Fibreglass Pools 101: 2019 FAQ Guide

When it comes to building a pool, home owners have many questions on their mind. What type? Chlorine or saltwater? How big and where should it be installed? Heres every question you have on fibreglass pools answered.

When you’re considering a pool installation, there are two major options. You can opt for fibreglass pools or concrete pools.

This rather obvious statement is the best way to begin the discussion of which is best for you. First and foremost, it’s important to remember you’re making a decision for the long term, and you should be a well-informed customer before making this major investment.

After they’ve used their pool for a season or two, most owners cite reduced maintenance as a primary benefit they enjoy with fibreglass. But, there are several other key factors to consider, so we encourage you to read on and gather important information to help you make a wise purchasing decision.

Learn as much as you can about these essential elements of pool ownership:

  • Initial cost
  • Lifetime cost
  • Installation process
  • Maintenance
  • Electricity
  • Chemicals
  • Surface texture
  • Dependability/durability
Corner of pool with ladder

Is a concrete or fibreglass pool better for me?

Think about the initial cost to get started. Generally, you should plan to spend $50,000 minimum for a concrete pool. Concrete may cost considerably more, sometimes up to $100,000, with much of the cost coming during the installation process and in custom features.

Compare that to the upfront cost of fibreglass pools, which is close to the same level ($45,000). The major difference, according to most reliable sources, comes in the maintenance area.

You will need to plan on spending $2,500 each year for maintenance on your concrete pool. It’s important to include refinishing and acid-washing as part of concrete ownership. Choose fibreglass and you generally spend much less. Some owners report $400 per year for 10 years – for chemicals and electricity.

Once you’ve made your decision, you must be prepared for the installation time. A concrete pool may not be ready to use for four months to six months after you order it. You can usually get the fibreglass model in about six weeks since they’re constructed using existing patterns.

three people diving in pool

Fibreglass Pools: Frequently Asked Questions

1. What’s the difference between a concrete and fibreglass pool?

You’ve read a bit about the key differences in cost, installation time, and maintenance. One of the important factors you should consider is special features and customization. These elements can increase the cost of your concrete pool by quite a bit.

A major factor with concrete is the landscaping and installation itself. By comparison, the delivery of the fibreglass product will raise the cost of that choice. Surfaces of a concrete pool will usually be “rougher” and more abrasive to the skin. In terms of pool life, fibreglass can serve you for 20 years or a bit more, while concrete pools may last several decades.

You will probably spend more on electricity to keep a concrete pool warm. In addition, you may find you have more shape and location flexibility with concrete (which accounts for additional cost).

2. How is a fibreglass pool manufactured?

This type of pool is manufactured using a mould. Pools are coated with a lifetime-warranty finish, plus a resin material that resists impact and blistering. These pools generally are built on a ceramic core for great strength and water resistance. The completed pool is lifted off the mould and is detailed for the right finish. It’s then ready to be delivered to your site.

blue pool water

3. How is a fibreglass pool installed?

The main steps in the installation are:

  • Location is marked for precise setting and levelling
  • Excavation produces proper depth and shape
  • Crushed stone is generally used for foundation and side fill
  • Pool is placed
  • Plumbing/electrical systems installed
  • Concrete or stone is used to support the pool

4. What are common styles and shapes?

You will have several choices:

  • Rectangle
  • Kidney shape
  • Lap/exercise design

You may also work with your supplier for free-form design and custom shape. Suppliers will also explain the various styles, such as pools for diving, cocktail pools, sport pools, and so on.

pool inflatable toy in fibreglass pool

5. What are common fibreglass pool sizes?

This pool type is usually offered in three general size categories: small – up to 12 feet (3.6 metres); medium – average width of 14 feet (4.2 metres); large – pools 15 feet (4.5 metres) slightly larger. Again, it’s important to discuss your tastes and needs with your supplier, as these numbers are for general reference.

6. How long do fibreglass pools last?

Fibreglass pools are known to last for 20 years as they are very resistant to cracks and don’t have material that rips or tears. The main issues are hairline cracks on the pool-wall surface, but these are generally superficial. If the pool isn’t installed well, the walls can bulge due to the excavation as the pool ages.

7. How much does a fibreglass pool cost?

The price depends on access to the pool location, soil quality, shape and size of the pool, quality of the product, features (water features, landscaping etc.), cleaning systems, etc. Prices can range from $25,000+ through $50,000+)

fibreglass pool in backyard

A quality fibreglass pool installer will make your pool last longer, saving you more in the long run.

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