Concrete Pools vs. Fiberglass Pools

In Construction Process by John & Sabrina Foley

concrete pools vs fiberglass pools - example of Pebble Sheen® Aqua Blue pool finishAlthough there are many decisions involved in pool design, choosing the type of material should be the highest priority. There are many differences between fiberglass and concrete pools, so deciding on the right material will make a big difference in your end product.


Fiberglass pools are pre-molded. They require no framing and are lowered into a hole that has a sand base. Because no vinyl liner is needed, you will not need to spend money resurfacing it as you do with a pool that is lined with vinyl.

Although the installation of fiberglass pools is rather quick, there are a few drawbacks. Because they are pre-molded, you are limited to certain shapes and sizes. The width of the shell is limited because it needs to be narrow enough for it to be transported on the road, so you may not be able to customize the design the way you want to.

Repairs for fiberglass can also cause some trouble. Because every fiberglass pool manufacturer uses different colors in their design, it may not be possible for a repair technician to match the color if your pool is in need of repair.This can leave a large patch of unmatched color in your pool.

Concrete Pools

A gunite, or concrete pool, is made of sand, cement, and aggregate. It mixes with water in an applicator as it is sprayed onto the prepped area, and is ideal for someone who wants an opportunity to completely customize their pool with a unique design. You can make the pool as small or as large as you want, and both the shape and depth can also vary. To add to the functionality or design of the pool, you have more flexibility to add special features. Add-ons like negative edges and tanning ledges are easy to include in your design.

The maintenance routines of concrete pools are slightly more intense than other types. Algae may grow in your pool if you do not use enough chemicals or regularly brush the concrete. However, with the right maintenance your concrete pool can lead to a very long life. When it comes to durability, concrete is a tough competitor. It can handle any type of climate and holds up to frequent use.

Installation is key when having any type of pool installed in your home. To make the most of your pool, contact a qualified professional who will be able to help you make an informed decision, resulting in your own private paradise.

With Foley Pools, your pool will be unique and one-of-a-kind. Contact us today to get started!