How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Replace a Pool Liner?

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$1,079 - $3,575

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Published January 17, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Swimming Pool Liner Costs

the cost to install or replace a vinyl pool liner is $2,300 or $350 to $5,000

It costs around $2,326 on average to repair or replace an inground or above-ground vinyl swimming pool liner. The typical range is between $1,079 and $3,575 but may get as low as $350 for a simple patch and as high as $5,000 for a full replacement.

Vinyl liners are essential for any pool, inground or above-ground, that does not already provide waterproofing on its own, like concrete, gunite, or fiberglass pools. Most above-ground pools fit these criteria; Intex pools, for instance, can benefit from a liner that keeps the water inside throughout the seasons.

A number of inground alternatives also need liners. Anytime you are unsure of the material used for your pool, it makes sense to at least consider a vinyl liner as an option for preventing leaks.

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National Average $2,326
Typical Range $1,079 - $3,575
Low End - High End $350 - $5,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 1,357 HomeAdvisor members.

Average Vinyl Pool Liner Costs

When estimating the cost of a pool liner, it's crucial to distinguish between in-ground and above-ground pools. In fact, the liner cost between these two general types of pools can differ significantly.

In-ground pool liners can run you anywhere between $700 and $1,500. Above-ground pool liners are generally less but can still range in price between $100 and $600, depending on factors like pool size and the thickness of the vinyl liner material.

Above-Ground Pool Liners

A vinyl liner for your above-ground pool typically costs between $100 and $600 for the liner itself.

However, the exact cost can vary significantly based on a number of factors that range from size and thickness to pool type.

  • Size of material: A 12-inch round liner, not including installation, will cost as little as $100, while an oval 18-by-33 foot liner can be as much as $660.

  • Thickness: Most vinyl liners are 20 mils thick, which is equal to 20 thousands of an inch. You can get a thicker (and more durable) liner but will need to pay a bit more.

  • Color/pattern: Basic blue colors are the lowest-cost option, while patterns (such as a swirl bottom) tend to be more expensive.

  • Product type: Liners for above-ground pools use either overlap, j-hook, or unibead mechanisms to seal the edge. Overlap is the least expensive, but will not be as reliable and long-lasting as its alternatives.

In-Ground Pool Liners

Similar to above-ground pools, in-ground pool liners range widely in cost—from about $700 to $1,500.

Again, the exact type, shape, and size of the liner you need will play a major role in determining your exact price.

  • Customizations: In-ground pools are more likely to come in custom shapes, which will have a major impact on the cost. 

  • Add-ons: Add-ons to the pool, such as steel-covered steps and bench seats, will increase the cost.

  • Patterns: Patterns tend to be more expensive than simple blue colors.

  • Thickness: Most in-ground pool liners are 28 mils thick, but getting a thicker alternative might make sense—and will cost more.

How Much Does a New Liner Cost to Install?

Of course, the cost of the product itself is only the beginning. In addition, you also need to be aware of how much it costs to install a liner for either an inground or above-ground pool.

Above-ground pool liner installation will typically run you between $250 and $800, while inground liner installation generally costs more at a price point between $1,000 to $2,500.

Above-Ground Pool Liner Installation Costs

Typically, professionals will offer to install your liner as part of a package deal that includes labor and materials. The labor cost for above-ground pool liners alone tends to be between $250 and $800, depending on a number of variables. That, in addition to the cost of the liner itself, will total your cost of installation between $350 and $1,400.

Of course, these costs may vary based on several factors. Just a few points of consideration include:

  • The size and shape of the pool in which the liner will be installed.

  • The condition of the pool walls, coving, and floors, especially if they need to be repaired in the process.

  • The time of year the liner will be installed. Professionals tend to be busy in spring and early summer and might charge higher rates.

  • The location of the pool, which will affect local labor rates.

  • The rates of the professional or company you hire.

In-Ground Pool Liner Installation Costs

Installing inground pool liners tends to be more expensive than the above-ground alternative. Generally speaking, your cost will end up between $1,000 and $2,500 for the installation alone. Add materials, and you could end up above $4,000 to install a new inground pool liner. Of course, as is the case with above-ground pools, the installation cost will range widely depending on the size, shape, and condition of your pool. So will the time of year during which the installation takes place, as well as the pool's location.

Installation Cost by Pool Size

As pointed out above, the size of the pool is the single biggest determinant in its installation cost. The below chart of standard sizes can help you determine just how your pool can fit into this equation.

Pool TypeSizeAverage Cost
Above-Ground18 ft diameter (round)$600
Above-Ground10x20 ft$800
In-Ground16x32 ft$2,000
In-Ground20x40 ft$3,500

Of course, it's important to use this chart as a general guide rather than an exact estimation. The other variables necessary to determine your pool liner installation cost can still shift your overall expense.

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Pool Liner Cost Factors

Size

You’ll pay more for a larger pool because you’ll need a larger liner. 

Thickness

If you choose a thicker liner, it’ll last longer and won’t tear as easily, but it’ll cost you more and be harder to install.

Type & Shape

If you have an in-ground pool, expect to pay more to replace your liner than if you have an above-ground. If you have a round pool instead of rectangular, you will pay less for your liner as well.

Labor

Hiring a pro will cost you more, but it ensures proper installation. You can save money by DIYing, but risk making a mistake that will require a pro’s help in the long run anyway. Ask the pro you hire if they charge more for waste disposal.

Pattern or Design

If you choose a liner with a pattern or design, you will pay more than going with the classic blue liner. Keep in mind that darker pool liners will be harder to repair and may cost you more down the road.

Location

Is your home and/or pool in a hard-to-access location? Will the pro need special equipment? These factors will all raise the cost. 

Time of Year

If you need pool liner replacement services in prime pool season—spring and summer—you will likely wait longer and pay more than if you took care of this issue in fall or winter. 

Vinyl Liner Repair Prices

Holes, tears, and snags $100 – $500
Sun damage  $530 for 150 feet
Liner wrinkles $100 – $250
Popped-out beads $130 – 300 each
Leaks Up to $2,500

For vinyl liners, the repair costs will be more nuanced. Due to a variety of causes, your pool may need any of the following repairs at a given time:

Holes, Tears, and Snags

Patching holes in the liner can cost between $100 and $500 if you cannot identify the source of the leak. A DIY liner patch kit costs between $10 and $30.

Sun Damage

Sun damage costs around $530 for 150 feet. Damage from the sun, which is especially pronounced above the water line, often requires replacement but can be prevented by covering the pool or installing a protective shield.

Wrinkles in the Liner

Professionals can fix wrinkles for around $100 to $250. Wrinkles can occur due to poor installation, water pressure, and weather conditions.

Popped-Out Beads

New beads cost about $130 to $300 each. Most vinyl liners today are held in place by a bead around the pool's edge. If you cannot pop it back into place, you will need to purchase a new one.

Bulged Liner

Water pressure and weather conditions can cause your liner to bulge. If it doesn't settle into wrinkles after the groundwater settles, you might have to replace the liner to get rid of the problem.

Leaks

Depending on the size of the leak, your cost can go up to $2,500, at which point you may consider replacement instead.

Floor Damage

Fixing holes on the floor of an above-ground pool is not simple. It requires draining your pool and determining whether the leak stems from the liner or the pool itself. Once you know the answer, the cost will fall into one of the above categories.

Discoloration 

Some of these repairs are more substantial than others. Visit our Swimming Pool Repair Cost Guide to learn more about the nuances involved in this process.

When to Replace a Vinyl Pool Liner

Swimming pool liners usually last 15 to 20 years, though it's difficult to put an exact duration on the life of above-ground and in-ground liners. There are various reasons that lead to replacing the vinyl liner rather than trying to patch it.

Be sure to check for these signs ahead of time so you don't lose too much water or cause an excess amount of damage to your pool.

Otherwise, you might need to do repairs to the swimming pool in addition to replacing the pool liner:

  • Age: As a liner grows older, it loses elasticity. Sun, weather conditions, and chemicals wear it down, which causes chunks of it to fall off.

  • Improper installation: If vinyl pool liners are installed incorrectly, they won't touch the ground and pool walls like they're supposed to. This could lead to a void in the warranty because it damages the liner bead or rips.

  • Cut by sharp objects: Since vinyl liners are soft, they can easily be cut. It's not easy to patch one of these after such an accident, so it's better to replace than try and patch badly.

  • Wrong pool chemicals: If the wrong balance of pool chemicals is used, it can eat away at the pool liner faster. You need to be sure to use vinyl-safe chemicals or not install a vinyl liner around your pool.

Vinyl vs. Fiberglass

Fiberglass is a popular alternative to vinyl when looking to ensure waterproofing in your swimming pool. Fiberglass pools consist of a shell that is built off-site, which means it can be installed on your property in as little as two days. Once installed, they tend to be more durable and prevent mold growth that can become a common problem for vinyl liners.

Of course, these advantages come with a cost. Fiberglass pools cost more to install, with an initial cost ranging between $21,000 and $39,000 compared to $10,000 to $20,000 for vinyl pools.

That said, the lifetime cost of a fiberglass pool may be worth the initial price. Unlike the sometimes expensive repair costs for vinyl liner pools mentioned above, these types of pools generally only need minor pool repairs that cost around $675 for most problems. You also will not have to worry about replacing a liner when its lifespan has expired.

DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

The cost of a vinyl liner alone can be expensive. So should you really hire a professional, which adds significant dollars in labor cost?

The answer depends on your individual situation.

When to Hire a Pro

  • You need a complete liner installation for your new pool.

  • You are unsure about the exact issue that is causing a leak or other problems.

  • You don't have experience in working with vinyl liners specifically and the material in general.

  • The fix will be complex and requires significant time and expertise.

When to DIY

  • You have already identified the problem and know it’s a quick fix, like a small tear near the top of your liner.

  • You have significant DIY experience.

  • You’ve completed repairs of this nature before. 

Some problems, such as wrinkling, do occur due to improper initial installation. To make sure you get it right, it makes sense to hire a professional. Over time, you become more familiar with your pool as well as the necessary maintenance and repair. But especially initially, work with a professional to install your pool liner.

Above-Ground and In-Ground Pool Liner FAQs

How long does a pool liner last? 

A pool liner can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, depending on your pool’s chemistry. If you keep your water balanced, your liner will last longer than if you don’t. For example, over-chlorination, too much sanitizer, and heavy metal buildup can contribute to a shorter lifespan.  

Can you put a new pool liner over an old one?

It’s always best to start fresh rather than put a new pool liner over the old one. You will need to redo or re-groom the bottom of the pool base before installation anyway, so many homeowners choose to get rid of the old one and start anew. 

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