When it comes to planning out your inground pool, you’ve got a number of decisions to make, not just in terms of how big it will be, what features it might have, and where you’ll be installing it, but in the type of pool you’ll go with. 

There are three main types to choose from: concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl. Each option has its unique advantages, but vinyl may be the best of them all. 

Before you select your inground pool, it’s important to take a close look at what each type has to offer and what they require of you as a pool owner. To help you do that, take a look at this guide to all things vinyl pools.

What Is a Vinyl Pool?

Vinyl pools are a style of inground pool that has a rigid frame made of either plastic, steel, or reinforced concrete and covered by a vinyl liner. Vinyl makes for a smooth, nonporous surface that has a nice soft feel to it and can help to resist algae growth.

The Benefits of Vinyl Pools

There’s plenty to like about concrete or fiberglass inground pools, but there are some qualities of a vinyl pool that these other options simply can’t offer. Here are some of the major benefits of opting for a vinyl liner.

Luxurious backyard with a clean, kidney-shaped vinyl swimming pool, surrounded by a well-designed stone patio and lush greenery


If you’re already committed to installing an inground pool on your property, then you’re well aware that they require a considerable investment no matter which type you go with. However, there’s still a range of costs when it comes to inground pools, and if you’re looking to get something on the lower end of that range, then vinyl is likely your best option. 

Vinyl pools are easier to install, and therefore, your labor costs will be lower if you opt for one. But that’s not all; vinyl pools also require less maintenance, which means your ongoing costs can be reduced as well. 

Sure, your inground pool won’t be “cheap” no matter how you slice it, but you can certainly make your investment a more affordable one by choosing vinyl — and you won’t have to sacrifice quality in doing it.

Faster Installation

Who wants to wait around for their little piece of paradise to be ready? A high-quality inground pool is going to take at least a few weeks to be installed no matter which option you choose, but the fastest install of them all is easily vinyl. Depending on the project, you can have your pool up and ready to go in 2 to 3 weeks and possibly even less.

Less Maintenance

It’s always important to consider the ongoing upkeep required of a pool owner, as slacking off on maintenance can not only render your pool unusable but can also wind up costing you plenty of money over time. Every style of pool requires some upkeep, but vinyl pools tend to need the least. 

Luxurious kidney-shaped vinyl swimming pool with a waterfall feature, surrounded by a well-manicured garden and patio area

This is because the vinyl material that the liner is made of is resistant to algae growth. This means less maintenance, fewer chemicals, and more free time to jump in and go for a swim.

Custom Design Options

If you’ve got a unique design concept for your inground pool in mind, then you should know that not every style of pool is necessarily capable of accommodating it. Vinyl pools, however, are nearly limitless in their options for customization. With vinyl, you can have a uniquely shaped pool with a wide variety of features of your choosing.

Important Considerations

As you can see, there are more than a few great reasons to opt for vinyl when it comes to your inground pool. However, you should keep in mind that while vinyl liners are highly durable, they can potentially become damaged if you’re not careful, and even the most well-tended liner does need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years or so.

Luxurious backyard with a large, crystal-clear vinyl swimming pool, surrounded by a well-maintained patio and elegant home

That said, expert care can extend your liner’s lifespan, which is yet another reason why you should make sure to dedicate yourself entirely to pool maintenance.

Swimming Pools From Galaxy Home Recreation

There’s plenty to like about any style of pool. If you’re interested in learning more about what vinyl has to offer, contact Galaxy Home Recreation today.