What Kind of Swimming Pool
is Better? Concrete, Fiberglass or Vinyl Liner
Here at FS Landscaping Contractors we specialize in the
landscape & hardscaping, design & construction phases of
swimming pools. We can tell you which kind of pool we
would prefer to work around but it is up to you to choose
which on best fits your lifestyle. Below are some pros and
cons for you to help in better making the decision.
We can help you with choosing the best swimming pool
company in our area that can provide you with the
installation service of the swimming pool type that works
best for you.
- Build any Size you want: Concrete pools can be any
size, shape, or depth.
- More flexibility with design features: Vanishing
edges, beach entries, tanning ledges, etc. are all just
a sketch away from reality with concrete pools.
- Works of art: Concrete Pools can be integrated into
design as a literal work of art in the landscape.
- Strength and Durability – There is no other pool
stronger and more durable than a concrete pool which is
why most pool builders will give a lifetime warranty on
the concrete shell of the swimming pool.
- High lifetime cost: Concrete pools will need to be
renovated every 15-20 years. This involves resurfacing
and re-tiling the pool at an expense of $8k-$15k or much
higher depending on the pool.
- More chemical use: Because the surface of concrete
pools is very porous, more chemicals and filtration are
required to prevent algae. The alkaline pH of the pool
shell also constantly raises the pH of the water,
requiring the frequent adding of acid to counteract the
- More maintenance: Concrete pools also need to be
frequently broomed or swept with a pool brush to remove
algae from the pours of the plaster or aggregate
- Longer install time: Concrete pools take longer to
install....usually 8-10 weeks depending on the size.
- Low maintenance: The gel coat surface of the
fiberglass pool shell is nonporous. This prevents the
growth of algae and reduces the amount of chemicals
required to maintain your pool.
- Little to No Costs down the Road: 99% of the time
there is never any additional money invested in the
shell of a fiberglass pool. No vinyl liner to be
replaced every 10 years and no plaster or tile
- Non-abrasive surface: The gel coat surface of
fiberglass pools is smooth to the touch.
- Built-in Seats and Steps: Most fiberglass pool
designs have seating and all have steps incorporated
into the shell of the pool.
- Quick installation: Because the shells of fiberglass
pools are built off site, the installation occurs within
3-5 days versus 4-8 weeks on average with concrete
- Limited shapes and designs: Because fiberglass pools
are built from a mold, the consumer is limited to the
amount of shapes and sizes offered by the various
fiberglass pool manufacturers.
- No wider than 16': Fiberglass Pools are shipped by
truck. Shipping restrictions limit the width of the
fiberglass pool shell to 16'.
- Repairs on some colored finishes do not match: Many
fiberglass pool manufacturers use colored finishes that
do not match in the unlikely event that a repair is
- Higher initial cost: Fiberglass pools are more of an
initial investment; usually at least $5k more than vinyl
liner pools and about the same, sometimes a bit less
than most concrete pools.
Vinyl Liner Pools
- Low initial cost: Vinyl Liner Pools have the lowest
initial cost of any of the three types of inground
- Customizable shape and size: There are no
limitations of the length, width, and depth of Vinyl
- Vinyl liner pools are nonabrasive: The vinyl liner
material is smooth to the touch.
- Prevents algae: The vinyl material used in vinyl
liner pools is also relatively non-porous so it prevents
- Higher lifetime cost: On average a vinyl liner will
last between 7 and 15 years at a replacement expense of
$2,500-$5,000 plus the cost of water.
- Liner warranties pro-rated: Many vinyl liner
manufacturers have a 20 year pro-rated warranty....read
the fine print.
- Have to use pool with care: Dogs, kids throwing
stuff in the pool, tree limbs, etc. are all concerns.
The liner is only 20-30 mil thick, which is the
thickness of several sheets of paper. One mistake could
cost you big bucks.
- Lower resale value: When you go to sell a home with
a vinyl liner pool, one of the first questions asked is
"how old is the liner?" If it's more than 3-4 years old,
there's a significant chance a request will be made to
replace the liner before the sale of the house, or the
value of the pool will be depreciated.
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