Why are so many gunite pool builders now building fiberglass pools too?
This is a very good question, yet easily answered. We have at least 3-4 gunite pool builders a week that contact us about adding American Fiberglass Pools to their list of pool types to offer for the pool buying public. Not all of them are chosen to represent our products for a variety of reasons, theirs and ours. So here we go, let us discuss the topic of the day.
1. Fiberglass pool are typically built much faster than gunite pools. What’s the advantage here?
A. It’s always about the money. Building a fiberglass pool allows the pool company to complete the pool construction faster and bottom line, collect the construction funds faster than doing gunite construction that most often take many more weeks to complete. It’s called better cash flow.
B. Relating to item A, more often than not a fiberglass pool is completed before the bills on the project catch up with the pool’s completion. Once again, better cash flow.
2. Fewer subcontractors are required when building a fiberglass pool. Imagine how much smoother things would be in your life Mr. or Mrs. Pool Builder, if you could eliminate all that time spent dealing with so many subcontractors!
A. Most fiberglass pool builders have in house installer, plumbers, etc. We find it easy to assist our new dealers in across the fruited land in cross training their existing personnel to install fiberglass pools to go along with any previous job descriptions. Imagine Mr. or Mrs. Pool Builder how much easier your life would be if you controlled the flow of the project by having your own troops doing most of the work instead of having to put up with the dictated time line of your subcontractors.
3. Fewer “go backs” by installing fiberglass pools will definitely help your bottom line. Just think about it, no more plaster spots to remove, no more pool brushing for 1-2 weeks after the pool is completed to smooth out the plaster and no more steel and plumbing redos if the excavation collapses prior to gunite.
4. Less chances of delays caused by mechanical problems from multiple pieces of gunite equipment, steel trucks, plumbing trucks, tile-coping vehicles, plaster rigs, etc. Just think about all the time (and money) you have lost because of this stuff occurring in the past.
5. Being able to start the pool quicker (along with finishing quicker) should help you maintain those late season pool sales since buyers will have so much more remaining swim time in the year by selecting a fiberglass pool. Don’t tell me you have not lost gunite sales in the past when you tell the buyer in September that the pool won’t be ready to use for a couple of months. The fiberglass Pool will be ready to swim in in less than ½ of that time.
6. Last but not least, the popularity of fiberglass pools have continued to increase leaps and bounds. Informed pool buyers want fiberglass pools or at least to make educated comparisons between different types of pools. Why should you miss out on satisfying that fiberglass only pool buyer or selling more pools because you can give people a choice of pool type that your gunite only competitors can’t offer?
In closing, in no way am I trying to say that gunite pools construction will ever cease to exist. I am saying that forward thinking pool builders should be thinking out of the box and trying to find ways to increase their bottom line. Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago? Don’t you agree that if you had sold a few fiberglass pools during the last 4 years that your bottom line would have been better? Your replies are always welcome. I leave you with a thought for the day that I believe is applicable to this blog subject.
“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” Leonardo daVinci