Hi everyone - We are seriously looking into building a pool this Fall or next Spring. We are going back and forth on whether to do a vinyl pool or going with a more expensive (at least to build) concrete pool.
It seems I cannot find a consistent answer on the lifetime costs / maintainable costs for each that aren't biased. Vinyl pool builders claim the liner need replacing after 10-15 years for a minimal cost (around 5k). Concrete builders will say that vinyl liners need to be replaced every 5 years at a cost upwards of 10k.
Then the concrete builders will say the plaster need to be redone every 15-20 years at a cost of under 10k, while vinyl builders tell us concrete needs redone every 7-10 years at a cost of over 15k!
Obviously each is biased toward their own type of pool.
I've also read on this forum that concrete pools need more chemicals but I'm not sure what difference that equates to in dollars and cents.
Can someone estimate the long term costs of each for us? Size would be approximately 17 x 34 and depth from 3ft to 6ft. We would want to consider all in costs over a long period, including initial cost to build, chemicals, and replacement of liner or plaster.