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Before You Buy: 8 Facts About Fiberglass Pools


Considering having an awesome pool installed in your backyard? Not sure what the major differences are between concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass pools? We're here to give you some insight.

Having a pool to come home to brings much excitement. Whether you have children, live alone, or with another, a pool is fun for any situation. It's a great place to gather around friends and family, and it's also a great place for relieving stress after a long day.

But as you know, with a pool comes much responsibility.

There are a lot of factors to consider before having your yard dug up and a pool put in its place. Once you've made the decision to go for it, you'll want to make all the right choices that follow to ensure you get the best experience from your home's pool.

To help you along the way, we've put together a list of 8 facts about fiberglass pools that you should know before making a final decision. Keep reading to learn more!

1. Fiberglass Pools Are Low-Maintenance

Common problems with concrete or vinyl pools are that they absorb the water and chemicals in the pool. With fiberglass pools, a special waterproof gel coating is placed in the pools on the surface. This gel actually eliminates the possibility of water or chemicals becoming absorbed.

In the long-term, fiberglass pools won't grow algae or other micro-debris, which means less maintenance. You won't need to clean or add chemicals to fiberglass pools as much as you would with other pools. You will, however, need to replace the waterproof gel every 15 years or so.

2. Fiberglass Pools Can Last 25 Years

Because fiberglass pools require much less maintenance than other types of pools, they are simply easier to care for. Because they are easier to care for, they usually last quite a long time. Fiberglass pools can last up to 25 years, and sometimes even longer!

So if you're looking for a low-maintenance pool with longevity, fiberglass is your answer.

3. Fiberglass Isn't the Only Material Used

It's always important to learn more about any item before making a purchase. And what you might not have known is that these pools aren't only made of fiberglass.

Although the name would suggest otherwise, fiberglass pools are not only made from fiberglass. These pools are actually made with several different layers. The waterproof gel layer is one of them, but here are what the other layers are made of:

1. Waterproof gel- protects the other layers in the pool

2. Vinyl- helps aid in waterproofing, non-porous, corrosion resistant

3. Fiberglass- gives the pool durability

4. Roving- decreases stress on the pool's shell

5. Structural comb- supports tension points

6. Fiberglass- again, aids in strengthening the shell

Together, all of these layers and materials make up a fiberglass pool. As you can see, there is more than one layer containing fiberglass, but it's not the only component being used.

4. Fiberglass Pools Are Pre-Made Before Arriving

Unlike a concrete pool that is poured into the ground, these pools are made in the factory before arriving at your home. In the factory, the pools are made from a mold. You are able to choose the style, shape, features, and more before the pools are molded into their final products.

They are then shipped to you and ready to go upon arriving.

5. Fiberglass Pools Are Made Durable

Unlike concrete pools, fiberglass pools are made to be more flexible in their movement. This is a plus because any ground movement that takes place might cause a concrete pool to crack, but not a fiberglass one. A concrete pool might also crack due to water and chemical exposure over time.

Fortunately, these problems are very unusual for fiberglass. This is because, as mentioned before, the flexibility of the pool and because of its gel layer. The gel layer protects the pool's shell from chemical and water damage.

Over time (about 10 years or so) fiberglass pools can crack, but not to worry. The cracking is not in the pool itself but in the waterproof gel layer. This layer is an easy fix and should be replaced every 15 years or so anyway.

6. Fiberglass Pools Use Fewer Chemicals and Electricity

You won't have to worry about replacing vinyl or replastering with these pools. And in the long haul, they'll actually save you money. How?

These pools require fewer chemicals and electricity to run. Why? Let's go back to that waterproof gel layer.

Because this layer in the pool keeps the chemicals and water from absorbing within the pool's walls more chemicals and water stay in the actual pool itself. This means the system won't have to replace either of the two as frequently as in a concrete or vinyl pool.

7. Fiberglass Pools Need a Dewatering System

When installing a fiberglass pool, you'll also need to install a dewatering system. The dewatering system is used to remove water from the ground around the pool when needed. This is not something that needs to be done constantly.

Instead, this is something that will need to be done when needing to drain the water out of the pool. Although it might seem far into the future, you'll want to be sure that you have a dewatering system in place and ready. Draining the fiberglass pool without dewatering the ground around it will lead to a disaster.

8. Installation Times Are Short

Because the pools are made in a factory before being brought to their final location, the installation process is quick. You can have your fiberglass pool installed within just 3-6 weeks. Just be sure to have all of the details worked out beforehand.

You'll need to know where you're installing it and be sure to check with any codes.

Grab Your Towel and Swimsuit and Jump In!

Now that you've gathered all your facts, you're ready to grab your swimsuit and jump right into fiberglass pools!

Although they can be a bit more expensive than your other options, these pools show their worth. However, the best thing to keep in mind is what works for you and making a decision accordingly.

And now that you've decided to add this great addition to your home, you'll want to spend more time there.

Check out these tips on how to spend a perfect night at home.

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