Fiberglass Pools: Everything You Should Know

by | May 20, 2021

In the middle of a hot summer day there is no better place to find relief from the heat than in a pool. Even better would be having your very own pool in the backyard and being able to skip the hassle of packing up the family and heading over to the community pool.


But installing a pool at home is a hassle, right? Or at least that is what everyone makes it out to be. The truth is, installing your very own pool isn’t the painstaking task it is made out to be, as long as you understand your options and everything that goes into installing and maintaining a home pool so you can make the best decisions for your home.


There are many different options and routes you can choose from when it comes to what pool is best for your backyard. One of the most attractive options, particularly for first-time pool homeowners, is a fiberglass pool.


What makes fiberglass pools such a good pool choice? Here is everything you need to know about fiberglass pools, fiberglass pool installation, and fiberglass pool maintenance. 


What is a fiberglass pool?


Fiberglass pools are prefabricated, single-piece structures made entirely of fiberglass. The pool shell is installed by simply dropping it into a pre-dug and prepared framework in the ground that is then filled in around it.


Since they are pre-built, fiberglass pools aren’t as completely customizable as other pool options. However, that doesn’t mean fiberglass pools are plain and boring! 


Fiberglass pools are available in a variety of shapes (from rectangles, circles, amoebas, and combination shapes), finishes, and color. They are also created with built-in seating and steps. The level of customization you have available with fiberglass pools will allow you to find the perfect shape and style for your home.




Are fiberglass pools vs. vinyl liner pools 


If the first thing you think about when the idea of installing a pool comes up is price, don’t worry you aren’t alone. The price tag attached to a pool purchase is an important factor that homeowners have to consider before making an investment like this. 


However, one of the reasons fiberglass pools are such a popular choice is because of their inexpensiveness for both installation and long-term maintenance when compared to other common options, such as concrete pools and vinyl pools.


All totaled, fiberglass pools will end up costing you less longterm than vinyl liner pools. This is due to a couple different reasons, the largest of which is vinyl liners have to be replaced every 7 years or so you also have to keep in mind the cost of pool water and it’s maintenance. Even though it might seem like vinyl liner pools have lower initial cost, their upkeep and maintenance will pile on over the years and per season.  


The fiberglass material and waterproof coating it receives makes the shell impervious to water and chemical absorption and damage, which is common with concrete pools. This helps ensure the long-term strength and integrity of the shell. This coating also protects the pool algae growth which eliminates the need for regular scrubbing and deep cleans.


Fiberglass pools stand alone as the top choice for low-maintenance pool options. 


How durable are fiberglass pools? 


Fiberglass pools are extremely durable in addition to their low-maintenance requirements thanks to their shell. Fiberglass pool shells are made up of several layers fused together that add strength and support to the pool.


The sturdy fiberglass shell that gives resistance to water and chemical absorption that can lead to damage for concrete pools doesn’t require re-coating or repairs like that of a vinyl pool. This means you won’t have to worry about anything puncturing or cracking that gel coating. 


The strength and resistance of the shell helps give fiberglass pools a lifespan that can stretch over 25 years. That is over a quarter century’s worth of fun around the pool with kids and pets without worries! 


How long does it take to install them? 


Fiberglass pools are prefabricated in a factory off-site using measurements from your area and then delivered to your door. Because of this building process, fiberglass pools have one of the quickest installation times of all your other pool options.


Normally, concrete pools can take months to complete because the entire process has to take place on site, leaving you at the mercy of the weather and other factors. Once the order has been placed for your fiberglass pool, it can be up and running with a much faster turnaround. Fiberglass pool installations average about three to six weeks.


Once the fiberglass pool has been delivered, filling in the surrounding gaps around the pool, filling the pool, and completing the landscaping and styling around your new pool can be finished quickly and are all that’s left to do before you can start enjoying your new cool pool. 



Pool Installation from Procare


Are you interested in adding a beautiful, durable, and low-maintenance fiberglass pool to your backyard and start enjoying years of fun in the sun with friends and family? Procare offers simple and affordable fiberglass pool installation for you and your family with high-quality pools that will empower your home to become the center of fun summer activities and help create memories that will last a lifetime. 


Plus when you choose Procare for your pool installation you get a free backyard design from our landscaping experts. If you are ready to get started, contact Procare today online or by calling 616-583-9820.  


Have more questions about swimming pool installation? Check out this guide on swimming pool installation questions.