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The Truth, Not The Sales Pitch

Vinyl Pools Vs. Fiberglass Pools

For years, fiberglass pool manufacturers and sellers have attempted to rival vinyl pools, but the exceptional value of vinyl pools has made it a challenging competition. Throughout this time, various myths have circulated online and have been incorporated into the marketing strategies of some fiberglass pool companies. In this context, we aim to counter these sales pitches and tactics with factual information.

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Myth #1:

“You need to replace your liner every 5 to 8 years.”

False:Since 1960, we've sold over 20,000 vinyl liner pools, with most customers replacing their liners after 18-20 years. However, they often choose to replace liners not because they're worn out, but to give their pool a fresh, new look. We've observed all pool types, including fiberglass, fade or discolor over time. A vinyl liner pool can be rejuvenated with a new liner after 20 years, while a fiberglass pool will show its age. It's common for customers to replace liners that are even over 30 years old.

Myth #2:

“IN THE LONG RUN FIBERGLASS POOLS ARE LESS EXPENSIVE TO OWN.”

False:On average, fiberglass pools cost around $90-100K, whereas a similarly equipped vinyl pool averages $40K, offering a significant saving. This price difference highlights vinyl pools' cost-effectiveness, providing similar features and amenities as fiberglass pools but at a more affordable price. This makes vinyl pools a more budget-friendly option for homeowners seeking a private pool without the higher costs of fiberglass alternatives.

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Myth #3:

“YOU ONLY NEED TO RUN YOUR PUMP ON A FIBERGLASS POOL 5 TO 6 HOURS A DAY.”

False:The pool pump's run time depends on your pool's volume and filtration rate, not its structure. The Association Of Pool And Spa Professionals (APSP) states that all pools should cycle their entire volume through the filter every 12 hours, regardless of type. So, a 20,000-gallon pool needs to filter that amount within 12 hours, irrespective of whether it's fiberglass, vinyl, or concrete. Factors affecting filtration time vary, but the pool's surface material isn't one of them.

Myth #4:

“IF YOU GET A CUT IN YOUR LINER YOU HAVE TO GET A NEW LINER.”

False:With a vinyl liner pool you can reseal it underwater in less than 5 minutes. Not if, but when your gel coat on your fiberglass pool chips, blisters, or gets damaged you can’t do that underwater. As a matter of fact you are looking at a very expense repair.

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Myth #5:

“FIBERGLASS POOLS ARE LESS MAINTENANCE THAN A VINYL POOL.”

False:Vinyl pools and fiberglass pools both resist algae and other items sticking to the walls and floor. With a vinyl pool or a fiberglass pool if you keep your chemicals correct nothing should stick to the walls or floor. Vacuuming the pool, water testing, and running the filtration system should all be the same with both pools.

Myth #6:

“A FIBERGLASS POOL WILL ALWAYS LOOK NEW.”

False:Everything fades and deteriorates over time – everything. Take a fiberglass boat and leave it in the water for 18 years – you know it will not look new. Put a new liner in a vinyl pool and your pool looks like the day it was built.

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Myth #7:

“VINYL LINER POOLS ARE SOMETIME SEEN AS A NEGATIVE WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME”

False:An 18-year-old liner or fiberglass pool will show its age. However, with a vinyl pool, installing a new liner for around $3,000 makes it look brand new, unlike a fiberglass pool which will still appear aged. Comparatively, repainting your home's interior adds resale value, much like a new liner rejuvenates an old vinyl pool. Unfortunately, there's no known method to make an 18-year-old fiberglass pool look new.

Myth #8:

“FIBERGLASS POOLS REQUIRE NO MAINTENANCE TO THE POOL SHELL FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST 20 YEARS”

False:Fiberglass pools, regardless of manufacturer quality, can blister, delaminate, scratch, chip, discolor, or crack. This fact likely contributes to the popularity of vinyl liner pools in the United States, as they offer limitless shape and size possibilities, unlike fiberglass pools constrained by the manufacturer's molds. Choosing a fiberglass pool means settling for available designs, not your dream pool, similar to being restricted to pre-defined house shapes.

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The Bottom Line Is A Vinyl Liner Pool Is Less Expensive To Purchase, Less Expensive To Own Over The Life Of The Pool, And You Can Own The Pool Of Your Dreams.