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When building a new Gulf Coast pool, homeowners usually find themselves choosing between gunite pools vs fiberglass. Homeowners who want a uniquely custom, designer pool usually prefer gunite pools. Those who want less maintenance often prefer fiberglass pools. Lets go over all the pros and cons there are to building gunite pools vs fiberglass.

Gunite Pools vs Fiberglass

Gunite pools vs fiberglass Pros and Cons

Gunite Pool Pros:

  • A gunite inground pool might add more value to your property than other types of pools.
  • A range of finishes are available with gunite, which includes tile, aggregate, concrete paint, fiberglass or pebble.
  • When considering size and shape, gunite is the most versatile pool building material. Actually, it’s easy to accommodate any size, shape, and depth since the pool is built on site.
  • It is resistant to impact and if damage does happen fixes take place onsite. It’s also durable.


  • It’s the most costly type of pool to construct, mainly due to the many hours of labor needed.
  • A gunite swimming pool costs more to run because of the continuous use of the pool filter.
  • The cost of maintenance is higher than other pool materials. Algae and bacteria hold fast to the pools the rough surface of the pool and need more regular cleaning and more chemicals.
  • A gunite pool’s rough surface is uncomfortable for some swimmers, particularly kids.
  • A gunite inground pool takes long to install.

Gunite Pools vs Fiberglass

Fiberglass pool pros:

  • Resistant to shock – Fiberglass can absorb fluctuations in the surface of the earth. If you reside in an area that is prone to earthquakes, fiberglass is usually a good option.
  • Easy installation – Since these pools are shipped in one piece, there’s less work onsite. Your pool will be ready for use in a few weeks.
  • Low maintenance – These pools are nonporous, so they are not prone to algae growth and need fewer chemicals. They don’t need resurfacing.


  • Slippery – They come with a slippery surface, which creates a possible risk to safety, especially on the steps. You can get a non-slip coating but it will cost more.
  • Not perfect for diving – Since these pools are often no deeper than 8 feet, they are not good for diving.
  • Limited options when it comes to design – You can get these pools in standard sizes and shapes. You can choose rectangular, oval or round. However, custom designs and shapes are unavailable.

Gunite pools vs fiberglass- Which is better?

Usually, industry professionals can tell you that gunite is the better option with regards to your pool. Not only are you going to get a naturalistic gunite swimming pool that resembles a fiberglass one, but it’s long-lasting as well. Though fiberglass pools are durable, they might not last as long as gunite.

Furthermore, gunite pools installation is on-site, meaning they can take on any shape you want. On the other hand, fiberglass pools are shape restricted since they can’t be built on site.

Gunite Pools vs Fiberglass

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