A Variety of Options for Swimming Pool Construction: Fiberglass, Vinyl Liner, Concrete

The truth is, it’s very difficult to compare swimming pool construction in a balanced, impartial and unbiased way. Let’s face it, every manufacturer has the best product available on the market, and every swimming pool contractor delivers the best construction and installation. Clearly, there is much discussion and debate about fiberglass, vinyl, and concrete – and plenty to fill the Internet. For the average homeowner it’s overkill, and it makes purchasing decisions even more difficult. The key, of course, is to be well informed as a consumer (as best as possible).

To begin with, in-ground swimming pools can be classified into three main construction options: fiberglass, vinyl liner, and concrete. And while being informed is advantageous, working with a reliable and reputable swimming pool contractor will pay great dividends in the long run.

Fiberglass Pools

Considered low maintenance because the fiberglass coating doesn’t promote algae and therefore requires less sanitizing chemicals when it comes to pool maintenance.

There is little added cost after installation – the fiberglass shell requires very little maintenance and will require no replacement or resurfacing like other pool options.

Stairs, seats, and special features can be custom built into the fiberglass shell, and incorporated into the pool design to specifically suit customer need (without seams).

Installation is fast – fiberglass pools are constructed at a factory facility, and then delivered to the home site. Contractors can deliver and install between 3 and 5 weeks.

Vinyl Liner Pools

Vinyl liner pools have a lower initial project cost compared to other in-ground pool options. However, vinyl liners last at most 15 years and will require replacement.

A vinyl liner pool will allow for any shape, any width, any length, and any depth. Hence, the customizable options are basically without limitation for most locations.

The material used in vinyl liner pools is non abrasive (smooth to touch). The surface does not promote algae/algae growth. Some fabricators will warranty for 20 years.

Sometimes, a home’s resale value may be compromised if the vinyl liner is old. There may well be a request to replace the vinyl liner as part of the sales negotiation process.

Concrete Pools

Concrete pools can be built in virtually any shape, size, or depth. It means that design features can be completely customizable, and fully personalized for the homeowner.

With a creative approach, a concrete pool can be designed and built to integrate with the design features of the home. This is also true about incorporating into the landscape.

It’s known that concrete pools require renovation between the 10-year and 20-year period.  This work might involve resurfacing or re-tiling, sometimes at a substantial cost.

In terms of construction, a concrete pool will take longer to build and install – it will typically take between 2 and 4 months. Landscaping and finishing might be longer.

Regardless of the construction approach, working with a reliable, trustworthy contractor is likely the most crucial consideration for any homeowner. For Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs, a superior level of quality is at the forefront of every project. Customers can be assured of best construction practices, working according to the building code, and no building compromises or shortcuts.

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