You might think that a pool is a pool, and as long as it gives you a place in which to splash around, have fun and stay cool, then you’re, well, cool with that. But there are several things to think about when you decide to put in a pool, and one of the most important points to ponder is whether you want to use concrete (gunite) or fibreglass.
This is not as simple a question as it sounds, and you will get different opinions and advice from everyone you speak to. Most pool companies manufacture either concrete or fibreglass pools, so they will naturally tell you that whichever one they make is the best. It’s the same when you chat to your friends. Those with fibreglass pools will rave about them, and those with concrete pools will tell you that’s definitely the way to go.
So how do you choose?
We get that this is a big and important decision, so we’ve compiled an objective list of pros and cons for both types of pool in the hope that you’ll then be able to choose the one that best suits your budget, lifestyle and swimming habits.
Concrete (Gunite) Pools
Most pools you see at outdoor water parks, resorts and high-end residential properties are made of concrete. This is primarily because concrete pools can be made to any size, shape and design you want. They are 100 percent customisable, and can easily incorporate features such as beach-style entry, steps, ledges and water features.
Concrete pools can be finished in a variety of ways, from mosaic to pebbles to regular tiles, so there is something to suit your taste and your pocket. They are also very strong and reliable, and will generally only need major maintenance (such as repainting, for example) every 10 to 15 years.
The downside of this type of pool is that while it doesn’t often need major maintenance, the porous nature of concrete means it will need regular brushing and heavy filtration to keep it free of algae and chemical imbalances. The higher demand on the circulation means you’ll need to keep your pump running for longer every day, which will increase your electricity costs.
The great thing about fibreglass pools is that they are really quick to install. Whereas concrete pools can take months from start to finish, most of the work on a fibreglass pool gets done in the factory. It is then simply transported to your property where it is lowered into the hole and connected up. Admittedly the process isn’t quite as simplistic as that, but it almost is!
Fibreglass pools are less prone to algae and bacteria growth because of their smooth, gel-coated surface. These pools are also often generally warmer than concrete pools as the water heats up more quickly and the pool retains heat for longer.
The most notable downside of a fibreglass pool is you are limited to the size and shape you can have. They are made from a factory mould and there are only a set number of styles to choose from. You are limited in terms of size and depth because the finished pool has to able to be transported safely to your home.
Both types of pool can be beautiful when installed properly and complemented with attractive landscaping and decking, but if you’d like some expert and friendly advice as to which type would best suit your home, chat to the cool pool dudes at Pool Spa And Filtration Supplies. They can’t wait to dive into this subject with you.