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Let’s Talk About Pools!

Concrete? Fiberglass? Vinyl liner? Clients often ask us which type of pool is best. The short answer is—it depends on your needs and budget. In this blog, we will walk you through the pros and cons of installing each type of in-ground pool.

Concrete Pools

Pros:
-Concrete is durable and porous, which allows the plaster-coated shell to hold water
-Concrete pools can be formed into any shape, size, depth, and can be completely customized (think Pool Kings!)
-More available features such as pool tanning ledges, steps, and bench seats can all be custom designed
-Elegant look & a more finished interior that can be designed to enhance the entire aesthetic of your home
-Adds to the property value of your home

Photo credit: Money Images

Cons:
-There is more maintenance including weekly brushing to avoid algae build-up
-Concrete pools are more expensive to maintain
-Require re-tiling/resurfacing every 10-20 years
-The installation process is more time-consuming (months)
-Concrete pool owners must stay on top of PH levels as concrete is alkaline-based

Fiberglass Pools

Pros:
-Quicker installation—it is possible to be fully installed within 5 days
-Requires the lowest maintenance of all 3 options
-Durable
-Lower initial cost than most concrete pools
-Adds property value to your home

Cons:
-Limitations to size, shape, & design as fiberglass pools come pre-molded
-Typically, due to transportation restrictions, fiberglass pools cannot exceed 16 feet

Photo credit: Money Images

Vinyl Liner Pools

Pros:
-Lowest initial cost
-Vinyl is soft and does not promote algae growth
-More flexibility than Fiberglass pools for custom shape & size

Cons:
-The liner will have to be replaced every 7-15 years which can affect the resale of a home
-Can be thin and tear easily

Each type of in-ground pool offers unique advantages. An exciting development for all pool owners is the progress in technology that now enables pool owners to monitor and adjust things like pool PH, temperature, chlorine – even water features from a phone app.  We look forward to seeing new pool innovations in the future to help with the maintenance and aesthetics of all pools.

Let’s get started on your custom home journey! Contact us.

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Let’s Talk About Pools!

Concrete? Fiberglass? Vinyl liner? Clients often ask us which type of pool is best. The short answer is—it depends on your needs and budget. In this blog, we will walk you through the pros and cons of installing each type of in-ground pool.

Concrete Pools

Pros:
-Concrete is durable and porous, which allows the plaster-coated shell to hold water
-Concrete pools can be formed into any shape, size, depth, and can be completely customized (think Pool Kings!)
-More available features such as pool tanning ledges, steps, and bench seats can all be custom designed
-Elegant look & a more finished interior that can be designed to enhance the entire aesthetic of your home
-Adds to the property value of your home

Photo credit: Money Images

Cons:
-There is more maintenance including weekly brushing to avoid algae build-up
-Concrete pools are more expensive to maintain
-Require re-tiling/resurfacing every 10-20 years
-The installation process is more time-consuming (months)
-Concrete pool owners must stay on top of PH levels as concrete is alkaline-based

Fiberglass Pools

Pros:
-Quicker installation—it is possible to be fully installed within 5 days
-Requires the lowest maintenance of all 3 options
-Durable
-Lower initial cost than most concrete pools
-Adds property value to your home

Cons:
-Limitations to size, shape, & design as fiberglass pools come pre-molded
-Typically, due to transportation restrictions, fiberglass pools cannot exceed 16 feet

Photo credit: Money Images

Vinyl Liner Pools

Pros:
-Lowest initial cost
-Vinyl is soft and does not promote algae growth
-More flexibility than Fiberglass pools for custom shape & size

Cons:
-The liner will have to be replaced every 7-15 years which can affect the resale of a home
-Can be thin and tear easily

Each type of in-ground pool offers unique advantages. An exciting development for all pool owners is the progress in technology that now enables pool owners to monitor and adjust things like pool PH, temperature, chlorine – even water features from a phone app.  We look forward to seeing new pool innovations in the future to help with the maintenance and aesthetics of all pools.

Let’s get started on your custom home journey! Contact us.

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