All pools are not created equal, and that is the truth. The size of the pool is one of many determining factors that affect the cost of installing one. Therefore, gathering and examining all relevant information from pool professionals is crucial before investing in an inground swimming pool.
There are three main types of pools. Each has a unique construction style and varying costs. At Platinum Pools, we provide detailed information about fiberglass, vinyl lining, and concrete pools, including their quality and costs.
Fiberglass pools are the most affordable and straightforward type of inground pool available. They are easy to install, as the pool shell is made of fiberglass and comes in various standard shapes before installation. The installation process for fiberglass pools takes only about two days from start to finish.
These types of pools require very little maintenance due to the use of a gel coat, a nonporous material that prevents algae build-up and reduces chemical usage. Therefore, most people opt for fiberglass pools primarily because of their cost and easy installation.
One of the drawbacks of deciding on a fiberglass pool is that it’s usually smaller and has limitations for the build since it is pre-made. However, it is worth noting that a fiberglass pool costs approximately 30% to 50% less than a concrete pool. Even on a budget, you can still have a beautiful blue pool to swim in.
Vinyl is a popular choice for people looking for an affordable option for their inground pool. Vinyl allows for larger pool sizes and shape customizations than fiberglass. The bottom of the pool sits on a bed of sand while the top is held by coping. Vinyl is a flexible material that can be shaped easily according to your preferences. The pool’s waterproof quality comes from the vinyl lining. One of the main reasons why people choose vinyl is its lower initial cost, but it may need more repairs in the long run.
In the Long Run…Gunite Rules
Concrete pools are the most sought-after type of inground pool. From a design standpoint, concrete pools are the most flexible. There are no limitations in size and design. After all, aren’t the largest pools in the world built of concrete?
The reality is that high-end pools are built from concrete. The investment may be higher than using pre-made vinyl or fiberglass. It requires more maintenance but will last much longer with proper care. Using steel rods to support the concrete cup and adding plaster or tile extend the oasis’s longevity due to its porous texture.
Concrete pools have a porous surface that makes it easy for algae to grow, so it’s essential to clean the walls and floor regularly. However, over time, the pool may develop cracks and need resurfacing. Acid washing is a form of maintenance done every 3-5 years to prevent the build-up of algae and bacteria on the pool’s surface. Resurfacing the pool every ten years helps maintain its appearance; hiring a professional to do the job is best. Attempting to do it yourself can lead to damage to the oasis.
A concrete pool has a longer lifespan of up to 50 years with proper maintenance. Due to their strength and durability, concrete pools are the most popular choice, even in areas with heavy usage and extreme weather. Unlike vinyl lining and fiberglass pools, concrete pools are less prone to scratches or stains and maintain their beautiful appearance over time.
If you want a swimming pool built with the best materials and to last a long time, don’t hesitate to contact Platinum Pools. With more than 25 years of building memories, our experienced designers and staff are ready to create the backyard of your dreams. Call us today at 281-870-1600 or visit our website for a free quote.