Choosing Between Fiberglass and Concrete Swimming Pools

13 April 2015
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When having a swimming pool installed in your home, you will typically need to choose between fiberglass or concrete for the body of the pool itself. Each material has its own advantages, and as the homeowner it will ultimately be up to you to decide on the right choice. Before you do, it's good to understand the differences in materials and why you might choose one over the other. 

Concrete Pools

The advantage of concrete pools is that you can have them shaped and formed in any way you want, so if you prefer something that is a particular shape or want a very deep pool with a diving board, choose concrete. Fiberglass pools are made in a factory and then shipped to a home, so you have limits on the designs and depths from which to choose when you opt for fiberglass. Having poured concrete for your pool body means limitless designs, with the only constrictions being the size of your home and any buried power lines or plumbing pipes around which a contractor needs to work.

Another advantage of concrete is that it's more durable and typically requires fewer repairs than fiberglass. The one drawback of concrete that seems to concern homeowners the most is how it feels against the feet, as it can be very rough and uncomfortable to walk on the bottom of a concrete pool. To combat this, an aggregate or mix of pebbles might be used for the bottom of the pool or it might be lined with tiles, but this can add to the cost of the installation.

Fiberglass pools

Since fiberglass pools are made in a factory and shipped to your home, they are often much less expensive to install than having a concrete pool poured onsite. The installation is also usually much faster, as concrete needs time to dry and set before it can be filled with water and used. A fiberglass pool is also more comfortable for walking because of its soft and smooth finish; although; it can actually be too slippery and may contribute to falls.

Because of its thinner shell, fiberglass may be more prone to cracking if the ground should shift and move. In areas with overly moist soil or sandy soil, both of which are prone to shifting, fiberglass pools may face more frequent repair jobs because of this pressure on the shell or lack of support as the ground shifts.

For more information, contact a business such as Gold Coast Family Pools & Spas.