AMERICAN FIBERGLASS POOLS LEADS THE INDUSTRY IN “FIRSTS”!
We at American Fiberglass Pools are very proud of our 43 years of manufacturing quality fiberglass pools that so many pool owners around the world love to swim in! Let us take a look at a short list of fiberglass pool industry “firsts” that we can take responsibility for.
1. 1971 was the year of the “first” fiberglass pool shell built over 16’ wide. The American Fiberglass Pool model Rio Grande mold was designed and built to be 18’ wide o.d. (outside dimensions). Up to that time, no other fiberglass pool mold had ever been made to build a pool over 16’ o.d. This “first” allowed American Fiberglass Pools to be size competitive with gunite pools.
2. 1972 was the year of the “first” freeform fiberglass pool shell built. The American Fiberglass Pool model Brazos mold was designed and built to be a 17’ o.d. kidney shaped pool. Up to that time no other fiberglass pool mold had ever been made except for variations of rectangles or roman based designs.
3. 1977 was the year of the “first” American Fiberglass Pool shell manufactured in the U.S. using vinyl ester (VE) resin. VE resin is highly corrosion resistant and is credited in most circles as being the biggest change for the better in fiberglass pools and spas ever. It’s kind of funny that some fiberglass pool manufacturers claim they were the innovators of this material concept, especially when they were not even in business yet or that they came to the American Fiberglass Pool’s factory to learn how to apply it. At that time the only VE available was Dow Chemical 411B. The material was not even pre-promoted. (This means we were adding other chemical agents to make it set up hard.) We worked extensively at the time with Dow to test the product on swimming pools.
4. 1982 was the year of the “first” use of gravel as a backfill under a fiberglass pool. My dad came up with this idea on a pool we were installing in a virtual swamp setting. We utilized the gravel on several other projects and decided to go back to torpedo sand for better compaction. Today, probably 50% of all fiberglass pool installers utilize gravel or a similar backfill.
5. 1999 was the year of the “first” use of Kevlar in a fiberglass pool. American Fiberglass Pools had each model mold analyzed by a structural engineer. With his help, a Kevlar banding system was implemented in the manufacturing of almost every American Fiberglass Pools model. To our knowledge we are still the only fiberglass pool manufacturer that elects to utilize this expensive material.
6. 2004 was the year of the “first” ultra large fiberglass pools being manufactured. The addition of the American Fiberglass Pools model Frio and Guadalupe were the very first 20’ wide o.d. fiberglass pools. These pools allowed even more competitiveness against gunite pools and allowed American Fiberglass Pools entry into the lucrative commercial pool market.
7. 2013 was the year of the “first” American Fiberglass Pools Award of Distinction” from the BBB. No other fiberglass pool manufacturer has ever been awarded this prestigious award.
So what’s the next “first” for American Fiberglass Pools? Right now that’s a secret but I promise to let you know when it happens!
Quote of the day:
“Not enjoyment and not sorrow is our destined way, but to act that each tomorrow may find us further than today.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow