If you look in any Yellow Pages directory under the category Swimming Pools, you will commonly find more pool service companies than builders, which illustrates the tremendous need for service and repair of concrete pools. A concrete pool is rigid and inflexible, so minor ground movements can cause it to crack, whereas a fiberglass pool can flex substantially without breaking.
Algae can grow right through the walls of concrete pools, destroying the plaster finish and causing damage to the pool's structure. The only way to eliminate the algae is to acid wash the surface, which can cause abrasive conditions. However, even acid washing does not always eradicate all of the algae. The only options available to the homeowner at that point is sandblasting, re-plastering and repainting, which cost enormous amounts of time and money. The good news? With its nonporous gel coat, fiberglass is impervious to algae.
The surface of fiberglass pools remains like new, surviving all types of weather conditions. With its skin-soft, satin smooth finish, fiberglass never requires repainting, re-surfacing, or re-plastering.
Maintenance of a concrete pool during the curing time is a cumbersome task. Alkaloids can seep into the water, requiring constant filtration and chemical balancing. A fiberglass pool does not leach any materials into the pool, thus saving time in maintenance and money in both chemical usage and electricity.
10 Reasons WHY to choose Fiberglass Pools
1. Less Maintenance: This is an accepted fact in 2011, no longer up for debate. Fiberglass pools(FP) have reinvented the paradigm that 'pools are a lot of work'. In fact, most FP owners spend less than 30 minutes a week in total maintenance.
2. Work Great with Salt: As anyone who understands science will tell you, Salt Chlorinated water, for all its wonders, is abrasive to concrete surfaces. What's this mean to you? Well, it simply means you're going to have to resurface your concrete pool much sooner. But as for a FP, salt is not a deterrent on the surface.
3. Less Cost: Yes, fiberglass and concrete may cost the same initially, but long term, due to the chemical and maintenance/resurfacing differences, a FP is much less.
4. Quicker Install: Who wants a pool guy in their yard for months? Answer: Nobody. In fact, fiberglass pools are often completed, including decking, in 2-3 weeks time. This means less stress for homeowners, neighbors, pets, etc.
5. Much easier on the Feet: Believe it or not, this is a big deal. Kids can play in a FP for hours without getting their feet torn apart by the rough surface. At River Pools, we've had many customers who owned a concrete pool in the past and bought fiberglass specifically for this reason.
6. More Appealing to Potential Home Buyer: Now that so many people understand the low maintenance and longevity benefits of a FP, the real estate market has become very attracted to these types of pools because potential home buyers don't see them as a lot of work in the future.
7. Much Harder for Algae to Grow: Algae is the bane of a pool owner's existence, and fiberglass pools have become well known to combat 'the green monster' due to their non-porous surface.
8. Seating is included: These days, every FP includes built-in steps and benches, a popular feature that always costs more with other types of pools.
9. The Green Advantage: With all the talk of the environment today, anything that uses less chemicals is a good thing. And when it comes to concrete vs. fiberglass, there's no question which one uses less.
10. Sound Structure, Built to Last: No matter what your soil conditions are, fiberglass is the ideal suitor because it's flexible enough to bend with shrink/swell, but strong enough to deal with the constant elements over the years.
10 Reasons Why Fiberglass Pools Are Better