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What Kind of Pool Is Right For You. Fiberglass Pool vs. Concrete Pools

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Have you just recently bought a house and been thinking of installing a pool? Perhaps you have, but you don’t know much about swimming pools regarding the material, costs and future upkeep involved. You needn’t worry because you have come to the right blog post. In this blog, I am going to discuss 2 main types of pools currently in the market—fibreglass pools and concrete pools. All pros and cons will be discussed below, read on so you can make the right choice for your pool selection.

1.   Fibreglass Pools—Pros and Cons

Advantages:

  • Low Maintenance: If you are looking for low maintenance, a fibreglass pool would be the right choice for you. The gel coat surface is nonporous, which prevents algae from growing therefore little sanitizing and/or chemicals are required. Overall, a fibreglass pool requires a lot less maintenance than a concrete pool and vinyl liner pool.
  • Little lifetime cost: There is no additional money normally required as a further investment with fibreglass pools 99% of the time. No replacing or resurfacing will be necessary.
  • Non-abrasive surface: The gel coat of fibreglass feel nice and smooth to touch.
  • Built-in Seats and Steps: Most fibreglass pool designs have built-in seats and steps.
  • Built-in Controlled Environment: Fiberglass pools are manufactured in a controlled climate of a factory.
  • Easy and Quick Installation: Because fibreglass pools are pre-manufactured in a factory, the installation is usually easier and quicker in comparison to concrete pools and vinyl liner pools—3 to 5 weeks on average.

Disadvantages:

  • Limited Shapes and Designs: As they are built from a mould, the shapes and designs are limited depending on what designs are available in the factory.
  • No wider than 16’: It is pre-manufactured and delivered via road transit. There is a restriction limit width to 16’. If you fancy having a big pool, a fibreglass pool is definitely not the right choice.
  • Repairs for some coloured finishes don’t match: Most fibreglass pool manufacturers use coloured finishes, and when you need any repairs done, the colour would likely not match.
  • High cost: Fiberglass pools costs at least $5000 more than vinyl liner pool, and pretty much the same as concrete pool.

 

2.   Concrete Pools

Advantages:

  • Unlimited shapes and sizes: You can have your concrete pool built in any shape or size that you wish.
  • Flexibility with design features: Vanishing edges, beach entries or tanning ledges, etc. are all up to you.
  • Work of art: As it can be designed to your preferences, it could become a work of art that improves the beauty and value of your home.

Disadvantages:

  • High lifetime cost: Renovation of concrete pools has to be done every 10-20 years, involving resurfacing and retiling which can cost from anything between $8000-$15,000. The cost can be higher depending on the pool.
  • More Chemical use: More chemicals and filtration are required to prevent algae in a concrete pool because it has a porous surface. The PH of the water will also constantly rise; therefore, you need to check the PH of the water regularly and add acid if needed.
  • More Maintenance: When owning a concrete pool, you will need to frequently broom and sweep it with a brush in order to remove algae. This makes it a bit of a headache when the whole family is going away for holiday.
  • Longer Installation Time: Usually 2-4 months. During the installation period, you will see the construction of the pool every time you walk in and out of the house.

 

There you have it, all the pros and cons for fibreglass pools and concrete pools. Hope this blog helps you choose the right pool for your home.

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