So, you’ve decided you need a pool – great! If you’re considering a fibreglass pool, you’re in for a treat. This comprehensive guide takes you through fibreglass swimming pools, covering everything from construction and key features to maintenance and cost considerations. By exploring the unique benefits of fibreglass pools, you’ll be better equipped to determine if this type of pool is the perfect addition to your outdoor living space.
Understanding Fibreglass Swimming Pools
Fibreglass pools are a single-structure shell and are fabricated entirely from fibreglass. This differs from other pools because other leisure and plunge pools are made of a multitude of smaller components. For example, a vinyl liner makes use of wall panels made from metal or plastic, as well as a grout bottom for stability before vinyl is laid and vacuum sealed. A concrete pool is formed with rebar sprayed with concrete and covered with plaster for aesthetics and durability.
As such, a fibreglass swimming pool is much different than other options and pool builders approach each differently.
So, fibreglass pool installation involves a single structure shell, but how is that shell made? Carefully.
Fibreglass plunge pools are fabricated in factory conditions. So, as a future pool owner, you won’t get to watch the process of building a pool. However, you will see the pool team install your swimming pool. There are six layers involved in fabricating a fibreglass pool shell amking it inordinately durable.
The process begins with a mould to shape and size the shell. There is a gel coat to finish the shell’s inside, and waterproof resin is mixed with chopped fibreglass to create the shell. Once all the layers have been applied, the mould is removed, and a quality check is carried out to ensure no inconsistencies
Key Features and Benefits
◦ Smooth surface
◦ Resistant to algae growth
◦ Flexibility when it comes to fibreglass pool design options
Longevity and Warranty
Fibreglass lap pools heat quicker compared to other pool types and they naturally insulate as well, which means you can save money on energy. A high-quality fibreglass plunge pool does not require resurfacing or replacing, it can last over 30 years if well-maintained. Manufacturers often offer two separate warranties – one for the shell itself and another for the gel coat. Aquify Pools offer an Extended Lifetime Structural Warranty and a Lifetime Interior Surface Guarantee.
Advantages of Fibreglass Swimming Pools
Whether you opt for a fibreglass above-ground pool or prefer the look of fibreglass inground pools – you can expect quick installation. A fibreglass pool installation takes up to six weeks, which is rapid compared to the three to six months that a concrete pool requires. As the shell is built offsite, the installation process is rapid.
Fibreglass pools have a non-porous surface, which means they are easier to clean and there is less need for chemical cleaners. The gel coat makes for a smooth, algae-resistant surface, so there’s no need to painstakingly scour the surface.
Aesthetics And Customisation
There are a wide variety of design options when it comes to fibreglass pools. In addition to various shapes and sizes, there are also colour options to help you enhance the pool’s visual appeal and improve your overall landscape. You can include water features, coloured finishes, tanning ledges, LED lights, and ceramic waterline tile. Many of these shells can be fabricated to include these build-ins.
Comfort And Safety
The smooth surface makes for a much more comfortable swimming environment, but the surface is also non-slip, making it safer. You can also opt for integrated steps or handrails to provide additional safety.
Maintenance and Care for Fibreglass Swimming Pools
You need to regularly skim your pool to remove any debris, insects, or anything else that may find its way into the water. Make sure to regularly clean the skimmer baskets and filter system as well.
A harsh chemical cleaner can potentially damage the gel coat and upset the water chemistry. All you need is a simple pool cleaner and a damp rag to tackle dirty spots. In comparison, a concrete pool requires acid washing and steel brushing, which is better off left to the professionals. Whereas you can tackle fibreglass pool cleaning yourself.
Pools require proper water chemistry levels, no matter your pool type. There is less adjustment required for fibreglass pools because the surface doesn’t affect it the way it does with other pool types. The first step is to test the pool water to measure CYA, pH, total alkalinity, free chlorine, and calcium hardness.
The team at Aquify Pools will always give you a thorough run down on how to properly care for your new swimming pool once installed as well as and a chemical start kit.
Cost Considerations & Installation Process
Understanding a fibreglass pool’s costs and installation process is crucial in making an informed decision and budgeting for your new backyard addition.
If you are looking for a fibreglass pool company to install your fibreglass inground pool, you should seek several quotes before signing a contract. Fibreglass pool costs vary based on several different factors. First, the size will impact the fibreglass pool cost. Plunge pool prices also vary based on the landscaping situation.
In addition to landscaping requirements and size, there may be additional site preparation requirements, which will increase the cost. Of course, if you opt for additional accessories this will also inflate the price. The best way to get an accurate swimming pool cost is to contact Aquify Pools for quotes on all potential options.
Once the shell is ready, the installation process can take place. However, the site must be prepared and excavated before it can be properly installed. The installers will discuss pool placement with you, and there may be restrictions based on plumbing and electrical considerations.
To guarantee a successful installation and long-lasting enjoyment of your fibreglass pool, hiring a professional pool installer is essential. Expertise plays a crucial role in ensuring a seamless installation process and avoiding potential problems.
Aquify Pools offers various pool designs and sizes to suit your preferences and backyard space. Our experienced team will guide you through the entire process, from choosing the perfect pool to managing the installation. So you’ll be swimming in no time!