With the first day of spring just around the corner, now is the time of year when many people start thinking about adding a swimming pool to their backyards. When deciding to install a pool, you have several options to choose from. One option that we offer at Crystal Pools (in addition to other in-ground and above-ground styles) is fiberglass.
Fiberglass pools are an increasingly popular option for people who want their pool installed sooner and with less long-term maintenance to worry about. In today’s post, we take a close look at this type of pool and the unique benefits it offers.
Why fiberglass pools?
1) Faster installation
Fiberglass pools from Crystal Pools can be installed in as little as seven days. That’s because these pools are installed as one piece. Once the shell is manufactured, it can typically be installed within a week or so. Also, the installation isn’t as dependent on the weather as other pools are. Both vinyl liner pools and concrete pools require specific weather conditions to prevent damage during installation. While fiberglass pools do require ideal conditions—mostly for the safety of the installers—the fiberglass itself is not as vulnerable to adverse conditions like rain or sharp temperature fluctuations.
Fiberglass pools are stronger, more durable and less likely to be damaged. While there are numerous benefits to vinyl pools as well, it’s a fact that fiberglass pools are simply less likely to be punctured. This means less damage risk and lower overall maintenance costs over the life of the pool. Some of the most common things that puncture liner pools are the sharp ends of a pool pole, dog claws, and a wide variety of non-pool-safe toys and others objects. These items typically aren’t as much of a concern with fiberglass pools.
3) Lower maintenance
Fiberglass swimming pools are known for being virtually maintenance-free. That’s in part because of the durability mentioned above, but also because fiberglass offers a smooth, less porous surface. The smoother surface prevents algae growth, which is common with other pools that have more crevices (especially concrete). Customers with fiberglass pools report spending less time cleaning and maintaining their pools each week, in addition to lower long-term maintenance.
4) No liner replacement or resurfacing needed
All vinyl liners eventually need to be replaced. But with fiberglass pools, there is no liner. This is a large expense that fiberglass pool owners are happy to never have to deal with. Concrete pools also need their own maintenance to keep them clean and well-maintained: it’s recommended to have concrete pools acid-washed and even resurfaced every few years. These are additional concerns that fiberglass pool owners don’t have to worry about.
5) Lower lifetime cost
A swimming pool, of any type, is a great investment that will continue to offer benefits to your family for years to come. But it’s important to remember that maintaining your pool is also crucial for protecting your investment, and that maintenance comes with additional costs over the long term. Fiberglass pools typically have a higher upfront cost than vinyl liner pools, for example. But when you consider the low maintenance and other benefits, fiberglass pools ultimately cost you less to own over the long term.
Decide what’s right for you
Which type of pool is right for your needs and budget? We’re here to help! Contact our experts at Crystal Pools and we’ll be happy to go over the Pros and Cons of each option.