Why Choose Fiberglass? Why not Gunite or Vinyl?
Trying to decide whether to go with a new gunite, vinyl or one-piece fiberglass pool? Following are some facts about all three to help you make your decision:
Concrete (or gunite) pools are rigid and do not flex. Minor ground movement (such as that which can occur during freezing and thawing in harsher climates) can cause concrete pools to crack; while fiberglass pools will flex 12” before cracking or breaking. Algae will grow on the porous surface of a concrete pool, resulting in the need for periodic cleaning. This cleaning process requires acid washing of the pool surfaces, which in-turn causes these surfaces to become more abrasive. After a number of acid washes, the concrete pool will need to be sandblasted, re-plastered and re-painted. This is costly in both time and money. On the other hand, fiberglass pools have smooth, non-porous surfaces that will not harbor algae, and do not require the same sort of treatment.
Vinyl liner pools often require replacement of the liner every 7-10 years. Their exposure to the ultraviolet deterioration from the sun and the corrosive effects of the harsh chemicals used to sanitize these pools on a regular basis takes its toll on such liners. The surface of the fiberglass pool will remain like new (for the life of the pool, depending on the manufacturer) and can withstand pets and children’s pool toys. No further maintenance is necessary.
- The one-piece fiberglass pools (made by Viking) we install never deteriorate and come with a lifetime factory warranty. No need for acid washing, re-painting, plastering, and no liner to replace.
- Viking fiberglass pools are built at the factory under strict quality control, using a 10-step manufacturing process. They are delivered to your backyard ready for installation, limiting installation time, minimizing disruption from construction in your backyard. You will be able to enjoy your new swimming pool quicker.
- Fiberglass pools are 17 times stronger than concrete pools and have a flexible strength of 54,000 psi, allowing the pool to flex up to 12 inches.
- Because of their smooth, non porous surfaces, fiberglass pools do not harbor algae. Very little brushing is needed and the pools can be vacuumed quickly. They are easy to clean and maintain.
- Fiberglass pools use two thirds less chemicals than concrete and vinyl liner pools (e.g., chlorine, algaecides, or other sanitizers). Concrete and vinyl liner pools require 3.0 ppm to sanitize their pools. Fiberglass pools require only 1.0 ppm. This eliminates the need for expensive sanitation systems to reduce the amount of chlorine in the pool. Just think, no more red eyes, strong odors, discolored hair, or faded swim wear.
- Fiberglass pools conduct heat and act as an insulator, reducing your heating bill and electrical cost. You will be able to enjoy the swimming season longer, with more of your hard-earned money left over to spend on other things.
Contact The Ultimate In Pool Care today at 631-242-2667 if you’ve got any questions about one-piece fiberglass pools. Our Viking Pools manufacturer certified technicians stand ready to assist you!