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Invest In A Swimming Pool Wisely

Updated on May 11, 2010

Choosing the Best Pool Material

Each year, thousands of Americans make the grave mistake of investing in a pool without first exploring the long term costs, or the other options available to them. Over the years, many of us have made the decision to invest in a concrete or vinyl pool, only to learn the hard way of the costs that can be involved. Fiberglass, a material once utilized within the boating industry, has got to be one of the most cost effective and eco friendly pool materials, but if you need some convincing, read this page, and you'll soon realize how investing in anything else is a very bad idea.

Why Vinyl is a Bad Investment

It’s becoming a well known fact that vinyl is one of the cheapest pool materials available at the moment, and is becoming increasingly popular with those who wish to invest in a pool, but don’t quite have the funds. Vinyl pools may have cheap initial costs, but they actually have many hidden costs and disadvantages that your pool dealer will neglect to tell you. In these tough economic times, the last thing we need is many hidden expenses down the line, costing thousands.

If you’re looking for a pool that looks attractive and aesthetically pleasing, then a vinyl pool… is definitely not the pool for you and your home, especially if you wanted steps and benches. In many cases, steps into your pool will be a different material to your pool, not to mention a different color. The material used is often white fiberglass, which will be needed instead thanks to its ease of installation, causing the look of the pool to suffer dramatically. This difference in color can often stand out and look out of place and unnatural, not the look many pool owners will want. There are some contractors who will overlay the steps with liner, however this is often difficult to install properly and often costs extra.

One expense that many investors neglect to consider would have to be liner replacement, few people realize how much costs mount up over time when it comes to replacing the liner in your pool, but the fact is that liners must be replaced annually. Vinyl pool liners will usually come with a warranty, however the downside is that they are pro-rated, meaning the liner will lose its value with each passing year. As well as this, your warranty will not cover labor and water costs as your liner is replaced. This does not count the liners you may have to replace if they get damaged or ripped, which happens very easily, adding up to even more expense. To fund a complete vinyl replacement, including water, liner and labor, costs can often hit around $4,000.

Another disadvantage of vinyl pools that many investors don’t realize is the fact that the liner will need to be frequently bleached, especially if you are using chlorinated water to fill your pool. Vinyl pools often fade significantly over just a few years, and even though the condition of the liner itself may be good, the faded colors can look ugly and cheap. Bleaching can replace the colors, restoring what has faded; however, costs can vary widely, especially if your pool is particularly large.

And finally, if you were thinking of buying a pool to increase the resell value of your home, then a vinyl pool is definitely not the right pool for you. As opposed to fiberglass pools, which are often viewed as a long term structure with no major repairs, vinyl lined pools are often viewed badly by many potential home investors thanks to the unavoidable long-term costs down the line. Many home buyers will request that the liner is replaced before any negotiations take place, in order to delay the costs somewhat.

Each year, thousands of Americans invest in a vinyl pool without realizing they can end up costing thousands of dollars to maintain. When it comes to swimming pools, Fiberglass is one of the most reliable and cost effective options available, and nowadays almost any family can afford one.

Fiberglass Pools..

Aesthetically pleasing, and completely unique, why choose anything else?
Aesthetically pleasing, and completely unique, why choose anything else?

What Are the Hidden Costs of Concrete Pools?

Concrete pools were once the first choice of pool material for many celebrities, mainly down to their costly price tags, however in recent years, as costs have come down; they have become more affordable for almost any family. However, many Americans invest without exploring the long term expenses that come with concrete pools, and instead are convinced by the low price tag. Unfortunately, concrete pools can be quite costly, with ten yearly expenses hitting a staggering $45,600.00. This figure may seem absurd, but once you see where the expenses are being made, you will soon see how easily it mounts up, and how investing in a fiberglass pool is a far better option.

Concrete pools often strike families new to pool investment as a complete bargain due to their low initial cost, however, this is an assumption that needs to be quashed, because it simply isn’t true. This article aims to show you how the long term costs for concrete pools break down over the years and what the money will be spent on, because after all, $45,600.00 is not a figure often associated with a good investment.

First of all, concrete will require 3 acid baths at the very least over 10 years. This is necessary as it removes the abrasive and gritty film that often builds up on the top of concrete. This is not only costly, but very harmful to the environment. This added up with water filling costs adds up to $3,600 alone, and this is just the start of your expenses.

Concrete pools also require a lot of chemicals in order to function hygienically, as well as this, you may also need to invest in specialist pool cleaning tools too. Concrete is a porous material, which makes it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other water-loving germs. If you want you and your family to be safe when swimming in your pool, you will need to make sure you can fund for the monthly cleaning chemicals requires, which on average costs about $65 per month, meaning after 10 years, you will have spent $7,800 on chemicals alone, bringing our ever growing total to $15,600. Plus, your pool will also need monthly pool services, coming in at $35 a month, adding an extra $4,200 on top of our figure. This makes our figure hit a staggering $19,800, but believe it or not, the worst is still yet to come.

Concrete also requires regular remarciting, and it has to be on time too. The average lifespan of the plaster used on your concrete pool will only last around 7 years, so it needs re-doing regularly. Plus, if your concrete pool is subject to any damage that effects the plaster work, you will also have to budget for plaster repairs too. Excess plaster is then dumped on landfills, where it will remain for many years harming the environment. Over ten years, this cost can mount up to $4,200, making our figure $7,800 already, and we haven’t even touched on the most costly features of a concrete pool yet.

Most pool owners neglect to think about the monthly cost of electricity and gas every month, these are required to run your pool around the clock, and heat it if you like a warm swimming pool. Over 10 years, this expense alone will cost you a whopping $24,000 alone, breaking down to around $200 a month. Now adding to our running total the cost of occasional tile repair should any loosen or break, (costly a measly $1,800 in comparison) our total stands at an unbelievable $45,600. Now, can you honestly say, after you have read this information, you would consider investing in a concrete pool?

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Why are Fiberglass Pools the Best Investment?

Swimming pools were once very much reserved for the rich and the famous, and something that was just a dream for many conventional American families, however, over the years the prices for swimming pools have come down dramatically, making them a lot more affordable for the modern family. Concrete swimming pools was once an option that was out of reach for many families, but thanks to the introduction of fiberglass pools, swimming pools can now be a lot more stylish, eco-friendly and cost-effective. Fiberglass pools have always been falsely accused of being very expensive; however, this assumption could not be more wrong, many people hold the misconception that anything environmentally friendly must be expensive, however when it comes to fiberglass pools, they could save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Advantages of fiberglass include the fact that they will never deteriorate, in fact, they get even stronger every year. One little known fact about fiberglass is that it is actually 17 times stronger than concrete, allowing it to withstand climates that swing between hot and cold, or even areas prone to earthquakes. Concrete pools tend to crack and leak if climates and ground vibrations are not stable; leading to expenses you may not have budgeted for. A fiberglass pool will ensure you’re never emptying your wallet on repairs. The color on fiberglass pools will never fade either, as it is molded into your pool at the manufacturers as it is being made, vinyl pools require regular bleaching in order to retain their color.

Fiberglass pools are also incredible environmentally friendly as they require no harmful acid baths, no remarciting and absolutely no tile replacement, just these 3 small savings add up to a massive $9,600 over 10 years! The lack of acid baths stops harmful chemicals from being released into the air, if you have ever witnessed a swimming undergoing an acid bath, you will know that it is a horrible and guilting experience, it smells horrible and you see straight away how the chemicals effect the environment, so missing out this step is a big advantages, not to mention the fact that no plastering means no wasted landfill space, and no tile replacement means an extra $1,800 in your bank account!

More savings come on the behalf of cleaning chemicals. Fiberglass pools require a lot less cleaning than conventional pools, meaning a lot less harmful chemicals and a lot less expense. Fiberglass pools are specially molded and then coated in a special gel which makes them non-porous – this means that no algae or germs can develop, so fewer chemicals are required when it comes to cleaning. This can save you around $3,000 alone.

And finally, fiberglass pools are completely family-friendly; most families will have had to take care of crying children before after they’ve skinned their knees, hands or feet on rough and abrasive concrete. This issue is a thing of the past with fiberglass; they are completely smooth all over, meaning your family can swim with confidence. It’s a small advantage, but it makes a very big difference!

Fiberglass pools are a fantastic addition to any home, they’re flexible, cost effective, and can be made completely unique even on the smallest of budgets, so if you’re investing this year, make sure you invest wisely and go for fiberglass as opposed to costly concrete and delicate, rip-prone vinyl!


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      Kenny  6 years ago

      I've written a couple of articles on the topics of how to choose a pool for Ezine. Great hub here and some good points you've covered for anyone interested in getting a pool. Of course there are many things to consider like type, materials, size, cost, financing, contractors, maintenance, etc. You can save a lot of money doing it right the first time of course.

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