Gunite or Fibreglass Swimming pool? Not sure which one to choose?
There are advantages and disadvantages of both gunite and fibreglass swimming pools.
Swimming pool types are more suited to some yards than others.
The benefits of a gunite pool are:
- They are customisable to any shape, size and depth.
- The marble plaster finish has an authentic natural feel
- They are structurally stronger (if built correctly).
- They can be resurfaced over and over again.
The disadvantages of a gunite pool are:
- They take slightly longer to build
- The yard is a little messier with gunite pools
- They cost slightly more
Fibreglass shell pools became very popular about 30 years ago because they were cheap and quick to install. The cost of resins nowadays will render the fibreglass shell only slightly more affordable than building a gunite pool.
The problem with cheap fibreglass pools is that the materials used by some unscrupulous manufacturers are not suitable at all for swimming pool applications.
The advantages of a fibreglass shell (manufactured correctly) are:
- They are easy to maintain.
- Quick to install.
- Black algae can’t grow quickly on a fibreglass surface.
- Sanitiser chemical consumption is lower than that of a gunite pool.
- They cannot stain and always look blue.
The disadvantages of a fibreglass pool are:
- Many factories produce inferior pool shells.
- One is limited to the shapes, sizes and depths of the moulds used to make the shells.
- The Gelcote can crack and delaminate, making it look unsightly.
Everyone has their preference when it comes to Gunite or Fibreglass Pools. Usually, when a particular pool type, either Gunite or fibreglass pool, is discouraged, it’s because they’ve had a bad experience with one or the other.
Very often, we blame the product when, in fact, we should blame the installer or the manufacturer.
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