Liner Pools - The Pros and Cons Explored

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Liner Pools – The Pros and Cons Explored

While we don’t install liner pools ourselves, we have dealt with many of them in the past. Here we explore the pros and cons of using this method to construct a swimming pool.

What is a Liner Pool?

A liner pool is essentially a swimming pool that uses a plastic or PVC liner to hold water, rather than

being built using materials like concrete or ceramic composite. Liner pools can be built either inground or above ground, with the substructure involved made of lots of different materials. 

How To Build A Liner Pool

The construction of a liner swimming pool can take one of many forms. The simplest form includes a concrete block shell constructed from hollow concrete blocks, which are later filled with concrete. Once this is in place, the lining material is added, utilising a felt backing between the pool and the material itself. 

Other forms of liner pools include insulated hi-fibre plastic panels which interlock together, or a collection of steel panels which interlock in a similar way. In some case, wooden frames – similar to those used in log cabins – can be used, but their lifespan is limited to just ten years. Each of these methods have their various pros and cons when it comes to durability, installation and maintenance.

The History of Liner Pools

The origin of liner pools in the UK date back to the early 1960’s, when the vinyl liner was first born. Marley Tiles, the developer of the first UK-based lino floor tile, started an above-ground pool prototype made of a similar material to their floor tiles. The rest, as they say, is history.

How much do Liner Pools cost?

The cost of a liner pool ranges hugely depending on three key things: first, its substructure construction; second, garden access; and third, the excavation costs. The typical costs involved range from £20,000 for a self-build dig, to over £60,000 for a fully managed project.

Why choose a Liner Pool?

Put simply, liner pools are a great choice if you’re on a budget. They’re a lot cheaper to build than composite or tiled pools, but they will last for much less time. When budgeting for a liner pool, it’s important to remember they typically only last between 5 to 10 years.

Listed below are some of the main advantages and disadvantages of owning a liner pool.

Liner Pool: Advantages

  • Freeform shape and size.
  • Cheap and relatively easy to install.

Liner Pool: Disadvantages

  • Susceptibility to puncturing.
  • Expensive to repair.
  • Expensive to run in terms of heating and chemical requirements.
  • The surface finish can look cheap.

The Alternative: Compass Carbon Ceramic Pools

If you’re looking for a swimming pool that is cost-effective to run, quick to install, long-lasting, and easy to maintain, then look no further than a Compass swimming pools. Here are some of the main advantages you can expect:

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Green Swimming

Compass Pools are the most energy efficient pool construction type, with ceramic insulators and variable speed pumps.


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Compass Pool Carbon Ceramic Shell have a 20 Year Warranty


Super Fast Swimming

A Compass Pool has the fastest installation time of any pool construction method, as they are made in a factory like a car and delivered as one piece.


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