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Viking Pools vs Leisure Pools: Which Fiberglass Pool is Better?

Viking Pools vs Leisure Pools: Which is better?

With the rise in popularity of fiberglass pools throughout the country, many consumers have been left to determine which manufacturers are the best and how they compare to each other. Having sold and installed hundreds of Viking and Leisure Pools, I have certainly formed my opinions of each. I have compared the two companies in a variety of categories so as to be as clear and succinct as possible.

Model Selection: There is no question that Viking Pools has a huge selection of models, especially if you figure they also manufacturer Composite Pools and Crystal Palace pools. When one looks at all their models they will have about 100 choices. On the other hand, Leisure Pools has few shapes to choose from. In other words, they have five main shapes and each shape comes in different sizes. Although this may sound like a very poor model selection, I have found that Leisure's shapes will meet the needs of roughly 90% of the fiberglass marketplace. Viking, on the other hand, will fit the needs of about 100% of the marketplace.

Advantage: Viking Pools

Warranty: Regarding structure warranty, both Viking and Leisure share a long warranty. Viking promotes a "Lifetime" warranty and Leisure offers a "35 year" structure warranty. Either way, both companies are essentially saying the same thing. Where the two companies differ drastically though is with their finish warranties. Leisure has by-far one of the best, if not THE BEST, finish warranty in the fiberglass pool industry at 15 years, non-prorated. This is made possible because of their patent on "Aquaguard", which makes up their pool's colored gel coat finish. On the other hand, Viking's finish warranty is very weak: 3 years full, 7 years prorated. Considering I've had so many problems with Viking's gel coat (their gel coat repairs normally look terrible) in the past, this is something you should certainly be aware of as you are comparing the two companies.

Advantage: Leisure Pools

Quality: Without getting too technical here, Leisure Pools uses the highest grade resin(an Iso resin) available for construction of their fiberglass pools. Viking uses a lower grade(non-Iso) type of resin. Since switching from Viking to Leisure, our installers are constantly talking about how much stronger and sturdier the Leisure shells feel versus what they used to install with Viking.

Advantage: Leisure Pools

Website: Considering a company's website is its most important marketing tool, I'm impressed with both sites: and . Both are full of articles, videos, etc to enhance consumer education. Leisure focuses more on the distinctive quality components of their pools, Viking emphasizes the pool /community donations they've made in the past, including their work with such events as "Little People Big World". Therefore, if you're looking for product facts, stats, and figures, Leisure is your better site. One other interesting component of Viking's website is the fact that they are so obsessed with talking about Marcus Sheridan(that's me by the way). Since writing my fiberglass pool ebook(found at they have done their best to smear my name in the industry. Considering I barely mention their name in the ebook, I find all of their attention quite amusing and it has actually been a great benefit to the ebook's popularity.  Therefore....the winner is.....

Advantage: Viking Fiberglass Pools (based on name dropping;-)

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Again another informative article about the fiberglass pool industry. I appreciate your candor in evaluating the pros and cons. Additionally I am a little abhored at the It is in very bad taste and shows what kind of company Viking Pools is.
Posted @ Friday, June 12, 2009 8:56 AM by
I live in the Houston, Tx area and can't seem to escape the Gunite crowd working hard to dicredit the use of a fiberglass pool. I have a good friend which does home apprasials and he told me if we went with Fiberglass, we would not get as large a "bump" for our home value as we would with Gunite. I am struggling because we want a Leisure Pool (seeing as they are 3 hours from my house) but we can't locate anyone with experience in installation and now we are being told that we will lose more money on it when we sell our house (compared to Gunite) Any words of wisdom here?
Posted @ Sunday, June 14, 2009 12:50 PM by Jaime Ortiz
Jaime what did you wind up doing?
Posted @ Thursday, June 09, 2011 8:16 PM by Rodney Hyde
I live in Houston and am searching for a fiberglass lined in ground pool builder.....any helpful advice Jaime?
Posted @ Friday, June 17, 2011 4:00 PM by Leanne
This guy installs Leisure pools in Houston 
Please feel free to give us a call on 832-494-8070 if you have any questions. 
Kanga Pools, LLC 
19631 Cypress Bough Dr 
Katy TX 77449 
Posted @ Monday, June 20, 2011 1:49 AM by
We purchased a pool from Leisure pools and it is defective. A blotchy white bottom, we have been trying to reach a settlement or have the pool replaced at no charge as per our contract with them but they are not getting back to us. We are devastated and may have to take legal action as $35000 defective pool is not what we paid for!
Posted @ Monday, October 22, 2012 2:04 PM by Cindy Long
Are you familiar with Artistic Pools (based in Cinamminson, NJ)? They are not listed with the BBB but their website seem to have satisfied customers. We live in the Philadelphia suburbs and do you know of any other pool contractors that install fiberglass pools in the area? 
Posted @ Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:15 PM by Richard Santos
I am familiar with them Richard, and am actually really impressed with Mark Pedito. I wouldn't hesitate to use their company. 
good luck! 
Posted @ Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:31 PM by Marcus Sheridan
We live in Orange county, NY. we are just starting our journey into getting prices from dealers and installers for a fiberglass pool. Tomorrow I have Jamie from The Albert Group coming to my home to give me prices for the leisure Mediterranean pool. I also plan on going to Royal Pools in Middletown to get prices for the Viking line. Spending all of this money and possibly having something go wrong is making me sick. Since Viking and trilogy are the same thing now do I bother getting a quote from a trilogy dealer? Is leisure the way to go? Not planning on having anything installed until the fall but need to get an idea of how much it will cost me now. I don't want to have cracks, warping or other problems and wind up with a $50,000 frog pond. Help! Who stands behind their product the best. I also could consider Water World in New Jersey. My head is spinning!
Posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:51 PM by Heather
From what you just listed Heather, if I'm being completely honest, I would clearly go with Jamie from the Albert group. The guy does GREAT work and he truly cares. With him, you get the full package of turn-key, from a solid manufacturer. Frankly, I don't think this decision is even close.
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Posted @ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:05 PM by Pool Builders
Marcus, It's 2013 and I am looking for a fiberglass in Southeast Texas. Houston area. Most of your main comparison comparison blogs seem to be several if not 4 or 5 years old. What is your current position on Viking, Leisure, Trilogy pools today. Do you know of a Texas rep for Barrier Reef it seems they are mostly still in the East coast area? Thanks for a quick reply.
Posted @ Thursday, August 01, 2013 10:55 AM by Danny Hamlin
BUMP on the Houston area asking for an update... I would be much obliged too for an update.
Posted @ Monday, October 28, 2013 10:16 AM by Rosey Cheeks
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Posted @ Saturday, December 14, 2013 12:34 PM by Houston Pool Builders
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Posted @ Saturday, December 14, 2013 12:35 PM by Houston Pool Builders
Hi! I live in California and I am contemplating whether to purchase a pool from Viking or Leisure Pools. We will be installing ourselves since both company's say it will be easy for any contractor to install. Also, I have been offered pools that have been repaired at a substantial savings (ie. blow hole was repaired on the deep end of the pool on Leisure's). Is this a good idea? Please advise.  
On another note, did Cindy Long, the one who posted that they are having issues with Leisure Pools and may have to sue for $30k+, was this ever resolved?
Posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 11:23 AM by CA
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