5 Great Reasons to Consider Fiberglass Pools
Most people will find that a fiberglass swimming pool is their best option. Some applications will require a different pool material, but if you can find a fiberglass pools shell that you like, you’ll be rewarded. Here are five reasons to love fiberglass inground pools.
#1 Durability – We recommended only fiberglass pools that are built in the U.S.A. and come with either a lifetime or 50 year warranty. Many of fiberglass pool shells made in the 1950’s are in use today and look as if they were made last year. Since the early days of fiberglass construction, the technology and materials have only improved. Fiberglass is much stronger than concrete and has the flexibility to resist cracks. Fiberglass pools are especially recommended if you are in an area prone to earthquakes.
Vinyl lined pools are easily cut or punctured. If you have children or pets, it is likely that you’ll be using that vinyl repair kit from time to time. Even if you protect your pool liner from sharp objects and abuse, you could still need to replace it in as little as 5 years and no longer than 10 years.
#2 Maintenance – Cleaning time, level of effort, and volume of chemicals is much less with fiberglass pools. The smooth non-porous surface makes cleaning easy compared to other pool construction materials. Quality fiberglass pools require no repair work or heavy maintenance like chipping paint, cracks to seal, or liners to replace.
#3 Installation – As far as speed of installation, it doesn’t get better than fiberglass. Vinyl lined pools come in second, and gunite/concrete will take the longest to install. Your fiberglass pool is manufactured in a climate controlled factory, so the consistency is guaranteed. Gunite/concrete pools must monitor humidity, temperature, and mixture ratio requirements that will all affect the pools long term integrity. Concrete pools are considered “manufactured on site”, so the already longer build time can be extended by adverse weather.
#4 Cost – Gallon for gallon a vinyl lined pool installation will cost less than concrete and fiberglass. However, after a few years of maintenance fiberglass will have made up the difference in lower cost of maintenance. The longer you own the pool the more savings you will see with fiberglass pools. Over the life of the pool it is not even close.
#5 Proven Quality – Fiberglass pools have been around since the 1960s. A well constructed and professionally installed fiberglass swimming pool will last for decades. There are many models that were installed in the 60s and 70s that are still in use today. Overall, the quality of today’s pools are of even higher quality than those made years ago.