Fiberglass Vs. Concrete Swimming Pools

Yes there is a definitive answer to which pool material is best, but it will depend on what you are looking for in a swimming pool.  Both are proven materials that will serve your swimming needs for years to come.  Concrete pools, also known as gunite, shotcrete, and spraycrete; have many advantages as well as disadvantages.  Fiberglass pools are not always the best solution either.  We’ll try to clear any confusion and help you find the winner of “Concrete vs Fiberglass Swimming Pools”.

Keep It Simple.

An in ground pool is essentially a structure designed to prevent water leaking from a hole in the ground.  You dig a hole, seal it with a material and fill it with water.  That seal could be a thin vinyl liner, rigid concrete, or a hard fiberglass shell.  All of these materials will work well when installed correctly.  We will cover vinyl liners in another article.

Concrete Swimming Pools

When is a concrete pool the best option?  The number one reason to build a concrete pool is if you want a unique custom designed shape.  For example a guitar shaped pool like Elvis had, or Liberace’s piano pool would require a custom design.  Unless a fiberglass pool manufacturer decides to mass produce one the exact shape you are looking for, custom designs require concrete pool construction.

Concrete will also work best when you require a very large or extra deep pool.  Fiberglass models are usually limited to depths of 5 to 8 feet.   Concrete pools are only limited by how deep the contractor can dig.

Extra tight spaces may require a concrete / gunite installation as well.  Fiberglass pools are routinely hoisted by cranes over houses and trees to squeeze them in to tight places, but sometimes it just can’t be made to fit.  Since dirt can be dug up and removed through standard door openings and concrete pumped in through pipes, sometimes it is the only viable option.

When is a Fiberglass Pool a Better Option?

For just about every application not listed above.  While fiberglass models are prefab pool shells, there are numerous designs to choose from.  Most people will find that a prefabricated pool model will meet their needs.  We estimate that a fiberglass will be the best option for about 80% of pool buyers.

Benefits of Fiberglass Pools

Easiest Cleaning and Maintenance

Affordable Installation

Great Warranties

Color is Permanent (no painting)

Nearly Indestructible

Concrete Vs. Fiberglass Pools, And The Winner Is?

So who wins in gunite versus fiberglass for pools?  Only your specific needs can determine the winner.  If you would like to explore you options with an experienced pool contractor, call us or send us a request online.  We don’t mind, you may just choose to use us someday.

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