• What Are the Differences Between Vinyl Lined Pools and Fiberglass Pools?

    November 23, 2021 | Blog | Jordynn Bloss
  • Vinyl and fiberglass and concrete – oh my!  With so many pool types on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you and your family.  If you have questions about the main pool types sold in Michigan, you’ve come to the right place.  Read on to discover the key differences between vinyl lined and fiberglass pools, so you feel confident in your summer fun decision:


    If customization is important to you, then purchasing a vinyl lined pool is the way to go.  The vinyl shape, size, and depth can be customized based on your preferences, custom made, and delivered to your door.  On the flip side, you will be limited to pre-designed molds with fiberglass pools – often in the shape of a rectangle. 

    Installation Time

    Although installation time is comparable for both pool types, fiberglass installation is typically quicker than vinyl lined pool installation.  Fiberglass pools are sold off the shelf and take 3-5 weeks to install, whereas vinyl-lined pools take anywhere from 4-8 weeks.  Keep in mind, a custom vinyl lined pool will take longer than a pre-designed mold.


    Both vinyl lined and fiberglass pools are durable; however, vinyl liners must be replaced every 5-10 years, whereas fiberglass pools don’t need this service.  Even without major vinyl liner damage, it’s recommended to replace it due to regular wear and tear.  Overall, the fiberglass gelcoat is built to last throughout seasonal changes and won’t set you back $4,000 every 5-10 years.


    No matter the pool type, regular chemical usage and maintenance is needed.  Both vinyl lined and fiberglass pools must be chemically treated every week and brushed monthly.  Long term, vinyl pools require more maintenance because of vinyl liner replacements, but this only happens every 5-10 years.

    Overall Cost

    Initial and lifetime costs of vinyl lined and fiberglass pools differ significantly.  On average, you will pay ~$10,000 less on a vinyl pool in comparison to a fiberglass pool.  However, don’t let the upfront cost deceive you.  Your vinyl liner must be replaced every 5-10 years, costing ~$4,000.  Additionally, monthly electricity and chemical usage cost more than fiberglass pools.  Over a period of 10-15 years, vinyl lined pools exceed the cost of a fiberglass pool.

    Recap – Is Vinyl or Fiberglass Better for Me?

    Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable starter pool that requires minimal maintenance, a vinyl lined pool is a great option.  If you are thinking about moving or selling the property within 5-10 years, you won’t even have to think about replacing the vinyl liner.  A fiberglass pool is a better option for homeowners that know they want a pool long term and have a low likelihood of selling in the near term.

    Need some more help determining the right pool for you?  Contact our pool experts at Blockco Pools – here for all your pool needs.