If you’re in the market for a new pool, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with all your options. These days, fiberglass pools have been a popular alternative to concrete and vinyl liners, because they offer several unique advantages.
But what exactly are fiberglass pools? How are they different from other styles? Here’s what you need to know:
What is a fiberglass pool?
A fiberglass pool is made from a reinforced fiberglass shell, covered in protective gel coats. The shell is manufactured off-site and installed in one piece.
How is fiberglass different from other in-ground pools?
Fiberglass pools are installed with a one-piece fiberglass shell, and thus, unlike vinyl pools, they have no liner that needs to be replaced every few years. They are also different from concrete pools, which are constructed by pouring concrete over steel rods to create the shell of the pool, which is then finished with other materials, such as plaster.
Why consider fiberglass pools?
Some of the unique advantages of fiberglass pools include:
- Quick installation
Since they are installed in one piece, fiberglass pools are very quick to install. Once the shell is manufactured, it can typically be installed in just a few days. Vinyl pools can take several weeks to install. If you’re in the market for a custom concrete pool, expect to wait a few months until it’s finished.
Fiberglass pools are considered virtually maintenance free, because the material is extremely durable and non-porous. Concrete pools, on the other hand, are very porous and require a lot more maintenance to keep them clean and beautiful. And unlike vinyl pools, fiberglass pools have no liner.
When you have a vinyl pool, you need to be careful not to puncture the liner. Fiberglass pools are much more durable and less likely to be damaged.
- Lower lifetime cost of ownership
While fiberglass pools typically have a higher initial cost than vinyl liners, fiberglass pools tend to cost significantly less over the long term, thanks to the low maintenance involved.
Why wouldn’t I want fiberglass?
As explained above, fiberglass pools typically have a higher initial installation price, though they cost less to maintain over the life of the pool. Additionally, if you are looking for a custom-shaped pool, fiberglass may not be for you because the shells are not customizable. However, there are several styles and shapes you can choose from.
Need some help? Give us a call!
When buying a pool, it’s important to compare all your options. Call or stop by any Crystal Pools location and we’ll be happy to explain the differences and unique advantages of each.