The Advantages of Fibreglass Pools: Why They Are a Smart Investment
If you’re in the market for a new pool for your home, there are a handful of options available to you when it comes to what material your pool is made from. In no particular order, they are concrete, vinyl, and fibreglass. Each of these materials has its own pros and cons behind them. In the right situation, all of them can be the best choice for your home. But there’s no denying it, fibreglass pools are going to be the smart choice for a large portion of homeowners. In this blog, we’re going to explain exactly why that is.
The Advantages of Fibreglass Pools
Let’s take a closer look at the individual areas where fibreglass pools excel ahead of the competition.
Quick Installation: Dive in Sooner!
When the sun's out and the days are all scorchers, waiting weeks (or even months) for your pool to be ready can feel like a lifetime. Here's where fibreglass steals the show. Unlike concrete pools, which require an extensive process of excavation, setting, and curing, or vinyl pools that can have their own installation complexities, fibreglass pools come pre-moulded from the factory. Simply put, they're dropped into a pre-dug hole, levelled, and hooked up.
There are a number of external factors that can impact this, but on average, a fibreglass pool is fully installed and ready for water in one to two weeks. Comparatively, a concrete pool can and often will keep you waiting for several months. The fibreglass option not only saves you time but also the disruptions and mess associated with longer construction projects. It's clear – if you're eager to get swimming sooner, fibreglass is the way to go.
Durability and Strength: Built to Last
Concrete might feel sturdy (and don't get us wrong, it is), but it's also susceptible to wear and tear like cracking, especially under shifting soil conditions or extreme temperature changes. Vinyl, while flexible, is prone to punctures and leaks, necessitating occasional liner replacements.
Enter fibreglass. This robust material flexes with ground movements, ensuring it resists cracks and breakage. Additionally, fibreglass pools are constructed using multiple layers, ensuring strength and longevity. They're practically built to withstand the test of time, often coming with warranties that span decades.
Lower Lifetime Costs: More Dips for Your Dollar
Here's a not-so-fun fact: Concrete pools, with their porous nature, can harbour algae, requiring higher amounts of chemicals and rigorous scrubbing. Vinyl pools, on the other hand, might have you frequently patching up and replacing liners.
Fibreglass is a champion when it comes to cost-saving over the pool's lifespan. Its non-porous surface makes it resistant to algae growth, leading to fewer chemicals and less time spent scrubbing. Reduced maintenance means more savings and a happier wallet in the long run.
Flexibility in Design: Tailored to Your Dreams
You might think a pre-moulded pool limits your design options. Think again! Modern manufacturing techniques offer fibreglass pools in quite a range of shapes, sizes, and even colours. Whether you're dreaming of a classic rectangle or a lagoon-style oasis, it’s fairly likely that you’ll find a fibreglass model for you. And while concrete does offer a high degree of customisation, and vinyl gives flexibility, fibreglass competes fiercely in this department without compromising on the other benefits.
Sustainability and Eco-friendliness: A Green Choice for Pool Lovers
When it comes to environmental responsibility, fibreglass pools are a clear frontrunner. Starting with the manufacturing process, fibreglass pools result in fewer CO2 emissions compared to concrete, which must cure and set. Moreover, fibreglass production creates minimal waste. As for vinyl, the periodic need to replace liners means additional waste. The non-porous nature of fibreglass also translates to reduced chemical usage, diminishing the environmental impact even further. Choosing fibreglass isn't just a choice for your home—it's a vote for a healthier planet.
Resale Value Boost: Investing in Your Property's Future
Adding a pool to your home is an investment, but all pools are not created equal in the eyes of potential buyers. Fibreglass pools have a reputation for durability and low maintenance, appealing characteristics for homebuyers. In contrast, concrete pools might raise eyebrows due to potential maintenance challenges, while vinyl pools pose concerns over liner replacements. A fibreglass pool could give your property an edge in the competitive real estate market, offering potential buyers the alluring promise of hassle-free pool ownership.
Comfort and User Experience: Dive into Luxury
Fibreglass pools are the epitome of swimming comfort. Their seamless construction ensures a silky smooth finish, eliminating concerns of grazed toes or snagged swimwear, issues often associated with the grainy texture of concrete pools. The insulation properties of fibreglass also ensure the water retains warmth, providing a consistently comfortable swim. While vinyl offers a soft base, it doesn't provide the same guarantee against wrinkles or seams. In a fibreglass pool, every swim feels like a luxurious experience, free of interruptions.
Compatibility with Saltwater Systems: The Perfect Match
With the rising trend of saltwater pools, it's essential to consider the best pool material. Fibreglass is non-reactive, making it exceptionally resilient against the saline environment. It maintains its structural integrity and appearance even with prolonged exposure to salt.
In comparison, concrete can be porous and might wear down faster in a saltwater setting. Vinyl, although compatible, may not offer the same level of longevity as fibreglass under saline conditions. For those seeking the benefits of a saltwater pool, fibreglass ensures you get the best out of your saline system for years to come.
As you can see, there are more than just a few reasons to consider going with fibreglass as the material of choice for your next pool. So what now? Well, we’d suggest getting in touch with a registered pool professional that can walk you through the process of getting your fibreglass pool installed. Looking for a bit more information and inspiration? Come see us in person at one of the Pool and Lifestyle Expos around the country!