Types of Pools

Fiberglass Pools
ADVANTAGES
  • Low maintenance: The gel coat surface of the fiberglass pool shell is nonporous.  This inhibits the growth of algae and reduces the amount of sanitizing chemicals required to maintain the pool. 
  • Little or No lifetime cost: 99% of the time there is never any money invested in the shell of fiberglass pools.  No vinyl liner to replace and no resurfacing.
  • Non-abrasive surface: The gel coat surface of fiberglass pools is smooth to the touch.
  • Built-in Seats and Steps: Most fiberglass pool designs have seating and all have steps incorporated into the shell of the pool.
  • Manufactured in controlled environment: Fiberglass pools are built in the controlled climate of a factory. 
  • Quick installation: Because the shells of fiberglass pools are built off site, the installation occurs more rapidly.
DISADVANTAGES
  • Limited shapes and designs:  Because fiberglass pools are built from a mold, the costumer is limited to the shapes and sizes offered by the various fiberglass pool manufacturers.
  • No wider than 16':  Fiberglass Pools are shipped via the road.  Shipping restrictions limit the width of the fiberglass pool shell to 16'.
  • Repairs on some colored finishes do not match:  Many fiberglass pool manufacturers use colored finishes that do not match in the unlikely event that a repair is needed. 
  • Higher initial cost:  Fiberglass pools are more of an initial investment; usually at least $5k more than vinyl liner pools and about the same as concrete pools.  
Vinyl Liner Pools
ADVANTAGES
  • Low initial cost:  Vinyl Liner Pools have the lowest initial cost of any of the three types of inground pools.
  • Customizable shape and size:  There are no limitations of the length, width, and depth of Vinyl Liner Pools.(Please see below for descriptions)
  • Vinyl liner pools are nonabrasive:  The vinyl liner material is smooth to the touch.
  • Doesn't foster algae: The vinyl material used in vinyl liner pools is also relatively non-porous so it inhibits algae growth.
 Disadvantages:
  • Higher lifetime cost:  On average a vinyl liner will last between 7 and 15 years at a replacement expense of $2,500-$3,500 plus the cost of water. 
  • Liner warranties pro-rated:  Many vinyl liner manufacturers have a 20 year pro-rated warranty....read the fine print. 
  • Have to use pool with care:  Dogs, kids throwing stuff in the pool, tree limbs, etc. are all concerns.  The liner is only 20-30 mil thick, which is the thickness of several sheets of paper.  One mistake could cost you big bucks.
  • Lower resale value:  When you go to sell a home with a vinyl liner pool, one of the first questions asked is "how old is the liner?"  If it's more than 3-4 years old, there's a significant chance a request will be made to replace the liner before the sale of the house, or the value of the pool will be depreciated. 
Concrete Pools
 Advantages:
  • As big as you want:  Concrete pools can be any size, shape, or depth.
  • More flexibility with design features:  Vanishing edges, beach entries, tanning ledges, etc. are all just a sketch away from reality with concrete pools. (Please see below for descriptions)
  • Works of art:  Concrete Pools can be integrated into design as a literal work of art in the landscape.
Disadvantages:
  • High lifetime cost:  Concrete pools will need to be renovated every 10-20 years.  This involves resurfacing and re-tiling the pool at an expense of $8k-$15k or much higher depending on the pool.
  • More chemical use:  Because the surface of concrete pools is very porous, more chemicals and filtration are required to prevent algae.  The alkaline pH of the pool shell also constantly raises the pH of the water, requiring the frequent adding of acid to counteract the effect.
  • More maintenance:  Concrete pools also need to be frequently broomed or swept with a pool brush to remove algae from the pours of the plaster or aggregate surface. 
  • Longer install time:  Concrete pools take longer to install
 
 
ALL SHAPES AND SIZES
RECTANGLULAR- Basic rectangle can be fitted to most sites
KIDNEY- Where an existing tree or object can be worked around
ROMAN- A rectangle with curved or design on ends
TRIPLE CIRCLES- Creating a state of elegance
FREEFORM- You draw the shape…we build a pool