Fiberglass Pools: everything you need to know before installing one in your backyard

Who doesn’t dream of having a fiberglass pool in the garden or backyard? This is every family’s dream. A pool at home is a guarantee of fun during school holidays, because with the rush of everyday life, it is not always possible to take the children for a swim or to a water park.

Having a pool at home is a way to connect the family in a pleasurable activity, especially in the summer. Today we are going to check out the advantages that you can find when choosing a fiberglass pool to install in your backyard.

What is the fiberglass material?

Fiberglass is a material that can refer to both the fiber itself and the composite material used as reinforcement. Although it is also known as fiberglass, its name is Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (GRP). But let’s understand this better.

First of all: yes, fiberglass is actually made of glass. It is heated to a liquid state, then passed through extremely fine holes. This process creates strands of glass so thin that they are best measured in microns (a unit of length equal to one-millionth of a meter).

Composite is created when two or more materials are brought together to form a single material of higher quality. Fiberglass is essential for the composites industry because it has excellent strength, is light, flexible and has dimensional stability.

When polyester resin, for example, is added to fiberglass, it is when we have the FRP mentioned above. This union results in pieces that have long life, resistance and high quality. This is precisely the material used for fiberglass swimming pools.

Why choose a fiberglass pool?

Let’s find out why fiberglass is the best choice for building a swimming pool.

The durability of the pool made of fiberglass

We have already seen that fiberglass is resistant, with a swimming pool it could not be different. A fiberglass pool has a long lifespan. You don’t have to worry about any cracks. Proof of this is that if you have dogs, your pets can play in them without fear!

Fiberglass swimming pool installation

Installing a fiberglass pool usually takes three to six weeks. That’s because it arrives ready in your house. To give you an idea, installing a concrete pool can take three to six months.

That means your backyard won’t turn into a construction site for months on end. No equipment, materials and people walking around. That is, months of headaches are spared.

Fiberglass pool maintenance

The surface of a fiberglass pool is smooth. So you don’t need to brush it weekly. Nor use so many chemicals to kill algae. This is even a major disadvantage of concrete pools.

Fiberglass also does not affect the chemistry of the water, nor does it loosen pieces or fragments that react with it.

In other words, the fiberglass pool is much easier to maintain. You spend less time and money on maintenance.

The cost of a fiberglass swimming pool

In the long run, having a fiberglass pool means spending less. It requires fewer chemicals for maintenance. This not only saves you time and effort, but also lowers your costs.

Plus, you don’t need to refine the fiberglass or replace its coating. It is much cheaper than concrete and vinyl pools, in the long term and in the short term.

The aesthetics of a fiberglass pool

Fiberglass pools also bring an extra charm to the external environment, being a symbol of beauty and good taste. Today, it is possible to find them in blue and white, with different finishes and different tones, which can give a special touch to your leisure area.

The safety of a fiberglass swimming pool

Because it has a smooth and resistant surface, the material does not have cracks, which can cause injuries and accidents. The finishing of fiberglass pools provides total safety, especially on the edges.

What are the disadvantages of choosing a fiberglass pool?

Fiberglass pools aren’t perfect and aren’t the best option for everyone. Here are the disadvantages of the fiberglass pool that you need to know before purchasing:

Disadvantages of limited projects

There is a wide variety of fiberglass pool designs to choose from, but the main thing that sets it apart is that the customer will not participate in the design process.

You can choose the color and add-ons you want, but it is not possible for you to design a new custom shape or request a specific size or depth for an existing pool.

If you have a specific pool, but would like to get rid of the little beach and make the pool 30 cm deeper. Unfortunately, there’s no way to do that without building an entirely new pattern and mold.

Building a mold is a lot of work, and each mold can produce hundreds of pools over its lifetime. It is much more expensive for the manufacturer and the customer if we had to build a new pattern and mold for each person who wants to modify their pool.

Can't be too big

To bring the full size pools from the factory to your home, it is necessary to have a large vehicle with licenses and to follow some rules.

Anything that exceeds 4.80 meters in width is classified as a supercharge. As such, fiberglass pools are typically no more than 5 meters wide.

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