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Fiberglass is because concrete will crack Yes I agree also, because we had a concrete pool when I was growing up and we were always repairing leaks, maybe the pool was just bad, but now that we purchased a fiberglass pool. We love the pool and it does not require much maintenance. We're going on 6 years with the pool and it still looks new.
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It's A Matter of Opinion That is a lot like the Question: Which is better Ford,Chevy or GMC. It is all personal preference. A pool manufacturer has to meet stric…t guidelines in order to offer their goods to the public. It's not a matter of opinion, there are many differences in the fiberglass pool you purchase. Most fiberglass pool manufacturer's do offer a lifetime warranty of the structure of the pool but the surface warranty is very important as well. Most pool companies that install pools do not bring this to your attention because only three companies have a some what representable warranty. Most manufacturer's only have a one year surface warranty only covering osmotic blistering. Composite Pools and Viking offer a 3 year unconditional and 4 year pro-rated. Leisure Pools actually offers the best warranty on the surface with a 10 year unconditional warranty covering not only osmotic blistering but surface yellowing, cobalting, fading and discoloration and hairline cracks. So no it is not a matter of opinion it's simply the truth, you must look in depth about the pool warranty, it can tell you a lot about the product. You Get What You Pay For First please hire only a licensed and insured pool builder. Which pool is better? Fiberglass is a good choice, and will last a lifetime but must be installed properly! Your pool professional did not learn to build quality overnight, and it takes years of experience in many areas of construction to become a pro. So since it takes years of experience to be a pool builder, you get what you pay for. Most find the sweetness of an unusually low price are long forgotten by the horror of expensive litigation or something worse.
I think gunite, they stay looking good for longer and when they they tart to look a bit lack luster in time you can refurbish them to look like new again far more easily… then fiber glass. they also sit in the ground better. however there are many people that are very happy with fiberglass pools.
Can you build a new pool with a vinyl liner or fiberglass inside an existing concrete pool that has seen better days without excavating the old concrete?
I believe you can. I had an estimate to fibreglass line my pool which was previously lined with vinyl. The tech came out and said they would take the liner out, prepare the s…urface and coat. There was never any talk of excavating the pool. QUESTION about the above. WHO gave you the estimate, and did you have it done?
you will find that people will swear by either method and then others will say in ground gunite or concrete is best . If properly maintained they are all much of a muchn…ess. from what I have seen When they are new the vinyl pool looks better. the problem is that the vinyl will need to be replaced eventualy while you wont have this problem with fiberglass.
What we are about to show you are the facts about toxic fiberglass products and why Epoxy is becoming so popular today. First of all Polyester and Vinyl ester resins ar…e ½ the strength of epoxy and secondly they do not hold water or can contain a liquid. Example: If you rolled or sprayed polyester or vinyl ester resin on a surface of concrete, steel or any substrate, it would not hold water. It dries outward and under a microscope has small holes. Even when you use polyester or vinyl ester with a fiberglass matting it still will not hold water. You must apply a gel coat to contain the water. This is a well known fact to the boat builders of today. All gel coats made today are not warranted by the manufacture for more then 1 year. This is why most 1 piece fiberglass pools and yachts are only warranted for 1 year on the outer coating. If you roll out an epoxy resin it will bond to concrete and steel and will film and dry from the top down causing the material to be non-porous. Under a microscope there are no small hydration holes therefore each and every coat of epoxy not only bonds to the material it is being applied to but is also watertight Standard fiberglass has been outlawed today for any use for food, drinking water, biological, and aquariums. The EPA and OSHA have found that polyesters, vinyl esters and gel coats continue to give off toxic fumes and eventually break down in many cases. Therefore all external and internal coatings must be a certified NSF product. NSF or ANSI products are all epoxies. The Federal Government must certify these products. Examples of problems with polyesters to vinyl esters and gel coats: In 1979 the biological tanks at a college were coated with a polyester resin which the substrate was made of concrete. While the material was being applied the fumes were so bad all the students had to leave the building and the fire department was called. The EPA shut down the job and made them ventilate the building. The fiberglass and gel coat deteriorated in less then 60 days killing all the fish in the tank. Some people have complained of the toxic fumes from the polyester as far away as ½ mile from swimming pools being resurfaced in their neighborhood. These fumes have been known to set off pace makers and cause asthma attacks. (Polyester & Vinyl esters increase the heart rate and to some can shut the lungs down. What we are showing you is that polyester, vinyl esters and gel coats were good for the old days but they are pretty much prehistoric today. They do not and cannot compare to the new epoxies available today. Some companies still using the old systems of fiberglass will never change and their generation will usually not educate themselves about the new world and new products available. After doing some research we have found that most of these companies using the old systems are usually not members of any composite or polymer associations or do not take any seminars or courses to better educate themselves. They will eventually be like the dinosaurs and will slowly fade away. Hopefully, for all of us, they will take these toxic prehistoric products with them. A full version of this document is available as pdf file on my website
Either gunite or fiberglass will work well for an indoor pool.
Answer Fiberglass pools are made from a pre-fabricated mold consisting of several layers of material and spray-on adhesives. It is realtively tough and durable …but a hole can be produced if the projectile is moving at a high rate of speed. Fiberglass won't crack due to freezing and heating of the ground. Boats, cars etc. are made of fiberglass. Concrete is made from a sand, rock, gravel mixture which is extremely durable. But concrete can crack due to heating and freezing of the ground surface. They both hold water as well as the other but like I said concrete may/possibly develop cracks overtime.
Answer No. They should perform equally well in any state that has similar weather conditions.
No as long as the skimmer section of the pool is properly supported like the rest of the pool
Answer . Fiberglass. Over time concrete stains and can become rough, where fiberglass retains its smooth texture. Fiberglass will also give you more options.
Answer 1 By "...concrete...all around..." you mean the "deck," or walk. If that is the question, then the answer is as follows. Your concrete walk is crackin…g for one or more of several possible reasons. Two of the most important which come to mind follow. Basically, it is too weak to withstand the stress on it. Especially around fibreglass pools, that usually results from the failure to properly compact the dirt around the pool and beneath the walk. As time passes, the soil will compact and shift, changing its contact with and support stresses on the concrete slab, and if the uneven support becomes bad enough, the slab will crack. Another contributing factor can be that the concrete itself was not properly prapared [mixed] using the proper proportions of water, cement, and aggrigates [gravel and sand for example]. If the concrete itself is substandard, it will eventually begin to fail, even if resting on a properly prepared base.j3h.
A fiberglass pool is far superior to a vinyl liner pool. It is also about twice as expensive.
I have a gunite that I absolutely love, 10 years old. No problems, I drain and clean every two years, still looks awesome. No cracks, chips or stains. Just give it a little TL…C and the pool will last a long time. Mother_In_Law has a inground vinyl pool - 20 years old - she has had to replace the liner 4 times and will be doing it again very soon due to major rinkles at the drop off spot. I have a fiberglass pool. 12 years old, never had to drain for cleaning, never had to change a liner and looks like the day it was put in the ground and should for another 20 years. Cost a little more up front but if you ask the others what their added cost for the cleanings and liner changes,plus just having to do it, cost over the same years, I'll bet my fiberglass pool against your pool, I'm way ahead on overall maitenance cost. And no down time.
A concrete pool keeps looking better for longer and will outlast a fibreglass pool. Fibreglass pool maufacturers offer guarantees of between 10-20 years. This gives some …idea of the longevitiy of fibreglass pools. Fibreglass pools have the following advantages: 1. Easier to install than concrete pools 2. More inert to chemicals and thus require less maintenance and cost than concrete pools 3. Easier to clean than tiles pools
Contract a pool contractor to refab your pool. Will cost you extra for removal, but leave it to the professionals. Get multi bids from big and small companies. Never …give a huge deposit up front.
The cost of a fiberglass or concrete pool depends on what part of the country you live in. In much the United States, especially southern regions, a fiberglass pool can cost m…ore than a concrete pool. In the Midwest market that we build in a fiberglass pool will typically cost 10% - 20% less than a quality built concrete pool that is built be a reputable company. For other swimming pool questions you can visit my blog at signaturepoolschicago.com/blog.
No, because fiberglass can make you slip unlike concrete steps