Which Type of Inground Pool is Right for Me?

Have you thought about investing in an inground pool for your home? If you need a place to begin your search, look no further! The following describes the three main types of inground pools to consider. Comparing the advantages of each, as well as their cost, will help you make your best decision.

The first option for inground pools is custom-built concrete swimming pools. These pools are built on-site and have almost endless options for style and size. This is largely due to the construction process, which begins with a custom built structure. Steel reinforced frames are installed in the desired area, offering a very sturdy base for the pool. Next, gunite (shot-crete) is applied by an experienced professional. The thickness of this spray-on concrete varies on the budget, design desired and the condition of the land. Lastly, the dried gunite is smoothed over and then plastered for the final finish. Pools can be plastered in a variety of colors and complimented by stylish tiles as well. Because of the complexity of this type of pool, it takes the longest to install and is more expensive than other inground pools, but it also has the potential to last the longest.

Another fairly customizable option is a vinyl liner inground pool. Unlike concrete pools, a vinyl liner is produced off-site and shipped to the site for installation. Vinyl liners are manufactured from virgin materials and treated to discourage bacteria growth. It is an easy material to make, and therefore is available in many thicknesses, colors and patterns. It can also be produced in any shape or size. Similar to concrete pools, a vinyl liner needs a sturdy base for installment. Strong panels are used to create this base, and can be made from a choice of many materials, including steel, aluminum and wood. The depth of your pool is easy to customize with this option; but you must be aware that a proper width and length is necessary to coordinate with the desired depth. Vinyl liner pools are overall the most economical option, and can often appear just as spectacular as more expensive, custom-built options.

In contrast to custom-built options, fiberglass pools offer a factory made and molded inground pool option. These pools are pre-designed and manufactured in specific sizes and shapes. Each pool can be selected in a color chosen by the owner, which is achieved through a gel coating given to the fiber-reinforced plastic after it is molded. Fiberglass pools are transported to the site and placed into the ground with cranes or other machinery. Instead of structural bracing, like that used to build concrete pools, fiberglass pools are placed in the ground with proper backfill for support. Because they are less customizable, and installation is much quicker, fiberglass pools cost less than concrete ones, but because of the cost of materials, they are more expensive than vinyl inground pools.

Now that you understand your three options, you can make a great decision on which inground pool best suits you.