Fiberglass Swimming Pools
Around for nearly 50 years already, fiberglass swimming pools aren't exactly new. They provide the perfect background for massive celebrations like parties, or even quiet solitude with just you and a few of your loved ones. Millions of people around the world take pleasure in many activities you can do in fiberglass swimming pools.
At your fiberglass swimming pools, you can enjoy a multitude of different goings-on, like splashing around with your family and basking in your time together, or having a barbecue with your friends at poolside. Even co-workers will appreciate your fiberglass swimming pool as you entertain them at the pool's shimmering water at dusk.
Fiberglass swimming pools are just perfect for almost any occasion. You can kick off your shoes and sip a cocktail after a long hard day and lounge at your pool. You'll literally feel the stress and angst of the day melt away as you see the ripples of the water and see its glistening reflection under light.
Even those trying to get and stay in good shape will like fiberglass swimming pools, as swimming is one of the best forms of exercise one can get, whether or not you have physical limitations, want to lose weight or is healing from an injury, and even protect stiff joints and fragile bones. With swimming in your fiberglass swimming pool, you'll get the effects of a good cardiovascular workout while fortifying your muscles.
Why should I go for fiberglass swimming pools in the first place?
In terms of long-time maintenance, fiberglass swimming pools are more practical than poured concrete pools. The prefabricated fiberglass material may be more expensive initially when you have your pool built, but over time, fiberglass swimming pools can save you money in chemical treatments, cleaning, energy costs and repair. Fiberglass swimming pools are also the better choice over concrete pools when it comes to patterns of usage, weather, soil type and design requirements.
Not like traditional concrete pools, fiberglass swimming pools are pre-formed shells similar to backyard ponds and are set in an excavated site and that way they are installed much quicker. The manufacturer seals the interior fiberglass before being taken to the site to create a smooth, nonporous surface, unlike the plaster on concrete. The surface doesn't even react to water or affect the pool's chemical composition. It uses chemicals that are less harsh and requires less frequent cleaning, which is especially advantageous for people who don't have time for pool-scrubbing or are allergic to strong acids like chlorine.
In other forms of maintenance, fiberglass swimming pools also save you the effort and cost. The surfaces of these pools don't develop cracks as easily as concrete. And unlike conventional concrete pools, fiberglass swimming pools don't need acid washing, resurfacing, grouting and liner replacement. Even vinyl liners that don't crack wear down in time and must be replaced.
Fiberglass swimming pools are especially popular in earthquake-prone areas because instead of splitting or popping due to pressure, they bend with the ground. They even withstand tree roots better than pools with vinyl linings.
How to install fiberglass swimming pools
First, you have to choose a leveled site where you want the pool to be installed. Make sure to keep it close to the access areas of the house. Get its dimensions and contact a fiberglass pool dealer to order a pool that will fit in the designated area. Then, mark out the boundary of the pool and excavate the place where the pool is to be placed either by using a shovel or a back hoe. Measure the hole frequently to avoid miscues and make sure to dig the hole three inches deeper than the original measurements of the fiberglass pool. To give the pool a proper base and to level it at the same time, these three inches need to be filled with sand.
Use the back hoe or shovel to lift the pool. With boards or strong ropes place it in the hole. Mark the desired level of the water in the pool with a piece of string. You may also drill holes for an automatic pool cleaner and lights that you can have installed later. At the far side of the pool, dig another hole and install a sump pump in it. Follow the directions that come with the pump. Attach one end of the pump to a PVC pipe that will run from the pump under the pool and then lead away from it. This will serve as a drain for your pool.
You may now then fill your fiberglass pool with water up to the part you marked with string and let the pool settle against surrounding soil for two days.
Downsides of fiberglass swimming pools
While fiberglass swimming pools are more practical, they aren't necessarily the right choice for everyone out there, as they come in prefabricated, or in other words, preset styles. While there are a wide variety of depths, shapes, seat and stair options and colors, they cannot be fully customized unlike concrete or vinyl. Fiberglass swimming pools are designed to be filled only to a minimum level at all times to keep the pressure inside and outside the wall even. At places with certain cold-temperature climates, where you'd "weather" your pool might not be a very good idea. However, these pools are resistant to damage from ground frost.