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Fiberglass Swimming Pools

Updated on May 6, 2010

Choosing a Fiberglass Pool

This year is set to be the year of the swimming pool, with the weather predicted to be one of the hottest summers yet, it's all we can do to ensure we stay cool and relaxed through the warmer months. One of the best ways to do this, that can also add significant value onto your property, has to be a swimming pool. However, each year, thousands of Americans choose Concrete over Fiberglass and end up regretting it. If you're considering investing in a pool this year, be sure to read this page first to ensure you make the correct decision every time.

What is a Fiberglass Swimming Pool?

Over the years, swimming pools have certainly become one of the most sought after accessories for our homes, especially now that the weather is beginning to hit it's peak temperatures! Nowadays, most homeowners who invest in a pool will know that not only can swimming pools add a fair amount of value to your home, but they are also a fantastic way of keeping cool and spending time with your family and friends as you enjoy the sunshine this year. Swimming pools are no longer unattractive thanks to the introduction of fiberglass, and no more will hard and scratchy walls leave us with painful grazes that leave our kids in tears. The introduction of fiberglass swimming pools has proved to families all over America that there is a pool material out there that is not only cost effective, but luxuriously smooth to the touch! (Meaning no more tears!)

It was once very commonly assumed that swimming pools were only for the rich and famous, and to an extent, this was very true, because right up until the turn of the 20th century, concrete pools were the must have accessory for almost every celebrity. However, what many people don’t realize is that over the years, swimming pools have become a lot more affordable and cost effective. During the 1950s, it was discovered that fiberglass, primarily used in the boating industry, was actually a sublime material for swimming pools, revolutionizing our swimming pools for good. Fiberglass is actually made up of tiny fibers of glass that are strengthened with other materials, such as polymer, making it up to 17 x stronger than its concrete counterpart! Fiberglass is the perfect family pool material because it will never fade, plus it requires almost no maintenance thanks to the fact that it will not allow algae to breed and develop on its non-porous surface.

Many American’s are under the assumption that fiberglass pools must cost a lot more than other, conventional swimming pools, however, it’s becoming an increasingly well known fact that fiberglass is actually a lot more cost effective than concrete or even vinyl, a material very much assumed to be one of the cheapest pool materials available. The problem with Concrete is that it requires a lot of maintenance in the form of cleaning, cleaning tools, and cleaning chemicals, all of which don’t come cheap (costing in excess of $16,000.00 over ten years), and to makes things worse, they are all very harmful to the environment. When it comes to Fiberglass, algae and other bacteria cannot form like it can on concrete – an algae breeding ground, this means that you won’t have to clean it and maintain as much, saving yourself a surprising amount of money. You should always consider this when it comes to making your investment in a pool.

Fiberglass pools are always pre-molded at the manufacturers’ before being transported to your home; they will arrive in one whole shell and are incredibly strong and durable. Whilst being manufacturer, the shell itself will be coated with a special gel in order to form a non-porous shield to guard against germs and bacteria. Installation often takes no longer than 3 weeks at its absolute maximum, and smaller fiberglass pools have been known to take as little as 3-5 days to complete fully, when concrete pools have been known to take several weeks to fully install.

When you’re investing in a pool this year, make sure you spend your money wisely. Fiberglass pools have the potential to save you a lot of money over time, especially where repairs, replacements and maintenance is concerned, so make sure it’s a fiberglass pool you spend your money on this year, in order to ensure you get the very most out of your investment.

Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass pools have many advantages, some you may not have even thought of which can be found below.
Fiberglass pools have many advantages, some you may not have even thought of which can be found below.

The Benefits of Fiberglass Pools

In the past 10 years, fiberglass pools have become more popular than ever, surpassing their concrete and vinyl rivals. Many second time pool owners have converted to fiberglass, but why convert the second time? Surely it’s better to get it right the first time, after all, we all like to ensure that we’re spending our money wisely. There are many different benefits and advantages of owning a fiberglass pools, and this article aims to show you them.

First of all, fiberglass pools are well known for requiring very little maintenance, this not only means more time in your pool, but more money in your pocket! Any pool owner will tell you that they generally prefer a pool that takes as little effort as possible to maintain, and it’s even better if it also requires little expense paid on cleaning chemicals. Fiberglass is the perfect material for this purpose, as the coating that is used on fiberglass pools allows the surface to guard against algae, as it cannot form and breed as easily as it can in concrete pools, saving you a time and a lot of money when it comes to cleaning.

Thanks to years of technological advancements, fiberglass pools also have the potential to be truly aesthetically beautiful. Many years ago, fiberglass pools weren’t well known for their beauty, and in fact, choices in style were limited, however in recent years, as technology has advanced, there are now more style choices, accessory options and sizes available allowing everyone to create a unique and beautiful pool exactly to their tastes. With the introduction of new finishes, new shapes and accessories such as in-floor cleaning and LED lights, more and more people are making the right choice with fiberglass.

Fiberglass pools can also save you a lot of money over the years, especially when compared to concrete and vinyl pools that often hemorrhage money. Over ten years, concrete pools can potentially cost you well over $16,000 in maintenance, and vinyl, despite low initial costs, can also cost you over $1,000 a year in vinyl liner replacements and repairs. Fiberglass pools however require very little maintenance which means that over 10 years, you will only have spent around $4,000 in taking care of your pool, a seriously reduced figure compared to any other pool material.

Deciding to invest in a pool is an incredibly big decision, not only are you going to be investing your time and money into the creation of your pool, you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t cost you a lot of expense over the years. However, simply by choosing the right material, you could be well on your way to indulging in a beautifully smooth and expensive looking swimming pool that has the potential to last you a lifetime.

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The Aqua Group can also assist you with Spas and Hot Tubs, whether you would like a separate spa, or one with a mystical vanishing edge into your pool such as this one.
The Aqua Group can also assist you with Spas and Hot Tubs, whether you would like a separate spa, or one with a mystical vanishing edge into your pool such as this one.

How a Fiberglass Pool is Installed

Fiberglass swimming pools are becoming the most popular choice amongst homeowners; this is mainly because more and more people are realizing the advantages of owning one. They’re easy to maintain, durable and safe, plus, the installation time is incredibly short when compared to other, more conventional pool materials. So if owning a fiberglass pool is what you want to do this year, you may be interested in how exactly they are installed, and how they can be completely installed within only 3 days.

When it comes to installation, you will first need to choose your pool, and ensure your back yard has enough space for one. In order to do this, your pool company will first visit you at your home in order to discuss your ideas and how they can be incorporated into your pool, whilst at the same type tying in seamlessly with your home. Fiberglass pools come with a wide variety of different designs and colors, you can even complete your perfect pool look with tiles and LED lighting options. Once this is done, your contractor will then inspect the site in which you would like your pool to be situated; it will have to be a leveled site and within a close distance to the access areas of your home. The dimensions of your pool will be measured, and once all the decisions have been made your order will be placed.

The site will then be dug out to make way for your pool, it will be measured frequently in order to ensure that when your pool arrives, it will fit perfectly. The hole itself will be, typically, dug around 3 inches deeper than the original measurements, this space will then be filled with sand to give your pool a proper foundation to sit on and to level it out properly. This step can take various amounts of time depending on the size of the pool, but the average time tends to be between 3 and 6 hours, however, if you are having a particularly large pool, it may take up to 24 or more to dig out completely.

Once this is done, your pool will soon be arriving. The pool will usually arrive on the back of a large truck, where it will then be lifted off very carefully and placed into the newly dug hole. This may sometimes be a little tricky, as your pool installers will have to level the pool perfectly to ensure a perfect fit, and make sure that the hole is the correct size and not too small. This step can usually take around 3 hours to complete, depending on the design of your pool. On some pool installs, this stage of installation usually occurs on day 2 or 3.

The plumbing work will then commence, depending on what accessories your pool will have, two to four holes will be drilled ready for the plumbing to fit in and work efficiently according to your requirements. Extra holes may be drilled for optional automatic cleaners or lighting. If you plan on installing an automatic pool cleaner for the future, you can always ask for the hole to be drilled and plumbed in preparation for an auto cleaner in the future. This step can take anywhere between 3 – 5 hours. Once this is done, your pool is practically complete.

Fiberglass swimming pools are incredibly easy to maintain and look after, providing you don’t mistreat them! Keeping the water level correct and not draining your pool are two incredibly easy to steps to follow that can help ensure your investment lasts in perfect condition for many years to come.


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