Swimming Pool Alternatives - Fiberglass Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 09-02-2009 in Articles

If you don't want to install an above ground swimming pool but don't want to deal with the time it takes to install an in ground pool you're other alternative is in fiberglass swimming pools. They are amazingly easy to keep clean and don't wear as fast as above ground pools. They are resistant to mold and algae, which makes cleaning it more economical as you won't have to spend a lot of chemicals. The special coating also means you won't have to invest in a swimming pool liner.

You also won't have to worry about it ripping or tearing like an above ground pool can. You also won't have to worry about it cracking or fracturing like concrete does on in ground pools. A fiberglass swimming pool is a pre-made pool that fits right in the ground at your home. Installation includes excavating the land for the pool to fit in and then dropping it in place. This can be done in a weekend.

There are some disadvantages though. For one they are a little on the expensive side, even more so than laying a concrete pool. And while the designs are pre-made you may have to do some extensive excavating so that they will lay right in the ground. This can lead to more expenses to include hauling away the dirt. Another problem is if you are on a water table the floods easily your pool might be in danger of floating. Water will push the fiberglass shell right out of the ground and cause it to float. Also because it needs the support of the ground to hold its shape to prevent it from splitting under the weight of the water you will only find fiberglass inground swimming pools.

When you have done the excavating a truck will deliver your pool and a crane will set it in the ground. Then you have to backfill the area and add water while you put in the backfill. You should keep the water level the same as the backfill level so that it doesn't crush the pool. Draining fiberglass swimming pools will also cause them to collapse. And always make sure the pool is elevated enough so water drains away from it. Once it's filled you can enjoy it!

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