Having a swimming pool installed in your backyard can be a brilliant idea. Whether you want to relax on a sunny day, take a quick swim, or host parties, a swimming pool sounds fantastic! But before you start thinking about the size and the shape of the pool, the first thing you need to consider is the type of pool you want to get. You will most likely narrow down your search to concrete or fibreglass pools, the two most common materials used for pools. Both types have their pros and cons, which is why it is essential to understand their differences.
The cost of concrete and fibreglass pools differs greatly when you look at the construction and installation. Both materials are high-quality, durable, and sturdy. The cost of crane hire with fibreglass pools can be a big factor in narrow streets or when there is a long reach to get the shell into the yard. However, the cost of building and installing a concrete pool is is often higher as the structural cost and labour required to construct it compared to a fibreglass shell made in a factory.
Nonetheless, additional factors such as chlorinator and filtration systems, heating, lighting, electrical work, fencing and landscaping work can add up quickly. So both pool types can have a large cost variation depending on the number of add-ons.
Ease of Installation
It takes months to set up a concrete pool; whereas, it only takes a few weeks to set up a fibreglass pool. Fibreglass swimming pools come as pre-made from the factory, so the only work required is digging a hole, adding a pool, installing filtration, heating, and lighting, and finishing landscaping. Fibreglass pools can be difficult and expensive to install on a sloping site, where there is no earth to support the shell. On the other hand, a concrete pool is built from scratch, on any site, in any shape but requires more time to construct and install.
Design and Appearance
Most people will not be able to find any differences between a fibreglass and concrete pool in terms of the overall design and appearance. Both pools look great when they are completely finished and installed properly. The only way to differentiate them is by looking at the shape, size and interior finish. A concrete pool can be made in any shape and size you want. On the other hand, a fibreglass pool is only available in the shape and size that is made by the factory.
Moreover, the overall feel and finish are slightly different too. Concrete pools are typically coated with pebble or glass beads, which makes them slightly rougher compared to fibreglass pools that are coated with a gel that makes them smooth. Concrete pools can be tiled to make them just as smooth as fibreglass, however this is the most expensive interior finish.
Both materials are highly durable and long-lasting. However, fibreglass surface is more resistant to water chemistry variations. Nevertheless, concrete pools wont move or crack due to soil and ground movement, and are the only option in some out of ground situations or on sloping sites. Whatever material you choose, it will last long but will eventually require repair after a number of years.