One of the first decisions you need to make when you decide to install a swimming pool in your garden is the pool's construction material. While some homeowners go with concrete or fibreglass builds, you can also install a vinyl-lined pool.
When should you consider this option?
1. You're On A Budget
The fact that you want to install a pool in your garden doesn't mean that you have money to burn. If you're on a budget, then concrete or fibreglass pools might be too expensive for you; look at installing a smaller pool than you want to keep your costs within budget.
Vinyl-lined pools are typically cheaper to buy and install. You should be able to get the size of pool you want without breaking the bank.
2. You Don't Want To Spend A Lot Of Time On Maintenance
Any pool needs regular maintenance work. However, some materials need more work than others as they are also more expensive to maintain.
For example, you might have to spend a lot of time and money getting your chemical mixes right in fibreglass and concrete pools. You might have to clean out algae if it grows on the side of your pool.
Vinyl-sided pools don't usually need as much maintenance. Vinyl is a non-porous material, so you won't have to use as many chemicals to keep the water healthy and safe. You won't typically see any algae growth in this kind of pool. Vinyl is usually too smooth for growths to take hold.
At some point, you will have to have your pool's vinyl liner replaced. However, the cost of this job is typically a lot lower than the cost of restoring other pool materials such as concrete refinishing.
3. You Want More Customisation Options
If you can't afford a customised concrete pool build or if this isn't a suitable option for your garden, then vinyl usually gives you more customisation options than fibreglass.
Manufacturers can make vinyl liners to suit more styles, shapes and sizes of pool. You won't have as much choice with a fibreglass build. You're also likely to get more colour and pattern choices if you go with a vinyl liner.
Plus, the fact that you have to replace your liner every few years means that you can refresh your pool design at these times too. You can take the opportunity to make your pool look different whenever you change its liner. You don't have this option with fibreglass.
For more advice on whether a vinyl-lined pool is the best option for your garden, contact a local pool builder.