In the pool building world, opinions are usually divided over whether fibreglass or concrete swimming pools are superior. The truth is there’s no definitive answer, it just depends on what type of pool is right for YOU. Building a pool is expensive, and while a worthy investment, it is important you get it right in the first time because remedial work will be costly and time-consuming. Research is key and it’s never too early to start browsing pool design ideas online. Once you know what you want your pool to look like, you can start thinking about which pool material – fibreglass or concrete – is best suited to your needs. Here’s what you need to know.
Fibreglass Pools – The Speedier Option
One of the main advantages to choosing a fibreglass pool is the speed with which you can have your new pool installed. Since a fibreglass pool will come ready-built from the factory, installation will only take a couple of weeks as opposed to a couple of months. Other advantages of fibreglass pools include:
- More affordable (roughly 20-30% cheaper than a concrete pool)
- Easy to clean and require less cleaning and fewer chemicals
- Warmer than concerete
- More comfortable underfoot
The biggest drawback of a fibreglass pool is the limited design options. Colour choices will also be restricted. However, there are still some really great designs out there with options like swim-outs and lounge areas.
Concrete Pools – For the Ultimate in Design
The biggest benefit of a concrete pool is its ability to be fully customised. Size and shape know no bounds for the concrete swimming pool! Other advantages of concrete pools include:
- Colour customisation (especially if you decide to go with tiles)
- Add-ons (alcoves, ledges and swim-outs can be added wherever you want)
- More poolscaping options
- Ability to add more depth that fibreglass
Concrete is ideal for those hoping to create a natural landscape with their pool. Using water features, stone, and other elements, a concrete pool tends to fit more organically into it’s environment, generating that tropical paradise or natural pond look you may be after. Of course, this ability to be fully-tailored means that concrete pool installation takes much longer to complete.
Some Further Thoughts
Both fibreglass and concrete are sturdy, durable materials that will ensure a lasting pool for the years to come. The size and shape of your yard will also influence your decision, as will the soil type, so it’s wise to consult with a reputable pool builder before setting you heart on a particular design or material. Some pool builders will also be able to show you actual examples of pools in the ground, which will help you make your decision.
So which one is right for you? If you’re still unsure, feel free to reach out and have a chat with our team. We have years of experience and know our industry inside and out. We are confident we can provide you with the necessary info to help you make the very best choice. And we’d love to help you create your dream pool. Get in touch today.