Over the years, fiberglass pools have been gaining in popularity with pool owners. They’re generally easier to install, more durable, and require less maintenance than their concrete and vinyl counterparts. But they didn’t always have such a good reputation. When fiberglass pools were first introduced, pool owners complained that they looked cheap and offered limited size, shape and color options. But thanks to innovations in the pool industry, fiberglass pools can now rival the aesthetics of concrete pools. We take a look at the benefits fiberglass pools can provide and why they make a great choice for homeowners.
The Evolution of Fiberglass Pools
In the past, gel coat, a finishing “paint” designed to protect fiberglass surfaces, discolored over time due to UV exposure and oxidation. But advances in the marine and swimming pool industries have led to improved gel coat technology, making the material much more resistant to chemicals and the elements.
Also, pool manufacturers have successfully adapted materials from the kitchen and bath industry to create an acrylic solid surface finish for fiberglass pools. With a chemical makeup practically identical to that of a home solid surface countertop, the finish is engineered for harsher environments and therefore much more resistant to chemical exposure. Plus, as opposed to gel coat, solid surface finishes offer visual texture.
Another issue that might have discouraged homeowners from purchasing fiberglass pools in the past is that they were difficult to customize. In recent years, however, the industry has been integrating complementary components, such as spas and tanning ledges. These days, inground fiberglass pools are available in just about any shape, size or color.
The Benefits of Fiberglass Pools
The following benefits are some of the reasons certain pool owners prefer fiberglass pools.
- The material is easier on the skin. If you look outside of the pool industry, whenever human skin and water come together, the material of choice is almost always fiberglass.
- Installation is easy and fast: To install any inground pool, you need to bring in large equipment, excavate, and place walls, forming or other structural materials. Although you still need to excavate for placement of a fiberglass pool, your yard will be put back together sooner and cleaner. And because fiberglass shells are built offsite, you can put water in them the day they’re installed. This makes the process much quicker and leaves less room for error.
- Because fiberglass is a non-reactive surface, chemical imbalances are less likely to cause problems. Reactive surfaces can experience discoloration or erosion after prolonged exposure to chemically unbalanced water.
Inground Pools at Aloha Pools and Spas
At Aloha Pools and Spas, we offer the three most popular choices for inground pools: gunite, fiberglass, and vinyl liner. Each has their benefits and will make a great choice for homeowners. If you’re thinking about an inground pool, visit one of our 3 locations to learn about all the choices. We’ll help you make the right decision.
Blog adapted from Clear Link Resource Center, a resource for LONZA pool supply retailers.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Aloha Pools and Spas, located in Union City, Jonesboro, and Cape Girardeau, is part of a family of companies that started in 1969. Aloha Pools and Spas has built thousands of inground pools and above ground pools for customers across seven states. They are dedicated to superior quality, professional service, and giving each and every pool and hot tub customer an unsurpassed level of satisfaction.
For over 40 years, families have trusted Aloha Pools and Spas to provide the highest quality and affordable prices on swimming pool chemicals and service, inground pool installation, hot tub sales and service, above ground pools, robotic pool cleaners, and much more. And all with the most up-to-date knowledge and technology. They have an expert staff of friendly swimming pool professionals and swimming pool service technicians that make pool ownership a breeze. If you’ve been thinking about an inground pool or an above ground pool, hot tub or spa, or anything backyard living related, Aloha Pools and Spas in Union City, Jonesboro, and Cape Girardeau is where you’ll find the best deals, service, and quality.
If you live in Union City, Poplar Bluff, Clarksville, Marion, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Jonesboro, Cape Girardeau or anywhere in Northeast Tennessee, Southern Illinois or Southwest Kentucky, give Aloha Pools and Spas a call at 731-885-2020 or stop by your nearest location for the best in swimming pool chemicals and service, swimming pool construction, hot tub sales, and hot tub chemicals and accessories.