Fiberglass swimming pools are one of the three main options you have to choose from in selecting which type of pool you want to install in your home. Primarily, fiberglass inground swimming pools have three main advantages over concrete and vinyl swimming pools:
- Ease of installation
- Smooth finish
Here is a look a brief look at each of these advantages of pools made from fiberglass:
Ease of Installation
Installing fiberglass swimming pools is much simpler than installing a concrete (gunite or shotcrete) pool. This is because the shape of the fiberglass is pre-made. Think of it being a bath-tub style pool—it is formed in the factory, and then brought to your home. The pool installer will simply insert the pool into your yard after excavation. This allows the pool to be installed in just a few days rather than the several weeks it would take to install a concrete swimming pool. Furthermore, many manufacturers make even small fiberglass swimming pools that can fit in even the smallest yards or above ground fiberglass swimming pools that are even easier to install.
Pools made out of fiberglass have very smooth finishes. No longer do your knees get scraped and cut when you brush up against the side of the pool, and no longer do your swimsuits get torn as you climb out. This can be a very big advantage for choosing fiberglass pools.
Another main advantage of fiberglass swim pools is that they will generally require less maintenance than other types of pools. The fiberglass finish is non-porous and has a special coating finish. This makes it so cleaning your pool is easier, as algae and mold growth are deterred. In addition, this type of pool’s composition does not change the water chemistry of your pool. This can be a huge advantage, as you will use fewer chemicals (saving both time and money) over the life of your pool.
Swimming pools made out of fiberglass are very durable. Some manufacturers claim that they are up to 17 times stronger than concrete pools. However, the main advantage in terms of durability comes from the fact that fiberglass has the ability to be flexible and not rigid. This allows the pool to cope with soil conditions that both expand and contract, making such pools good options if you live in climates that are both hot and cold. In addition, this property of fiberglass also keeps costly repairs down, even when slight cracking occurs on the surface of the pool, as such slight cracks do not generally affect the integrity of the pool (however, make sure you have a good pool expert check it just in case).
As you can see, there are many advantages of pools made of fiberglass. However, be sure to read my post on the disadvantages of fiberglass pools as well before you make your decision. Also, one last area I would like to address:
Fiberglass Swimming Pool Prices
While I did not include this category in the ‘advantages’ section above, I also do not want to say this is a disadvantage. Fiberglass swimming pools cost will be more upfront, but less during maintenance and repairs, so you need to balance this out. If you are someone who can afford the additional upfront cost then you may want to go with a fiberglass pool, as you will save time and money the rest of the time you own the pool.