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There are no disadvantages if the pool is properly prepared and, most importantly, the right materials are used to create the fiberglass shell. It is up to the consumer to demand the specific resin, fiberglass mat weight, and gelcoat that will be used in the application. When the materials are delivered, no matter who delivers it, the consumer must demand the Material Data Safety Sheets MSDS, and verify that they represent the exact materials ordered. Then the MSDS must be compared to the Chemical Manufacturers labels before the shipment is accepted. Once you accept it, you're stuck. Assuming the right (which happen to be the most expensive) chemicals and fiberglass are used, and the gelcoat is applied in a timely fashion, (to achieve a chemical bond), the pool will not leak for at least 30 years. The maintenance and chemical usage will be reduced by more than 50%, and the pool will look new and beautiful once again. Between 12 and 18 years later, depending upon pool use and care, the pool will need to be re-gelcoated. Salt water chlorination increases the longevity of the original gelcoat toward the upper end of the term.
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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.
Yes you can. And with great results. We had our gunite pool fiberglassed over about 10 years ago. A local company had glassed over several pools in the area including some at… motels. We paid about $6500 including all new deck coating. The company used fiberglass mat and resin for the pool and some kind of waterproof resin material for the deck. The deck still looks like new, but I am going to repaint the pool next year.
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.
u can NOT convert one into another.... ud have to rip it out and start over... either gunite or fiberglass
Answer Advantages of fiberglass versus gunite(concrete) There are many things such as lifetime structure warranty, very low maintenance, cheaper heating costs, and they… can be moved. Disadvantages would be depth, size, and finish colors even though there are many colors available for fiberglass pools. Viking Fiberglass pools are the most expensive but you know the saying you get what you pay for. In the northeast you have more of a chance of having a fiberglass pool pop out of the ground. I have always perfered gunite over any other finish (even vinyl) I think the look is lush but again you do get what you pay for. Which is why gunite is more expensive.
Answer No. They should perform equally well in any state that has similar weather conditions.
Answer Depends on the type of pool, i.e. inground or above ground pool. * My brother has had an inground vinyl lined pool for at least twenty ye…ars. He ives in an area which is southwest of New Orleans. That pool has survived more pool parties, hurricane parties, followed by hurricanes themselves (including Katrina) without a tear nor a leak. My above ground pool is a Doughboy and it has the side walls concreted into the ground. It is now eight years old. It survived hurricanes Lily, Katrina, and Rita in just the past 4 years. However, if you can afford it, gunite is probably the best. Around this area, fiberglass is often too light in weight and will float up with floods.
Painting pools I DO NOT recommend Swimming Pool paint for your swimming pool, Swimming pool paint delaminates, peels, flakes, chalks.. etc. At best it will last 3-5 years. I… HIGLY Recommend a product called "ArmorGuard". ArmorGuard is a 100% Solid Epoxy Coating, NOT PAINT. ArmorGuard is Certified Green, NON-TOXIC and ODORLESS. ArmorGuard will NEVER peel, flake, or chalk. and is PERMANENT. This is truly the last coating you will ever need. go to www.ecosmartepoxysystems.com for more information or call 1-888-Eco-Epoxy
Answer An advantage of a fibreglass pool is that it would be light.Another advantage is that it would be strong. A disadvantage would be that it would be ex…pensive.Another disadvantage is that it could be quite hard to repair smoothly when damaged
What are the advantages or disadvantages of fiberglass vs gunite swimming pool in southern California?
The biggest problem with fiberglass is that it tends to start looking dull and faded after a few years. and the pving around them often starts to move because of the way… they are installed.
Worms come out at night and on cloudy, darkened days. When they travel across the ground and end up in the pool they drown and collect there. Unlike crickets, spiders and othe…r insects, worms lack the ability to swim to a place where they can get out of the water
A fiberglass pool requires less maintenance, less repairs structurally in the future, is quick to install, and is good for smaller pools. Gunite pools are better for a poo…l deeper than 8 feet, custom shapes, and is a bit harder on the feet than a fiberglass pool.
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.
What are the advantage and disadvantages of vinyl vs fiberglass vs gunite pools in northern Virginia?
Why Buy Fiberglass Pools: Compare One Piece Fiberglass Pools With Other Types Of Swimming PoolsFeaturesFiberglass PoolsConcrete PoolsVinyl Liner Inground Pools / Warranty | …25-35 Years | 1-10 Years | Liner Seams Only / Maintenance Hours Per Week | 1 Hour | 8 Hours | 6 Hours / Surface | Smooth | Rough | Slippery / Timem to Install | 1 Day | 6-12 Weeks | 2-3 Weeks / Acid Wash | Never | As Needed | Never / Repainting, Plastering, Marciting or Liner Replacement | Never | 1-8 Years | 3-10 Years / Quality Controlled | One Piece Pool Manufactured in a controlled Environment | Installed in a Changing Environment | Components Installed in a Changing Environment / Steps & Seating | Built In One Piece Design | Optional During Construction | Bolt On Option / Drainage of Pool | Never | Yearly in Freezing Climates | When Repaired or Liner replacement / Objectional Features | None | Expensive to Build & Maintain | Liners Deteriorate/ Easy To Damage Quick as a splash Your fiberglass pool can be installed in ONE DAY. A concrete pool usually takes as long as 3 months. Weather or not Weather conditions usually won't hold up installation. The pool arrives on-site pre-formed, complete and weatherproof. Maintenance free The "gelcoat" finish Is smooth and the inert surface cleans easily, resists stains and requires less chemical saving you $$$ and giving you more time to enjoy! Smooth and safe Unlike some other materials a fiberglass pool is not abrasive and there are no sharp, dangerous edges, so it protects those little fingers and toes. Add a little salt Salt water pools are becoming increasingly popular for their healthy, natural feel. Salt water is totally compatible with fiberglass. You get what you see The pool style you select in the display centre or brochure is exactly what you get at home. No hit or miss guesswork. Flexing its muscle Our fully moulded one piece 100% fiberglass pool shell flexes without cracking to accommodate earth movement unlike concrete and other pre-formed pools, containing mineral fillers which have reduced flexibility. Looking good fiberglass pools come in a fantastic range of new colours, shapes, sizes and designs. Have fun That's all that's left to do. With the most hassle-free pool materials available.
How to resurface a gunite (or concrete) pool with fiberglass is explained in "Pool Resurfacing Made Easy" written in 1999 by Bill Nash, CEO of UGlassIt Pool Resurfacing, Inc. …It can be ordered online at uglassit.com/order_book.htm. The company provides all the material and supplies necessary for the resurfacing of all kinds of swimming pools, plus telephone help is available 7 days weekly.
Gunite will generally last longer than fibreglass (if you take care of the plaster, and "cure" the gunite properly when it is installed). You can also make a Gunite pool any s…hape and size that you like, whereas you're limited to the few molds that a fibreglass manufacturer has. Personally, I like the feel of a plaster (gunite) pool on my feet *much* better than paint or fibreglass. The biggest advantage of concrete over fiberglass is the structure. 8in. of concrete and steel versus 3/4 to1in. of fiberglass. I'll take concrete and steel every time. 30 yrs. in the biz. tell me so.