How Long Do Fibreglass Pools Last?
With any big purchase, you want to make sure you are getting a quality product that is going to stand the test of time. Fibreglass pools are popular due to their low maintenance, easy installation, and longevity. But how long can you expect one to last? Here we explain.
When comparing fibreglass pools to other types on the market, they have superior performance. Listed below is a breakdown of each to help you weigh up the pros and cons of the different types.
Vinyl Liner Pools
Of all the inground swimming pool options, vinyl liner pools tend to be at the cheaper end however only slightly. The inner vinyl liner which makes up the surface of the pool is prone to punctures and can occur from something as simple as a pet swimming in the pool or branch falling into the water. To repair substantial leaks the pool will need to be drained, this is not only time consuming but costly. On average a vinyl liner lasts around 6 to 10 years and costs approximately $4,000 for a new one. If it has been damaged, it may need replacing sooner.
Concrete pools have been around since the get-go and are recognised for their strength and durability. While they may be strong structurally they do come with some downfalls, over time, concrete pools have been known to crack which can be extremely expensive to fix. The interior generally needs to be resurfaced every 10 to 15 years and this maintenance doesn’t come cheap, setting you back around $10,000. If proper care hasn’t been taken of the pool, it may need to be done more often than this. If you keep your resurfacing up to date and balance your pool chemicals correctly, a concrete pool should last more than 30 years.
How long your fibreglass pool lasts depends on the quality of the shell and how you look after it. A high-quality fibreglass pool when maintained correctly, will last more than 30 years. The great thing about this pool type is unlike the other two, the interior never needs replacing or resurfacing. Once it’s installed, that’s it! No costly ongoing maintenance of the shell. You will find most reputable companies are so confident in the quality of their fibreglass pools that they will offer generous warranties that cannot be matched by vinyl liner and concrete pools.
What Makes Fibreglass Pools So Long-lasting?
Advancements in pool engineering enable fibreglass pools to be manufactured to a technological standard that has never been seen before. Our shells here at Barrier Reef Pools Queensland are crafted using the highest grade of fibreglass – vinyl ester resin which is extremely strong and durable. They are designed to withstand the harshest of climates and earth movements without the risk of cracking or compromising the integrity of the shell. Our fibreglass pools are made with endurance in mind and are UV, heat, chemical, and water-resistant.
The Fibreglass Pool Shell You Choose
While top-quality fibreglass shells provide customers with a superior pool that is going to last for decades. You can’t expect the same from a cheap inferior shell that hasn’t been produced to the same standards. The manufacturing process along with the workmanship used to create the shell has a huge impact on its longevity. The fibreglass pool shell you buy must have a generous warranty included if it doesn’t, you should ask yourself why. Fibreglass pools that aren’t backed by warranties are likely to have some sort of issue down the track, often the repair bills cost more than the pool itself.
The Quality Of Your Pool Install
When conducting your research for a fibreglass pool, you may have come across DIY pools in your travels. Are they cheaper? Of course, they are. You should know if you do decide to tackle a DIY pool, that it is a big construction task that requires skill and precision as the smallest error can lead to big problems. You will need to lodge all council permits yourself, hire machinery, equipment, pay for water, electrical, plumbing, put up a pool fence and ensure it is compliant before construction ends. It’s not worth risking the safety of your home and more importantly, family from hiring someone who is unable to build the pool to the standard that it requires or undertaking it yourself with no prior pool building experience. For your own peace of mind and to ensure your pool lasts for generations to come, it’s important you use an experienced pool builder. Most offer guarantees on their workmanship too.
Whether Your Fibreglass Pool Is Regularly Maintained Or Not
All pools, fibreglass included need to be maintained regularly to avoid damaging the equipment and the interior surface. Failing to do so can see the lifespan of the pool be reduced. A simple way to keep on top of your pool care is by making up a cleaning schedule to dedicate time each week to your pool. One of the many great things about fibreglass pools is they are relatively straightforward and easy to look after and a little bit of effort goes a long way to ensuring your pool is clean and safe to swim in. Alternatively, you can always hire a professional pool cleaner if you’d prefer.
What To Look For In A Fibreglass Pool To Ensure It Lasts
Extensive warranties – As mentioned before, your fibreglass pool shell should come with a generous warranty if it doesn’t this should be a red flag.
Undergoes strict quality control measures – All fibreglass shells should go through an extensive quality control check before leaving site.
Guarantees – At the minimum, your pool should have an internal, structural and osmosis guarantee. If the pool company offers a paving guarantee, even better.
Advanced colour technology – Standard gel pool colours will fade over time from prolonged exposure to the sun. Ensure your pool has an anti-fade gel coat finish, so it maintains its colour.
The standard of manufacturing – Ideally, the fibreglass pool shell should meet or surpass the national and worldwide standards.
5 ticks product certification – Exclusive to only two fibreglass pool companies in Australia, if your fibreglass shell has this, it is of superior quality and you can be confident in its longevity.
Resistant to harsh elements – Your fibreglass pool must be resistant to harsh external factors that it will encounter such as chemicals and heat.
Installed by a qualified pool builder – It goes without saying if you want your pool to last, it must be installed by an industry professional.
Reinforced for strength – Fibreglass pools that are reinforced with steel ensures that it is structurally strong and won’t move in the slightest.
Pool maintenance, the quality of your shell and the building standards the pool has been installed to, all contribute to its lifetime.
Our fibreglass pools here at Barrier Reef Pools Queensland are world-class. All are backed with generous warranties and are installed to the highest construction standards. When you purchase a pool with us you are investing in the best quality pool that money can buy. If you would like additional information on our fibreglass swimming pools visit our website or get in touch with our friendly team.