Vinyl lined pools

This type of pool is lower maintenance and extremely durable

Vinyl is a great option for any pool interior. Traditionally associated with above ground pools it is also available in a much thicker premium finish for in ground pools. 

It is smooth to touch, strong and very flexible - with the ability to stretch up to 300% of its original size. It is easy to take care of and due to its composition it is less susceptible to algae. The colour options are endless with many different prints and patterns available. 

In most cases a .75 mm vinyl interior has an average life span of 12 – 20 years, subject to water balance, care and quality of the material used.  Some vinyl manufacturers have even seen vinyl interiors last over 40 years.

For many years the new pool construction market was dominated by vinyl due to the construction benefits and brick wall pools, prefabricated panel pools are still very common today, especially in Southern and Western Australia.

For pool renovations, vinyl is one of the only insurable pool interiors. This is because it becomes a waterproof membrane over a cracked or broken pool shell. It can be fitted to existing fibreglass, concrete, brick or panel pools. In the case of a fibreglass renovation, where the vinyl manufacturer has the liner size, onsite installations can be done in as little as 8 hours. 

Vinyl liners are the interior of choice for above ground modular pools. Traditionally, this vinyl comes in a .3 or a .5 mm finish to offer a better value proposition. While in this thickness you won’t get the 12–20 year life expectancy of an inground premium liner, it is not uncommon to get 8–10 years plus life expectancy from these liners.

Being a tailor-made product, where the raw material comes off the roll (much like fabric for clothing), vinyl has seams where the material is welded together. Just as a tile pool has grout lines a vinyl pool interior will have seams.  

Vinyl pools have a vacuum pipe, which helps during the installation process and also with any ground water. Water pressure holds the vinyl firmly to the wall of the pool and above the water line vinyl will feel soft.

Weather you choose a modular prefabricated above ground pool or are renovating or installing an inground pool, vinyl is a great choice for a pool interior. You can find our more from members of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia and New Zealand – contact details for your local member are on the ‘Find a provider’ tab.

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