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As fall brings cooler temperatures to the DFW metroplex, many homeowners will be considering investing in a pool in preparation for the next pool season. At Liquid Concept Pools, we understand that while deciding and exploring the many different options that are available during the pool building process can be fun, it can also be intimidating. That is why our team goes to great lengths to help our clients understand the ins and outs of the different pool materials so our clients can choose the best options for their dream oasis.

One of the biggest questions our team gets is what is the difference between Vinyl Pools and Concrete Pools. Our team has created this guide to show you what you can expect from both of these pool construction materials.

The Reliability and Customization Options of Concrete Pools

There is a reason why many Texas pool builders prefer the sheer durability of concrete pools. Not only do these pools look incredible upon completion, but they are also built to last, and offer homeowners the unique power to customize their pool build to their specifications and needs. Whether you are looking to create a sleek modern pool to complement the gorgeous lines of your home’s architecture, want your tropical paradise complete with a waterfall slide, or are looking to have a lap pool built to increase your workout productivity, a concrete pool can make it happen.

Concrete pools are also renowned for their durability and impressive lifespan. A well-maintained concrete pool can last anywhere from 50 years or more. While the finish and surface of the pool can last anywhere from 15-20 years with proper maintenance.

Vinyl Swimming Pools Faster Installation and Lower Maintenance

Vinyl pools are a high-quality option that boasts low maintenance and one of the quickest installation times on the market. Unlike concrete pools, which can take several weeks to a couple of months (depending on the complexity of the build), a vinyl pool can be installed within a couple of weeks.

Because of their quick installation and low maintenance needs, vinyl pools are the perfect option for homeowners on a budget but they do have their drawbacks. While installation is quicker and maintenance needs lower, the durability and customization options are not as impressive as a concrete pool. Vinyl pools last anywhere from 6-10 years and come pre-shaped, so homeowners have fewer options as to how the final result of their new pool build will look. 

Side By Side Comparisons of Concrete Pools Vs. Vinyl Pools

Pool Cost

Pool cost can be broken down into several different factors, including installation and overall maintenance. Here is how concrete and vinyl pools matched up with each other when compared side by side:

Type of PoolInstallationMaintenance
ConcreteUpwards of $50,000 or more depending on the complexity of the pool buildMost homeowners spent around $1,650 per year to maintain a concrete pool.
Vinyl Starts at around $35,000 but can increase depending on the size of the poolWhile yearly maintenance costs are significantly lower (basically paying to upkeep the chemicals in the water), homeowners can expect to spend $4,000 or more dollars to replace the vinyl liner every 5-10 years. 

Important Note About Cost:

It is important to remember that the yearly cost of maintenance for your pool can change depending on a number of factors. Size, type, whether your pool has a heater, or running water features can change the monthly cost of maintenance and usage. While the numbers above show average costs of installation and maintenance, these numbers may not be accurate for your situation. Always feel free to talk with your pool builder about options that are more cost-effective for you and your family.

Life Expectancy: Concrete Vs. Vinyl Pools

The material you choose for your pool plays a huge role in the longevity of your pool. While some homeowners focus on maintenance costs, others understand that life expectancy is as or even more important. When it comes to life expectancy, here is what you can expect from concrete and vinyl pools is proper maintenance is performed:

  • Concrete pools boast an impressive lifespan of 50 or more years. The pool will have to be resurfaced every 15-20 years to ensure that no cracks can create structural damage to the pool shell.
  • Vinyl pools last a homeowner about 5-10 years before the liner needs to be replaced.
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Installation Time: Concrete Vs. Vinyl Pools

When it comes to installation time, concrete pools lose out. Concrete pools take on average three to six months to complete a build, depending on the complexity of the pool build. However, each concrete pool is custom-built to the homeowner’s specifications and needs, ensuring that it makes their dream oasis a reality.

Vinyl pools only take a few weeks to be constructed and installed, making them a popular choice. They are pretty much ready-to-use after installation and can get families in the water faster. However, what they make up for in quick installation they lose in customizability.

Customization and Style: Concrete Vs. Vinyl Pools

Concrete pools are known for their near-endless customization options. They truly are the true pool materials for homeowners looking to build their dream oasis. Concrete is malleable when in its liquid state, allowing pool builders to shape it however they need to. Extra tanning ledges, steps, and even unique pool features can be easily built-in with concrete.

Concrete pools also have a wide range of options when it comes to surface material. From plaster to pool tiles, there is a wide range of colors, textures, and styles to help match the dream look of the homeowner.

Vinyl pools are pre-built shells that are installed into the excavation site. This helps keep their costs down and makes it easy to find a replacement shell when needed. However, these pools are not built to have extra features installed into them such as tanning ledges or swim-up bars.

DFW’s Most Trusted Custom Pool Builders

When it comes to creating your dream oasis in your backyard, you can rely on Liquid Concept Pools to help! Our team has years of experience under our belt and we know how to turn your dream into a reality. We offer the highest quality and follow the best pool build practices in the trade, ensuring that all of our projects are functioning pieces of art. Contact our team to find out more information on our pool construction services or to schedule an appointment to start building your dream pool today.