Swimming pools can come in numerous shapes and sizes, but the first thing to decide is what type of construction material to use. When comparing pool surfaces, the three main types of in-ground pools are concrete, vinyl-lined, and fibreglass, but if you are looking for the highest quality swimming pool? Think Fibreglass – we’ll tell you why…
Fibreglass Pools Allow For Quick Installation
The biggest selling point for fibreglass swimming pools is they’re very easy to install, the easiest and most efficient of all options. Fibreglass pools are generally factory-moulded, manufactured off-site, transported to your home in a single piece, then placed inside an excavated hole with a crane.
Fibreglass Pools Are Easy to Maintain
Fibreglass pools generally stay cleaner than concrete pools. Most are made from acrylic or similar materials that resist staining. The smooth, gel coat surface is nonporous. This inhibits algae growth, and means you need fewer cleaning products, plus, fibreglass doesn’t impact water balance like concrete can, so there’s also fewer chemicals required to maintain pH and alkalinity.
Durability & Comfort
Fibreglass is extremely durable because it’s UV resilient, a good insulator and repels stains. This durability makes in-ground fibreglass pools an ideal choice, their flexibility makes them especially good for in-ground installations. No matter the soil conditions, fibreglass is flexible enough to resist ground movement and can bend with the shrink or swell of the surrounding environment. Best of all, the non-abrasive, gel coat surface is soft and smooth to the touch, unlike rough concrete surfaces that can scrape sensitive skin.
Developments in the fabrication technology of fibreglass pools have increased design choices available in recent years, so you are no longer limited to a standard rectangle pool. Manufacturers offer a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Many designs come with built-in steps and seats incorporated into the shell for added convenience and can be installed with similar components as concrete pools like water features such as swim spas. Best of all, fibreglass offers beautiful coloured finishes that won’t change over time.
Fibreglass pool prices differ based on the size of the shell. However, your initial fibreglass pool cost is usually higher than a vinyl-lined pool and runs close to that of a concrete pool. The real cost savings come after installation, Fiberglass pools are a single shell without any corrosive properties, so they should never require resurfacing. With little to no upkeep cost, this makes them more cost-effective in the long run.
When considering a fibreglass swimming pool for your home, as well as taking into account the plus points we have already detailed, it is extremely important to make the right choice when selecting a pool installation team, that’s where we come in. At XL Pools we are awarding winning pool contractors who take pride in every project from inception to completion, get in touch to find out how we can make your dream of a home pool a reality.