Why Choose Gunite Pools Over Fiberglass Pools?

Why Choose Gunite Pools Over Fiberglass Pools?

The Fiberglass vs Gunite Pool Debate

Pools are made of different materials, and deciding between them is one of the first steps you must take when installing a pool. Fiberglass and gunite are two of the most popular pool materials, and each of these materials has its pros and cons. Let’s take a closer look at each type of pool so that you can decide which one is right for you.

What is a Gunite Pool?

A gunite pool is an inground swimming pool made of a type of concrete. Gunite pools are made of a mixture of sand, cement, and water, which is sprayed through a high-pressure hose onto the walls and floor of the pool. The gunite must cure for several days, but once it has cured it will be extremely strong and durable. Because gunite pools are not pre-formed, they can be custom-made in virtually any shape, size, or style.

What is a Fiberglass Pool?

A fiberglass inground pool is typically pre-formed. Made in a mold, these pools come in a limited array of sizes and shapes, with very few customization options. Fiberglass pools can be installed in a matter of days, and they are known for their smooth finish. Because fiberglass is a strong material, it requires very little maintenance.

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Gunite and Fiberglass Pools

One of the best things about gunite pools is that they are extremely customizable. They are also strong and durable, and will last for many years if properly maintained. They take longer to install than fiberglass pools and are more expensive, but if customization is important to you, they are worth the extra cost. Gunite pools can be designed to fit perfectly into your landscape, and they can accommodate special requests, like built-in rock formations, waterfalls, or underwater seating. They do require more maintenance than fiberglass pools because they are porous, but they can last longer with the right maintenance.

As mentioned above, fiberglass pools can be installed very quickly, and have a smooth finish. This finish resists algae growth, which means that this type of pool needs fewer chemicals than other types of pools. They are strong and durable, and the typical lifespan of a fiberglass pool is 20 to 30 years. On the other hand, fiberglass pools are limited in terms of customization. They only come in a certain number of shapes and sizes, and sometimes availability is limited. If you want a particular fiberglass pool and it is not in stock in your area, the installation process can be delayed. Further, they can have manufacturing flaws, and if they are not installed by an expert installer, there may be installation flaws as well. Ultimately, a gunite pool is a much better option, because it allows you to have exactly the pool you want, expertly installed.

Maintenance of Gunite vs. Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass pools need to be cleaned regularly, with products made specifically for this purpose. The water chemistry must be checked and balanced, and the water level must be kept above the skimmer. Fiberglass pools are unlikely to have problems with algae, but if they do, they can be shocked, and the algae will be gone in a day. Gunite pools require chemicals and brushing to keep algae at bay. Additionally, gunite pool resurfacing must be done every seven to 10 years.

Installation of Gunite vs. Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass pools come in freeform, kidney, rectangular, and Roman shapes. They can be small or large, and installing them involves digging a hole, putting the fiberglass shell into the hole, and connecting the plumbing. Installing a gunite pool is more complicated. Because all of the work must be done onsite, it can take weeks or even months to design and build a gunite pool. The end result, however, will be much more enticing because it will be made exactly to your specifications.

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What is the Lifespan of a Gunite Pool Compared to a Fiberglass Pool?

Generally speaking, gunite pools last longer than fiberglass pools, as long as they are properly maintained. Keeping up with resurfacing is the key to a long-lasting gunite pool. Fiberglass pools eventually need to be resurfaced as well, but not as frequently. While fiberglass pools can last between 20 and 50 years, gunite pools last about 50 years, and add more resale value to your home.

Build Your Ultimate Pool with Coastal Luxury Outdoors

Ultimately, the versatility of a gunite pool makes it more desirable than a fiberglass pool. Because gunite pools can be built to your specifications, they make it easy to realize your backyard pool dreams and create the oasis you desire. That’s why at Coastal Luxury Outdoors, we only install gunite pools. Our company was founded in 1983, and for over 40 years, our team has dedicated itself to building high-quality pools, creating custom backyard experiences to meet our customers’ needs.

Our core values of honesty, transparency, integrity, quality, loyalty, teamwork, and open communication allow us to exceed expectations and bring our customers’ visions to life. We know that a pool is a significant investment, so we provide the very best craftsmanship and pool care in Ponte Vedra, as well as Jacksonville and the surrounding areas. In addition to building hundreds of pools, working to stay on the cutting edge of pool design and build techniques, we also provide maintenance, repairs, and pool remodels. Because our clients appreciate the very best, we use premium materials, in order to provide a product that will stand the test of time. To learn more about how we can provide you with a lifetime of worry-free pool enjoyment, call us at 904-456-8344 or contact us through our website.

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