Fiberglass in-ground swimming pools provide a convenient recreation option in your own backyard. The pools come in any size and shape and can be bought with a spa option. Pools can be heated to extend the swimming season and can be installed with fiber optic lights for night swimming.
Fiberglass pools are molded pools that are installed in your yard in one piece. Fiberglass is a strong, lightweight material that is constructed by weaving small glass threads into fabric and hardening the fabric with a special polyester resin. A weather-resistant gel is added to the resin for a smooth finish.
Because there are no pits in the pool’s surface as there may be in concrete pools, fiberglass pools are more resistant to algae formation and maintain more stable pH levels. The smooth surface also reduces the need to run the pool filter as there is less resistance on the surface of the water.
A fiberglass pool generally costs more than concrete pools or pools with vinyl liners, but fiberglass pools don’t require periodic surface replastering or liner replacement. Unlike concrete pools, fiberglass pools can be installed even in cold weather. Both chlorine and saltwater filters can be used with fiberglass pools.
The smooth surface of the fiberglass pool means that you won’t have to worry about scrapes or abrasions from contact with the sides or bottom of the pool. Fiberglass pools have a shock absorbing capability and can flex one to two feet. In the midwest where we have extreme expansion and contraction, buying a pool that can move without cracking is a wise investment.