Homeowners who have a pool on their property love the flexibility and privacy that come with owning one. In order to enjoy these benefits, homeowners must maintain their pool and make repairs to it when needed.
In this article, we explain what a pool warranty is, what it covers and whether home warranty companies offer a pool warranty.
Pool warranty: A pool warranty is a contract designed to protect your pool from expensive repairs. These warranties are generally sold by pool manufacturers and buildings, but they are also offered by home warranty companies. We recommend considering purchasing extended coverage for your pool from a home warranty company.
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What Is a Pool Warranty?
A pool warranty is a contract provided or sold by pool manufacturers, pool builders or home warranty companies. These warranties are designed to protect your pool from expensive repairs. There are three types of pool warranties that are separate from home warranty coverage:
- Pool manufacturer warranty: A manufacturer pool warranty covers pools with a vinyl liner and pools with a fiberglass pool shell. For pools with vinyl liners, the warranty covers the parts where the sections of the liner were melded together. These warranties typically last a few years. If your pool has a fiberglass pool shell, there is usually a 25-year structural warranty and an additional warranty for up to 15 years that covers the gel coat surface of the pool.
- Workmanship warranty: A workmanship pool warranty covers installation-caused errors such as plumbing leaks, leaks in the fittings in the pool and structural movement of the pool. This type of warranty is usually offered by builders and typically lasts for one year. Concrete pools are covered under this type of warranty since they have a builder and no manufacturer. Unfortunately, installation errors are unlikely to show up until at least a few years after installation.
- Equipment warranty: An equipment warranty is a pool warranty that covers some pool equipment, such as heaters, automatic vacuum cleaners, filters and lights. Equipment warranties usually last for one year.
Does a Pool Warranty Adequately Protect Your Pool?
The pool warranties mentioned above provide some value, but extended protection is ideal for homeowners with pools. This is especially the case for homeowners without large amounts of savings to protect themselves from unexpected, expensive repairs.
The table below shows you the cost of some common pool repairs or replacements, according to Fixr.com. As you can see, the cost of pool repairs varies widely. Some repairs are relatively cheap, while others cost well over a thousand dollars.
|Pool pump replacement||$2,100–$3,000|
|Pool light replacement||$155–$215|
|Small tear or hole in vinyl liner||$350–$500|
|Large tear or hole in vinyl liner||$1700–$2,500|
|Broken seal around the skimmer||$100–$125|
|Swimming pool leak||$900|
|Large tear or hole in vinyl liner||$1,700–$2,500|
|Crack in the pool beam||$4,000–$5,000|
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