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Fiberglass Pools

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Fiberglass pools entail the quickest of installation times in comparison to all other pool classes as well as extensive structural and surface warranties.

Definition

Fiberglass pools are one-piece composite based units, pre-fabricated in a factory’s controlled environment. Fiberglass pools are delivered to the final site in ready-to-be installed condition and entail the quickest of installation times in comparison to all other pool classes.

Overview

Fiberglass pools are usually made of up to 3-4 composite layers which include a:

Some fiberglass pool manufacturers innovate the pool making process by deviating from the traditional manufacturing process, replacing the ingredients of the sandwiched application with some higher strength composite materials to increase the integrity of the final product.

Quick Facts

Advantages of Fiberglass Pools

  • Low maintenance: This is an accepted fact, confirmed in 2011. Fiberglass pools have reinvented the paradigm that ‘pools are a lot of work’. In fact, most fiberglass pool owners spend less than 30 minutes a week in total maintenance. The gel coat surface of the fiberglass pool shell is nonporous. This inhibits the growth of algae and reduces the amount of sanitizing chemicals required to maintain the pool.

  • Little or no lifetime cost: 99% of the time, there is never any money invested in the shell of fiberglass pools. No vinyl liner to replace and no resurfacing.

  • Non-abrasive surface: The gel coat surface of fiberglass pools is smooth to the touch.

  • Built-in seats and steps: Most fiberglass swimming pool designs have seating, and all have steps incorporated into the shell of the pool.

  • Manufactured in a controlled environment: Fiberglass pools are built in the controlled climate of a factory.

  • Quick installation: Because the shells of fiberglass pools are built off-site, the installation occurs more rapidly, 3-6 weeks on average.

  • Beautiful: You can do amazing things with a fiberglass swimming pool, such as beautiful colored finishes, ceramic tile, tanning ledges, water features, stunning pool lights, elevated spas, poolside walls, and more.

  • Work great with salt: Salt is not a deterrent on the surface of fiberglass pools.

  • Much easier on the feet: Kids can play in a fiberglass pool for hours without getting their feet torn apart by the rough surface.

  • More appealing to potential home buyers: The low maintenance and longevity benefits of a fiberglass pool has attracted the real estate market because potential home buyers don’t see them as a lot of work in the future.

  • The Green Advantage: Fiberglass pools, in comparison to various other pool classes, use much less chemical products.

  • Sound Structure, Built to Last: No matter what the soil conditions are, fiberglass is flexible enough to bend and shrink/swell, but strong enough to deal with the constant elements over the years.

Disadvantages of Fiberglass Pools

  • Limited shapes and swimming pool designs: Because fiberglass pools are built from a mold, the consumer is limited to the shapes and sizes offered by the various fiberglass pool manufacturers.

  • No wider than 16': Fiberglass pools are shipped via the road. Shipping restrictions limit the width of the fiberglass pool shell to 16 feet.

  • 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 needed. However, a solid surface gel coat will help prevent this issue.

  • Higher initial cost: Fiberglass pools are more of an initial investment — usually at least $10,000 more than vinyl liner pools and about the same as concrete pools.

Types of Fiberglass Pools

Expected Costs

The price range of fiberglass pools (basic package) may range from $30,000 to $60,000+ depending on the size of the selected pool.

The cost will increase depending on selected features and accessories.

Where to Buy

Most fiberglass pools cannot be purchased directly from manufacturers, but only through authorized pool dealers.

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