Get Maintenance-Free with a Fiberglass Pool

by Marc Dickinson

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Everyone enjoys swimming, but it's hard to enjoy public pools with all the screaming kids, the cost of entry, and who know what is in the water. Pools are supposed to be relaxing and soothing, something to do in order to get away from it all, but who can afford to put in a private pool. That's just for the wealthy or hot-climate states, right? Wrong. Private pools are becoming more and more popular, and the more popular they are the more affordable they get.

However, do you want to have your backyard ripped up for weeks at a time; do you want to spend a lot of time maintaining pH levels and paying the extra money on more expensive energy bills? This is why fiberglass swimming pools are growing as the latest trend. Unlike traditional concrete pools which take weeks to install on-site, a fiberglass pool is pre-fabricated and can be put in your yard within days. The contractors simply have to excavate and dig and then since these pools are made of a light-weight material, they are simply craned into place. And though they may cost a bit more upfront, the savings you generate in the long-run are well worth the investment.

Save the Time and Money
Fiberglass pools are essentially maintenance-free and unlike complicated concrete pool systems, you won't have to hire a professional to service it all the time. Unlike concrete, fiberglass swimming pools are made up of flexible composite materials that can withstand a lot of abuse, such as extreme temperature change and the freeze-thaw cycle which occurs throughout the year. They never have to be relined or resurfaced. Even if hairline fractures do occur on the surface, they never penetrate the integrity of the pool structure itself.

Plus, daily maintenance becomes much simpler than traditional pools. Plaster can dramatically affect the pH levels of water, whereas fiberglass doesn't chemically affect it as much, and therefore fewer chemicals are needed. Because of this phenomenon, the water won't have to circulate as much, which means the pump won't have to run as much, which means you won't be paying as much on utility bills.

Also, concrete can absorb algae into its pores, making it hard to clean. But in fiberglass pools there is no penetration, so you simply have to sweep algae towards the main drain. When it comes to cleaning the surface, fiberglass acts just like your bathtub: you can wipe away any ring stains (from excess suntan lotion and body oils) that may occur around the walls by simply wiping them away with a gentle cleanser.

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What Else?
Not only are fiberglass swimming pools east to maintain, they also come with special benefits:

Safety: Unlike rough concrete and plaster that can abuse your skin, fiberglass provides a smooth surface for fewer scrapes and irritation. But to reduce sliding around, these pools can still be textured with slip-resistant surfacing to prevent accidents.
Design: Just like any backyard oasis, these synthetic pools come in any style, size, and shape. You can select models with seating areas and steps anywhere you want and they won't cost you extra. Plus, most contractors are able to provide you with decking or landscaping options to make this area of your home look beautiful and pleasing. In fact, many fiberglass pools come with a wide selection of colorful fiber-optic lighting affects, making your pool glow in the dark for romantic nighttime swimming.
Lifespan: These pools are durable and last as long as you own it, and most come with lifetime warranties to guarantee this promise.

Since the 1950s, fiberglass has been able to provide an alternative to the traditional pool, and with this unique option comes additional protection, savings, and outdoor fun minus all the hassle and expense.

Marc Dickinson has worked in both the general contracting and landscaping trades and is currently a home improvement freelance writer with over 300 articles published.