Which Pool to Build?
It seems that no resident of the Sunshine Coast lacks a swimming pool in their backyard. The year-round warm temperatures combined with the beautiful weather makes swimming with friends and family the activity to enjoy. The biggest decision will probably be whether to install a concrete or fiberglass swimming pool in your Sunshine Coast yard.
There are advantages to both but understanding what each entail will help you make the best-informed decision about which type of pool is right for you.
Concrete swimming pools have been around a long time and for good reason. Concrete is a common material that is quite strong and can be crafted to make different shapes. This means that you can choose from standard sizes or custom-build your in-ground swimming pool to the right dimensions that work for your yard.
Concrete is expensive and does require maintenance to keep clean, but it also offers considerable advantages that makes it a favourite for many homeowners. Check our testimonials from our customers and contact Graham and Chris.
There are plenty of advantages that fiberglass offers as well, starting with its far-lower cost compared to installing a concrete pool. But the benefits do not end there as fiberglass is pre-made, which means that you can choose size, colour, and shape before having it installed in your yard. This makes shopping around for a fiberglass pool far easier compared to concrete.
And while fiberglass is less customizable compared to concrete, you can add many features to the installation. Steps, safety ledges, and more can be added when you install a fiberglass pool. However, there are considerable downsides compared to using concrete.
Fiberglass pools are not nearly as strong or durable compared to concrete. This means that over time, the pool will be subject to the stress of the changing ground. Cracks and warping are common even with fiberglass pools that have been expertly installed. While the installation costs are far lower, you may find yourself having to replace the fiberglass shell once, twice, or more times compared to a concrete pool.
Which Pool is Better?
While both concrete and fiberglass have their advantages, concrete offers considerably more flexibility, durability, and strength compared to fiberglass. The benefits of concrete are considerable, especially if you need to customize the size and shape of your pool.
- Thicker Walls: Most concrete pools have 150mm thick walls compared to 20mm for fiberglass
- Durable: Concrete pools last up to 15 years or longer. Fiberglass is far less.
- Strong: Concrete withstands the shifts and pressure from the soil better than fiberglass
The one notable disadvantage of concrete is that the installation price is more expensive. However, if you plan on having your pool around for many years to come, that initial cost will pay for itself compared to a fiberglass pool that may be long gone.
Sunshine Coast residents who choose between a concrete or fiberglass swimming pools should consider more than the initial costs in making their decision. The maintenance, longevity, and being able to customize to fit your yard are important factors when getting a swimming pool. Contact Concept Pools.