When it comes to choosing a top of the line inground pool there are really only two options: fiberglass and concrete. There are pros and cons to both types of swimming pools and ultimately it comes down to what is right for your home. Here is some helpful information to choose which type of swimming pool is right for your home and family.
- Concrete pools can take a long time to install because they are often in custom shape, which includes additional steps in the installation process and requires more inspections. Plus, concrete pools need additional cure time for the shell and plaster to set properly.
- Conversely, Fiberglass pools have the shortest installation time (as little as five days) and don’t require time waiting for materials to dry.
Pool Size and Shape:
- Concrete pools can be made in any size and shape and are perfect for families who enjoy diving as concrete pools can go deeper the eight feet.
- Fiberglass pools come in a variety of sizes and shapes and very rarely go deeper than eight feet because they are built on a mold.
Pool Upkeep and Repairs:
- Concrete pools need considerable upkeep and repairs. A concrete pool will need acid washing and resurfacing about every ten years, which costs between 15-25K. Additionally, concrete pools require more chemicals to keep the pool clean because the concrete surface reacts with the water. Concrete pools also often have dead spots where the water does not flow in and out correctly causing algae to build up in those areas.
- Fiberglass pools need very little repair and maintenance and it is unlikely the pool shell will ever have to be replaced. Fiberglass pools do not have dead spots because they are built on standard molds that have been tested to not have dead areas. Additionally, there is no chemical reaction between the pool liner and the water, which makes pool cleanup easier and fewer chemicals needed to keep the water right.
- Gunite pools are expensive to heat because the concrete does little in the way of installation.
- Fiberglass is an insulator making fiberglass pools much easier to heat in the winter.
In most cases, a Fiberglass pools is a much better investment that will last longer and cost less money. The vast majority of pool owners choose fiberglass pools for these reasons and many with concrete pools switch to fiberglass after a few years. Concrete pools are great if you need a very deep pool or need the pool to be in a custom size outside of 16′ x 40′ and 8 feet deep.