Vinyl or Fiberglass?

Choosing your new pool is always hard! Fiberglass or Vinyl? We hope to make your choice simple with this list of Pros & Cons for Fiberglass and Vinyl Swimming Pools…

Vinyl Swimming Pool

PROS
– Historically More Popular
– Lower Cost Initially
– Total Customization (Shape, Size, & Depth)
– Many Liner Patterns and Colours Available
– Soft and Smooth on the Feet.
– No Crane Access Required.

Cons
– Greater Life time expenses (Liner Replacement 8-12 years).
– More Labour Intensive.
– Line Can Wrinkle.
– Bleaching of the Liner over time affects appearance.
– Easily Damaged.
– Requires More Chemicals to Prevent Algae.
– Steps & Benches don’t match pool (unless you go for a Vinyl-Over-Steel option instead of Fibreglass).
– Longer Installation Time.
– Lower Resale Value: Buyers may be hesitant to purchase because of the inevitable repair and liner replacement costs.
– Can be More slippery.
– Warranty Limited.

Fiberglass Swimming Pool

PROS
– Trends Moving Towards Fibreglass.
– Aesthetics Rivalling Vinyl with New Shape & Colour Options.
– Lower Maintenance.
– Lower Long-term Costs.
– Less Chemicals Needed = Eco-friendlier.
– Less Electrical Usage.
– Better Insulation.
– Better Longevity & Durability.
– Children & Dog Friendly (no puncture possibilities.)
– Resale Value (Fibreglass is viewed as a long-term structure).
– Non-porous Surface Resists Algae Growth.
– Stain Resistant.
– Better Warranty on the Shell.
– Faster Installation time.
– Non-abrasive Material.
– Many Designs Include Built-in Steps = No Additional Costs.

CONS
– More Expensive Initial Cost.
– Limited Types and Designs (however, new models are constantly being added).
– Width Limitations (due to being freighted).
– Constraints on Pool Depth.
– Difficult Access Increases Crane Costs.

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