Should I Choose a Concrete Or Fiberglass Pool? A Case For Each

by Pool Builders on 01-29-2010 in Articles

Often times pool shoppers debate as to whether they should choose a fiberglass or a concrete pool. Such a debate is certainly understandable and this article is meant to help you to understand specific reasons as to why you would choose one or the other in this important decision.

You should choose a concrete pool if:

- You are looking for a VERY customized shape or size not offered in the fiberglass line. An example of this would be an "L" shaped pool or a pool wider than 16'.

- You are looking for a pool DEEPER than 8'. This would be because you've decided on a very springy diving board and you want to be able to do many tricks and unique dives off of said board.

- You are not concerned with expensive repairs down the road.

- You are not concerned with the maintenance time you spend with the pool on a weekly basis.

- You are trying to create a complete naturescape. In other words, you want the pool to have many natural rock features, grottoes, possibly a 'pond' appearance, etc. (Although one may argue fiberglass pools can look very natural, I still have yet to see a natural masterpiece as I have seen many times with some very high-end gunite projects.

- You are looking for a beach entry. (There are a few fiberglass pools with something similar to a beach entry, but it's still not quite the same design you'll find in a concrete pool.)

-You are NOT concerned with concrete's roughness on your feet. (I've had second time pool owners choose fiberglass simply because their concrete pool tore up their children's feet too much. This is pretty standard with most concrete/gunite pools.)

You should choose a fiberglass pool if:

- You are looking for the LEAST amount of swimming pool maintenance possible on a daily/weekly basis.

- You are looking for a swimming pool that will likely have no major repairs/expenses (structurally speaking) down the road.

- You are looking for a quick pool install.

- You are looking for a pool on the smaller end of large. In other words, you are looking for a size that is roughly 16'x40' or less.

- You are looking for a pool that will have 'flex' strength if need be. (For example, let's say you live next to a rock quarry where there is constant ground vibration.)

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