Vinyl, Concrete, Fiberglass: Which Inground Pool Type is Right for You?

Inground pools are split up into three categories: Fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl. The type of pool that is right for each person varies, depending on their price range.

The first step in determining which pool type is right for you is understanding how they differ and what you should consider in order to make the most informed decision.

Types of Inground Pools 

Fiberglass pools:  These fiberglass-coated (made from glass and resin) pools are usually one solid piece, which limits size and depth. They are hauled on a flatbed trailer truck and set in place with a crane.

Vinyl-lined pools:  Vinyl liners are fitted to your pool in order to provide protection, but the liner needs to be replaced in about 7-10 years.  A vinyl liner is installed over a steel wall kit or plastic resin wall.

Concrete pools:  Concrete pools are either formed and poured, or shot with gunite.

A great pool for the Northeast freezing climate is a “Family Fun” pool, which has fiberglass walls and concrete floor and steps. These pools are more permanent than vinyl or one-piece fiberglass shells, and are less costly to install and maintain than concrete pools.

Some things to Consider When Choosing a Pool Type

  • Price (Including Energy Savings)
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Appearance

Price

Vinyl liner pools come at the lowest price. Each pool is unique, but fiberglass pools can cost you anywhere from $15,000 – $50,000; vinyl from $15,000 – $40,000 and concrete from $40,000 – $80,000. If you wish to discuss a more specific price for the pool that you are envisioning, give us a call!

Installation

Though each project varies, average installation periods are:

  • Vinyl:  3 – 5 weeks
  • Fiberglass:  3 – 4 weeks
  • Concrete:  6 – 8 weeks

Maintenance

Each of these pool types takes a decent amount of maintenance. Vinyl liners need to be replaced around every 7 – 10 years, and the price tag for a new liner can be $4,000 – 6,000. Homewyse has created a handy tool to estimate these costs. Concrete pools may need to be retiled after 10 – 12 years. If a concrete pool requires replastering, the cost may be $8,000 – 15,000.

Appearance

Vinyl liners come in a variety of patterns and colors for those who want their pool to be a piece of art as well as a place to exercise and cool down. Concrete pools and Family Fun pools can have an extremely customized shape, perfect for creating a unique look for your pool.

Depending on what is important to you, each of these inground swimming pool types could be the right option for you. Call us at (412) 741-4774 to find your perfect fit!

Our MBA: Most Beautiful Accessory

While function is important when it comes to your inground pool and inground pool accessories, sometimes fashion is included in there also. If you’re looking some something beautiful and useful, take a look at the designer handrails and ladders in the S. R. Smith artisan series.

The sleek and modern sculpted rail good retrofit into your standard deck anchors, making it easy to add some elegance to your inground pool. We believe that they are the most beautiful new accessory of the year!

If you have any questions about accessories and design for your swimming pool, call us at (412)741-4774. We’ve got even more to offer if you have a different, unique, or more traditional sense of style.