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    New Liner vs Gunite

    We have an L shaped vinyl liner pool in need of a new liner. When thinking about doing the replacement a few thoughts came to mind.

    - One thought that came up was to reduce the size of the pool (we don't need all that space).
    - Then another thought was to possibly change to gunite.

    With the excavation already done since the pool is already in place, what type of expense would I be looking at in NJ (I am hoping some of our NJ pool builder friends will chime in).

    Are we just crazy for even considering either? I know it mostly a matter of opinion, but is one really better than the other?
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    - inground vinyl liner, approx 35,000 gal; Hayward DE-6000; Pentair VS3050
    - 600sq ft Heliocol; Blue Diamond; 8 Gal Liquidator
    - TF-100

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    Re: New Liner vs Gunite

    You are looking at the cost of a new pool minus the excavation. Plus the cost of removing the old walls and deck.
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    Re: New Liner vs Gunite

    It would be much cheaper to rehab the vinyl. Vinyl pools are over dug then backfilled. To change to a gunite, i would think more excavation would have to be done as well.
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    Re: New Liner vs Gunite

    gunite pools are more expensive than vinyl not to mention trying to convert basically means a whole new pool. Stick with your vinyl, vinyl stays pretty longer than painted pools anyways.
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    Re: New Liner vs Gunite

    We just had a new inground vinyl lined pool built, however when they installed the liner it has sooo.. many seams and all are visible. And the vinyl over the corner steps are a mess, edges lipped up, and vinyl pieced together. This pool is only 18" square and 4" deep (flat bottomed) with steps in one corner. Can we REALLY get a competent company to "build" the liner in one piece and a knowledgeable installer to "fix" this mess? Or is this not the way vinyl pools are supposed to be put together? Am I asking for the impossible? Any Suggestions?

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    Re: New Liner vs Gunite

    my liner pool has a allot of seams to... i can see them to!!! for some reason i thought that a liner was one piece!!!
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    Re: New Liner vs Gunite

    Vinyl comes on rolls that are about 6 foot wide. The vertical wall section usually only has one seam. Some patterns show seams more so than others but there has to be seams to form a liner
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    Re: New Liner vs Gunite

    The liner we just replaced didn't seem to have many seams (not sure of it's age). However, our new liner does in fact have a lot more noticeable seams than the former. Since the raw edges are white, coupled with the darker blue print, they are quite noticeable. I knew there would be seams, but didn't realize THIS many...especially down in the hopper area.
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