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That would depend, I grew up with a vinyl pool. A simple 20 by 40 rectangular pool that was 8 ft deep and 3.5 ft deep. The vinyl was nice as growing up with a house full of boys and their friends we would rough house in the pool quite often. Football, Wrestling, tag, etc... When having you face pushed into the bottom of the pool, or knees, with vinyl I never got the dredded craps that I got at my uncles Gunite pool. Just swimming around I would get bloody toes at my uncles. You do learn to be gentle in the gunite pools. As far as lasting, the first pool liner lasted 25 years before we had to replace it. We took very good car of the pool year round. I live in the Seattle area and even with freezing winters the liner lasted well beyond the expected time. Our second liner didn't last as long, about two years, as our colt that was being weaned from it mother some how got out of its fenced area and opened the gate to the pool. Decided to go swimming and they have hard feet if you have ever had one step on you. When he fell in the pool he punched several holes in the liner as the bottom of the pool as mostly sand except for the deep end that had concrete pad. So if you plan on having horses swim in the pool you may want to get a gunite rather than vinyl liner, But I personally like the liner and so did all my friends while I was growing up. More input from FAQ Farmers: * That would depend on the builder and the care, but the cost of repair is only a small % in vinyl compared to gunite.. * I would agree with the first answer. While gunnite pools seem to have a little more "prestige" (at least where I live), I wouldn't have any other than a vinyl pool. It is so much softer on your feet and you don't have to brush it that first year like you do the gunnite. It was a little less money to build and I think that when the liner needs to be replaced, it is a lot less expensive than re-surfacing a gunnite pool. The vinyl pools can be built to look just as nice as the gunnite pools as well.

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Is a vinyl pool or a gunite pool better for someone who lives an area with cold winters and is diabetic so protecting your feet is a major issue?

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Is a gunite pool or vinyl liner pool better?

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Is a gunite or vinyl pool better?

Gunite Swimming Pools are the best type of swimming pool out there, provided that the pool is correctly built they can be installed anywhere in the world without any damage being done to them. As far as servicing of the pool standard service applies e.i. brushing vacuuming chemically treating. And if the necessary care is taken a gunite can last you 20 + years. Vinyl Liner pools also have there place in the swimming pool market place, they are typically cheaper and quicker to install but on the down side there isn't much customization you can do to them. And to replace a liner can run you anywhere between 3 to 5 thousand dollars. That brings us to fiberglass AKA Bathtub in the ground ( that's all i can say about that.


Is a gunite pool better than a vinyl lined pool?

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What is a vinyl lined inground pool?

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What are the advantages or disadvantages of gunite pools vs fiberglass pools in the Northeast?

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