When it comes to pools there are limited options for materials, but it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. This guide gives you a look at pool materials for in-ground pools.
Vinyl liners are probably the most common option for pools. They have a low up-front cost and daily maintenance is fairly easy. They have a variety of standard forms, but are also customizable. Your vinyl pool will have vinyl or metal sides. Talk to your installer about the appropriate framing option for your pool system.
Vinyl liners need to be replaced every 5-10 years, which can add to cost over the life of the pool. The look of vinyl liner’s is not aesthetically pleasing to every customer, so make sure you look at your options.
- Lowest up-front cost
- Variety of custom options
- Regular liner replacement adds cost
- Chemical and electrical usage may be higher than other options
- Cannot use a salt water chlorinator with steel frames
Concrete is king when it comes to custom pools. The construction uses basic rebar reinforcement and pouring, and can be altered to fit any site. Although, concrete pools are the most expensive option over the life of your pool. They are somewhat expensive to install, the finish needs to be cleaned regularly as well as rejuvenated every few years, and replaced every 15-20 years. The maintenance required is significantly more than other pool options because the plaster or pebble tech coatings are porous and create places for algae to take hold. In cold climates Concrete may also crack and require repairs.
- Extremely customizable
- Attractive finishes available
- Higher resale value
- High maintenance & chemical Usage
- Long installation time
- High lifetime cost
- Not good with salt water systems
Fiber Glass is a great pool material option for your home pool. They come pre-cast from the factory and are inserted on site after your pool area has been dug. Once in place, they are then back filled and the edges are finished. Fiberglass pools have lower maintenance and costs associated with them due to specialized gel coating and quick installation. They do not give you the same customization, but are probably the best overall option for pool materials on this list.
- Low up-front cost
- Low maintenance cost
- Fewer chemicals and maintenance
- No liner or acid washing needed
- Attractive finishes
- Energy Efficient
- Not as many custom options
- Harder to get into tight spaces
The designers at Landscapes Unlimited can help you select the right pool materials for your needs. We offer design, install, and management services to help you make your dream landscape a reality.