Pros & Cons

Which is Best: Fiberglass, (Gunite) Concrete, or Vinyl Liner?

There’s a lot of debate, but our goal is to provide you with an honest look at the pros and cons of each.

  • VINYL LINER

    • PROS:
    • Lower initial cost
    • Customizable Shape
    • Liner is non-abrasive and smooth
    • Maintenance is less than a concrete pool
    • CONS:
    • Maintenance is more than a Fiberglass pool
    • Greater Lifetime Cost
    • Liner Replacement Every 5-7 yrs
    • Takes longer to install
    • Liners easily damaged
    • Low durability

  • FIBERGLASS

    • PROS:
    • Quick Installation (3-5 Days)
    • Unequaled Look and Performance
    • Factory Controlled Quality
    • Highly Durable
    • Stronger than Concrete
    • (Flexible strength prevents cracking in winter)
    • Non-abrasive, Smooth Finish
    • Little Maintenance (Non-porous surface is algae resistant and requires less chemical maintenance, labor, and electric)
    • Low Maintenance Cost (For 10 years: $4,200)
    • Most pool options available (perimeter tile, inlaid tile, tile mosaics, Crystite® pool finishes, built-in water features like cascades and streams, fiber optic and LED lighting, vanishing edges, and in-floor cleaning systems)
    • CONS:
    • Limited Size and Shapes

  • GUNITE (CONCRETE)

    • PROS:
    • Unlimited Design Capabilities
    • Permanent Home Improvement
    • CONS:
    • 4-8 week Installation
    • Surface is rough and discolors easily
    • Porous surface is a breeding ground for algae and micro-bacteria
    • Cracks in freeze-thaw climates and requires acid washing and replastering
    • High maintenance / Monthly service required, excessive use of chemicals and electricity
    • High Maintenance Cost (For 10 years: $16,950) – chemicals, electric cost, acid baths, re-plastering, new tile, pool service