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How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Vinyl Swimming Pool Liner?

Paul F. P. Pogue
Written by Paul F. P. Pogue
Updated September 16, 2020

Repairing or replacing a vinyl pool liner costs an average of $2,127. Most jobs will cost between $979 and $3,281.

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However, it can cost as little as $350 to patch a tear and as much as $4,100 to completely replace. An in-ground pool liner itself typically costs between $700 and $1,500. Above-ground pool liners range from $100 to $600. The cost of installation for these liners can range from $250 to $800 for an above-ground pool, to between $1,000 and $2,500 for an in-ground pool.

Pool Liner Repair Cost

The cost to repair a vinyl pool liner varies based on the type of damage. Repairs for above-ground pools are typically less expensive. Patching a hole can cost anywhere between $100 and $500. If you can identify the source of the leak, you may be able to patch the hole yourself for under $30 using a liner patch kit. Wrinkles, another common issue, can be caused by poor installation, excessive water pressure or weather. They can typically be fixed for around $100 to $250. Sometimes, the bead around the edge of your swimming pool that holds the vinyl liner in place can pop out. A new one can cost between $130 and $300.

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Pool Liner Replacement Cost

Pool liners can last anywhere from five to 12 years. Some signs that it’s time to consider a replacement liner are leaks, bulging and fading. The cost to replace a vinyl pool liner can vary significantly based on a number of factors. Material size is the biggest factor. This is typically calculated based on square footage. Liner thickness also influences cost. Thicker liners cost more but are also more durable. Patterns tend to be more expensive than simple colors.

Product type and pool shape also play a role in pricing. Liners for above-ground pools use different mechanisms for sealing the edge. Overlap is the least expensive type but doesn’t last as long as j-hook or unibead. Custom shapes add to the cost.  Replacement liners for L-shaped or kidney-shaped pools can cost up to $7,000.

The cost to install a vinyl pool liner can vary based on the size and shape of your pool, condition and location, the time of year and the company you hire. Liner installation tends to be more expensive for in-ground pools. Spring and early summer are the most expensive times to have a vinyl pool liner installed. However, you will get the best results if you replace your liner during warm weather.

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