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Should a vinyl or fiberglass pool be installed in Minnesota and why?


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Answered 2007-06-03 02:18:30

Generally a vinyl lined pool is installed in MN due to the frost line. Heaving could theoretically push an entire fiberglass pool out of the ground. Also fiberglass pools are more limited in size thatn a lined pool, which are basically limited only by your imagination as liners can be custon fit for any pool if measurements are done correctly.


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A fiberglass pool is far superior to a vinyl liner pool. It is also about twice as expensive.

go with vinyl... fiberglass are plain with a vinyl u can go "custom" shape and liner pattern... with fiberglass u get what they make and that's it.

Well first of all there is no such thing as a fiberglass pool. You can have fiberglass walls instead of steel but your pool is still vinyl because you need a liner. These are the usual combinations of inground pools. Sand floor, steel walls, vinyl liner Sand floor, fiberglass walls, vinyl liner Vermiculite floor, steel walls, vinyl liner Vermiculite floor, fiberglass walls, vinyl liner Concrete floor, steel walls, vinyl liner Concrete floor, fiberglass walls, vinyl liner Concrete floor, concrete walls, no liner Concrete pools have to be painted with epoxy paint or if you want tile installed then usually you plaster over the concrete. Now a days 3 and 4 are the most common inground installs. 1 and 2 are usually pools that are 30 + years old although you can still have them done that way. In South Alabama the cost of a 20 *40 vinyl pool will cost around 18 to 22 thousand

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The experts at Advanced Pool Coatings have been installing fiberglass coatings over vinyl liner pools for over 30 years. You can read more at:

Some of the equipment needed to properly maintain a fiberglass pool include vinyl vacuum and stain-out eraser tool. You should also invest in a screen for your pool.

An inground pool is typically lined with either gunite (concrete), fiberglass, or vinyl. Gunite and fiberglass are roughly the same cost, whereas vinyl is considerably cheaper. With the lower price comes less durability, as vinyl lining has to be replaced every 8-10 years or so, whereas the other two can last for decades. Vinyl is also much easier to puncture or otherwise damage. That said, many people still prefer vinyl inground pools due to the lower cost.

Inground vinyl is better, their is less exposed part to the oxigene, therefore, last longer.

The in-ground pools are prefabricated. The bodies are made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic. This is an alternative to vinyl-lined, gunite and poured concrete pools.

It can be any color you may desire. The final coating on a fiberglass laminate is called "gel coat", and it is available in 40 different colors. Several unusual colors have been chosen by our customers over the past 11 years, such as pink, black, and bubble gum. But more than 95% of the finish coats, on vinyl liner to fiberglass conversions, are white or light blue.

u can NOT convert one into another.... ud have to rip it out and start over... either gunite or fiberglass

Steps built into vinyl liner pools are always manufactured with fiberglass. These steps can be easily repaired with products sold at

Although the maintenance and cost of construction is higher than of fiberglass, it will hold up probably years longer than fiberglass. Especially if you will be having kids around- they can be tough on things, and fiberglass can get expensive if you end up with enough scratches, etc.

I would think that if you installed vertical wood strips to the stucco you could then install vinyl siding.

Fiberglass doesn't rust and can be repaired if need be. steel is much harder to do anything with once things start needing repairs

Depends. These days, vinyl liners have come a long way in strength and durability; but they will inevitably have to be replaced. Fiberglass, however, pound for pound is as strong as steel. I could give you a hammer and screwdriver and you couldn't put a hole in a fiberglass pool to save your life. Not to mention they last forever, scratch repairs are easy, and the shell itself will out last you and the house and the concrete.

Is the water rusty color? Or is the rust color on the pool finish - plaster or vinyl or fiberglass?

Be more specific please- what about removing it? cost? difficulty? What type of pool is it? fiberglass? vinyl liner? concrete?

My guess is that your fiberglass pool is white (attracts less sunlight) and your friends' vinyl pools are blue or some other darker color, which attract more sunlight, therefore making them warmer.

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 muchness. 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.

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