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What Type of In-ground Pool is Right for Me?

By Brett Freeman
What Type of In-ground Pool is Right for Me?

There is so much information available about the pros and cons of the three types of in-ground pools (concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass), that the process of deciding which type to install can literally take longer than the installation process. But it doesn't have to be that way. If you have a good sense of what you want and why, the decision should be a snap.

I Want a Pool NOW!

If time is of the essence, fiberglass is the way to go. Fiberglass pool installation can take as little as one week, although two to four weeks is more typical. Concrete and vinyl pools may require up to three months to install.

My Pool Should Be Unique

If you're dealing with a difficult space, or if you simply want the freedom to design a one-of-a-kind pool for your backyard, you definitely want to go with concrete or vinyl. Fiberglass pools are factory-made, and as such come in a limited number of designs. Vinyl and concrete pool configurations are limited only by your imagination.

I Don't Want to Spend Too Much

In general, fiberglass pools are the most cost-effective. The relative ease of installation makes them less expensive to install, and their surfaces are durable and stain resistant, meaning less time and money spent on maintenance. Vinyl pools are also less expensive to install and maintain than concrete, although their vinyl liners will need replacing every seven to 10 years.

It Must Look Fabulous

Aesthetically, the truth is that vinyl and fiberglass pools aspire to look like concrete -- and fall short. Concrete pools offer many more options in colors and finishing materials, allowing for much more artistic and eye-catching design.

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