Black Pool Liner Pros and Cons

Artist J. M. W. Turner was quoted as saying, “If I could find anything blacker than black, I’d use it.”

There’s no doubt that black never goes out of style. That’s probably why black pool liners are a popular choice for homeowners who want a unique look for their swimming pool. 

However, like any other pool liner color, there are pros and cons to using a black pool liner. Homeowners should keep these in mind when deciding the best pool liner color for their backyard.  

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Pros of black lined pools

There’s a lot to love about black pool liners, which is why they’re becoming more and more popular every year. We’ve seen some stunning backyards and above ground pools where the black liner steals the show. 

Here are just a few of the pros of black swimming pool liners: 

Aesthetically pleasing

There’s no doubt that black swimming pool liners look elegant and sophisticated. Dark-colored liners, particularly black ones, also make your pool look larger, deeper, and more inviting.

Warmer water

Dark colors, like black, absorb heat from the sun. The extra heat generated from a black pool liner will naturally warm your pool water by a few degrees. Pool owners with black liners may pay less to heat their swimming pool throughout the season. 

If you live in a cooler climate, the extra heat may help you naturally extend your swimming season by a few weeks. It’s also great for those who enjoy evening or night swims when the sun is down. 

Hide dirt, debris, and imperfections

Spend less time cleaning your pool and more time enjoying it! Black liners help hide dirt and debris, which means you can go longer between cleanings. 

The dark color can also mask wrinkles, tears, scuffs, and other imperfections better than some light-colored liners. 

While we still recommend regular cleanings and pool maintenance, it is nice to be able to hide some of the grime in between. Keep in mind that many of these “cons” can be said for any dark liner and can easily be mitigated with proper pool maintenance. 

Cons of black lined pools

As much as we love our black liners, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t at least point out potential drawbacks. 

Hides depth and curves

As noted, black pool liners can impact your depth perception. They can make it more difficult to tell how deep the pool is or where there are slopes and curves. 

While that can be an aesthetically good thing, it means that swimmers — especially inexperienced swimmers — need to take extra caution when enjoying a black bottom pool. 

No matter what pool liner you’re using, we recommend always using the buddy system when swimming. Never swim alone. 

It’s also important to alert children and guests about the depth of the pool and potential safety risks. 

Shows stains

While black pool liners may hide dirt and debris, they are more likely to show stains from minerals or chemicals. 

You may need to use a stain remover frequently to keep your pool looking its best. Otherwise, you may start to notice a buildup of streaks or speckles along the bottom of your pool or on the water line. 

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Your pool is in the sun all day, so fading is inevitable no matter what liner you use. However, the darker the color, the sooner you’re likely to notice the fading.

We recommend proper pool maintenance and using a durable pool cover whenever your pool is not in use to minimize the appearance of fading.  


Despite growing in popularity, black pool liners are still relatively rare. While uniqueness can be a good thing, it can also have its downsides. 

Because it’s rare, finding vinyl patch kits and other pool accessories that match may be harder. Or those items may be more expensive. 

And if you sell your home, potential buyers may be turned off by an atypical dark pool. Of course, you should design your home and backyard to match your tastes, not those of some unknown future buyers who may or may not like it.

Find your perfect swimming pool liner

LinerWorld has black pool liners as well as a variety of other unique colors and patterns. From galaxies and sharks to stone and tile patterns, you’re sure to find a dazzling vinyl pool liner design you’ll love. 

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