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Vinyl vs. Fiberglass In-Ground Pools: Which Is Better?

If you’ve been researching in-ground pools, you know there is a lot to consider. From cost to maintenance to style and size options, it can be hard to know where to start. Let’s compare two popular options for in-ground pools: vinyl and fiberglass.

  • Cost: Vinyl pools are less expensive to initially install than fiberglass in-ground pools. However, vinyl liners must be replaced every 5-9 years, which can make them the more expensive option in the long run. Fiberglass pools are more expensive at the start but tend to need less maintenance over time. Still, fiberglass does need to be resurfaced on occasion, especially if cracks or other signs of damage emerge. Overall, though, fiberglass pools are worth their upfront cost for the overall value.
  • Installation: Fiberglass pools are quick to install because they arrive as a pre-molded shell ready to go into the ground. Vinyl in-ground pools must be constructed in your yard, but this allows for more customization.
  • Customization: Vinyl in-ground pools offer more shape and size options than fiberglass pools, which can only come in predesigned molds. Both options can accommodate a range of amenities, including lighting, water features, and spas.
  • Longevity: Fiberglass in-ground pools are durable and low-maintenance throughout the life of the pool. They are resistant to algae growth and don’t need to be refinished unless there’s a problem. However, the outer gel coating of fiberglass does deteriorate and can require recoating. Vinyl pool liners will require regular replacements as they are prone to deterioration and algae growth.

The decision between vinyl and fiberglass in-ground pools is a personal one. Upfront costs and overall maintenance are important factors, as are customization options and pool longevity. At Backyard Paradise and Restoration, we proudly install and maintain both pool materials, and we are happy to help guide you in your choice.