Are you dreaming of getting an inground swimming pool? Chances are you’ve waited years to make this dream a reality. The only problem is, you have a lot of inground pools to choose from, and making that choice might not be easy. So, which pool type is right for you, and which pool can meet all of your family’s needs?
You’re probably well acquainted with concrete and vinyl liner swimming pools, but fiberglass pools are also growing in popularity thanks to their undeniable benefits. Let’s break down these benefits in further detail.
No swimming pool is perfect for every pool shopper, but fiberglass pools are known for offering more pros than cons. A well-manufactured fiberglass pool can improve your overall experience as a pool owner and save you thousands of dollars on maintenance costs.
To help you decide if a fiberglass swimming pool is right for you, here’s what you need to know.
The gelcoat surface of a fiberglass pool is smooth to the touch and comfortable to walk on (say goodbye to scraped knees and toes!). Because the gelcoat surface is so smooth, it resists algae and is much easier and less labor-intensive to maintain than other inground pool surfaces.
As an added bonus, you’ll save money on chemicals and energy over time.
It’s a fact – fiberglass pools are the quickest inground pools to install. By day two of the installation, your fiberglass pool should be in the ground and full of water. A full installation complete with patio work will likely take between 2 and 4 weeks.
In comparison, vinyl inground pools take 6 to 8 weeks to install, while concrete pools can take 3 to 6 months to build.
Both the shell and the gelcoat surface of a well-manufactured fiberglass pool can last many decades (fifty years and up). Unlike gunite and liner pools, fiberglass pools don’t require as much upkeep or money to maintain. Lower lifetime costs often mean thousands of dollars in savings for you as a pool owner.
Fiberglass swimming pools also work well with many types of sanitation systems, including salt systems. Gunite and vinyl liner pools can be saltwater pools, but the salt is often hard on vinyl liner pool walls and plaster pool surfaces. The gelcoat on a fiberglass pool, on the other hand, is ideally suited for a salt-chlorine generator.
Like tanning ledges, benches, and spas? With most inground pools, those features cost extra time and money to add. With a fiberglass pool, these features are already built-in at no additional cost.
Most fiberglass pool designs come with shallow or deep-end bench seating, and many offer spacious tanning ledges. While a separate spa is always an option for your fiberglass pool, some models also come with the spa already built-in. A few models will include a tanning ledge, spa, and bench seating.
Not all swimming pools will improve the value of your home, but a fiberglass pool can. A fiberglass pool can increase your home’s value by around 5% in some markets, so you’ll know that you’re making a worthwhile investment even if you don’t plan to stay in your home forever.
The price range for a fiberglass pool typically varies from $40,000 to $85,000 and up for both the shell and the installation.
Keep in mind that the price of your fiberglass pool will vary depending on the pool’s size and the materials that you use to finish your patio and fencing. We offer a variety of fiberglass pools styles that can fit any price point.
We install high-quality fiberglass pools from a variety of brands including River Pools for customers in our area. If you want a premium fiberglass swimming pool that offers all of these benefits and more, get in touch with us today, or explore our pools online to get started.