Any professional pool building company will tell you there are three different types of swimming pools: vinyl, fiberglass, and gunite. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. So what's the best type of pool? We think you'll know it when you see it. Maybe it has to do with what kind of maintenance is required, or maybe it's all about the price. Let's dig in.
Typically fiberglass pools are easy to maintain because of the material they are made of. Fiberglass liners are non-porous which makes the shell almost algae free. This reduces the time needed to clean it, and you'll also save money because you won't have to buy tons of chemicals to keep algae under control. Your swimming pool will be clean and you'll spend more time swimming in it.
The installation process of fiberglass pools is much quicker compared to concrete pools. The fiberglass shell is manufactured offsite so the builders usually don't spend a lot of time on this process. A fiberglass shell is also very durable and doesn't tend to crack or erode easily. You won't need to replace it for at least 20 years! Also, fiberglass pools are compatible with salt water systems. Having a salt water pool is easier to maintain on top of having an almost algae free swimming pool. The salt water system is designed for a more eco-friendly type of pool and saves you money in the long run.
While gunite pools are more expensive, they do end up paying for themselves because they are the most reliable. They can be made into any shape and design that you want, as well as any feature you want to the swimming pool. They are great family style pools and can be a lot fun during the summer season. These pools are durable, too. They're built out of gunite — which is a concrete mixture — and then on top of that there is a plaster coating that seals everything into place.
Fiberglass — These pools are more expensive in the installation aspect. Even though their shell is durable, it can be costly. Also, the shell is not customizable. You will be limited to the size and shape that you can install if you build a fiberglass swimming pool.
Vinyl — While vinyl liners are the cheapest, they're (not surprisingly) the least durable. And when your vinyl liner needs to be replaced, it's going to cost you. They aren't pet friendly, they require heavy maintenance, and they grow algae quite frequently. A lot of drawbacks, honestly.
Gunite — Maintenance is a big deal for these pools, too. Gunite is more susceptible to bacteria, which means more time has to be spent on maintenance. It also takes the longest to install, but high quality needs time.