Comparative Swimming Pool Linings: Possibilities and Prices

Comparative Swimming Pool Linings: Possibilities and Prices

Pool linings imply the liner, the reinforced PVC membrane, the polyester, and the coating that ensure a good water-tightness of the pool (they are referred to as “independent of support” below).

There are also pool linings, for example, the tiling and the paint which are dependent on the substrate and they do not ensure the waterproofing of the pool.

Criteria for choosing a swimming pool coating

Several elements determine the choice of your pool’s lining:

Depending on the structure: you can’t put just any liner on just any structure.

According to your budget: if the liner is the most used liner, both in the case of kit pools and masonry pools, it is undoubtedly because the quality/price ratio is the best. Paint is the cheapest liner, but it is not permanently watertight and needs to be redone very regularly. Tiles and stones are the most expensive coatings because, in addition to their own price, they require prior waterproofing.

Depending on the shape of the pool: some coverings are incompatible with certain pools. It is hard to imagine a natural swimming pool covered with tiles.

According to your taste: since this is what will be seen in the end once the pool is finished.

Comparison of pool linings: possibilities and prices

This table is not exhaustive, which is why we recommend that you seek professional advice to guide you towards the most appropriate choice for your pool (shape and materials).

If you wish, we can help you find a pro near you.

Comparison of pool linings

Lining

Type of pool

Durability*

Ease of maintenance

Indicative cost for an 8 × 4 × 1.5 meter pool

Waterproof

Coated

Poured concrete pool

More than 50 years old

xxx

$25 to $60 the bag of 25 kg

Shotcrete pool

Modular form pool

Liner

Wood

Between 15 and 20 years

xx

Approximately $1,200

Poured concrete

Cannot stand too hot water

Shotcrete

Modular formwork

Modular panels

Reinforced PVC membrane

Wood

Between 15 and 20 years

xx

About $2 000

Poured concrete

Cannot stand too hot water

Shotcrete

Modular formwork

Modular panels

Polyester

Wood

Between 20 and 25 years

xx

Approximately $6 000.

Poured concrete

Gel coat to be replaced every 10 years

Shotcrete

Modular formwork

Not waterproof

Tile/

mosaics

Poured concrete pool

More than 50 years

xxx

Approximately $5,000 to $6,000

Shotcrete pool

Joints have to be replaced when they get damaged (about once every 10-15 years).

Modular form pool

Painting

Poured concrete

Approximately 5 years

x

Approximately $1,500

The following table will tell you which type of lining is suitable for which type of pool.

Type of pool

Swimming pool lining

Independent of the support

Dependent on the support

Liner

Reinforced PVC membrane

Polyester

Coatings

Tiling

Painting

Poured concrete

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Shotcrete

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Modular formwork

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Yes**

Modular panels

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wooden swimming pool

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hull swimming pool

Above ground pool

* Concrete must not be water repellent in order to absorb the water from capillary perspiration of the coating and avoid leaving stagnated water.

**Outside installation, for an 8 × 4 m pool.

Should you wish to read more on pool lining, this post was recently published: How to Renovate the Liner of a Swimming Pool.

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