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Is Gunite better than vinyl?

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Asked by: Stephanie Cooper

First, a vinyl liner pool is less expensive to install than a gunite pool. A gunite pool with standard finishes can easily start out between $10,000 to $15,000 more than the identical size and shape vinyl liner pool. This is because vinyl is modular and easier to install in most situations.

Can vinyl pools be salt water?

If you have a vinyl liner, you’ll be happy to know you can use a salt chlorinator system in your pool without taking any extra precautions. The liner will be exposed to lower levels of chlorine, so it may even extend your liner’s lifespan. However, many inground pools have galvanized walls behind the liner.

Can you vinyl line a gunite pool?

It seems like a fairly straightforward question. Except the ultimate answer to whether a replacement vinyl liner can be installed in a concrete pool is anything but straightforward. Starting on the simple side of the equation, the answer is “yes” a vinyl pool liner can be installed in a concrete pool.

Is a vinyl pool worth it?

Vinyl Liner Pools Are the Most Cost-Effective Choice
Sure, any which way you go, a new swimming pool is going to be a substantial investment, but vinyl is less costly than fiberglass or concrete, making this one huge advantage over other pools. Concrete is costly expensive both in installation and maintenance.

What is a gunite liner?

Gunite is a form of concrete that is sprayed into a hole in the ground in order to make a pool shell. A finish, like plaster, tile, or glue and stones is then spread over it to make the shell waterproof. In the south, this is a pretty simple job, with a minimal amount of steel wire reinforcing in the concrete.

How long does vinyl pool last?

Pools with vinyl liners will last more than 20 years, as long as you replace your liner every 6-12 years. Concrete pools have exceptional longevity, but you need to resurface the concrete every 10 years or so. Fiberglass pools have the longest lifespans of any in-ground pool, often easily surpassing 30 years.

What is the average cost of a vinyl inground pool?

Vinyl pools come in a range of different sizes and have many options, impacting the overall costs. The national average for an in-ground vinyl pool is between $35,000 and $65,000, with most people paying around $45,000 for a 12’x24′ rectangular pool, with steps, heater, filter, and concrete deck completely installed.

Is a gunite pool worth it?

A Solid foundation: A gunite pool is perfect because of its amazing design versatility. These pools last the longest of all inground pools and often feature the best warranties. Gunite pools do not need wooden frameworks to hold the shape, so building is simpler than standard concrete.

How much does it cost to put a liner in a gunite pool?

What Does it Cost to Convert a Liner Pool to Gunite? For an average-size pool, most homeowners will pay an average of $4,000 to convert a vinyl liner pool to a gunite pool because you are not paying to dig the hole for the pool to be installed.

Can I put vinyl over concrete pool?

The topic of the day started out as a question; can you install a vinyl liner into a concrete pool? Yes, you can, and I’ve done it before, on a concrete pool from the 1950’s. Perched on a steep hillside, the pool was crumbing and cracking, and would one day soon need replacement.

Do vinyl pools crack?

You notice cracks. Pool liners are most often made of vinyl, which deteriorates in the sun and pool chemicals over time. If you notice several cracks in the lining, it’s likely you’re losing water, as well. Fading is a precursor to cracks, as brittle vinyl is more prone to tearing.

What is the difference between a gunite pool and a liner pool?

Lining/Finish: Instead of a one-piece liner, gunite pools are finished with aggregates made of glass beads, pebbles, quartz, pool plaster, or more! As a side note, keep in mind that very light colors and very dark colors discolor easily.

Is gunite more expensive than fiberglass?

Lower cost – depending on your preference for shape and size, fiberglass pools inclusive of equipment can range from $55k-$70k. This is often a lower cost option compared with a custom gunite pool.

What type of inground pool is best?

A popular choice is a gunite swimming pool because it is highly durable and it can be created in just about any shape. Gunite pools use a rebar framework that is sprayed over with a concrete and sand mixture. Gunite is exceedingly durable, so swimming pools made of this substance are built to last.

How long will a gunite pool last?

But a properly built Gunite pool can and should last for 100 years or more, with no risk of cracking whatsoever. We’ve been building Gunite pools for more than 40 years (more than 4000 swimming pools), and we’ve never had one crack yet.