You undoubtedly look forward to the numerous social and health advantages that come with owning a swimming pool as you take the wonderful opportunity to become the proud owner of your very own backyard pool. Your house will undoubtedly become your family’s and your friends’ favorite hangout place! Swimming, in contrast to many other hobbies, has a lot to offer in terms of mental and physical wellness.
Maintaining your swimming pool properly is essential if you want to reap these benefits for as long as possible with the least amount of substantial future financial outlay. Regular swimming pool upkeep and cleaning are important components of that, as are repairs when (hopefully infrequently) needed. You can make sure you have the money on hand to pay for repairs before issues become even more serious and limit your ability to use your backyard swimming pool by properly planning and budgeting.
We’ll start by discussing a few repairs* that pool owners with vinyl liners might need to do.
Vinyl Pools: Liner Tears
Although not all in-ground pools have vinyl liners, if yours has, there is a good likelihood that the thin vinyl will eventually tear. While a typical vinyl liner patch can be used to remedy some minor rips or snags for about $20-$50, getting a tear fixed by a professional will easily cost ten or more times that amount. Your liner may need to be completely replaced if it has serious issues, which might cost $2,500 or more in total.
Vinyl Pools: Popped Beads
Another repair that can become necessary for vinyl liner swimming pools is repairing a popped bead; when the liner is not perfectly fitted or fluctuations in weather allow the bead to weaken, sometimes the liner can pop out of the bead. Although you, as the homeowner, may occasionally be able to perform this repair, getting a replacement bead costs typically between $150-$300.
The portion of the liner that is exposed above the water line in pools with vinyl liners presents a third problem.
Vinyl Pools: Exposed Liner Failure
Natural aging of the liner can be brought on by the sunlight reflecting off the water and onto the exposed area. Similar effects can be brought on by untreated chemical imbalances in the water, but a protective layer can help your liner last longer. For roughly 150 feet, this product costs between $500 and $600.
We’ll concentrate on the kinds of repairs you might anticipate with a fiberglass liner pool in our following post in this series.
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*With the rapid recent rate of inflation and increased difficulty sourcing materials, the actual costs will widely vary from location to location. The dollar amounts listed above were rough average estimates in late summer 2022.