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Gunite Pool vs Fiberglass Pool: Which Is Better For Your Backyard

Deciding on which type of swimming pool to install in your backyard presents a challenge. There are many designs and materials for the choosing, but what if you narrow it down to two? Which option would you take when thinking about a fiberglass pool vs. a gunite pool? Before diving into this decision (no pun intended), let’s look at the pros and cons of each one.

Fiberglass Pool Pros & Cons

Your standard fiberglass pool comes pre-molded and consists of millions of glass strands woven together and covered with polyester resin. This type comes with its own set of upsides and downsides.

Pros of Fiberglass Pool

Fiberglass is one of the most widely used materials around. From tubs to cars, fiberglass proves to be quite strong. Furthermore, you can count on an installation that takes little time since the fiberglass pools arrive completely manufactured and ready to set up. In fact, you’re looking at two to six weeks including the patio installation.

They also offer a certain amount of flexibility when looking at shape, size, and amenities like seating, steps, or a tanning ledge. And you can choose from a variety of surface colors. Moreover, they’re easy to maintain and rarely require acid washing (since fiberglass is algae-resistant) or resurfacing.

Some notable characteristics of a fiberglass pool include:

  • Durability
  • Quick Installation
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flexible Design

Cons Of  Fiberglass Pool

Likewise, fiberglass pools have some drawbacks which include:

  • Lack of flexibility
  • Limited size option
  • Manufactured defects
  • Fiberglass pool cost

Because fiberglass pools are pre-manufactured, you might be limited to design in relation to size, shape, and depth. Another drawback is that a fiberglass pool won’t be wider than 16 feet depending on the local regulations for transporting “super loads.” And a final disadvantage, depending on your budget, is the price tag. Fiberglass pools cost between $40,000 and $100,000—about $30,000 more than a vinyl-lined pool. And that’s not including the installation.

Gunite Pool Pros & Cons 

The alternative to a fiberglass pool is the gunite option. Gunite pools have a more complex construction. The material itself is comprised of cement, water, and sand. This mixture is spread over a heavy-duty rebar frame. Along with its durability, here are some other considerations.

Pros of Gunite Pool

With the gunite pool, you’re looking at a wealth of advantages such as:

  • Flexible Design
  • Quick Installation
  • Lower cost
  • Limitless versatility

Because the gunite pool is fabricated onsite, you can pick from more designs, specifically the type of shape you want and any extra amenities such as built-in seating and the addition of a wading pool or a spa. Having a professional team construct a gunite pool in your backyard also gives you the opportunity to add fountains, a waterfall, or any other landscaping feature that the design—and the size of your yard—allows for. Furthermore, you have a choice of finishes and colors which allows for more customization compared to the fiberglass pool. 

Although the gunite pool takes a bit longer to install when you consider the excavation, the construction of the frame and application of the gunite, and the time it takes for the plaster to dry and cure, the wait time is still only 4 to 6 weeks depending on the complexity of the design. However, the finished project will be well worth the wait.

Cons of Gunite Pool

At the same time, there are other factors to consider if you’re considering having a gunite pool installed. Consider the following:

  • Maintenance cost
  • Installation time
  • Chemical usage

The gunite pool proves to be one of the most durable options for a swimming pool, but it requires more maintenance than other types of pools due to its textured surface. This includes frequent algae treatments and cleanings and periodic resurfacing (though only once every 7 to 10 years).

Likewise, the energy expenditure is higher than in other pools because the filtration system has to run at max capacity. And you get to deal with the extra cost of using more chemicals compared to other pools. After all, the textured surface of this type of pool catches even the smallest amounts of debris and dirt, thus making it difficult to maintain an optimal pH level. As you’re considering your choices for a pool, you might have to do some calculations of the monthly cost for maintenance especially if you must hire a professional to do the job.

Also Read: The Ultimate Guide on Gunite Pool

Which is better for your backyard?

When thinking about a fiberglass pool vs. a gunite pool, either option would be an excellent choice, thus offering years of enjoyment for your family. However, you’re probably also considering the dimensions that would fit well in your outdoor space along with a patio area close to the pool. If you’re searching for more insight about which type of pool to select and a free consultation, call Custom Pool Pros. After examining your backyard and discussing your wish list for a pool area, our team will provide an accurate estimate and outline for the project.

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