One of the main considerations that you have to make when building a new swimming pool is what type of material you’re going to use. Fiberglass has emerged as a popular choice due to its durability, flexibility and visual appeal.
However as with any material, fiberglass has its pros and cons which we’re going to explore further on this article. Hopefully, this will help you decide whether or not fiberglass is the best material to use in constructing your swimming pool. Read on for more.
Pros of Fiberglass Swimming Pools
The reason why fiberglass pools are so popular is because they come with a lot of perks and benefits. Here are just some of the advantages of installing a fiberglass swimming pool in your home.
- Quick installation: Since fiberglass swimming pools are prefabricated and there’ no on-site construction, they’re easier and quicker to install. In a matter of days, you can have your brand new fiberglass pool fully installed and ready to use, which is a far cry from how long vinyl and concrete pools take to install which could end up taking months on end. There’s also no refinishing required, which further reduces the installation time.
- Low maintenance: Once installed, fiberglass swimming pools require very little maintenance because they have a non-porous gel-like surface which repels dirt, algae growth and bacteria. Also you won’t have to use as many chemicals to keep your pool clean because the fiberglass material doesn’t have minerals like concrete or gunite do, so it can’t mess with the water’s pH levels.
- Versatile: Fiberglass swimming pools can handle salt and chlorine pool systems without a problem. They can also be installed underground, above ground or somewhere in the middle because they’re self-supporting. Furthermore, fiberglass swimming pools are so lightweight you can install them indoors or have them as a part of your home spa. You can even add one to a balcony or your deck.
- Durable: Thanks to their sturdy construction, fiberglass swimming pools are incredibly durable and long lasting. Keep in mind that fiberglass is the same material they use to make boats so it’s resistant to the elements and it won’t fade or strip due to harsh sunshine exposure.
Unlike concrete and gunite you won’t have to worry about having to re-plaster your fiberglass swimming pool. Once installed, fiberglass swimming pools can last you for a whole lifetime.
- Smooth surface: One of the things you’ll notice when jumping into your fiberglass swimming pool is how soft and smooth the surface is. It’s not abrasive as most people think it is and it actually maintains its smooth texture throughout its entire lifespan. Of course, the walkways and stairs are coated with non-skid application to make them grippier and easier to maneuver without slipping.
- Customizable: Over the years, manufacturers have created an endless array of fiberglass swimming pool design templates in all types of different shapes, sizes and even colors. You can even add mosaic tiles and lights to create a beautiful light show when entertaining outdoors at night.
Cons of Fiberglass Swimming Pools
As mentioned, there are a few downsides to owning a fiberglass swimming pool as well. Check them out below.
- Lack of Installers: It’s easier to find experts that can install concrete and gunite pools than it is to find someone that can install a fiberglass pool. That’s why it’s always a good idea to purchase your fiberglass pool from a company that can also install it because you may have a hard time finding an installer.
- Limited Customization: While there are numerous design templates of fiberglass swimming pools to choose from, you may not find exactly the design that you want. In that sense fiberglass pools limit you from completely customizing your pool, especially if your goal is to create a completely unique, never-before-seen design. You’re essentially limited to the number of designs that the manufacturer has available, all of which have their own molds and are already prefabricated.
Adding a swimming pool to your outdoor space will not only beautify your home but will undoubtedly improve your family’s lifestyle. Now you’ll be able to cool off in your swimming pool during the summer months when the temperatures rise, and even enjoy some poolside entertainment by adding lounging chains and tables for late-night outdoor soirees.