Frequently Asked Questions
How long do fiberglass pools last?
With proper maintenance and care, a quality fiberglass pool can last well over 50 years. Fiberglass is more resistant to decomposition and algae growth than other pool building materials. This makes these pools the most cost-efficient and maintenance-friendly option for the long term.
How much does a fiberglass pool installation cost?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the total cost of installing a fiberglass pool. This results in a large range of prices in different areas across the country. When including every component of the installation process such as permits, excavation, plumbing, electrical work, and parts, the cost can range anywhere from $35,000 to over $100,000. This depends greatly on the specifications of the individual project.
Which is better: fiberglass or concrete pools?
The best type of pool for you depends on your needs. Fiberglass pools are easier to maintain and install; however, they aren’t as customizable due to their manufacturing process. Concrete pools on the other hand are much more involved in terms of building and maintenance, but they are more customizable.
Which is better: fiberglass or vinyl pool?
This depends on the buyer. While vinyl pools are typically lower in immediate costs, they do require much more maintenance than fiberglass and need liner changes every few years. A vinyl pool style utilizes a liner made out of vinyl that must be replaced every 5 to 9 years on average. In addition, this type of pool is known to look cheaper from an aesthetic standpoint. A fiberglass pool is sturdier and never needs a liner replacement. Another important feature is many fiberglass pools have sun ledges or beach entries which are almost impossible to replicate well in a vinyl pool. When you add a tanning shelf or chair ledge in a vinyl pool any chairs you place on the ledge will rip the vinyl.
Is a fiberglass pool cheaper?
Once again, this question is dependent on whether you are looking for an upfront cheap cost or a lower cost over time. Are you a long-term planner looking for the most frugal option for years to come, or do you want the biggest pool for the cheapest amount of money upfront which will then cause you to pay more in maintenance? The short answer is yes, in the long run a fiberglass pool will most likely be the more cost-effective option. When you consider construction and maintenance costs, a fiberglass pool can save you big bucks compared to a concrete or vinyl option that requires more expensive and more frequent care.
Is a fiberglass pool worth the money?
Fiberglass pools may be more costly than other types of pools up front, but they are a wise long-term investment. Since they typically need fewer repairs and maintenance costs in general, they can ultimately end up saving you money.
What are the disadvantages of a fiberglass pool?
The disadvantages of owning a fiberglass pool are marginal in comparison to the benefits. Here are a few examples of the cons:
- Installation can be a bit more involved as costs tend to be higher up front than a vinyl pool and a crane will sometimes need to access the construction site.
- Poorly built pool shells are susceptible to a number of issues including warping, peeling, and cracking. Fortunately, Parrot Bay Pools uses the highest quality pool brands and installation practices to avoid these types of problems. We install over 100 fiberglass pools per year and know which ones are the best options.
- Another disadvantage of a fiberglass pool is the fiberglass shell costs more than a vinyl pool up front, but again, the money you save over the life of the pool more than makes up for it.