Fiberglass Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 06-13-2009 in Articles

In my previous article, I talked about swimming pool covers. While covers are significant, it is also significant to pick the kind of substance that the pool will consist of. If you are considering an inground swimming pool, there are various choices like concrete, vinyl and fiberglass. I will talk about fiberglass swimming pools in this article.

Fiberglass, as the name shows, are small fibers of glass that strengthen with a polymer ensuing in a composite substance. Since it is composed of small fibers, fiberglass can be formed into any function and worked into any form. It is very smoothe, does not fadeor allow algae to collect. It is a sturdy material, must sturdier than concrete or vinyl. Because of its assets, it is especially fitted for the job of fiberglass swimming pools.

Fiberglass vs. Concrete Pools

Concrete can fracture and will need repair or restructuring. These things are wholly removed with fiberglass. The way fiberglass is created, it is simpler to form weird shapes and build other forms, such as seats and waterfalls. Concrete also can have sharp, sandpaper like surfaces but fiberglass is wholly smooth. This avoids the problem of scraping feet, elbows and knees on the bottom and sides. Concrete may not even be stable in cold areas where frost can heave. Fiberglass avoids these harsh forces, bending and reforming with the earth if necessary. Fiberglass is well suited for areas where weather hits both extremes.

Fiberglass Pools vs. Vinyl Pools

Vinyl will fail elasticity and often can rip over time requiring frequent repairs. It is also at risk to the harsh rays of the sun that can fade the liner, frequently starting with the first opening. You can anticipate replacing your vinyl liner approximately every 6-7 years at around $3k-$5k. Fiberglass swimming pools are hard unified pieces that are not dependent on stretching. Fiberglass does not tear or rip, resists sun fading. They are model in enormously bright weather areas.

One other note is for the daily care of the swimming pool. Fiberglass swimming pools are very smoothe, much more than concrete or vinyl, so they need less disinfecting chemicals to keep the water clean. This gives money back since it takes less time to run the pump, requires less chemicals, and needs less vacuuming. Fiberglass is also good at keeping heat in (in fact it was originally used for insulation), much better than concrete or vinyl, so it is also a heating money saver. You really can't go wrong with fiberglass.

What's not to like?

There are several factors that can go against selecting fiberglass swimming pools. First, they can be much more expensive than concrete or especially vinyl. Second, there has been concern of fiberglass fibers suspended in the pool that can cause itching and discomfort. Third, in very soggy or marshy areas, the fiberglass shell can actually float or be pushed out of the ground. Fourth, because fiberglass needs the surrounding ground to support the pool, it is not used in above ground swimming pools. Last, not all pool professionals may be experienced with installing fiberglass swimming pools. Make sure to have a good reference when choosing an installer.

Even though fiberglass swimming pools may be more expensive, you will likely find that you make that money back care, maintenance and installation.

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