Both fiberglass and vinyl liner pools have grown in popularity among Southampton, NY homeowners. If you are thinking of building a new pool, or replacing an old one, you’ll need to know which type of pool will work best for your property, and be confident that you are making an informed decision. Here are some tips to help you choose between fiberglass and vinyl liner pools:
Fiberglass Pools - A Short Overview
A fiberglass pool is an in-ground swimming pool that, unlike vinyl liner pools and gunite pools, is not constructed at the project site. Instead it is delivered as manufactured, in one piece, ready to be installed. Fiberglass pools come in different shapes and sizes and are suitable for most backyards. Today’s fiberglass pools come in rectangular, kidney, plunge, free-form, hybrid and spa models, and make great additions to the home. Even so, there are limitations in depth and shape, which may make them unsuitable for some properties.
Benefits of a Fiberglass Pool
Quick installation is one of the biggest benefits of fiberglass swimming pools. If you need a quick boost for your yard, a fibreglass pool is a great way to get it. Of course, there is a list of factors to be considered, such as location, size, and shape, but this inground pool will be ready to use in only a few short weeks.
Fiberglass pools are also more affordable than vinyl and concrete swimming pools, and are similar in terms of durability and quality. Another perk of installing a fiberglass pool is that they require very little maintenance. One of the myths about fiberglass pools is that they can’t be installed in cold weather climates. This is simply not true. Thanks to technological advancements, fiberglass pools are strong, flexible, UV resistant, and have a life expectancy of over 25 years.
Disadvantages of a Fiberglass Pool
Over the long run, fiberglass pools are less expensive than vinyl liner pools, but their initial cost may be significantly higher than the production materials needed for a vinyl liner pool. Shipping costs may add to the price of the pool. The company in charge of moving the pool around should be very careful, as it is possible to damage a fibreglass pool during the installation and moving process. At Gary Duff Designs, we make sure the entire process goes smoothly and without any damage to your new investment.
Vinyl Liner Pools - A Short Overview
A vinyl liner pool comes with lower initial installation costs. This type of pool consists of a liner placed over a steel or polymer frame, which makes them easy to install.
Benefits of Vinyl Pools
The two main advantages of vinyl liner pools are their non-porous surface (just like fiberglass pools) and customizability (which fiberglass pools lack). Vinyl liner pools are made with a soft, non-porous liner that doesn’t harbor algae growth and is gentle on the feet. A non-porous surface means fewer chemicals can be used for cleaning during the swimming season and less maintenance over all. A vinyl liner pool is the perfect option for homeowners looking for a unique pool that will match the shape of their backyard.
Vinyl Pools Disadvantages
Vinyl liner pools require frequent liner replacement. This means that over the long run they can be more expensive than fiberglass pools. Another drawback of these types of pools is the wear and tear that happens to the liner over time. A vinyl liner pool structure can last over 35 years, but the liner will need to be replaced, on average, every 5-9 years.