Fiberglass Pools 101 - Everything To Know Before Jumping In

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Your neighbor, your cousin, even your annoying coworker all have swimming pools. Still, despite family pressure, you haven't been able to commit to getting your own. That's understandable. Choosing to have a pool installed is a life-changing decision.

Once you have decided to go with a pool install, you have another decision to make: What type will you use? Concrete? Liner pool? When it comes to choosing a swimming pool, you need to consider the facts. For many, fiberglass is the best, most logical choice.

What are Fiberglass Pools Made Out Of?

Of course, fiberglass is the main component of a fiberglass pool, but it is made of so much more than that. For instance, a Viking pool mold is filled with layers of gel-coat, vinyl resin, and hand-laid fiberglass. The pool will contain a ceramic core that gives the "fiberglass" pool incredible strength. In addition, honeycomb vertical supports are used during installation. All of these construction elements combine to make a beautiful and durable pool.

How long does it take to install a Fiberglass Pool?

When you finally decide on a pool, you want it installed yesterday, but the installation process can take some time. In fact, standard inground pools can take months to install, unless you choose fiberglass. Other materials, such as concrete/gunite, and liner pools may take as long as two months to dig and install, but a fiberglass model takes about half that time. Some installers may even get your fiberglass pool finished in two or three weeks. Speed isn't everything, but it certainly helps soothe the impatient swimmers in your home. Plus, no one enjoys having workmen around week after week. Fiberglass pools are designed, installed and ready to go in very little time.

What's the Highest Quality Fiberglass Pool?

Viking Pools is one of the top producers of high quality fiberglass pools in the nation.  Viking guarantees their fiberglass pools for life. Their pools go through a rigorous multi-layered construction process and are made from the highest grade fiberglass and ceramic materials. The rigid ceramic core manufactured in the inner layer of each pool adds a strength not seen in standard fiberglass pools from other companies. 

Speed means nothing unless your pool is a quality model. Fiberglass offers a number of benefits that other materials do not. For instance, the surface lasts longer on fiberglass pools. Unlike concrete, which can vary widely in quality, fiberglass has a reputation for consistency.

In addition, your fiberglass pool is unlikely to leak, simply because it has few places where it can. It's all one piece, so there are no nooks, crannies and seams to invite problems. You also never have to replace a damaged liner or replaster a cracking surface.

Of course, professional installation is key. You need to choose a company with a solid reputation and years of experience. When you have a fiberglass pool installed by knowledgeable professionals, you can expect decades of virtually trouble-free swim and sun fun.

How to Maintain a Fiberglass Pool

Some homeowners resist installing a swimming pool because they dread the maintenance routine. You may have seen someone else's dirty pool and thought you'd never want to clean such a mess. With fiberglass, the cleaning is no sweat. These pools are easy to keep in sparkling condition. They come with a gel coat that resists algae — the bane of swimming pool owners everywhere. Concrete and gunite pool owners spend more time fighting this grungy green menace. Most dirt and grime comes off a fiberglass pool by using a soft cloth or sponge and a mild pool cleaner. If you choose this material, you'll be lounging in or around the pool while less fortunate pool owners are scrubbing away.

Fiberglass Pool Designs

Fiberglass does not limit your design choice. In fact, fiberglass pools come in dozens of traditional and contemporary shapes, so if you want a pool that stands out, fiberglass fills that need. You may opt for the traditional rectangle, or you may go with a kidney-shaped or even free-form look. Fiberglass designs don't have to look basic.

Fiberglass pools can even be custom-designed to add a high-end aesthetic to your property. You may add tile, brick and stone on the pool shell wall if you wish. Fiberglass is a quick and easy install, but it can look luxurious as well. 

How Much Does a Fiberglass Pool Cost?

The ease and durability of fiberglass might have you fearing the cost. You shouldn't. Depending on the area where you live, a fiberglass pool could cost less than a concrete pool (or at worst, costs about the same as a concrete pool). Pools that require liners cost less initially, but they come with their own set of challenges, especially since the liner is vulnerable to tears and leaks and will eventually need to be replaced. You may be able to install a fiberglass pool for as little as $30,000 in some states.

Of course the cost of fixing serious pool problems can be astronomical, which is why choosing a low-maintenance fiberglass pool pays off in long-term savings. Once you pay for the installation, your yearly cost for pool maintenance will be minimal.

If you are considering purchasing a pool, you should consider the benefits of fiberglass. Some people still believe that fiberglass means a lower-quality product, but that is just not the case. In fact, some of the most eye-catching and durable pools around are made of fiberglass.

You will also save time and money by installing a fiberglass pool. The install is completed in weeks and not months, and the cost of long-term maintenance is generally less. When you buy a pool, you want to be relaxing in it and not working on it. Now is the perfect time to invest in a fiberglass pool. You and your family can spend this summer enjoying your own backyard paradise instead of envying the one next door.