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Fiberglass Inground Swimming Pools - Low Maintenance, Long Lasting Pool Design Ideas

By Edited Apr 13, 2016 1 0

Fiberglass Inground Swimming Pools

If you're planning to have a swimming pool in your home for a long time, fiberglass inground swimming pools are recommended for you. If we talk about long-term pools, fiberglass in-ground swimming pools are the better choice over poured concrete pools, vinyl liner sand Gunite pools. Though fiberglass in-ground swimming pools are more expensive than its alternatives, this type of pool will be a good investment in the long run. Over time, you will be able to save your money from chemical treatments, energy costs, cleaning and repair and all other associated maintenance work.

Advantages

When we talk about installation, fiberglass inground swimming pools will only take five to thirteen days as opposed to the 8-12 weeks of waiting for a concrete pool to materialize. This is because fiberglass is manufactured in the factory and all that is needed to be done is to dig a hole and use machinery to lower the pool into it. In terms of strength and durability, fiberglass is seventeen times denser than concrete and is more flexible. It is less likely to crack during earthquakes, and because of this manufacturers will often offer lifetime warranties.

In cleaning, fiberglass inground pools are resilient when it comes to mold, algae and bacteria. Because they are smooth in texture and non porous, dirt will less likely cling on fiberglass surface. This makes for easier cleaning. Also, your bills and be reduced because pool filter and pumps do not have to work so hard to keep your pool clean

You will not encounter problems of scraped skin or the wear and tear swimsuits due to rough surfaces like those of concrete pools. Fiberglass inground swimming pools have smooth surfaces and can eliminate the risk of getting scraped. It is advised though that one adds slip resistant surfacing on these pools to improve grip and avoid accidents caused by too little friction.

Disadvantages

Fiberglass inground swimming pools constantly need to have water in them. This is because when water is not available, a buildup of ground pressure may cause the fiberglass to buckle and crack. So be sure to have a proper drainage system. Because the fiberglass in inground swimming pools is pre made in different shapes, colors and sizes, this hinders one from customization. But still, there is a wide variety to choose from.

How much?

The installation of fiberglass in an average 18x36 inground swimming pool, which will include concrete decking crane, equipment delivery, rent for a water truck with at least 3500 gallons of water to prevent the pool from cracking, will cost at an average of thirty to fifty thousand US dollars. Although expensive, it is considered by many as an investment that will save time, money and energy in the long run. One can also opt to add a waterfall, lighting and all other features that are available. And since fiberglass inground swimming pools are constructed in one piece, it can be moved when you move.

Alternatives

In installation of inground swimming pools, one should take into mind certain factors that will effect the construction and longevity of the pool such as weather, soil type, patterns of usage, design requirements and of course, budget. After these considerations, one can proceed in choosing the type of inground pool he wants. We already know that fiberglass inground pools reign supreme when it comes to low maintenance and durability and its advantages. But what are other options available? If you think fiberglass inground swimming pools are a bit too pricey there are three other types of inground swimming pools to choose from. These are vinyl liners, concrete pools and Gunite pools.

Poured concrete swimming pools, obvious to its name, construction will involve the pouring of concrete into wooden frames. This type of swimming pool allows an individual to choose the pool layout, however the installation of this type is time consuming and more complex.

Vinyl lined inground swimming pools are the most commonly used type. These pools are cheaper, owners with this type of pool will tell you they do not last long, they need to be constantly replaced a maximum of once every ten years.

Gunite pools are the most popular in America. These types are installed by adding steel reinforcing rod framework or better known as "rebar rods". This framework is then sprayed with a heavy coat of Gunite. This is then smoothened and left for a duration of seven days. After a week, to give it a smooth finish, plaster is added. This type of swimming pool is more convenient than concrete pools when it comes to construction.

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