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The best pool coating allows you to enjoy a relaxing time in your pool, while ensuring a long life. That said, you need to make sure that you choose an option that meets specific standards and meets your needs. It is helpful to know that there are different types of linings on the market, depending on the technique used to build the pool, the budget and many other parameters. Do you want to know which one is suitable for your pool? Read on.

Tips for choosing a pool coating

There are many factors to consider when choosing a pool lining. These include

The structure of the pool


There are different types of pools with either a waterproof or non-waterproof structure. Some pool coatings are said to be substrate-dependent, and people use them for watertight pools. Others, however, are suitable for all types of pools.

The shape of the pool


Depending on the pool shape, some linings may or may not be suitable. For example, the liner is used mainly in rectangular pools.

Your taste


The choice of the lining should take into account the look and colour you want your pool to have. One must choose it depending on the pool’s environment (the style of the house and garden).

The resistance of the lining


The pool coating is subject to interactions with the temperature and chemical composition of the water. In addition, depending on the frequency of the pool’s use, it can wear out more quickly. Therefore, if you use the pool regularly, it is advisable to choose a more resistant material.

The budget at your disposal


The budget is a determining factor determining the lining’s quality, durability, and other characteristics. The more room you have in your budget, the more likely you are to find something durable.

Why use a swimming pool coating?


The central role of a pool lining is to define the finish and appearance of the pool. This final touch is responsible for the colour of the water and the aesthetics of the pool. In addition, some linings ensure the water-tightness of your swimming-pool

The advantages of a pool lining


The lining is a second skin for your pool. It guarantees the pool’s water tightness and protects it from the sun’s rays, micro-organisms, ultraviolet rays, etc. The installation of a pool liner also enhances the pool’s appearance.

The different types of linings available on the market

There are many possibilities to cover the inside of your pool. You can choose between various options, particularly in terms of colour and technical characteristics.



It is the most used lining! The liner is renowned for its ability to adapt to all types of pools, except for shell pools. Technically, they are PVC or Vinyl sheets weldeed in the factory. The bag thus formed fits the exact dimensions of the pool.

In addition to its versatility, the liner is an economical material: its cost varies from 20 to 40 euros per m2. Better still, it does not require any particular technical skills to install. The downside is that this material has a short lifespan: in the best case, it can last up to 10 years, but in reality, its durability varies according to the properties of the pool water (over-chlorination, high temperature).

Reinforced membrane

The reinforced membrane is composed of PVC sheets reinforced with a polyester frame. Its thickness is 1.5 mm, and it is suitable for all pool surfaces, even freeform ones. It is a material of choice for wooden pools, concrete pools, modular pools, etc. Because of its composition, the reinforced liner has a long life span: it can last between 15 and 20 years.


On the other hand, the reinforced PVC membrane is a more expensive material (50 to 80 euros per m2), but it is a profitable investment in the long term. Moreover, its installation requires technical skills that only professionals in the field have.



Polyester pool coatings are obtained by superimposing layers of polyester resin and glass fibres. A layer of gel coat is added to get the final result. This coating is suitable for wooden and concrete pools.

Available in many colours, you can achieve a finish that perfectly suits your taste. As a bonus, it ensures perfect water tightness to your pool. Note: It is a relatively expensive option.

Waterproofing layer

This coating is mainly used for in-ground concrete pools and can be used as a bonding surface for the tiles. It guarantees the pool water tightness and facilitates its maintenance. Although resistant, this coating can nevertheless crack under the action of the movements of the pool.




Tiling is the most commonly used pool lining. People appreciate it for its durability and ease of maintenance. It also offers a variety of design possibilities, as it is available in many colours. Pool tiles are available in enamel, ceramic and glass mosaic.

Note:  That tiling is a substrate-dependent covering. It does not ensure the water tightness of the pool and is only suitable for concrete pools.


Painting is another coating that depends on the substrate. There are two types: cement paint and plastic paint. Cement paint is only used to apply a colour to the pool and does not seal it. Plastic paint, on the other hand, is a combination of synthetic rubber or resin.


Thus, this type of paint is more waterproof but still does not guarantee the water-tightness of the pool.

Natural stones


Many stones – such as marble, quartz and granite – can be used to enhance your pool. Note that natural pool stones are also substrate-dependent. They are also somewhat expensive.

Why call in a professional who can assess your needs and suggest appropriate solutions?

Pool coatings come in a variety of types, all with specific characteristics and benefits. Although you should take your taste into account, the lining choice will be closely related to the structure of your pool.


After assessing your needs, a professional knows the various options on the market and will guide you towards the most suitable one for your swimming pool. By calling on a specialist, you avoid making a mistake in the choice of liner and benefit from proven expertise. Créations Conseils Morana will accompany you from the design to the realisation of your dream project and even on the choice of your pool lining.

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