Fiberglass Swimming Pools: Pros And Cons

By Eddie Guerrero

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When a homeowner finally decides to have a new swimming pool installed they are instantly faced with a number of different choices as well as pros and cons to consider. Chief among these choices is one that needs to be addressed before the project can move forward. This choice being deciding on exactly what type of swimming pool is to be installed. Swimming pools are no longer made of only concrete and are available in a number of different building materials.

One of most popular and sometimes controversial building materials for swimming pools is fiberglass. The popularity of fiberglass swimming pools has skyrocketed in recent years due to their reputation as being much easier to install than concrete or granite swimming pools. Despite their growing popularity however many homeowners remain on the fence with regards to fiberglass swimming pool simply because there's and old stigma attached that says they are of a lesser quality. While that may or may not have been true in years and decades past modern fiberglass pools are nothing short of amazing and extremely durable.
High-quality fiberglass is now used by landscaping professionals who install swimming pools as an alternative to the more costly and time-consuming concrete pool. Although modern fiberglass pools are excellent there are pros and cons to having one installed.

Dealing with the pros first homeowners should remember that above all else fiberglass pools have a much faster it is installation time than do pools made of concrete. While the installation of a concrete swimming pool can take upwards of two months at the very least most fiberglass swimming pools can be installed in one month or less. Depending on the contractor hired a homeowner may find their swimming pool project expedited to an even greater degree when they select fiberglass.

Landscaping contractors often use maintenance, or lack thereof, as a strong selling point and as a promotional tool for fiberglass pools. This is because fiberglass pools are treated and finished with a smooth coat of gel that resists all types of algae growth and makes cleaning a cinch. Although the technology is different the gel used in fiberglass swimming pools is analogous to a nonstick frying pan or pot.

When a homeowner selects to go with a fiberglass pool rather than one made of concrete they open up breadth of opportunities whereas design and selection are concerned. While many concrete pools are built in very specific and standard shapes fiberglass pools can be custom-made to order by homeowners allowing them to create a swimming pool that fits their personal needs and tastes.

When it comes to appearance there is a misconception amongst homeowners that says fiberglass pools aren't as easy on the eyes as are concrete pools. Nothing could be further from the truth however as the appearance of fiberglass pools can mimic that of concrete pools that include tile, stone, and even brick. All
of these elements can be integrated into a fiberglass pool and can make them look just as attractive if not more so than a swimming pool made of concrete.

The only real drawbacks to having a fiberglass pool installed rather than one made of concrete is finding a contractor that can both design and install one. While the popularity of fiberglass swimming pools continues to soar not all landscaping contractors design/build these types of pools. Other times homeowners may find that although fiberglass pools are far less expensive than those made of concrete some contractors may use that as an excuse to drive up the cost of installation and design. Spending a little time online and speaking with other homeowners online however they should have no problem finding a reputable contractor that can both install fiberglass pools and do it at a fair price.

Millennium Construction specializes in Orange County pools and spas.