How Much Does A Pool Liner Cost To Install Or Replace?
$1,400 – $4,800 Inground
$350 – $1,600 Above Ground
$350 – $1,600 Above Ground
Installing a new inground pool liner ranges from $1,400 to $4,800, or $350 to $1,600 for an above-ground pool liner with most spending $835 to $2,890 on average. Replacement liner costs depend on the size of the pool, labor, and the thickness of the liner. Get free estimates from pool liner installers near you.
Pool Liner Cost
The cost to replace an inground swimming pool liner is between $1,400 and $4,800, while an above ground pool liner runs from $350 to $1,600 on average. Installing a new liner is more expensive than other types of repairs, but it will bring life to your pool and last for 10 years.
|National Average Cost||$1,810|
|Average Range||$835 to $2,890|
Pool replacement liners protect from leakages, add a smooth surface, and provide an attractive appearance. Your above-ground or inground pool liner cost can be expensive, but the cost is worth it as it prolongs the life of your pool. Many factors affect the final installation and replacement pool liner cost, like the thickness of the liner, choosing a solid color vs. having a design, and labor.
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New Pool Liner Costs
On average, the cost for a new above ground pool liner is $400 for the liner itself. For inground pools, a new liner costs about $900 not including installation. Pool liners add a beautiful aesthetic, but even more importantly, they prevent the water from leaking out of the pool. The thicker the liner, the less likely it is to puncture, and it can hide bumpy pool-floor areas.
|Pool Type||Average Cost|
|Inground||$400 – $2,300|
|Above Ground||$150 – $800|
Inground Pool Liner Cost
Inground swimming pool liners cost between $400 and $2,300 depending on the size of the pool. An average 14’ x 28’ inground pool liner is priced at $500 to $800 while a 20’ x 40’ inground pool liner runs $950 to $2,000. Prices also depend on the thickness of the liner and whether you want a solid color or swirl pattern.
The average thickness of a pool liner for an above-ground pool is 20 to 25 mil thick, or 20–25 thousandths of an inch. A thicker liner will cost more. For example, a 28/20 mil 14’ by 28’ pool liner will average $600 while a thicker 28/28 20’ by 40’ pool liner will average $1,700. Custom-designed pools with steps and seats in the pool will require custom-designed liners, which can increase the cost considerably.
Above Ground Pool Liner Cost
An above ground pool liner costs $150 to $800 with most spending about $400 for the liner itself. Pool liners come in a variety of types, thickness, and sizes. A professional pool contractor can determine what is right for your pool based on the size and make of it.
|Size & Shape||Average Cost|
|12' Round||$125 – $259|
|18' Round||$169 – $459|
|24' Round||$219 – $629|
|30' Round||$369 – $769|
|8x12 Oval||$129 – $329|
|10x16 Oval||$179 – $359|
|12x24 Oval||$219 – $539|
|15x30 Oval||$269 – $699|
|16x32 Oval||$279 – $479|
|18x40 Oval||$415 – $899|
Above-ground pools have different closures to seal the liner to the edges. An Overlap is the least expensive of the three but won't last as long as a Unibead (U Bead) or J-Hook.
Pool Liner Replacement Cost
Inground pool liner replacement costs $3,000 to $4,000 on average with prices ranging between $1,400 and $4,800 for materials and labor. Above ground swimming pool liner replacement runs between $350 and $1,600 with most spending $700 on average.
|Liner Cost||$150 – $800||$400 – $2,300|
|Labor Cost||$200 – $800||$1,000 – $2,500|
|Total Replacement Cost||$350 – $1,600||$1,400 – $4,800|
Above ground vinyl pool liner installation costs range from $200 to $800, while inground liner installers charge between $1,000 and $2,500 for labor. Experienced pool repair contractors will recommend high-quality products and offer package deals that includes the liner, materials, and labor.
Pool Liner Installation Cost By Size
When determining the overall costs, the size of the pool will play a dominant role. Standard pool liner sizes are usually rectangular for inground pools, while above-ground pools tend to be mostly round.
|Type||Size||Total Replacement Cost|
|Above Ground||18' Round||$400 – $950|
|Above Ground||30' Round||$750 – $1,500|
|Above Ground||12x24 Oval||$500 – $850|
|Above Ground||18x40 Oval||$800 – $1,600|
|Inground||12x24||$1,400 – $2,100|
|Inground||14x28||$1,600 – $2,400|
|Inground||16x32||$1,900 – $2,900|
|Inground||18x36||$2,300 – $3,600|
|Inground||20x40||$2,800 – $4,500|
This chart is only meant to give you a general idea of what to expect. As discussed above, other variables will affect the overall cost.
Above Ground Pool Liner Replacement Cost
To replace an existing above ground pool liner, the labor costs $200 to $800 or more for larger pools. Add the cost of the liner, and the total cost to install ranges from $350 to $1,600. Several factors will affect the price of installation, as each aspect makes it more difficult to line it up perfectly.
- Thickness of the pool liner
- Shape of the pool
- Solid color vs. swirl design
- Type of product to seal the edge (overlap, j-hook, or unibead)
- Condition the pool is in
Inground Pool Liner Replacement Cost
Labor costs to replace an inground pool liner range from $1,000 to $2,500 on average. Once you add the cost of the liner, the total cost to install is between $1,400 and $4,800 with most spending $3,000 to $4,000. Installing an inground pool liner is about a day’s worth of work depending on the condition of the walls and subfloor which also factor into the price of installation.
If you're looking to replace an existing pool liner, then you will need to factor any necessary repairs. The subfloor may need to be patched, smoothed, and leveled. Depending on the condition, size, and shape of your pool, the replacement cost will vary.
Vinyl Pool Liner Installation Cost Factors
Despite the average costs above, many factors go into pool liner replacement or repair costs. The main elements that affect the final cost of your pool liner are:
- Size of the Pool – The larger the pool, the larger the liner required, and the higher the price.
- Pool Liner Thickness – A thicker liner made from 100% virgin vinyl lasts longer and doesn't tear as easily. However, they are harder to install, and labor will cost more.
- Pool Type & Shape – Inground pool liners cost more to replace than above ground. Also, the cost of the liner is cheaper for above ground pools, or pools that are round versus rectangular.
- Pool Condition & Repairs – Depending on the condition of your pool, you may have to pay for repairs before the liner can be installed properly.
- Labor – Hiring a professional pool contractor will cost more than DIY but it's highly recommended. Some pros charge more than others based on their insurance premiums, tool costs, time, and waste disposal methods.
- Liner Pattern or Design – Purchasing a liner with a design will also drive up the cost whereas a traditional solid sky blue liner is the cheapest. Darker colors are more expensive to repair.
- Pool Location – The location and accessibility of your pool will affect the overall cost. If you are far from your pool liner pro or if special equipment is needed to bring materials to a hard-to-get-to pool, then expect to pay more.
- Time of Year – If you wait until summer to take care of your pool liner, you may be put on a waitlist, as this is the busiest time for pool liner professionals. They will charge you more too.
Pool Liner Thickness
If you use your pool regularly, then you'll want to opt for the thicker 28 MIL pool liner. Thicker liners cost $300 to $400 more but will last longer under harsher wear and tear. The standard is 20 MIL and typically lasts for 10 to 12 years of regular use.
Pool liner thickness is measured in MIL, not to be confused with millimeter. It refers to 1,000th of an inch. There are pros and cons to thick and thin liners. A professional can help you choose what is right for your budget and pool type.
Pool Liner Repair Costs
Professional pool liner repair costs between $100 to $350 on average, with extreme repairs costing upwards of $1,700. DIY repairs and patch kits cost as little as $20 to $50 for minor repairs.
At one time or another, every pool owner will be faced with inground pool liner problems that need repair. Repairing minor issues as they appear will help avoid having to replace the entire liner because the lack of pool maintenance.
|Holes, Tears, and Snags||$20 – $200|
|Vermiculite Pool Bottom||$400 – $800|
|Sun Damage||$0 – $4,000|
|Wrinkles||Depends. Free DIY Methods|
|Pool Liner Track or Bead Replacement||$350|
|Pool Liner Track or Bead Repair||$100|
|Bulged Liner||Depends. Can be pumped out DIY.|
|Pool Liner Leak||Upwards of $2,500|
|Discoloration||$100 per 150 sqft.|
Holes, Tears, and Snags
Pool liner repair kits for patches cost between $20 to $200 depending on the severity of the tear. A good rule of thumb with tears in a liner is if it is less than 6 inches, then it may be repairable. If the tear is longer than 6 inches, then the entire liner may need to be replaced.
Vermiculite Pool Bottom
If your pool is quite old and the subfloor has shifted, your installer can save the subfloor by pouring a vermiculite bottom. Installing a vermiculite pool bottom ranges from $400 to $800 depending on the brand. Vermiculite is a clay mineral that usually enlarges when heated. Vermiculite is softer than grout and doesn't get hard like cement. However, using grout is more durable long-term.
Your pool liner can be damaged by high temperatures and UV rays from the sun. Anytime the temp goes above 80° the liner can be affected. Keep your pool covered when not in use, run your pool filter at night, and consider installing a reverse-cycle heat pump, which can cost $2,000–$4,000.
Pool Liner Wrinkles
Wrinkles in a liner are the most common problem in pools, but fixing them can be a free DIY job. Extreme temperatures, improper installation, a drastic decrease in water level, the wrong pH of chemicals in the water, or direct sunlight can cause pool liner wrinkles.
If the wrinkle is extreme, the pool will need to be emptied, and the liner reinstalled. If it is minor and the liner is still reasonably new, then you can sometimes fix it with a toilet plunger and pull the areas around the wrinkle away.
Beaded Pool Liner Problems
The liner is held down around the pool by the bead. A new pool liner track or bead receiver costs $350, or a professional can tuck it back in for about $100. The bead could pop out of place if it's too small or large for the pool. You can remedy this by using boiling water or a heat gun that allows you to stretch and lock your pool liner back into place. Prices for a new bead receiver will depend on its hook design and whether it’s made of aluminum or PVC.
If the subfloor has sunk or isn't leveled correctly, then a bulge can occur. Also, the extremes of winter can make the pool walls bulge. The water will need to be drained and the bulge cut out, or the water behind it pumped out. Your pool installer might fix this for free under your warranty agreement. If the bulge tears, you can buy a patch kit for $30 to $50, but you’ll need to set a long-term prevention plan in place by installing a well point or French drain to take care of exterior ground water pressure.
Leaking Swimming Pool Liner
Finding and fixing a pool liner leak could cost upwards of $2,500, and your best efforts may not fix it permanently. One way to know if you have a leak is if there is a drastic change in your water level. The best advice is to call a professional who can pinpoint exactly where the leak is occurring. If the leak is small enough, then a patch should fix it. If it is too big for a patch kit, then call a professional immediately. If you wait too long, then the leak could lead to a complete liner replacement.
When it comes to above ground pools, fixing holes in the floors are not easy. First, the pool must be drained entirely for about $175 then a professional must determine if the leak is coming from the actual pool or only the liner. Once the pro has it figured out, the price can be determined.
Epoxy paint can cover approximately 125 to 150 sqft. per gallon for about $100 per gallon. Multiply the length by width x 1.65 to find the total square ft of your rectangular or oval pool. The chemicals used to keep the pool water clean will fade the color of the lining over time. You can slow down this process by controlling the amount of sanitizing chemicals you use, or find a chemical composition that will make your liner more resistant to chemicals, algae problems, or sunlight.
How Long Does a Pool Liner Last?
On average, an inground pool liner will last 5 to 9 years, while an above-ground pool liner lasts 6 to 10 years. A typical 25-year liner warranty may only consist of 2 to 5 years of full protection before it's prorated—meaning it loses value drastically every year.
An exact measurement of time is difficult to determine, but anything over ten years is impressive. With the right chemical balancing in your pool water, you can get more life out of your liner—not maintaining chemical and pH levels in your pool water can destroy a vinyl liner.
- Keep your pool covered whenever it’s not in use.
- Don’t let pets with claws swim in the pool.
- Fix tears as soon as they occur.
Pool Liner Warranty
Typically, an inground pool liner will come with a 20 to 30-year warranty. However, full warranty protection usually ends after 2 to 5 years before it's value is prorated every year, and it does not cover the cost of labor or filling the pool with water.
By the time you need a new liner ten years later, the warranty will likely only cover 10% of your final cost. Also, if the liner is not installed by a professional, the warranty could be voided. If you take a little time out to care for your liner, it will last for much longer. Without proper pool maintenance, you could make small problems a lot bigger and more costly in the end.
When to Replace a Pool Liner
Professionals recommend replacing your pool liner every 10 years at a minimum. However, with the current liners on the market today, expect to replace your pool liner every 6 to 8 years on average. If you wait too long to replace your pool liner, you could cause further damage like:
- Wall Damage – When the water leaks through a tear in the liner, it will begin to cause rust to the steel walls.
- Floor Damage – Water leakage can weaken the subfloor beneath the liner, leading to cracks. When this happens, the whole subfloor will need to be redone.
- Deck Damage – As the water goes through the ground, it will affect the foundation the deck is supported by. Water will cause erosion, which causes cracks in the paving and makes your deck sink.
Fiberglass Vs. Vinyl Pool
When comparing inground pool costs, an inground fiberglass pool costs about $46,000. Compare this to a vinyl liner pool which costs $36,000 on average. The liner is around $4,500 to $6,000 and labor costs an additional $10,000. Labor, excavating, and additional parts can add another $11,000.
|Vinyl Pools||Fiberglass Pools|
|A vinyl liner can be installed in any shape or size but has a longer installation process.||A fiberglass pool has a shorter installation time but a higher installation cost.|
|Vinyl has a lower initial cost.||Fiberglass uses less electricity.|
|It has a nonporous surface.||It can be installed partially or entirely above ground.|
|You can customize the shape of it, from the classic kidney shape to a funky geometric one.||Fiberglass pools only come at a maximum width of 16 feet and a depth of 4 to 8 feet.|
|Due to their maintenance needs, they can decrease the resale value of a home.||It can even increase the resale value of a home.|
|The colors of vinyl liners fade over as they cannot handle direct sunlight.||Fiberglass liners are unnecessary, but if desired, they are hard to reproduce; so if part of the pool lining needs to be replaced, then it may be mismatched.|
|They must be replaced every 10 to 15 years.||The surface of it resists algae growth.|
|They are easily damaged.||They are very durable.|
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does Spray-On Pool Liner Cost?
Polyurea is a state-of-the-art pool liner that runs at $10 a square foot and is sprayed inside your pool to act as a waterproof membrane. Polyurea is a substance that is resistant to chemicals, moisture from concrete, and humidity.
How Much Is A Coleman Pool Liner Replacement?
You can find Coleman above-ground pool liners for an 18' round pool starting at $350. Their pool liners only come in this size.
How Much Is An Inground Pool Liner Track Replacement?
If the pool liner track itself is unable to hold the liner, a professional can install a replacement for about $350, plus the cost of labor. If the pool liner is off track, a professional can come to your property and tuck it back in, which usually costs $100. The cost of labor differs from one company to the next.
How Much Does A Custom Pool Liner Cost?
A custom pool liner cost can’t be quoted until you give the pool liner company the pool’s exact measurements. Expect to pay more than non-custom liners which range between $500 and $2,300. The pricing will differ between inground and above-ground pools.
How Much Is An Intex Pool Liner Replacement?
Intex pool liner replacements range from $200 to $400, depending on the size.
|Pool Size||Average Cost|
|18' Round Pool||$200|
|22' Round Pool||$280|
|24' Round Pool||$300|
|26' Round Pool||$400|
How To Install A Pool Liner
Installing a pool liner yourself is complex and may void your manufacturer's warranty. However, if you have experience working with vinyl material, you could save about $1,000 and install it in one weekend.
- Drain the pool. For an above-ground pool, you will need a small submersible pump.
- Remove the liner you want to replace and prep the floor and walls. If you have a sand bottom, you can use this chance to smooth any uneven patches out of it.
- If the floor is concrete, then do a sweep, even if you do not see anything. There could be grit and pebbles that blend in with the flooring. Inspect the walls for rust, and duct tape over bolt heads and holes to prevent rust. Sand down and paint over any rust you find. If you find rust at floor level, pack sand using a trowel against the wall.
- Place the new liner. Warm weather is ideal for best results, as the heat lets the liner stretch more easily. For overlap liners, you can use clothespins or pinch clamps to secure it to the edge. Make sure the lining is evenly overlapping the edge all the way around. Pull the liner towards the wall until there are no wrinkles. You'll want the liner ideally 1 inch above the floor. For beaded liners, insert it fully and make sure it is adequately draped around the entire pool. Shift the liner in the track for any diagonal wall wrinkles. The liner should be raised above the floor slightly, as it should not be lying on the floor entirely.
- Install the new liner. To finish the install, use a heavy duty wet/dry vac to suck out any air between the walls and liner. If you see any wrinkles, shut the vac off and pull the liner toward the wall quickly to smooth them out. You may have to yank it to do this. For overlap liners, if you see wrinkles, then check the edge to make sure it is even all the way around. The smaller wrinkles tend to even out with the weight of the water when added. Add an inch of water, turn it off, and work out any remaining wrinkles.
- As you're filling the pool with water or before, reinstall the top rails so that the walls can support the weight of the water. When the water level gets to 6 inches, be sure to check for any remaining wrinkles. This much water is enough to hold the floor in place.
- At this time, you can reinstall the coping strips. Trim any excess vinyl overlap on the outside if you like.
DIY or Hire A Pool Liner Installer?
Installing a new vinyl liner is complex and requires an experienced pool builder. For small repairs and rips, DIY is possible, but it's not easy to patch and could void your warranty. Hiring a pro to install a new liner will ensure the job is professionally done and make your pool almost look brand new.
Why Hire A Pro?
- Liner Expense – The vinyl liner alone is expensive and installing it incorrectly can lead to problems. Also, many warranties will be revoked if the liner is not professionally installed, so be sure to check with your manufacturer.
- Liner Lifetime – You'll want your liner to last as long as possible. Getting the right professional to install it can make or break the life span of your liner.
- Liner Installation Difficulties – The installation process is challenging and offers its own set of challenges. An experienced technician will have the knowledge to deal with any problems that may occur during installation.
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