Fiberglass pools arrive right to your backyard, fully built and have the lowest operating cost of any in-ground pool!!
It is more affordable than concrete pools and come in a wide selection of sizes and styles.
They provide a smooth interior surface that won’t snag your feet or swimsuit. The surface doesn’t require acid washing or re-surfacing like a gunite pool. Fiberglass pools are built in one-piece in a quality-controlled factory and once shipped, can be quickly installed saving weeks of construction time.
GUNITE (CONCRETE) POOLS
VINYL LINER POOLS
Initial cost to install is slightly higher than a Vinyl Liner Pools, however, they come with the lowest operating cost.
Typically, the most expensive to install and the most expensive to maintain and operate
The least expensive in-ground pool to install but requires liner replacements every 8-10 years.
50 years from manufacturer
Liner Seams only
Slippery and smooth
Type of Coping
Steps & Seating
Quality Control.of Construction
By manufacturer at factory
Needed every 7-8 years
Acid Wash Pool Shell
Needed every 3-5 years
Exposure to Saltwater
Resistant to wear & tear from salt exposure
Plaster finish may be susceptible to saltwater exposure
Often designed with metal walls which may experience saltwater corrosion
Non-porous surface of fiberglass inhibits algae growth
Porous surface allows for algae to cling to the sides and requires routine cleaning
Non-porous surfact of vinyl inhibits algae growth
|SALTWATER SYSTEMS||Fewer harsh chemicals||Saltwater is corrosive to metal; it can corrode outdoor furniture and natural stone. Pavers near pool will need to be sealed to avoid breaking down.|
|Lower Maintenance||Higher upfront costs than chlorine systems. The cost and installation of a chlorine generator can cost from $500 to over $2000 and will need to be replaced in approximately 7-years|
|Cheaper to Maintain – pool grade salt costs are lower than chlorine products||Higher energy costs – the filter must run 24/7 to generate enough chlorine to maintain clean water.|
|Chlorine generator cannot generate chlorine in water temperatures below 60 degrees|
|CHLORINE SYSTEMS||Lower upfront costs – Less expensive equipment. Water testing and balancing can be done by the homeowner.||Irritating Chemicals – Chlorine can irritate your skin, eyes and throat and can dry out your skin.|
|Easier to perform your own maintenance on equipment||On-going cost to maintain balance in your pool’s water chemistry|
|Not corrosive and will not cause major damage to pool parts||Weekly checking of the water’s chemical balance is required and if needed, adding chlorine or other chemicals.|
|Chlorine products are more costly than pool grade salt|
Step 1 – Select shape and style of the pool that fits you vision
Step 2 – Pool shell ordered
Step 3 – Within 2 to 3 days of pool delivery the excavation equipment arrives to dig a hole and prep site.
Step 4 – Pool shell is set in place; plumbing, electrical, and pool equipment is installed
Step 5 – Dirt is backfilled around shell and pool is filled with water
Step 6 – Once dirt is allowed to settle, concrete is poured around the pool
The starting cost to install a fiberglass pool is approximately $60,000. This includes the pool shell, equipment, ground excavation, delivery, installation & concrete decking around the pool. Issues affecting overall cost are pool size and type, spa add-on, tanning ledge add-on, difficulty accessing yard, fencing, landscaping and retaining walls.
Fiberglass pools typically take 6 weeks to complete, however timing is dependent on the permitting process.