What are the five best reasons to choose a Fiberglass Pools ?

What are the five best reasons to choose a fiberglass pool.

Installing a swimming pool will add a new dimension of entertainment to your home and be the center gathering place for your family and friends to enjoy heir time there! It will have a positive lasting effect on your life.

1. Installation Time

Your fiberglass swimming pool comes directly from the Fiberglass Pool manufacturing facility, pre-made and ready to be installed. In fact, you can swim in as little as four days after the approval of the local building Dept. Compare this to a concrete pool that can take months to complete, and during that time your backyard is not usable for entertainment or relaxing.

Pros of Fiberglass Pools

The main advantage of fiberglass swimming pools is the product is ready-made, delivered, and installed quickly in most cases. This can include several features besides just “the pool” portion such as steps, ledges, benches, and additional accessories. Basically, your entire pool is a single monolithic structure. Delivered as a finished shell that is dropped strategically into the ground, leveled, plumbed, backfilled and filled with water in just a few weeks.

Additionally, the chemical benefits associated with fiberglass which are also applicable to vinyl liner pools in most instances. These types of pools require less chemicals and maintenance when compared to Concrete pools.

Fiberglass pools are much more resistant to fading and durable than liners, but you must keep in mind that when you do go to re-coat it, the cost is typically much higher when compared to a liner.

One of the nicest things about fiberglass pools is the textured smoothness of its surface. There is no surface available in other pool types that will match the comfortable feel of a fiberglass pools. It’s safe for even the wiggliest of swimmers! The surface is not porous with a plaster finish on a Gunite pool, which means fiberglass pools use less sanitizer than a Gunite pool (roughly around 25% less on average.) The non-porous surface leads to less chemical usage during the season and therefore less money spent on chemicals.

Also, fiberglass pools can be a DIY project if you are handy and can get the coaching assistance of a professional fiberglass contractor. This could be a great savings if you are willing to put in some sweat equity, since one of the most expensive parts of a pool installation is the labor. This helps further elevate the fact that fiberglass pools are the most cost-effective option for inground pools.

Fiberglass vs Concrete Swimming Pools, what is Best?

Every Type of Pool Serves its purpose when taking into consideration Climate, Geographical Region, Its inherent Seasonal changes and its unique temperature extremes, Economic and practical feasibility when taking into account its terrain and type of soils. Not all Pools do well in all types of conditions. There’s not one pool that has the answer for every situation. Let us compare and contrast the similarities and differences of each type of in-ground pool. You be the judge on what is best for you. Nobody but you should be the ultimate decision maker for your specific situation.

Pros of Concrete Pools

Gunite & Shotcrete pools are both concrete pools. The term refers to the method used to apply concrete since the concrete is shot from a gun under compressed air pressure onto steel-reinforced rebar matrix walls.  Once the concrete sets, the surface is then either plastered to a smooth Hydro finish or tiled. Concrete pools are going to be the highest class of swimming pools on the market and are often referred to as a traditional pool.

Their major advantage is to being completely customizable. You can design these pools in whatever shape and size you like, the designs are endless for what can be done. Vanishing edges, grotto’s, multi-tiered levels, etc. concrete pools are completely open to design within safety limits. These pools are made out of a rebar structure that can be shaped into unlimited designs and contours to express whatever artistic design spark you can dream up. Concrete gets sprayed, over that unique design and then troweled to an ultra-fine hydro-plaster finished. Many colors and finishes are also available. But of course, all of these wonderful unique features come at a price.

Cons of Concrete Pools

Concrete pools have the tendency to cost the most due to the higher initial installation costs, the amount of chemical expense needed annually to maintain them and of course, refinishing the pool about every 15 years, makes them the most expensive to keep up.

Acid washing every 5 years or so if you don’t keep your Chemicals balance is a common occurrence, and resurfacing every 12-15 years is part of the common services needed. Most updating on a concrete pool needs to be performed (other than the routine cleaning) by an experienced professional. While many pool contractors will offer a “lifetime structure warranty”, it’s good to know that this will not cover anything to do with the pools finish, only the structure.

With the surface of a Gunite pool being concrete, not only will the walls and base of your pool be rougher on your swimmers and their bathing suits, but the pool itself can be more susceptible to fluctuations in water balance over time.

A big difference in this type of pool when compared to the others below, is that you’ll also have to be concerned with your water’s calcium levels. You will have to check more often that the levels stay within range when measuring your pool’s PH.

Pros of Fiberglass Pools

The main advantage of fiberglass swimming pools is the product is ready-made, delivered, and installed quickly in most cases. This can include several features besides just “the pool” portion such as steps, ledges, benches, and additional accessories. Basically, your entire pool is a single monolithic structure. Delivered as a finished shell that is dropped strategically in the ground, leveled, plumbed, backfilled and filled with water.

Additionally, the chemical benefits associated with vinyl lined pools are also applicable to fiberglass pools in most instances as these pools require less chemicals and maintenance when compared to Concrete pools.

Fiberglass pools are much more resistant to fading than liners, but you must keep in mind that when you do go to re-coat it, the cost is typically much higher when compared to a liner.

Cons of Fiberglass Pools

The major drawback of Fiberglass pools is the limited shapes and sizes most manufactures have in their selection of models. These pools get transported by truck all over the country, which only allows for them to be up to about 16′ wide and 40′ long. Most are not very deep compared to vinyl or concrete. There are many options that are available for fiberglass pools, like new finishes, tiles, etc. However, their overall maximum size remains reasonably restricted due to transportability challenges at the same.

Fiberglass pools can also be just as expensive as a comparable concrete pool in many cases. But also, modern-day Vinyl-ester fiberglass pools are as durable as their concrete counterpart as long as it’s from a reputable manufacturer using these highly durable resins and fiberglass cloths, which makes it an acceptable trade off.

Which one is for me- Concrete or Fiberglass?

The fact is that all of these pool types can last a long time if properly maintained. Typically speaking, vinyl is the cheapest to own, then fiberglass, then concrete. There are of course outliers for each of these. That being said, often the budget and geographical location are the final determining factors.

Concrete swimming pool advantages:

  1. Completely customizable and great aesthetics.
  2. The best return on your investment if you’re selling the house.

Regardless of the pool type that you choose, know that PH balance, water maintenance, & keeping your pool clean will only help to extend the life of your pool.

Fiberglass pools aren’t for everyone. Big Splash Pools sells them and installs them, but our priority is customer satisfaction. We want you to be informed so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

Fiberglass Pools

Although we don’t recommend DIY-ing a fiberglass pool, some people do choose to install the pool themselves, which can be a cost savings between $12,000–$30,000, depending on the pool size and any upgrades.

Most fiberglass pool projects cost $35,000–$85,000 for both manufacturing and installation, but they can be more depending on how fancy you get with landscaping, accessories, and water features.

Long-term, your only serious maintenance expenses will be in chemicals and electricity.

Concrete pool construction

Depending on the size and accessories can usually costs between $45,000 and $100,000 upfront.

Concrete pools need more of TLC to stay in good condition, so you’ll also need to budget for long-term maintenance such as acid washing, refinishing, and energy usage. Over the life of a concrete pool, maintenance costs more over 20 years because of the upkeep.