Why Pool Buyers Select Fiberglass Over Concrete

If you are like a lot of other folks, you are torn between purchasing a fiberglass pool or a gunite pool.  You are not quite sure about which type of pool best meets your family’s needs. Frankly, both types of pools have their attributes, but to follow are the primary reasons why so many folks are selecting fiberglass pools.

A. MAINTENANCE COST
This is always the primary consideration from potential pool buyers.  How much time will be necessary to keep the pool swim ready?  An American Fiberglass Pool has a smooth, non-porous surface and better yet, it always stays that way.  Further, it is up to 70% less expensive to maintain proper “water balance”.  This term includes Ph, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and metals content in the pool water.

Concrete pools on the other hand are installed with rough, porous, plaster type surfaces that due to the nature of the materials are susceptible to getting every pool owner’s nightmare, the dreaded BLACK ALGAE!  Also, the concrete and plaster are alkalined based materials.  This causes “alkaline bleed” for at least the first 3-4 years of the pool’s life.  This raises the alkaline and Ph levels in the pool making proper “water balance” difficult at best to maintain.  The solution is the use of lots more chemicals to offset the alkaline bleed problems and of course the expense of the chemicals.  Maintenance cost:  Advantage Fiberglass

B. SURFACE COMFORT
It is a common occurrence for many 2nd or 3rd time pool purchasers to switch from concrete pools to fiberglass pools.  This is primarily due to the smooth non-porous gelcoat surface on a fiberglass pool never chewing up the toes and feet of the swimmers.  Think about this.  Very likely you have experienced this “cherry toe” phenomenon since you were a kid and swam in your first concrete pool.  Now if you elect to purchase a concrete pool, you will expose your own kids or grand kids to the very same condition.  Kids play for hours on end in pools so only a fiberglass pool will keep their feet comfortable and not have the kids complaining about your rough pool surface.  Surface comfort:  Advantage Fiberglass

C. SOIL CONDITIONS
American Fiberglass Pools are engineered to have an enormous amount of tensile strength and flexural strength.  Ground conditions are different everywhere you go in the USA.  It does not matter if the soil is rock, black dirt, sand, clay or topsoil.  The American Fiberglass Pool will be able to flex as needed.  By nature concrete pools are not designed or able to flex in the slightest.  This means possible cracks, structural issues, and leaks.  Just look at the condition of many concrete streets, sidewalks, driveways, and home foundations.  All these items are steel reinforced, but they all crack, heave, and settle with relative ease.  Soil conditions: Advantage Fiberglass

D. VISUAL APPEARANCE
Back in the old days, the 60’s & 70’s, fiberglass pools were made in bluegreen, light blue, or white.  The color of the pool was based solely on who the manufacturer was.  Tile on fiberglass pools did not arrive until the late 80’s.  Some people today still think that fiberglass pools look that way.  American Fiberglass Pools come in a variety of beautifully dazzling, high definition colors.  Waterline tile is now a common option selected by pool buyers.  Today’s fiberglass pools are constructed to include various water features and all kinds of exotic looking deck materials.  Truly an American Fiberglass Pool constructed within the last 20 years rivals a concrete pool’s appearance.  Visual appearance:  Advantage Fiberglass

E. DURABILITY
The perception of some folks is that a fiberglass pool won’t last as long as a concrete pool.  The facts are that many other items such as gas, chemical and oil tanks that used to be made of concrete or steel have been replaced with fiberglass. The commercial airline you fly in to see Aunt Mary in Florida is made primarily of fiberglass or composite materials.  American Fiberglass Pools has hundreds of pools that are around 40 years old that are still doing their job for families all over the USA.  On the other hand, show me a 40 year old concrete pool and I will show you a pool that has had the plaster replaced 4-6 times.  That, my friend, is an expensive proposition, likely $4-$5K for each replaster.  Durability:  Advantage Fiberglass

So there you are.  Even though the list could have been much longer, you can get a general feel as to why fiberglass pools have been the fastest growing segment of the pool construction business for 19 years in a row.  Any thoughts you wish to share, please do so.

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18 Responses to “Why Pool Buyers Select Fiberglass Over Concrete”

  1. Gerald O. says:

    Ok, I get it now, you really have some important advantages with fiberglass pools that bear a lot of consideration.
    If that pic is a fiberglass pool, it appears to be impossible to tell the difference between it and other types of pools. That flagstone deck color is exactly the color we want on our pool.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Truly more advantages than we have space to list! The only way for even another pool guy to tell that it is fiberglass is by rubbing his hand across the satin smooth gelcoat surface! That is not real flagstone, it is an overlay used to simulate flagstone. It does not get hot or flake like real stone.

  2. Honey Bee says:

    We have owned gunite[2] & also fibreglass[2] pools at homes we have had in Florida since 1979. Absolutely if we move again, another fibreglass pool will be our choice for the 3rd time. The lack of maintenance they require is a given truth. I cannot imagine why a thinking person would want to build a gunite pool & spend all that extra money & time taking care of it!

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Hi HB, I could not have said it better myself!

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  3. Curious says:

    Why do you say that the interior finish of a fiberglass pool last longer than a gunite pool?

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Almost all the time the pool surface gelcoat lasts 20-30 years with minimal care. That does not mean NO CARE. It is recommended that you have your pool water tested every 4-6 weeks at a local pool store. You can then correct minor water balance issues before they eventually lead to potential stains, etc. Plaster / marcite in most markets requires replacing every 4-7 years and costs thousands of $$$ to do so.

    • Deniz says:

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      • R. Wayne Stringer says:

        Thank you so much for all the kind words. You are correct that it takes a lot of commitment and time to provide the volume of information we provide.
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  4. Katy says:

    Can you install tanning ledges in your pools? What about waterfalls and such? Do these items add signifigant time to the construction completion?

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Yes to both tanning ledges and waterfalls on American Fiberglass pools. These items may add a couple of days to the pool construction time.

  5. Qurque Qwerky says:

    How do these pools hold up out here in the wilds of New Mexico? We have harsh winters, scorching summers, very little rain, and occasional scorpions in pools.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      We have American Fiberglass Pools installed all over New Mexico since the mid 80′s. To our knowledge they all are in fine shape and used as often as expected.

  6. Knoxx says:

    Do you expect pool prices to be lower in the fall? We are considering suffering thru another summer if we can get a better deal when the summer is over. Any thoughts?
    Thank you K

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Knoxx, NO! If fuel prices and material prices keep going up, you will not see much difference in cost between now and “the off season”. Why torture your family? Get a beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool at today’s price rather than later’s price!

  7. Rinat says:

    There are some interesting oinpts in time in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There may be some validity however I’ll take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article, thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as well

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Thanks for visiting with us. We trust that you will look into things even further. We have found that a consumer that fully educates themselves about different kinds of pools available will typically end up becoming a fiberglass pool owner.

      • Dorothea says:

        I am looking into buying a 1971 Florida home with a concrete (I think) pool. Is there anyway to reline it with fiberglass? If so, the approximate cost for a fairly large pool.