As the weather starts to get warmer, consider investing in a lifelong gift for everyone. From kids to adults, pools are generally a universal source of enjoyment. Whether you’re having a backyard BBQ or just hanging out with friends, there’s nothing better than having a private, inground pool. But not all pools are created equal!
It’s easy to get overwhelmed between vinyl, fiberglass or concrete pools when considering which to install in your home. Luckily, Blue Haven Pools has taken an in-depth look at the benefits of a high-quality concrete pool rather than the cheaper alternatives of vinyl or fiberglass pools.
While vinyl pools are generally cheaper, they’re costly in the long run and unreliably fragile. Vinyl liners are generally only 20-30 millimeters and can easily get damaged. From kids throwing stuff in the pool to falling tree limbs, there are many ways your pool can get ruined. One small incident could cost you dearly in repairs.
In addition to the fragility, the lifespan of vinyl liners is roughly 7 to 10 years with repairs and replacements estimated at $2,500-$3,500, plus water and labor. Along with the expense of replacements, they tend to depreciate in value. Typically when selling a home, if the vinyl liner is 3 to 4 years old, potential buyers will ask for it to be replaced. Also, if your home lies on a major slope or ground water is present, then it could prove challenging to install.
While fiberglass pools seem like the next affordable choice, they too come with a set disadvantages that could prove limiting over time.
Though they’re more resilient to tears, fiberglass pools are made from a mold. The selection is restricted to only shapes and sizes produced by manufacturers. In addition, their shells are shipped on the roadways and are legally restricted to be no wider than 16’, diminishing your ability to customize.
It’s also important to consider that their warranty may not be as generous as you’d imagine. Generally, manufacturers cover against leakage but they don’t typically cover fading or cracking that can occur, leaving you to cover the cost. In the event you have to make repairs, fiberglass pools could prove frustrating as many manufacturers use colored finishes leaving yours mismatched. And, just like vinyl pools, should your home be situated on a major slope or ground water is present, installation may not be feasible or easy.
If vinyl and fiberglass pools don’t work, what option is there?
Customizable, concrete, inground pools are the best and most reliable option. Unlike vinyl and fiberglass pools, concrete pools can be created to your exact specifications. Any size, shape or depth you can imagine can be accomplished.
In addition to complete customization, concrete pools offer great flexibility and freedom with design features. Whether you want vanishing edges, beach entries or tanning ledges, anything is possible. They also allow for seamless integration of beautiful design materials like stone and tile, turning your backyard and pool into a beautiful piece of landscape art. The benefit of these custom creations also lies in their ability to be built anywhere. While the installation time can sometimes range from 2 to 4 months, with proper engineering, inground pools can be built essentially anywhere!
With summer approaching, there’s no better time to consult with a dedicated pool expert and start building your pool today! At Blue Haven Pools, we believe in high-quality, lifelong purchases that everyone will love. Visit Blue Haven Pools to turn your dream pool into a reality.