Picture this: Your very own backyard oasis. Fun in the sun with your family and friends. Laughter and chatter! Splashing into your own pool. Does that sound like something you want in your own backyard? With so many in-ground pool options like a vinyl liner, concrete, and fiberglass, how will you choose?
Fortunately, Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas has the answers you’re looking for!
As with any home renovation project, you’re going to want to do a bit of research before you buy. Luckily for you, we’ve put together some valuable information designed to help you make the decision on which pool design is best for you. There are so many factors to consider, including vinyl liner vs. fiberglass construction, your budget, the size of your lot, how much time and money you want to spend on maintenance and operational costs.
Let’s take a look at the different types of in-ground pools you can choose from.
Like a concrete pool, the vinyl liner in-ground pool is another construction project in your backyard. Because the pool is assembled in your yard, this process can take as long as six weeks. The contractor digs a hole in your backyard, assembles steel walls, which are lined with a material similar to a shower curtain. While vinyl is a very durable material in relation to chemical resistance, its performance under direct sunlight is altogether different. In time, your liner may fade, become stained, and can tear in high-stress areas like the corners.
While many families like the look of a vinyl liner, the reality is that the maintenance of these types of in-ground pools can be costly. A vinyl liner may need to be replaced once every seven years, which can run you thousands of dollars.
In addition to these fixes, the yearly cost of chemicals can sometimes be a financial burden that families don’t realize. When you look at the cost per season for chemicals, you may be spending upwards of $400 for chemicals to clean the vinyl liner pool. And that’s if you don’t run into trouble with algae.
But the upfront cost of a vinyl liner pool is significantly less than that of a fiberglass pool, so it’s important to know all of your options.
Fiberglass pools are quality factory-built products, not a backyard assembly project. Unlike a vinyl liner pool that can take most of the summer to build, a fiberglass pool is installed in a matter of days. Fiberglass construction techniques have been perfected since fiberglass pools were first introduced over 50 years ago. You will have a durable gel coat surface that will never need maintenance, and best of all – no liner to replace – ever!
If you’re looking for strength, fiberglass is the answer. Fiberglass is over 17 times stronger than concrete, with a tensile strength of roughly 260,000 psi. It will not deteriorate like concrete, tear like vinyl, or rust and conduct temperature extremes like steel.
In addition to strength, the surface of a fiberglass pool is much cleaner than a vinyl liner. The fiberglass pool surface is completely non-porous, making it extremely inhospitable to the growth of algae. Also, dirt can’t adhere to the smooth fiberglass surface, so it falls to the bottom where the bottom circulator drain draws it into the filter system. This means you need fewer chemicals to sustain water quality. While that’s a financial saving, it also saves on time because maintenance time is reduced by as much as 90% – making your pool more fun and less work.
Have a problem with your pool? No problem. Fiberglass is backed by a 50-year structural warranty.
The purchase price of your pool is obviously important, but what is it going to cost to own this pool over the next 15 years – that’s the “real” cost. Over the period of ownership, the fiberglass pool is actually less expensive than other types of pools. How’s that?
The average vinyl liner pool owner will install two liners during the time of ownership, that’s approximately $7,000 added to the cost of the pool.
With fiberglass pools, there is no liner and there are fewer chemicals you need to purchase. Chemical costs are reduced by 60% with a fiberglass pool, heating costs are minimized by 12%, and electrical costs to run the filter are reduced by 18%.
With a fiberglass pool, your savings based on 15-year ownership will average over $10,000! If you look at the initial cost and add the cost of ownership over a 15-year period, a fiberglass pool actually saves money!
When it comes to selecting an in-ground pool for your home, you’re making an investment and a partnership with your pool retailer. That’s why you need Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas. Our in-ground pools are constructed of the highest quality materials and are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, features, and colors.
We want quality pools for our own families, which is why we provide you with the best brands too. We utilize only the best – Sundance Spas, Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools, Hayward, and more.