Tiled Pools vs Liner Pools which is best?

Until recently, a homeowner aspiring to have a swimming pool constructed on their property would have only considered tiling the pool. This consisted of digging out a shell, concreting the shell so it was waterproof then tiling to finish. It is mainly due to the cost involved in the construction that not many homeowners,who had the land for a swimming pool could afford to construct one.

Now, consumers have the option of having a liner pool where a hole is dug out to hold a vinyl liner which in turn holds the water.

But which option is best? Obviously cost and preference can be the main factors when deciding which pool to install or refurbish but we have listed some of the pros and cons for each type of pool to help you make a decision:


  • More durable – if looked after, a well built and tiled pool can last for a lifetime.
  • Flexibility – more designs in terms of the pool shape as it can be built and tiled to your design requirements. The pool could even be personalised.
  • Patterns – a large range of tiles are available including glass mosaics.
  • Overall appearance – there is no denying a tile finished pool looks good.


  • More expensive – the pool would require more materials and man power hours therefore more money.
  • Time – a pool can take up to 2-6 months to be constructed, tiled and commissioned.


  • Speed – this type of pool could be built in or around 4 weeks and if you are just replacing a liner, 7-10 days.
  • Made to measure – the pool is measured, liner order and delivered within usually 1 week.
  • Patterns – more patterns and colours are now available so you could have the liner with a tiled effect if required.
  • Guarantees – most liner come with a 5 year guarantee.
  • Maintenance – less maintenance is required and usually a clean of the water edge is sufficient ( as well water treatment requirements).


  • Durability – they can be sustainable to scratches and abrasions especially if pets are allowed in the pool. They can also become brittle.
  • Fade – the colour and/or print can fade when the pool is heated in excess of 30 degrees.
  • Life spam – a liner will need to be replaced on average every 10-12 years.

At Lovett Pools, we are happy to meet you at the premises to discuss your requirements and to offer advice. Furthermore we are only too happy to provide you with a non-obligation quote so please contact us for more details.

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