Perhaps the most common addition that homeowners like to add to their backyard is a pool. Having a swimming pool provides people with several benefits, such as having something for the whole family to enjoy and even potentially increasing your property's value. Two of the most common options out on the market today include concrete and fiberglass pools. It is understandable to want to know which one is going to be more beneficial for your family and home. However, there is a lot to cover regarding the fiberglass vs concrete pool options., therefore the following includes several advantages and disadvantages regarding the installation of a concrete or fiberglass pool.
Fiberglass vs Concrete Pool Installation Process
When it comes to installing an in-ground pool, the installation process is best left to the professionals like Oasis Pools Melbourne as you are dealing with not only materials but also plumbing and electric works. Concrete pools can be time consuming to install as they require reinforcing bars, formwork, mesh, and a variety of other preparation work. Unlike other types of structures that use concrete, the drying process is not as simple. Concrete pools require that they be dry-mixed and shotcrete into the space. The alterative to concrete would be fiberglass option. If you are comparing fiberglass and concrete pool installation times, then fiberglass will always be the quickest method. A fiberglass above ground pool will come pre-cast from the factory. This means that even if you wanted to place it underground, the installation process would still be rather simple and quicker than building a concrete pool.
Fiberglass vs Concrete Pool Cost
If you are planning to install a concrete pool in your backyard, there are several factors to keep in mind regarding the cost. The cost of concrete pools can vary significantly due to the pools size, shape, site access, equipment that you choose etc. Oasis Pools Melbourne are available to discuss your requirements and provide you with a detailed quote and timeline for your project. If you are looking to install a fiberglass above ground pool, then the cost is going to be around 20% - 40% less to install than a concrete pool. It should be noted that a fiberglass above ground pool will not need an additional sealant once it has already been installed. You will however need to install perhaps some steps or decking to be able to enter the pool safely which will need to be considered when you are looking at your budget for the project, however concrete pools often have inbuilt concrete steps which add to the costs.
Fiberglass vs Concrete Pool Design Features
A swimming pool is something that should not just be practical but also something which looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye and complements the surroundings. The options for concrete pools are truly plentiful, as concrete can be made into almost any design. If you are considering additional features such as rocks, water foundations, or grottos, then concrete is your best option to go with. You may wish to make the most of your view so an infinity pool could be more appealing or perhaps you only have a confined space so a plunge pool or lap pool would be better suited to your property. OPM are here to provide you with advice to assist you in the decision-making process when choosing what is best suited for you and your family. A fiberglass above ground pool can be limited with regards to the colour, shape and sizes you can choose from. This is largely due to what the manufacturer can make from the material. For many homeowners, this is often the deal breaker as they may not have enough room or like the designs and colours available to choose from and would prefer a more customizable option.
In terms of maintenance, the ongoing maintenance can be higher with concrete pools as most need resurfacing around every 15 years, however, if you can consistently maintain your pool, then those years can be extended. Fiberglass pools are easier to maintain mainly due to the type of surface they use, this is because fiberglass is so smooth the gel-coating prevents growth of algae and mould, meaning that you need fewer chemicals to maintain the pool.