Fiberglass vs Gunite – Which is better for your family?
So the debate rages on. Which is better? Are concrete pools the best choice? Or has fiberglass taken over as the preferred pool of the 21st century? I’m sure you’ve heard arguments for both. And what you’ve likely heard has been quite biased.
So let me clarify a few points for you now:
Fiberglass may or may not be the right pool for you. It is NOT for everybody.
Gunite may or may not be the right pool for you. It is NOT for everybody.
And now for your TRUE guide to picking the right pool for you. You should choose a gunite pool if:
You are looking for a customized shape or size not offered in the fiberglass line. (An example of this would be an “L” shaped pool or a pool wider than 16′)
You are looking for a pool DEEPER than 8′.
You are trying to create a complete naturescape. In other words, you want the pool to have many natural rock features, grottos, possibly a ‘pond’ appearance, etc.
You are looking for a beach entry. (There are a few fiberglass pools with something similar to a beach entry, but it’s still not quite the same design you’ll find in a gunite pool.)
You should choose a fiberglass pool if:
You are looking for the least amount of swimming pool maintenance possible.
You are looking for a quick pool install.
You are looking for a pool on the smaller end of large. In other words, you are looking for a size that is roughly 16′x40′ or less.
You are looking for a pool that will have ‘flex’ strength if need be. (For example, let’s say you live next to a rock quarry where there is constant ground vibration.)
So there you have it. See which list fits your needs the best and that’s what you should go with. I work with both fiberglass and gunite and and if you want to listen to the counsel of your friends, listen to the ones that have owned BOTH types of pools, not just one or the other. Notice also that I have not mentioned the pool’s appearance on this concrete vs fiberglass page. This is because I have seen absolutely stunning concrete AND fiberglass pools. It’s all about what you are looking for and what your budget is. Both pools can be very beautiful and elegant, or very boring and cheap, depending on a variety of project factors and decisions.
Can you tell which is gunite and which is fiberglass?