There are three different types of pools you can choose from: inground gunite, fiberglass or vinyl liner. While many think you don’t have a lot of design options if you choose a vinyl liner pool, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Vinyl liner pools are a fantastic choice for an affordable and durable pool option. 

What Is a Vinyl Liner Pool?
A vinyl liner pool is created when a liner is secured over a steel, polymer, or aluminum frame, and it is made up of five main components: wall panels, pool base, vinyl liner, coping, and steps. Because of their flexibility, these easy-to-install options deliver a smooth, non-porous finish that makes it difficult for algae to grow onto, giving pool owners relief on chemicals and maintenance. 

Vinyl liners are super popular among homeowners for the following reasons:

  • They are inexpensive compared to other inground pool options
  • They are highly customizable
  • They look great

Understanding Vinyl Liners
Vinyl liner pools are made of vinyl material which can either be embossed or non-embossed. You also have the choice of going for thin liners or a thicker one. The primary difference there other than thickness is the price difference. Thinner liners are cheap and easier to work with than their thicker counterparts, although they are more likely to tear. 

The thickness of this liner is very important. Often expressed in mils (1/1000 of an inch), vinyl pool liners are usually 20, 27, 28, or 30 mils thick. Going for the thicker variety offers you more protection against sharp objects. However, the thinner ones lay down more smoothly and are easier to get the wrinkles out of.

A standard vinyl liner can last for 5 to 9 years, which is a good deal considering the relatively low upfront cost. Also, you can easily upgrade this liner if you want to change the pattern. To make sure your liner lasts for as long as possible, here are a few things you can do: 

  • Try not to puncture it. Keep your nails short, don’t use breakable materials like glass in or around the pool, and maybe have a ‘no dogs in the pool’ policy. 
  • Try to maintain balanced water chemistry. Water balance helps maximize the life of the liner and also helps maintain its appearance.
  • Make sure it’s properly installed and level with the walls of the pool. 
  • Wipe away the grime that may form around your pool liner, as this can shorten its life. 
  • Avoid draining the pool lower than a foot in the shallow end because the lack of water pressure can damage a pool’s liner.

Your Cranston Vinyl Liner Pool Experts
Ultimately, a vinyl liner will work great in your backyard and serve as a wonderful inground pool option. Contact the vinyl liner pool experts at The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island today to learn more about vinyl liner pools and how we can help bring your backyard vision to life. 

The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is the leading full-service pool and spa company in Rhode Island. Their business had its beginnings in 1987 when co-owner Ron Leclerc began selling pool supplies out of the back of his Camaro. In 2001, Ron and his wife Debbie opened their 7,000 square foot facility in Coventry. This extensive and beautiful showroom is the result of years of hard work and represents a long-standing tradition of excellence and commitment to giving Rhode Islanders the best pool and spa service, advice, and products.

From installing vinyl liner inground swimming pools to selling gorgeous Dimension One hot tubs to offering free water-testing and professional service in their store, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is your place for everything pool and spa. They are a proud BioGuard Platinum Dealer and also offer a huge selection of other brands of swimming pool and hot tub supplies, including Loop-Loc Pool Safety Covers, above ground pools, and Hayward equipment. But, more than anything, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island strives to give their customers a wonderful experience from beginning to end. 

Visit The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island at 2200 Nooseneck Hill Road in Coventry or at or give them a call at (401) 392-1300. They serve all of Rhode Island, including Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, Richmond, and Hopkinton.