If you want a quality swimming pool that will last your family a lifetime, fiberglass swimming pools are a great investment. The cost of a fiberglass pool compares very favorably to other types of pools.
Fiberglass vs Concrete/Gunite Inground Pools: Most concrete/gunite builders are booked a year or more in advance. Plus, the important thing with gunite pools is that you truly rely on the talent to pour your pool correctly. There are many variations between the builders and you will pay greatly for this talent. It is not uncommon to reach prices of $100,000+ for concrete/gunite pools with a long wait time.
Fiberglass pools are built in a factory under strict quality controls so you are guaranteed that the pool you see in the brochure is the pool that you will receive at your home. While we may be experiencing longer waiting times than normal, we can still provide you with your own swimming pool much quicker than having one built from scratch in your backyard.
In addition, the installation time is much, much less. Most builders can spend one week, sometimes much less, digging the hole for your fiberglass swimming pool. Installing it once it arrives, plumbing it and setting it can often take place that same week. Gunite pool production will take months and can be very messy and dangerous around your home.
Fiberglass vs Vinyl Liner Inground Pools: Historically, vinyl liner pools have been the lowest point of entry for families wanting an inground pool. However, vinyl liner pools have the shortest life span, requiring frequent maintenance and typically, within seven years, will need to be replaced. The result is an expense of anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 every time you do so.
In recent years, we are finding that vinyl liner pools are being priced much higher, resulting in costs that are very near to the $40,000 – $50,00 range. The time and the labor that it takes to install a vinyl liner is driving up the costs and making fiberglass pools a much more economical and convenient choice.
Limitations of Vinyl Liner Pools
- Salt Water Systems — Many families are discovering the benefits of swimming with a salt water system. They find it be cleaner and more enjoyable than standard chlorine systems. Unfortunately, you cannot enjoy a salt water system with a vinyl liner pool as the salt will eat and erode the steel pins used in the creation of the pool itself.
- Durability — Vinyl liner pools are not pet-friendly. Your dogs and cats will tear the materials resulting in a major repair cost. With fiberglass swimming pools, they are welcome to play and enjoy the pools with you and your family. We have also heard a number of stories where vinyl liner owners will say that even jumping into their vinyl liner pool can cause indentions or “bumps” in the bottom of their pool due to the vinyl materials being so flexible. Fiberglass pools are much more durable and built much stronger, strong enough to last a lifetime. (That’s why Leisure Pools® offers a Lifetime Structural Warranty and a Lifetime Structural Osmosis Warranty.)
To explore the differences between pool construction more in-depth, read our blog post “Fiberglass vs. Vinyl vs. Concrete Pools”.