What are the Pros & Cons of Fiberglass Pools?

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    Many homeowners have a dream of having a pool installed at their home, and once they begin researching the various types of pools, many wonder about the pros & cons of fiberglass pools. Fiberglass pools are often regarded as one of the best options for a pool material, so we’re going to take a close look at fiberglass pools and their specific benefits and potential drawbacks. In the end, you should have a good idea of whether or not a fiberglass pool will be a good fit for your needs.

    What Are Fiberglass Pools?

    Fiberglass pools are large vessels that are made from a reinforced fiberglass material, which is then coated in a gel-coat product to give it the final color or colors. Since the color is a baked-on coat put on at the factory, it is often guaranteed for a number of years. The pools themselves are often able to last for more than 20 years if they are well-maintained, though when they are neglected they can fail more quickly.

    Pros & Cons Of Fiberglass Pools


    Low Maintenance

    The amount of regular maintenance that a fiberglass pool requires to stay looking good and performing well, is considerably less than with other materials like vinyl or concrete. To maintain the water quality the homeowner will need to use smaller amounts of chemical cleaning agents, and less physical brushing of the sides will be needed.

    Cost-Effective (Sometimes)

    The significant reduction in pool maintenance and associated costs saves money, time, and wear and tear on the pool over time. This makes fiberglass pools usually more cost-effective, over the long term than many other types of pools. Since pools, in general, can be a costly amenity to maintain, this can be an important factor for some people.

    Rapid Installation

    Since the pools are constructed off-site, the total amount of time that the installation crew will be on-site will be far shorter than with other types of pools. Fiberglass pools can be installed in about 3-6 weeks, compared to a concrete pool which can take 3-6 months. The only issue is that there is often a multi-month wait for the vessel to be created and shipped.

    Plentiful Installation Contractors

    Since there are less skills or certifications that a pool installer will need to install a fiberglass pool, installers are easier to find. This can also be a potential drawback, however, if you aren’t working with an experienced, local installer.


    Customization Is Limited

    The colors available for a particular style of pool will be limited by the manufacturer. Depending on the size and style of the pool you choose, you may have a wide range of color options or you may have just a few. Not finding the color option you want can often be solved by browsing another manufacturer.

    Occasional Surface Challenges

    If the gel-coat finish that has been applied to the fiberglass pool begins to bubble or blister, it can result in peeling or cracking. There is no readily available repair for peeling fiberglass. While this used to be a major concern with older fiberglass, newer fiberglass pools don’t generally experience this.

    Damage Can Mean Replacement

    Due to the nature of the fiberglass material, the capacity to repair cracks or holes is relatively limited. This means that if damage were to occur that could not be repaired, it would mean the homeowner would need to replace the entire pool or vessel.

    For More Information About the Pros & Cons of Fiberglass Pools

    If you have more questions or need more information about the pros & cons of fiberglass pools, reach out and speak with an expert member of our pool installation team today.

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    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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