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What Is The Longevity Of A Fibreglass Pool?

Have you ever considered installing a fibreglass pool? If you live in Sydney, Melbourne, or just about anywhere else, you're in luck, because fibreglass pools are becoming increasingly popular in Australia. But how long do they really last?

Fibreglass pools are made from fibre-reinforced shells, which makes them extremely durable. In fact, fibreglass pools can last for decades with proper care and maintenance. Of course, no pool is indestructible, and fibreglass pools can be damaged by things like tree roots or severe weather conditions. However, fibreglass pools can be much more resistant to damage than other types of pools, and they may also be easier to repair if they do sustain damage. Read on to discover the secrets behind the longevity of fibreglass pools!

Why Install A Fibreglass Pool?

Fibreglass pools have a number of advantages over other materials, such as vinyl lined or concrete options. For one thing, the fibreglass material acts as a natural insulator. This may result in faster heating than a concrete pool can manage, and will save you on your power bills!

A well-maintained fibreglass pool can last for as much as thirty years, if not longer. Fibreglass pools are less likely to need resurfacing in the way that vinyl and concrete pools do, which is a massive saving on maintenance costs. Though the longevity of these fiberglass pools is still dependent on proper pool maintenance.

Fibreglass pools are made with a shell that is layered with protective coats. These might include UV and chemical resistant finishes, multiple structural and reinforcement layers composed of fibreglass and a tie-in vinyl ester resin, and outer sealing layers made from further polyester resin. A fibreglass pool made in this way will flex slightly, but never crack. This makes them perfect for resisting any seismic movements or extremely high/low temperatures. A high-quality fibreglass pool can be more resistant to corrosion, heat and environmental damages. Consider this in contrast to concrete pools, which can suffer from shrinkage and cracking when exposed to harsh enviornmental factors. 

Maintenance For Fibreglass Pools

The first step to keeping your fibreglass pool in good nick for the next few decades is ensuring that you use products and equipment that have been designed with fibreglass in mind. Investing in a high quality filter that is also well-maintained and cleaned is one of the simplest, easiest methods for keeping your fibreglass pool in peak condition for as long as possible. The extra money you spend on a top-notch filtration system will pay significant dividends in the long run. 

Maintaining a quality sanitising chemical balance will also go a long way towards keeping your fibreglass pool happy and healthy. Recognise that there is a limit to the amount of chlorine and saline chemicals you want to use - too much and you may damage the coating that protects your pool, and you will go the opposite direction, reducing your fibreglass pool’s lifespan. Too little, and you will fail to have a sanitary effect on your pool water. A high-quality fibreglass pool will be non-porous and chemical resistant, allowing you to kill off harmful or unsightly algae and bacteria while also keeping your pool materials in top condition.

Fibreglass Pool Longevity Factors

Certain factors, besides maintenance, will determine the longevity of your fibreglass pool. These factors are the method by which your pool is manufactured and the way in which it is installed. In essence, the lifespan of your pool comes down to three people: the manufacturer, the installer, and the owner (of course, these ‘people’ will likely be groups, not individuals). 

When seeking out a fibreglass pool manufacturer, it’s wise to keep an eye out for a company that offers a warranty. Many Australian companies offer pool shells developed in alignment with worldwide standards, and you’d do well to find one that not only meets but exceeds these. That will all but guarantee you a high level of strength and durability that allows you to rest easy in terms of the safety of your pool.

Installing a fibreglass pool is always, always something that should be done by licenced professionals. Doing it yourself may seem like a way to save a few dollars, but the safety risks far outweigh the rewards. Even putting safety aside, you run the risk of ending up with a fibreglass pool that shifts in its foundation or has walls that bulge in all the wrong places. An effective pool builder will install your pool with steel and concrete reinforcement to give it the longest possible lifespan.

More Information About Fibreglass Pools

Installing a fibreglass pool is a breeze, thanks to providers using prefabricated pools. Delivery and installation can take as little as three to five weeks. You can get years and years of value for so little a time commitment!

Relying on a reputable pool installer will ensure your fibreglass pool is as safe as it can possibly be. Consult a member of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia and New Zealand. Check them out via our ‘Find a provider’ tab.

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