Which Type of Pool is the Best for Me?

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There are several types of pool options available to clients – concrete, fiberglass or vinyl liner.  But which one of these is the best one for you? Let’s take a look at the the 3 choices and compare the pros and cons of each.

Concrete  

Pros:

  • Concrete pools can be made to almost any shape, size, or configuration.
  • The most versatile and customizable type of pool available.  Features such as tanning shelves, vanishing ledges, grottos, etc. can be incorporated into the concrete pool design.
  • Wide range of color and texture plaster finishes are available.

Cons:

  • Concrete pools tend to be the most expensive type of pool.
  • Typically a 4-6 month installation process.
  • Tend to be higher in chemical use due to concrete being a porous material that can promote algae growth and increasing pH levels.

Fiberglass  

Pros:

  • Fiberglass are extremely durable and they are less expensive than concrete pools.
  • Most fiberglass pool manufacturers offer lifetime warranties on the shell.
  • Quicker turnaround time than concrete.  Usually 3-4 months.
  • Increasing choices of styles of fiberglass pools with features that you often find with concrete pools such as tanning ledges.

Cons:

  • Limited on size, shape, depth, configuration and color.  

Vinyl Liner

Pros:

  • Vinyl liner pools are the most economical type of pool on the market.
  • Tend to have the same turnaround time as fiberglass – 3-4 months.
  • No rough or porous surface due to the vinyl liner.

Cons:

  • Average liners last around 5-7 years.  Replacement liners can run $3000-$4000 each along with the cost of draining and refilling the pool.
  • Vinyl liners can be easily damaged by kids, pets and debris.
  • Limited features with vinyl liner pools.

Azalea Pools and Outdoor Living, LLC is here to help you decide what type of pool will work best for your family.  Feel free to contact us when you are ready to begin your outdoor pool oasis project!

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