UV damage. But your pool liner needs your help to stay looking great and in good shape for more than a few years.

The typical lifespan of an in-ground vinyl pool liner is 15 to 20 years, assuming you’re willing to maintain the pool’s chemistry. The right pH level keeps the water balanced, while over-chlorination can shorten liner lifespan. Improper water balance can cause a loss in the vinyl’s elasticity and change its chemical makeup, meaning it won’t last as long as it should.

Pool liners also play a huge role in aesthetics. In many cases, in-ground pool owners will change the liner every seven to 10 years due to the simple fact that it no longer sports a “like-new” look. Over time, the UV rays from the sun and pool chemical use will take their toll. Talk to your local pool service company about starting a maintenance plan today.

Vinyl liner benefits

Fiberglass, concrete and vinyl materials are the three main types of in-ground swimming pool liners. Of the three, vinyl is the most popular option for in-ground pools. Let’s review the benefits of vinyl pool liners:

  • Customization: Vinyl pool liners offer a wide range in terms of depth and shape. Since it can stretch and form to a shape, vinyl is the most attractive option for both unique and traditional in-ground pools. Vinyl is also available in a number of different colors and patterns.
  • Fewer chemicals: Vinyl is non-porous, so it’s less attractive to algae. The fewer algae present, the fewer chemicals will be needed to keep the pool clean. Additionally, it’s easier to clean algae and other debris from vinyl liners than from concrete or fiberglass.
  • Comfort: Vinyl pool liners typically provide an extremely soft feel without a slippery effect. Vinyl is the best option if you use your pool frequently, or if you or other users are new to swimming.
  • Cost effective: For the most part, a vinyl pool liner has a low initial installation price. Most of the cost savings is related to the lower costs of both the materials and the installation process. With regular care, your vinyl pool liner can last an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced.

Call A-1 Pools & Spas today for more information about installing a new vinyl pool liner in New Haven County, CT!

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