The differences between a concrete pool and a fibreglass pool
Adding a pool to your backyard can make you the envy of your neighbourhood and the go-to person for all your friends and family come the next hot summers day. But simply choosing to add a pool to your yard isn’t the biggest decision you’ll be faced with – did you know that there are two main shell types that you’ll have to choose between?
Then, there can be a range of choice between these two options. This can prove confusing if you have never owned a pool before, as it can be difficult to know which shell will best meet the needs of your property and family.
Luckily, you’ve come to the right place for more information!
The most popular materials for constructing an inground pool is steel-reinforced concrete,which is used to form the shell. There are many reasons for this, primarily because that concrete is durable and porous (allowing the plaster-coated shell to hold water, provide stability and be replastered when required). A hole is first excavated in the backyard. Then, the sides and bottom are lined and framed with rebar (steel rods). They can be sculpted in nearly any shape imaginable, and you can enjoy complete freedom to add steps, ramps and other features wherever you see fit.
After the rebar is position, spraying a shotcrete or granite finish creates the pool shell. This spray-on method helps contractors to craft the size and shape of the pool. There are various other finishes available, including: tile, stone and manmade textures.
A pool made from fibreglass will come as a large, one-piece shell that is delivered by truck and positioned into the excavated hole with the help of a crane. Unlike concrete shells, fibreglass ones are readymade, which means that you can rarely request a custom design. Most manufacturers do, however, offer many shapes and sizes to ensure that you’re able to find a match for your backyard. Any steps, spas and benches are usually preformed, and their positioning cannot be altered.
Though not as durable as the concrete alternative, the construction and installation process is far quicker – you’ll be able to dive into your new pool in as little as three weeks, as opposed to three months. This can be a key deciding factor if you want the pool for a specific event or season.
Hopefully, this short guide has given you insight into the key differences between the two most common shell types available on the market – as well as a better idea of which one will best meet the needs of your property and family.
Luckily, Coral Pools specialise in both concrete and fibreglass construction, meaning you can have all your questions answered in one convenient location.
Get in touch with our team today for advice specific to your property and lifestyle or visit us at our Ravenhall display centre to see a selection of our shells in person.