Different Types Of Inground Pools

Posted on May 21, 2016 By

VinylBecause they are more attractive and structurally sound than above-ground models, most homeowners prefer inground pools. Available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, these backyard basins are typically made of concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl. Let us take a moment to discuss the pros and cons of each material.

Vinyl

Often sold in packages, vinyl liner swimming pools are popular with homeowners who want to save time and money on installation.

Pros:

– Affordable: At a fraction of the cost of the other options, vinyl delivers a lot of bang for the buck.
– Customizable: There are no restrictions on size or shape when it comes to these models. As such, customers can request non-standard lengths, widths, and depths.
– Algae resistant: Because it is comparatively nonporous, vinyl tends to inhibit algae growth.

Cons:

– Longevity: With an average lifespan of between 7 and 15 years, vinyl liners won’t last nearly as long, on average, as the other options. That is why lifetime costs could actually be higher if you choose this ostensibly affordable material.

– Durability: One of the reasons these basins don’t last long is that they are more susceptible to damage than other options.

– Resale value: While other materials can increase the resale value of your property, vinyl models are rarely seen as a selling point. It is actually not at all uncommon for buyers to ask that older liners be replaced before they close the deal.

Fiberglass

As the most popular material used in inground pools, fiberglass offers many obvious advantages.

Pros:

– Easy Installation: Built off site, fiberglass shells are relatively easy to put in place. Even a larger one can often be installed in only a few weeks.
– Low maintenance: With a non-porous gel coat surface, fiberglass shells are virtually invulnerable to algae growth. As a result, they generally require less sanitizing chemicals to keep them clean.
– Long lifespan: Unless it is damaged by an earthquake or some other catastrophic event, a fiberglass shell should last a lifetime.
– Bonus features: Most fiberglass models have built-in steps and seats for added functionality.

Cons:

– Selection: Built from molds, fiberglass shells cannot be customized. Homeowners must choose from a limited number of shapes and sizes.
– Size: Because they are ordinarily shipped by truck, there is a size limit on these inground pools. In most states, shipping restrictions prevent shells that are larger than 16 feet from being transported on public roads.

Concrete

There are many reasons why homeowners with deep pockets often prefer this material over the aforementioned ones.

Pros:

– No size limits: Because they are built on site, there are absolutely no restrictions when it comes to size, shape, or depth.
– Added features: Beach entries, tanning ledges, and vanishing edges are just a few of the special features that can be added to concrete basins.
– Unlimited designs: Many concrete pools are genuine works of art that are designed to match the property or landscape they inhabit.

Cons:

Price: Because they must be designed and built from scratch, the cost of these backyard basins can be prohibitive.
Maintenance: As a porous material, concrete is highly susceptible to algae growth. To prevent this unsightly, unsanitary problem, more chemicals and filtration is required at all times.

As we have seen, all of these materials have their share of pros and cons. It is up to the homeowner to decide which works best for them based on individual needs.

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