CONCRETE vs FIBREGLASS Pools: The Pros and Cons of each type of swimming pool.

by Chris Gill, January 11, 2018

Most real life issues which throw you a dilemma of “either”, or “or” are not that simple, and cannot be resolved simply like that. Both have their own stories to tell. Reading something titled “Why Choose Fiberglass Pool”, or “Why Choose a Concrete Pool” can never give you the true story because most swimming pool builders specialise in either one of the two, and would definitely suggest you go with what they specialise in. However to truly work out which is best for you, you need to look at the individual styles of pools, their features and benefits and work out what is most important to you.

Fibreglass Pools: Pros and Cons

Low maintenance & self-cleaning pools

Fibreglass pools are almost zero-maintenance, especially if you choose the self-cleaning models. The reason for this is that the fibreglass shell doesn’t affect the water chemistry in the same way as a concrete pool. But don’t be fooled, even a self-cleaning pool requires some maintenance, such as testing the water, adding chemicals, emptying the skimmer box and skimming leaves – but in the grand scheme of things, a fibreglass pool may just win out over its concrete pool counterpart. If you have a problem with maintenance, then you should hire someone to do it for you, as either way, the maintenance is about the same on either a concrete or fibreglass pools. Brisbane is full of both.

No custom size or shape option

Of course, you have to sacrifice on custom sizes, and shapes as there is nothing like a “free lunch” in this world, and every silver lining is attached to a cloud. That being said, modern fibreglass pool manufacturers have come a long way in trying to create a multitude of sizes and shapes, but if you’re block requires a custom build, then you’ll need to build a concrete pool.


Quick to Install

For me, the main advantage of a fibreglass pool is the time it takes to install… while concrete pool builders have weeks of waiting for the shell to cure, a fibreglass pool is ready to fill a couple of days after digging the hole.

Concrete Pools: Pros and Cons

Custom shapes and sizes

The best part of building a concrete pool in Brisbane is its customisability. Instead of choosing a shape based on a set catalogue of styles, we can customise your pool to suit your individual needs. Want to wrap your pool around your house? Then you need concrete! Want to incorporate a water feature, spa and plunge pool into the one shape? Then you need concrete. Our talented Brisbane concrete swimming pool designers can take your ideas and custom design the perfect pool for you.

Long Lasting

If you’re looking for at your pool as a long-term investment in the value of your Brisbane property, then you need to consider a concrete pool. When built by a reputable pool builder, a concrete swimming pool will last several generations. But like all things, it needs to be taken care of – especially in regards to water chemistry.

A concrete pool can also be renovated. By that I mean in 10-20 years’ time, if the waterline tile and coping are looking a little dated, they can be changed, the pool lining can be acid washed and with a bit of hard work you can have a brand new pool. Lifestyle Landscape Design and Construction specialise in revitalising old concrete pools and giving them a new lease on life, check out our pool renovation gallery here.

Rough terrain

The terrain of some concrete pools is rough and can tear up tender feet. Talk to your concrete pool builder to ask about the various options available with the interior lining – as some products are definitely harder on small feet than others.

Both concrete and fibreglass pools have their merits and demerits. It’s up to you to decide which one works best for you, but if you’d like some unbiased guidance to walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of both (based on your individual circumstances) contact us.

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