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Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

MartyH
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Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

The Mrs and I have seen a fiberglass selfcleaning pool and it seems a ripper. These jets pop out the bottom and move all the water and leaves around. Some mates think they are cheap looking compared to concrete but it seems they have improved a lot. Were thinking we would rather save a bit of cash and put it into landscaper, glass fencing &, paving. What do you reckon? Marty

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Kermit
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Re: Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

We’re going with a fibreglass pool. We’ve had three friends all install fibreglass pools in the past few years and are happy. They look great. Don’t worry about what other people think. Just get the pool that suits your needs and location. And of course your budget. We ended up tossing up between Compass and Leisure Pools. Both seemed great and came recommended. We ended up with Leisure because the builder was fantastic and they had a shape that really suited the spot.

 

Be a little wary of the self-cleaning systems. I’m sure they are fantastic time savers but add a fair bit to the cost of the pool. In comparison, robot cleaners are really cheap and effective. If something goes wrong on the self-cleaning system, it could be expensive and difficult to fix. With a robot, you just chuck it out and get another one.  

 

ProjectPete
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Re: Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

I had to make this decision recently and went with fibreglass. The only reason I would've gone concrete is for a custom design, otherwise there's really no advantage in my opinion.

I got the shape I wanted, a great colour, simple install and a great price. I found there's more room to hustle a better price with fibreglass because there's less labour involved.

Would bother with self cleaning unless your pool is huge and is likely to get more dirty than you can handle. Self cleaning is added (usually unnecessary) cost upfront and creates another thing that can go wrong with your pool in future, which more costs again.

Personally I'd be putting the money into paving, landscaping, features, furniture, et.

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Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

Here's our fibreglass pool going in last week. Hoping that we might get a swim or two in before the winter!

 

Jason

 

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John1
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Re: Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

I have or should I say was in the Fibreglass industry for 45 years and my nickname was Jesus [no not that one] as my knowledge is quite considerable and they say that if I did not know the solution to a problem there probably wasn't one and if by some small chance mine did fail they would crucify me. Really it comes down to if I don't know then I usually know someone who does.

Concrete or Fibreglass. I have over the years heard this maybe a thousand times and my answer is this. Get the design and price that suits you best if its concrete fine and same with fibreglass.

If the concrete one does develop minute cracks after a few years in the ground don't worry have it skinned with fibreglass. No more cracks etc. and a new fibreglass pool in the design you always loved. If it's done properly it will last you many many years to come.

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

Here's our pool 18 months later. No complaints on the choice we made. 

 

Jason

 

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ProjectPete
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Re: Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

Lookin good mate - been amazing getting back in with the warmer weather.

 

Can hardly wait for the new pool - going for a customer concrete design 

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Fiberglass or Concrete pool?

This week has been very warm in Melbourne @ProjectPete. Been swimming every night and most mornings. 

 

Looking forward to seeing what you do with your custom design. 

 

Hope all is well,

 

Jason

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