Primarily, there are three types of in-ground pools: concrete, vinyl liner, fiberglass. If you are looking for the best swimming pool design for your backyard pool, make sure you consider the pros and cons of each type of pool.

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Fiberglass Pool Advantages

Low Maintenance

Fiberglass pools are easy to maintain due to the surface porosity. In other words, the surface is almost non-porous. On the other hand, a concrete surface pool is quite porous and rough.

Installation time

The installation of a fiberglass pool won’t take more than 2 days since the shell is made off site. On the other hand, a concrete pool takes around 3 to 6 months.


Since fiberglass pools don’t use liner, your pool surface won’t puncture. So, these pools are much durable and strong.

Attractive Look

A fiberglass swimming pool design is attractive due to its many aesthetic feature, such as poolside walls, elevated spas, stunning pool lights, water features, tanning ledges, and ceramic tile, just to name a few.

Fiberglass Pool Disadvantages

  • Higher initial cost
  • The shapes and sizes are not customizable

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 Concrete Pool Advantages


Concrete pools allow customization as far as size and shape is concerned. This is one of the best features of a concrete pool. If you need a big or deep pool, this swimming pool design is perfect for you.


Just like fiberglass, concrete is known for its durability. So, sharp objects won’t damage the vinyl liner of these pools.

 Concrete Pool Disadvantages

  • More Maintenance
  • More Chemical Usage
  • Incompatibility with Salt
  • Highest Ownership cost
  • Rough Interior Surface
  • Slow Installation Time

Vinyl Liner Pool Advantages

Low Initial Cost

Typically, vinyl liner pools don’t cost as much to install. They cost between $35,000 and $65,000.

Customizable Shape

You can customize the depth, size and shape of a vinyl liner swimming pool. Although the customization will add to the cost, it’s worth it.

Vinyl Liner Disadvantages

·         Frequent Liner Replacements

·         Liner Warranty Is complex

·         Algae Growth

So, if you are going to hire a pool builder to build a pool in your backyard, we suggest that you consider the pros and cons of each type. Without considering the pros and cons, it won’t be a good idea to just allow the pool builder to work on the project. As said earlier, each type has its own costs, which may or may not be affordable for you.

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