How Do I Choose The Right Fiberglass Pool?
It's important to ask yourself these two important questions when looking for the right fiberglass pool:
1. How do I find a design that will meet my shape, size, and style needs?
2. How do I find a fiberglass pool manufacturer that produces a quality product and stands behind their product with excellent customer service?
Let's talk about finding the right manufacturer first.
Comparing Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers
If you're not familiar with our approach here at River Pools, we try to be transparent in all that we do. We share everything we know about pools with the world because we believe it helps pool owners make informed decisions and also helps pool contractors build better pools.
With that in mind here are 4 Things you should consider when comparing fiberglass pool manufacturers:
1. The Way The Pool Is Manufactured
The fact is that not all fiberglass pools are created equal. To understand the differences between manufacturers you really need a base understanding of how fiberglass pools are made.
We lovingly refer to our methodology as "The Composite Sandwich of Awesomeness". If you'd like a crash course in the science of fiberglass pool production you should really check it out.
2. The Warranty
On the surface, it appears as though virtually all fiberglass warranties are the same. However this is not true. There are several differences that might not seem significant, but can become quite a big deal if warranty work is ever required. For example, most (if not all) other fiberglass pool manufacturers make the homeowner responsible for draining and bracing the pool, as well as refilling the pool, and replacing the start-up chemicals if a repair is needed.
It's not as if repairs on fiberglass pools are a regular thing, but if it's my pool the last thing I want is to be responsible for these expenses that only "rub salt in the wound", so to speak. You can click on the links below to read our warranties.
You'll notice that we have two warranties, one for pools with The Fiberglass Pool Anchoring System (FPA) and one for pools without. If you're not familiar with the FPA you should check it out because it provides the only fiberglass pool warranty in the world that warranties the pool when it is drained. Learn all about it here.
3. The Quality Of Their Dealers
Just as all fiberglass pool shells are not created equal, the same applies to the dealers and installers. We have developed a methodology that virtually eliminates most of the risk associated with fiberglass pool installations called Rhino-Loc Construction which you can learn more about here.
4. Your Gut Feeling
As crazy as it sounds, we've talked with literally thousands of folks about pools over the years and there have been many occasions when people who chose to go with someone else called us back and said something like, "ya know, I just should have followed my gut."
Finding the Perfect Fiberglass Pool Design
With regards to finding the right pool shape, two questions you might want to consider are:
1. Am I looking for curve appeal or something more linear?
2. What features would I like in my pool?
First, let's discuss the differences between free form pools and linear pools
Curve Appeal vs. Play Area
How much swim space do you need?
First, consider how you might use the pool. Activities like games and wrestling with lots of adults or kids on a regular basis will obviously require more space.
Curves typically equal a little less swim space, but the amount of lost swim space depends on the design. Some shapes on the market, such as our Oasis and Titus Pool Designs strike the perfect balance between curve appeal and liberal amounts of space. Other pools, like our Wellspring are designed for pure elegance.
Obviously, to get the most open swim area go with a linear design such as our Goliath or Greco rectangular pools or a roman end pool like our Cathedral. But be sure to look at the step and seat configuration in the pool. Some designs have rather large and bulky steps and/or seats that can cut into the open space if that's a concern of yours.
With regards to achieving a happy marriage between the pool area and the existing features of the property keep in mind that rectangular pools, as well as Roman-End pools, typically communicate more of a formal feel. Curved or free form pools come across as “natural” or even whimsical if desired, depending on the setting.
It's also important to consider what features you would like to have in your pool.
Here is a list of some popular features and our pools that have them:
Tanning Ledge Pools:
Vanishing/Infinity Edge Pools:
Pools with an Open Swim Lane:
Pools with Ample Bench Seating:
Pools with Ample Open Swim Space: