Pool Construction Types
The first step in adding a new pool to your home is actually to pick the type of pool. Traditionally there are three types. Concrete, vinyl and fiberglass; each with it's own pros and cons. Let's dive in... (pardon the pun)
First up, Fiberglass pools, which have some big advantages including being very low maintenance over the long run. The interior surface of fiberglass pools are non-porous which prevents algae or other bacteria from nestling in and growing. Concrete pools on the other hand require weekly brushing to keep algae from growing. Balancing the pH of concrete pools is also a little bit more of a challenge but fiberglass pools don't affect the pH in anyway.
The next advantage of a fiberglass pool is how quickly they can be installed. Typically, installation can be completed in two to three days as the actual pool is manufactured elsewhere. Fiberglass pools are also more durable as they don't have a liner like vinyl pools. Vinyl pools, especially those less than 20ml thick, can be ripped and replacement costs can run in the thousands. There aren't any of these concerns with fiberglass pools.
Fiberglass pools are now also very attractive and can be customized with colors, finishes, tile, water features, lighting and so much more! When you hear fiberglass pool you may think of something boring and plain but these days this type of pool are very elegant and can be customized in so many ways to give you a unique pool unlike any other you've seen. There are several other reasons to select a fiberglass pool like its resale value, use of salt water systems and overall low cost of ownership.
However, fiberglass pools do have some disadvantages which may give you some pause before making your decision. First, although we said that these pools can be customized with fun accessories, the actual size and shape of the pools are typically not. As they are manufactured in mass, you'll have less options for size and shape. For most people, however, this really isn't an issue as standard shapes and sizes are good enough place to start. The last big disadvantage to the fiberglass pool is the upfront cost which can be twice as much as vinyl pools.
Concrete pools offer luxury not found in any other type of pools but it does come with a cost. Concrete pools can be big, deep, wide and bold! If you can dream it, we can build it! Complete customization is available to you but be sure to consider the costs.
As we already stated, there is far more more maintenance to a concrete pool and you will need weekly pool service at the vary least. It's also not great for the environment as more chemicals will need to be used to balance the pH and keep the algae at bay. Total cost of ownership will be much higher as deep restoration processes like acid washing and replastering will need to be done at regular intervals. Finally, the upfront costs will be the highest and the installation timeframe will be the longest by far. Consider a concrete pool carefully as they are typically not done for the average home.
Vinyl pools do offer one thing, the biggest pool for the lowest cost. Beyond that, its advantages are not high in number. Like concrete pools, you can customize the shape of the pool you are building and the initial cost may be lower. However, vinyl liners typically need to be replaced every four to five years at near $5000 per replacement. Yikes! They also can have small areas that can harbor algae growth even though the liner itself is non-porous.
As we've discussed you have three basic options when it comes to building a new pool. With pros and cons for each type it's important to make the right decision. With the cost of this purchase it's crucial that you do an ample amount of research and speak with a reputable pool company before moving forward. We would be honored if you choose us and we are always thrilled to provide pool service Henderson, NV after your pool is operational.
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