How Long Will a Swimming Pool’s Vinyl Liner Last?

We know a little bit about vinyl liner pools (actually just kidding… we know a lot!) My partner has a liner pool and I use to have one about 8 years ago when I lived in Richmond Hill. So we know more than a little… sometimes we know too much for our own good. Over this period, we have noticed and noted that one of the questions or discussions that customers have on the installation is the durability of the vinyl liner. How Long Do Vinyl Liners Last? Our customers usually ponder on how long vinyl liner will last before requiring a replacement. Below, we will look at the facts surrounding the durability of the vinyl liner.


One of the things that confuse vinyl liner buyers is the warranty. Normally, vinyl liner warranties cover a period of 25-30 years. However, what many people fail to understand is that this warranty is usually prorated. This means that the warranty loses value with every year. For example, you may find that a liner with a 25 year warranty comprises of 3-5 years of full warranty before the prorate kicks in.

It is also important to note that liner warranties neither covers the costs of filling the pool with water nor labor.

It goes like this

If the seams of your liner separate after 7-8 years, you will need to have the liner replaced. A new liner will cost you about $1700. However, when you claim the warranty, you will find that the original manufacturer can only cover about 10% of the liner cost.  On the other hand, most pool installers will on average charge you $2000 for labor and about $1200 for filling the pool with water. In short, you should be prepared to spend over $4000 when your liner breaks in every 8 years. As a result, many pool owners feel disappointed when they have to replace liners before 10 years.

How long does vinyl liner last in a swimming pool?

Inground pool liners

On average, inground pool liners last for a period lasting between 5 to 9 years. However, that is not standard as we have seen inground pool liners lasting as short as 7 years while others as long as 20 years. It all depends on where the pool is located, the water chemistry and how well the pool was installed.  In addition, the type of chemicals used in the pool will determine how long vinyl liner will last.

Above ground liners

Most above ground liners will last for a period of 6 to 10 years. The factors affecting their durability are more or less the same as those of the inground pools.

If you have either a question or something to add on the above topic, don’t hesitate to make a comment below this article. Your views and opinions are highly welcomed!