Vinyl Pool Considerations Checklist

Buying a pool is exciting, but it’s also a major investment. There are dozens of tasks to keep track of, questions to answer, and details for you to consider. For example, what sort of liner will your pool have? What about adding safety features, like steps, railings, or automatic pool covers? And are there any special features you’d like to incorporate, such as tanning ledges, LED lighting, or fountains? 


To help you stay organized, we’ve compiled this simple checklist of vinyl pool planning considerations, from cost and construction time to safety and maintenance. Whether you’re building a custom design from the ground up, or you prefer one of our best-selling products, Latham is your one-stop resource for residential inground swimming pools and pool accessories nationwide.

When planning your vinyl pool budget, be sure to consider the factors that can impact the final cost of your pool. These factors include the size and shape of the pool; the materials used for the walls and liner; the decking and coping options you select; the amount of maintenance the pool will likely require over the course of its lifetime; and whether you choose to add any extra features, such as built-in spa seating. 

Worried about how you’ll pay for your pool? With our vinyl pool financing options, which are available through our partnerships with trusted banks, we can help you finance the inground pool of your dreams. Our partners can offer loan amounts from $5,000 to $100,000 with flexible terms for applicants with good credit. Contact us to learn more about financing options to turn your pool building dreams into reality.

The timeline for building a vinyl pool varies, depending on how long it takes you to decide which patterns, colors, and materials you’d like to use. Once the layout has been finalized, installation generally requires about one to two weeks, though some can be constructed in as little as three or four days. 

At Latham, safety is important to us, which is why we offer a wide variety of railings, pool steps, ladders, automatic pool covers, and other safety features designed to help prevent accidents. We also treat our products against harmful bacteria, fungus, and chemicals. Due to potential safety concerns, we generally recommend against diving boards, which, if used, must feature a proper diving envelope. 

All pools require some degree of maintenance, though some types, such as vinyl and fiberglass, are easier to maintain than others. To clean your pool properly, you’ll need tools and equipment like skimmers, sanitizers, pool pumps, pool filters, and pH testing kits for pools. Additionally, optional pool covers can help keep debris out of the water. 


Diligent seasonal swimming pool maintenance can prevent or correct costly, unsightly, potentially harmful issues like discoloration, liner wrinkling, and bacteria stains.

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