Summer Splash: The Pros and Cons of Concrete Vs Fibreglass Pools

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With the weather finally warming up and those summer rays starting to make an appearance, it’s the perfect time of year to start thinking about your backyard plans. If you don’t already have a beautiful water-filled paradise on your property, there’s still time to get started. With plenty of pool designs available, the style possibilities are endless. The only question is, will you make a splash with concrete or fibreglass?

Get Creative With Concrete

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If your dream pool is a stylish piece unlike any other, concrete is your calling. The fluidity of the material makes anything possible during construction. Limitless sizes and shapes (think clouds, hexagons, and anything else that comes to mind) can be carved into your landscape, and filled with cool blue serenity. If you’re looking for some modern inspiration, make sure you check out Pinterest, and of course get a vision board going!

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The other great thing about concrete pools is that your landscape doesn’t have to be perfectly primed for pool installation. Even in relatively inaccessible areas, excavation can be easily arranged, giving you more ways to maximise your space. From there, you’ll have a great range of styling options to choose from. Tile selection, patterns, and colours are all on the menu, giving you complete control over the way your pool looks.

Concrete Cons

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While concrete pools are a great option for a unique look, customisation comes at a cost. Design and installation of a concrete pool can be much steeper in costs than other options, particularly because of the time-frame it takes for the work to be completed. Keep in mind that installing a concrete feature can take from 3 to 6 months, and the work doesn’t stop there.

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As a porous material, concrete is prone to algae and concrete rot. It needs constant maintenance, which brings running costs up high. You’ll need to call in the experts every three to five years for an acid wash to make sure the surface stays clean and healthy, and there’s also a need for resurfacing every fifteen to twenty years.

For the health-conscious, the extra chemicals and the added maintenance of concrete pools might just overpower their stylishness - but if beauty trumps, these cool pools take the cake.

Fibreglass Pools Are Full Of Goodness

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For those who shy away from the high maintenance of concrete pools, fibreglass is a friend. These pools come ready-made, in prefabricated designs that go straight from store to setting. It takes about three to six weeks for your dream pool to come to life, and once it does, you can dip right into balmy waters.

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Unlike concrete pools, this water doesn’t need a high chemical content. Fibreglass has plenty of magnesium in it, which is full of good things for your skin and body. Additionally, there’s nowhere for nasty algae to cling to on the smooth shell of a fibreglass pool. You could even choose a mineral-enriched solution for more beneficial bathing.

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Fibreglass pools are generally cheaper than concrete, both when installing and for ongoing maintenance. Many fibreglass pools also come with a lifetime warranty - win! And if safety is on your mind, the smooth fibreglass shells will ensure that the kids (and adults!) won’t scratch themselves on any rough surfaces.

The Cons

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Sadly, there are downsides to this great option. Style wise, there are a limited amount of shapes and sizes to choose from with fibreglass, so there’s no customisation like with concrete. You also won’t get the versatility of being able to place a fibreglass pool where you please, as these ready-made pools are rigid, and require the right land layout. If you have the perfect spot for a pool, this won’t be an issue, but you might need to have your space consulted by a professional before making any decisions.

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Despite these limitations, I lean towards fibreglass pools myself. With a dash of applied design, they can be customised with colour, style, and creativity. Just think of the possibilities - sophisticated storage for pool blankets, natural stone paving that not only looks great (hello limestone!) but also keeps those precious feet away from scorching hot decking, and even a cabana and outdoor fridge so you don’t have too far to go to grab a cold beverage on a hot summer's day.

If you’re looking for pool styling tips, reach out for a consultation. I’d love to help you bring your dream backyard bathing to life with your unique aesthetic on show.

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