When I moved into this house five years ago and inherited the in-ground vinyl lined pool, I knew it was in pretty poor shape then (about 10 yrs old at the time) and would have to be replaced soon. A split in the vinyl finally occurred a couple of weeks and I now have to face the unavoidable task of getting the liner replaced.
I have had a person out to do minor repairs a couple of times over the years and he came by to give me an estimate today. He only does vinyl liner repair and replacement and has done so for about 20 years – he is not affiliated with a particular pool dealer in the area. My experiences with him have always been positive and I have heard nothing but positive feedback about him m from others as well. However, his quote of a little over $6000 seems awfully high to me, so I have a couple of questions I’m hoping folks can help me with:
1. He is hawking Premier Vinyl Liners. A quick look at on the web reseller tells me that a liner for my size right true L pool would run about $2000-$2100. He buys directly from Premier so his cost should be a decent bit cheaper as a reseller. This leaves about $4000 is labor cost for a 1-2 day job (He is not including the cost of purchasing water to refill the pool in this amount). Really? Am I missing something here or is that a LOT!?
2. Does anybody have any advice about manufacturers of replacement liners or Premier liners in particular? I see liners from 20 ML to 30 ML thick and I understand that the sides take more abuse than the bottom so should be thicker. I’m thinking about 27 ML sides and a 20 ML bottom. Is that reasonable? Anything else I should be considering?
3. I live in the way outer suburbs of Washington, DC in a small town called Lovettsville, VA. There are a lot of rich people out this way (And I AIN’T one of them, unfortunately!) and a lot of danged swimming pools. I haven’t been able to find a single other person to call about this and get a second quote! Does anyone on the forum live in this area and could recommend someone I could call for another quote?
As I said, I have had very positive experiences with this guy but I’d like to have more than a warm, fuzzy feeling before spending this kind of cash that I really don’t have!
Thanks to everyone for any and all feedback you can provide! :P