The Difference Between Fiberglass and Vinyl Liner Pools
You’re in the market for a new inground swimming pool, but you aren’t quite sure where to start. With many different terms and things to consider, it can be confusing to know which pool is right for you.
If you’re ready to take the first step to a lifetime of backyard enjoyment, you’re in the right place!
In this article, we’re going to look at the difference between fiberglass and vinyl liner pools to help you get started.
What to Look For with an Inground Swimming Pool
First, you want to choose the best inground swimming pool for your needs, your lifestyle, your budget, and your backyard size. Things to consider include:
- Options for customization
- The cost (what you spend to buy the pool and what you spend over the lifetime of the pool)
- Installation time periods
- The inside of the pool
- Your energy and chemical usage
- The durability of your inground swimming pool
At Ultra Modern, we carry both types of pools! With vinyl liner pools, remember even though they usually cost less upfront, you’ll need to replace the liner every five to nine years. Fiberglass pools are generally more long-lasting and need less maintenance.
Considering a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool? We’re here to help. Even though we specialize in fiberglass pools, our goal is for you to walk away satisfied, and part of how we achieve that is by providing information on all types of pools, not just the ones we sell.
We want you to be able to choose the pool that’s best for you. Let’s talk about how the two types compare in these areas:
Options for Customization
Fiberglass pools come in a variety of designs, but the molds are pre-designed. You can, however, customize water features, tiles, lights, tanning shelves, etc.
While most vinyl liner pools are rectangular, you can customize the size, shape, and depth. They are highly customizable because you can cut the liner to the right shape.
Cost (Initial and Lifetime)
Fiberglass inground swimming pool costs include both the manufacturer and installation of your pool. Water features, accessories, and landscaping are extra. After the pool is installed, you can expect to pay for electricity to run your pump and chemicals to keep your pool clean.
Vinyl liner pools are generally thousands less than a fiberglass pool, but you will need to replace the liner over the years which is a significant cost. You also need to factor in power and chemical costs, too.
Bottom line: if you’re on a tight budget, a vinyl liner pool is less expensive up front. Yet, while a fiberglass pool costs more, it’s long run costs are usually less.
Both types of inground swimming pools can be installed quickly. Fiberglass is definitely quicker than a vinyl liner pool because the pool is already built.
The insider of your fiberglass pool is smooth to the touch. Vinyl liner pools are also smooth.
Chemical and Energy Usage
Your fiberglass pool may use less chemicals because they usually don’t end up with algae problems. You also don’t have to run your pump and filter for as long or as high which saves you energy. The vinyl liner pool is also easy to maintain with chemicals.
Both inground swimming pools use less energy than a concrete pool.
Durability of Inground Swimming Pool
You can count on the strength and durability of your fiberglass pool. Vinyl liner pools are subject to damage from sharp objects, your dog’s feet if he swims in the pool, and debris like rocks that can tear the liner.
You will have to pay more attention to the upkeep of your vinyl liner pool than you would a fiberglass pool.
Both pools need weekly chemical maintenance and cleaning during the season. Both pools need a cover to keep debris out. You will need to pay attention to tears in your liner on your vinyl liner pool.
Final Thoughts on Your Inground Swimming Pool
Know that you know the basic difference between vinyl liner and fiberglass inground pools, you can see both are great options! At Ultra Modern, we carry both kinds and believe they’re both great pools!
Come see us today to get started on your journey. We can answer more of your questions and help guide you to the best pool for your family!
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