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Fiberglass, Concrete, or Vinyl Pools?

Fiberglass, Concrete, or Vinyl Pools?

25th Aug 2016

Steps Into Swimming Pool

Finding unbiased comparisons of pool materials is difficult when you talk to most contractors. Pool construction companies usually focus on one type of pool construction, and they're passionate about it. A fiberglass company may highlight the advantages of their pools, but it doesn't always mean that it's ideal for your home. The same goes for a vinyl or concrete pool specialist. This doesn't mean your contractors are trying to sell you something, it simply means they're certain that their way is the "right" way. In reality, everyone is right. Each pool is perfect for different pool owners in its own way. We'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each one, so that you can make the ideal decision in your new pool construction or pool renovation.

Fiberglass Pool Advantages

  • With more flex strength, these pools resist torsion damage the best
  • Offer a quicker, more affordable installation (usually 3-5 weeks)
  • Low maintenance
  • Inexpensive maintenance and repairs
  • Somewhat customizable
  • Durability and longevity
  • Built in seats and stairs are affordable options

Fiberglass Pool Disadvantages

  • Only available in prefabricated molds, so shapes are limited
  • Some people think they “look cheap” (however, this is usually referring to an older model)
  • Most contractors have a “maximum size” limit for these pools

Concrete Pool Advantages

  • Completely customizable designs
  • Versatile for creating unique aesthetics
  • Adds a very classy and elegant look

Concrete Pool Disadvantages

  • Susceptible to damage from the elements
  • High maintenance and expensive repairs
  • Not ideal for saltwater pools
  • Needs expensive maintenance every 8-10 years
  • Rough on swimmers’ feet

Vinyl Pool Advantages

  • Cheapest initial cost of the three pools
  • The most customizable of all options
  • Low maintenance except for when needing repairs
  • Work well with freeform pools and custom constructions

Vinyl Pool Disadvantages

  • Highest lifetime cost off the three pools
  • Expensive and slow repairs
  • The vinyl is fragile, so it may last 15 days or it may last 15 years
  • A replacement vinyl liner is expensive