You’ve finally decided to set up an in-ground pool, feels great right? However, you’re torn in between installing a concrete or fiberglass pool. The contradicting information doesn’t help as different contractors have different preferences.
If this is you, we’re going to discuss what is better between fiberglass and concrete swimming pools. You’ll get to learn the benefits and limitations of each so that you are able to choose what meets your needs.
Fiberglass pools are made using the fiberglass pool technology. It is a technology that allows setting up the pool without much groundwork. They are pre-made in a factory and only require fixing on the ground with minimal work.
Since the shells of the pools come built from off-site companies, the installation process is quick taking an average of 3 to 6 weeks. In some cases, it takes a shorter time if the pool is smaller.
Low maintenance cost
They have a smooth surface that is non-porous. Therefore, there is minimal to no growth of algae in the pool. In turn, the maintenance using chemicals and other cleaning procedure is drastically reduced. Since the frequency of maintenance is minimal, the cost is also low.
What’s more, the lifespan of fiberglass pools is 25 years giving quality service when compared to vinyl and concrete. This is because the material is strong and durable.
Most of the pool designs have additional features such as seats and steps in the shell. They are convenient and save the cost of installation. The best part? There are beautiful designs and finishes options to choose from elevating the pool experience.
Limited shapes and designs
Fiberglass pools originate from molds and there are limited shapes and sizes. Their sizes are also limited to 16’ due to shipping restrictions.
High initial installation cost
The initial cost of investment is higher when compared to concrete and vinyl.
Concrete pools are built by excavating large holes, doing the formwork while incorporating reinforcing bars and mesh. Moreover, there is the process of dry-mixing concrete and blowing it under pressure. Compared to fiberglass, it requires a lot of work taking more time.
Flexibility in shape, size, and design
You’re able to set up a large pool without a restriction on size, depth, and shape. Sounds good? In addition, the design features are more flexible.
The best part?
The ability to create a unique and customized feel. For example, the inclusion of natural features such as grottos and rocks.
Require regular maintenance
The pools are affected by black algae requiring regular maintenance. They, therefore, cost more in the long-run.
Take longer to build
The process of setting up is involving thus takes longer
The floor has a rough finish that may cause injuries when barefoot.
— shi (@shivareee) December 6, 2017
Fiberglass pools seem to be better than concrete pools since they require less maintenance and are cheaper in the long run. However, the preference varies with individual needs since one may prefer not to be limited by size, shape and design.