Concrete Vs Fibreglass Pools

How To Choose Between Concrete & Fibreglass Pools

If you’re considering investing money into your home or carrying out renovations this year, a swimming pool can’t be far off the top of your list.

Swimming pools remain popular with homeowners throughout Australia. Almost 20% of homeowners in Perth and Brisbane have swimming pools, while 15% of homeowners in Sydney have them. These figures demonstrate a rising trend for pool ownership across the country, with more and more homeowners across Queensland choosing to invest in pools every year.

If you want to increase the value of your home and create a cool outdoor space for relaxing, exercising and entertaining, a swimming pool could be the perfect addition.

While the demand is high for inground pools, the decision on whether to go with a fibreglass or concrete pool on the Gold Coast is a big decision.

Our expert pool builders on the Gold Coast break down the reasons for both so you can make the most informed decision about what type of pool you need.

The Pros and Cons of Concrete and Fibreglass Pools

When you’re weighing up whether to opt for a concrete or a fibreglass swimming pool, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each type of pool and how these align with your priorities and lifestyle.

Close-up Of A Concrete Pool

The Pros of Concrete Pools

  • Aesthetics: There are a huge number of aesthetic choices to make when installing a concrete pool, meaning you can select the finish, colour, shape and design of your pool.
  • Additions: When you install a concrete pool, you can add alcoves and other additions wherever you like.
  • Poolscaping: The flexibility of concrete pools means that you can design a natural or freeform pool that blends into its environment.
  • Durability: If you look after your concrete pool, it should last for 50 years or more. Concrete swimming pools are also resistant to scratches and stains.

The Cons of Concrete Pools

  • Installation time: Concrete pools usually take longer to install because you have to wait for the concrete to cure.
  • Money: Concrete pools probably cost a little more on average than fibreglass pools.
  • Maintenance: Concrete pools require resurfacing every 15 years or so, so it’s important to stay on top of long-term maintenance of concrete pools.

A Fibreglass Pool

The Pros of Fibreglass Pools

  • Affordable: If you’re on a tight budget, fibreglass pools cost around 20% less than concrete pools on average.
  • Fast: It’s very fast to install a fibreglass swimming pool. If you want your swimming pool installed as soon as possible, you could have a fibreglass pool installed in as little as three weeks.
  • Low-maintenance: Fibreglass swimming pools are low maintenance, being naturally resistant to the growth of mould and algae. This means that they require less cleaning and fewer chemicals, making them a more environmentally-friendly choice. They also don’t require resurfacing every 15 years.
  • Smooth: Fibreglass pools have a smoother surface than concrete pools, which can make them more comfortable for young children and inexperienced swimmers.

The Cons of Fibreglass Pools

  • Design: Fibreglass pools offer limited choices when it comes to colour and design. If you want to customise the aesthetics of your swimming pool, a concrete pool is a much better choice than a fibreglass pool.
  • Size: Because fibreglass pools are transported by road, they can’t exceed around 4.2m in width. If you want a larger swimming pool, you may have to opt for a concrete pool instead.
  • Customisation: It’s a lot harder to customise the design and shape of your fibreglass swimming pool. The majority of fibreglass pools are bought ‘off the rack’, which means that you can’t customise the design of your pool or add extras wherever you want them.
  • Cost: While fibreglass pools are not quite as expensive as concrete swimming pools, they’re also not the cheapest pools on the market. If you’re installing a pool on a very tight budget, you may have to consider other options such as vinyl liner pools.

Overall Pool Building Cost

Fibreglass is a generally cheaper option than concrete because of the ease of installation. However, the price can vary considerably between a quality fibreglass pool installed by a reputable pool builder versus a custom concrete pool.

The price of an average fibreglass pool can cost $35,000 – $85,000, which includes the pool shell, delivery, a crane to lift it in place and labour and approvals. Costs will go higher with additions and landscaping.

In comparison, concrete pool construction can cost between $40,000 and $100,000. However, with a concrete pool, you’re getting a unique and customised design, larger size, more features and longer lifespan.

A Concrete Pool Building Process

Pool Installation

Most fibreglass pools can be installed quickly and sometimes within a week whereas a concrete pool can take upwards of three months to construct.

It can be a much quicker job to install a fibreglass pool; however, the industry sees countless jobs every year installed too quickly and incorrectly which can lead to higher costs to fix down the track for the pool owner.

While it’s much quicker to install a fibreglass option, you also won’t get as much control and choices in design.

A concrete pool will allow you to have your pool designed with many different options like a feature wall, stone finishes, waterfalls and spas. Other features can include infinity edge styles and long lap pools or pools that curve around the house for the wow factor.

Styles & Finishes

The interior finish of a fibreglass pool is coated with a gel coat that’s smooth and resistant to scratches, UV and treated water.

It will fade over time but likely to last 10-15 years but can be recoated. Concrete pools can feature a variety of different interior options including pebblecrete, ‘jewels 4 pools’, tiled or painted surface, which are all low maintenance and expected to last 15-30 years of life.

The benefit of a concrete pool is that you can have unique finishes and colours which can be changed with trends over the years. 

Traditionally pools were painted blue, but current trends are opting for shades of white, and shades of slate grey to reflect colours of the home and give the water a completely different colour.

Lifespan

For both a fibreglass pool or a concrete pool, you can expect to get more life if the pool is maintained over its lifespan.

For a fibreglass pool, it would be 15-20 years, and for a concrete pool, it can last 40+ years without any form of resurfacing.

Talk To Our Expert Pool Builders

When it comes to concrete vs fibreglass pools, deciding on which type of pool you end up going with, you’ll need to factor in all the pros and cons for your home.

While a fibreglass pool will be the cheaper and a quicker installation option, having a concrete pool will not only last longer but give you a custom design, quality control and higher value to your home that you couldn’t get with a fibreglass pool.

Adding a pool to your home is a valuable investment and if done correctly, will bring you and your family enjoyment for many years. Also, consider the costs of adding safety regulated pool fences and landscaping requirements in your budget.

Buying a pool is a significant consideration, research widely and spend what you feel comfortable spending – it will be a great investment if done correctly.

Contact us today so we can help you with deciding on the best possible pool for your home and lifestyle. Get in touch with us online or call us today on 1300 792 369.

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