Many of our sales are to homeowners who are installing a new pool for the second or third time. They have owned gunite and vinyl pools before and know all too well all of the problems. ‘We just want a fiberglass pool, it makes so much sense’ is a common statement we hear all the time. So why is a fiberglass pool the smart option?
Speed of Installation
Your fiberglass swimming pool comes direct from the manufacturing facility, pre-made and ready to install. In fact, you can be swimming in as little as four days. Compare that to a concrete pool that can take months to complete and during that time your backyard looks a mess.
Fiberglass swimming pools have a smooth clean gel coat finish that is non-abrasive. There are no sharp edges or rough finishes. Compare that to some pebble pools that are so abrasive they can harm your skin.
The high tensile strength of fiberglass will allow the pool shell to flex without cracking to accommodate earth movement. No wonder airplane manufacturers are using fiberglass to build planes!
The gel coat finish on a fiberglass pool not only looks great, it's so easy to look after. The surface is smooth and non-porous so it cleans easily and is very stain resistant.
Low Chemical Usage
No one likes swimming in a chemical cocktail but some pools require constant monitoring and expensive chemicals. Not so with fiberglass. The surface is chemically inert so there is absolutely nothing in the pool surface that can alter the water chemistry. Hence, very low chemical usage and considerable cost savings on running your pool.
The Right Choice
Sometimes what we see in our minds doesn't always translate to the pool builder. With fiberglass, what you see is what you get. The swimming pool styles and sizes come off molds and cannot vary in any way.
Salt chlorinators, chlorine, fresh water systems, ozone systems all work wonderfully well with fiberglass swimming pools. Whatever your choice may be, it will be compatible.
Leisure Pools fiberglass pools from Earl’s come with a 35 year structural warranty. At best with a concrete swimming pool you will get a 10 year warranty – do you hope to have your pool last longer than 10 years?
Consider also that Leisure Pools USA offers a 15 year surface warranty and exclusive Aquaguard® gel coat finishes. Most other fiberglass manufacturers can only offer a 1 year warranty or no warranty at all.
Dispelling the Myth
The most common myth surrounding fiberglass pools and propagated by competitors in gunite pools or vinyl liner pools is that "Fiberglass pools pop or float out of the ground." When you are told this you should immediately ask just how a pool with 80 tons of water in it pops out of the ground.
The reality is that no more will gunite or vinyl liner pools pop or float than will fiberglass pools. In fact any watertight object will float if there is more water under it than in it. Pools can only float when they are drained and the water under the pool exerts upward pressure because there is no water in the pool.
So why would you need to drain a pool? Gunite pools need frequent draining to remove cracks, acid wash, clean stains and re-plaster the pool. Similarly, vinyl liner pools must be drained to replace liners or repair liners. Fiberglass pools carry a lifetime warranty and never need resurfacing so there is no need to drain the pool. So the end result is that many more gunite and vinyl pools float than do fiberglass; don't be fooled.
Anyone concerned with water under the pool should consult their pool dealer and have a simple drain installed so that water under the pool can be monitored and drained if necessary. There is a wide selection of solutions so there should never be any damage to any pool as a result of high water levels under the pool.