American Fiberglass Pools is the only fiberglass pool manufacturer that chose almost 8 years ago to hang a shingle on VERY LARGE fiberglass pools.  These American Fiberglass Pool models I mention are available in diving and non-diving models.  Let’s examine each model that I speak of a little closer.


The Frio is a true giant within the fiberglass pool industry.  This model is exclusive to American Fiberglass Pools.  The pool is 42 FEET long at the longest inside length and 18 FEET inside width at the widest point.  This makes the actual pool shell a whopping 43’ X 19’.  Truly you can take any other fiberglass pool manufactured by another company and put it inside the Frio without touching the Frio’s walls.  This pool can easily handle a 6’ diving board or  diving rock.

Fiberglass Swimming Pools



Sum it up in one word, ENORMOUS!  The Guadalupe has inside dimensions of 43 FEET long and 19 FEET wide.  The Guadalupe is 3 1/2 feet to 5 1/2 feet in depth.  This pool is exclusively offered by American Fiberglass Pools.  It is impossible to purchase another fiberglass pool with as much swim area as the Guadalupe.  Need a pool that will never be too small?  The Guadalupe is the pool for you!

Fiberglass Pools



The Rio Grande is the largest river in Texas.  The American Fiberglass Pool model Rio Grande is a diving capable pool that is only eclipsed by our model Frio for swimming square footage and old fashion elbow room. The Rio Grande was the very 1st American Fiberglass Pool design offered all the way back to 1971.  It has been copied by several competitors over the years without our permission.  This is called “splashing” in the fiberglass business.  The Rio Grande is capable of having a 6’ diving board installed on it meaning endless hours of fun in a 17 FEET wide and 35 FEET long swim area.

American Pool



This model was introduced in 2006 as a non-diving cousin of the Rio Grande.  Still 17 FEET wide and 35 FEET long but minus the diving well of its older cousin, the Rio Grande.  Perfect for water volleyball and all the aquatic games that take place in a pool full of kids (or kid wannabees), the Rio Bravo has become one of our very best selling models since its introduction 6 years ago.  The Rio Bravo is offered exclusively by American Fiberglass Pools.

Swimming Pool Resurfacing



All other fiberglass pool manufacturers tend to sell their pool on exterior dimensions.  (Example: a 16 x 34 is actually a 15 x 33 on the inside or swimming area.)  Don’t be fooled into buying a smaller pool than you were told by a salesperson or brochure from a competitor of American Fiberglass Pools.

You know I am often asked how we transport these larger pools from state to state. Well, we have special trailers and loading techniques that allow us to be legal in almost every state.  Amazingly, American Fiberglass Pools are so strong that they can be shipped on their side if necessary.  Ask fiberglass pool manufacturers if their product will meet that challenge!!  So what are your thoughts on all this?  Reply below.




  1. Sean in Tahoe says:

    What are my thoughts you ask……..WOW ! Big yards in the city, country, or wide open spaces like here in Colorado require fiberglass pools of these sizes.

    Frankly, after looking at other websites, I am surprised that more fiberglass pool manufacturerers are not following your lead on these enormous pools !

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Ahh, Tahoe, what a beautiful place you live in! Frankly we are almost as surprised as you are that no other manufacturer of fiberglass pools has stepped up to huge pools like we have. We don’t mind them dragging their feet as long as they wish!

  2. Ryan says:

    I have installed fiberglass pools for 11 years now. The factorys I have used do not recommend or allow that their pools be transported that way.

    Keep on rocking the fiberglass pool industry pal!

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Glad to hear from a fiberglass pool installer like yourself. It’s really a simple answer to why the other fiberglass pool manufacturer’s don’t allow their pools to be transported on their sides….their pools are not as strong or built as well as American Fiberglass Pools!

  3. Rafael says:

    I remember back when fiberglass pools were all small to medium size.
    It is nice to see that you guys have taken the bull by the horns and offer some big fiberglass pools.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      You are so right! Just 20 years ago most fiberglass pools were small and usually no bigger than 16′x32′. American Fiberglass Pools has 7 pool models bigger than that today, both diving and non-diving.

  4. Jeremy Allison says:

    Finally someone is offering larger fibreglass pools.
    The size limitation objection we have heard forever is a thing of the past.
    Every fibreglass pool installer out there should be ringing your 800 number. Hope you are ready for all the exrta biz.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Your prediction has come true! Since this blog posting we have signed up 9 new dealers in 6 states. They are all intrigued by our bigger pool sizes.

  5. M. Hopkins says:

    Awesome sizes & shapes you have there !
    I am glad to see a manufacturerer getting away from all those squiggly lines & weird shapes.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Weird shapes and squiggly lined pools drastically limit your swimming space. Traditional shaped pools maximize that swimming space.

  6. James G. says:

    Have been enjoying your blog now for a number of months.
    These monster size pools you have could change the industry perception that small fiberglas pools make the world go round.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Hey James, you hit the nail on the head sir! Most of our calls since this blog entry have been inquiring about our two biggest pools; the 19′x43′ Guadalupe and the 18′x42′ Frio. I feel a trend happening here…..

  7. Clay says:

    I am impressed by these huge pools. We live in Arizona and have been waiting for a pool like your Frio for years.
    Can you have someone contact please. We are ready to place the order.
    We will fill out the contact form and look forward to your call.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Welcome to our family of American Fiberglass Pool clients sir! Our dealer near you have already ordered your new American Fiberglass Pool and you should see some sand flying shortly.

  8. Iris says:

    Yes Sir these are pools bigger than your competitors ! You guys have really stepped out with quite an investment in molds in order to build them this big.

    My bonnet is off to you for thinking out of the box on pool sizes and for getting away from all those weird shaped, space confining pools that the other fiberglass pool builders sell.

  9. Dean says:

    I agree with the Hopkins guy above that does not like all the weird shaped pools like some of the manufacturers offer.
    Those weird shapes can reduce the actual swimming area so much that instead or buying a 16×32 pool you get 12×28 swimming room.
    Ridiculus to think huh? Somehow some folks get caught up in that problem.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      You are so right sir! It is just simple math that freeform pool shapes will cost you the much needed space in the pool you will need as your family members grow in number and size.

  10. Herbert Syms says:

    Count me in on liking more traditional shaped pools.
    Been building pools for right at 30 years.
    I have found my clients like as much elbow room in their pool as is possible.
    You cannot get elbow room in a freeform pool.


    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Thanks for the input! Nice to hear from another long tenured pool guy. How about giving me a call sometime on our 800 number. Would love to chat with you!

  11. Huggins. T.J says:

    I think you have some interesting chatter occurring here on what pool shapes are best to own.
    You should write about that topic in your blog soon.
    I have enjoyed your blog since I found it a couple of months ago, keep up the timely topics.


    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      We are glad you found us and glad you joined in with a reply. I will try to accommodate your blog topic wishes very soon.

  12. Katie says:

    I am the senior designer for a landscape and design firm in Dallas,TX.
    I have to admit that we are keenly interested in offering you fiberglass pools to our many clients. Is this possible?
    Fyi, we almost always suggest to our clients to stay away from freeform designed pools since they so drastically limit the amount of swim area in a pool.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      We have already chatted and I much enjoyed it. We will do everything we can to have y’all ready to meet the demand of the upcoming pool season. BTW, good advise to your clients to maximize space by staying away from freeform pools!

  13. A pool guy somewhere says:

    Glad to have found your blog ! Quite refreshing to read it and I wanted to say how much I appreciate your opinions and how candid you are on so many subjects.
    I wish you could replace some of my competitors that need a good dosage of ethical behavior and a positive outlook on life.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Welcome to our blog and we much appreciate your kind words. Come back and visit with us soon!

  14. T. Roberts says:

    We are looking for a fiberglass pool the size of your Frio model. Our home is in Midway,TX up near Madisonville.
    Can you have a rep in this area give us a call? My cell phone is 936-*******. We would like to have the pool installed now since everything we are reading says to expect some hefty price increases after the first of the year. How true is that?

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Yes, we do build pools in Midway. In fact, the police chief in Madisonville is a customer and friend of mine. It would be smart of you to beat the price increases coming up in a couple of months. I have tried to reach you several times so give me a call here at 800-324-7665.

  15. Roscoe says:

    We visited you a couple of months ago about one of your “Tips” blog entrys. We continue to be pleased by the diverse blog subjects.
    You will continued to be folllowed by us.
    Don’t get tired of feeding us all pertinent info!!

  16. Carlton says:

    Big families need big pools.
    Nice to visit your blog and to review the bigger pool sizes you have.
    Like several people have already said, the fiberglass pool industry needs to pay more attention to traditional pool shapes that offer more space in the pool for play instead of those weird shapes that limit the play area.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      “Bigger is always better” as the old saying goes. Only thing worse than a pool being too small is having to live in a house that is too small.

  17. Rich Flowers says:

    My family has made many fantastic memories in our American Fiberglass Pools since it was installed in 1981. If these bigger pool models were available back then we would have gone with an even bigger pool. Our grand kids have learned to swimm in our pool just like our own kids have. Glad to see that you folks continue to do so well. I think our son will want to buy his own pool in a cuople of months. I am sure he will be calling you Wayne just like we did so long ago. Expect to here from him as his new house nears completion.


    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      How are you my friend! Glad to hear your family has so many wonderful memories surrounding the pool. Thanks for the well wishes and only the best to you and yours!

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