The Benefits of Vinyl Pools vs. Fiberglass

After you’ve made the decision to have a pool installed in your yard, the type of pool is often the next topic of conversation. Two of the more common materials used are vinyl and fiberglass. We usually lean toward vinyl when suggesting a pool material, and here are a few reasons why:

Vinyl Pools vs. Fiberglass

The Vinyl Pool

Let’s start by giving a quick description of a vinyl pool. When referring to a vinyl pool, it is the liner that is made of vinyl. The vinyl liners make the surface of the pool smooth against any part of the body, which isn’t always the case with a fiberglass pool.

Vinyl pools also have scores of different patterns to choose from and the surface won’t crack or ever require repainting. A vinyl liner is also a non-porous surface, which means you won’t need to use as many chemicals during the swimming season, and it won’t encourage algae growth, which is always a good thing, especially if the summer is hotter than usual.


Most of the time, installing a vinyl pool is the most budget-friendly among popular materials, including fiberglass. The cost of the material itself is lower, and the labor that it takes to install a vinyl pool is also reasonable. The financial saving is one of the reasons people turn to vinyl pools over more expensive options, such as fiberglass.

Easy to Customize

Customizing a vinyl pool is also easier than with fiberglass, which allows pool owners to put their own personal touch on the pool. Unlike a fiberglass pool, it is possible to make a vinyl pool into virtually any shape or depth that you want. This means if you have a lot of space to utilize or an odd-shaped yard, a vinyl pool is most likely the ideal choice.

This ability to customize also makes some pool owners feel unique, and when they feel like they have a unique design and shape of pool in their yard, the concept is much easier to sell. When you combine the lower price with that, it’s easy to see why more and more pool owners gravitate to vinyl pools.

The final decision on which material to use for your pool is ultimately up to you, but don’t be surprised if the benefits of a vinyl pool are just too numerous to ignore. Mention vinyl during your initial consultation and you’ll find it makes sense for most residential installations.


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