Beginner's Guide to Fiberglass Pools
Spring is here and it’s time to start soaking up the sun! Fiberglass pools are a great option for homeowners who want to spend more time enjoying their pool and less time cleaning it. The smooth surface of fiberglass pools practically maintain themselves, and the pool can be installed in days! This is the most costly inground pool option, but you will see the lowest lifetime cost – which means more money for parties, grilling, and having fun by the pool! Ready for a hassle-free swimming pool? Let’s get started!
If you have been following our beginner’s guide series, you will know that a well-thought-out design is imperative to the building process. Fiberglass pools can be made into any size and shape, but remember, this could come with an added cost and must be transported to your home in one piece. Make sure you understand the size requirements before designing your swimming pool.
When you’re ready to dig into the details, there are a few things you should know about what makes fiberglass pools unique. Seats and steps are commonly built into your pool, so there is no need to worry about making this addition. If you’re looking to make your pool stand out, you can still add all the bells and whistles to your fiberglass pool such as a hot tub, waterfall, or lighting. If you want to add unique coping, your decking choice can affect your options. If you choose a standard deck, you will have fiberglass edging which is the most budget-friendly option, but you will not be able to add an accent border. However if you want customization and have a few extra dollars to spend, the cantilever deck has concrete poured over the edge of your pool which can be combined with various pool finishes such as a tile or pebbled finish.
After you have chosen a design, your swimming pool will be created in a factory. Fiberglass is a strong, lightweight material that is constructed by weaving small glass threads into fabric and hardening the fabric with a special polyester resin. To create a smooth finish, a weather-resistant gel is added to the fiberglass mold. Once your pool is completed, it will be transported to your backyard and meticulously placed within the excavated hole. The entire installation process can take from one to three days depending on the timeliness of the excavation and electrical work. Your deck will then be installed and the cantilever deck pool finish will be added. This speedy installation will have you ready to take a dip in your pool in no time!
Why are fiberglass pools so popular? These pools do not require any major maintenance like you will see with concrete or vinyl pools. Because of the smooth finish created by the weather-resistant gel, there are more stable pH levels and minimal algae growth. This saves you not only money on chemicals and tools but time that can be spent enjoying your pool instead of cleaning it. Of course maintaining a swimming pool and its water is always a must. For the proper chemical levels, visit our Testing your Water page: www.swimmingpool.com/maintenance/pool-care-basics.
Maintaining your fiberglass pool can be very simple. For pool wall dirt and grime, use a damp sponge or rag and a simple pool cleaner to remove any marks or waterlines without damaging your pool. If the spot remains, call a pool professional. Do NOT use any harsh cleaners or tools as these may damage the gel coating on your pool. If for any reason you need to drain your pool, leave it to the professionals. Although your fiberglass pool may have a sturdy structure, there are many external factors that go into draining a pool. With an investment like this, DIY is not the way to go.