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Viking Fiberglass Pools vs. Trilogy Pools Reviews / Ratings: Which is Better?


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Two of the most prominent fiberglass pool manufacturers in the industry are Viking Pools and Trilogy Pools. Having installed both pools during our 8 years in business at River Pools, as well as working with pool owners across the country through PoolSchool, I've established opinions regarding the two lines over the years. Each company has their individual pros and cons and so this article will review both companies and see how they stack up against each other.

Category 1: Innovation

Because Viking Pools have been around so much longer than Trilogy Pools, they were able to be one of the main innovators in terms of the fiberglass swimming pools in the early years of the industry here in the United States. They were one of the first companies to have colored finishes and they did a great job integrating benches, ledges, etc into their pool molds. In recent years though, Trilogy has easily set the bar in the fiberglass pool industry for innovation with their ‘Fusion' line. Essentially, Trilogy has been the first company to specialize in modular fiberglass customization. In other words, one can take a ‘fusion' model and change the steps, add tanning beds, spillovers, etc. To understand this further, see their website at  Simply put, Trilogy has set the tone for the future of fiberglass swimming pool customization.

Advantage: Trilogy Pools

Category 2: Shapes and Sizes

Both Viking and Trilogy have a very large amount of pool designs to choose from, especially if you count Viking's multiple lines that they offer with Composite Pool Corporation and Crystal Palace Pools. In terms of sheer numbers, Viking has a definite advantage, with many more models to choose from. In terms of elegance and classiness though, Trilogy dominates when one looks at such models as the Hyperion and the Regalus, which are in my opinion two of the classiest large pool designs in the fiberglass pool industry.

Advantage: Push

Category 3: Warranty

I have spoken heavily on this subject regarding fiberglass pools, with my emphasis always being placed on the Surface / Finish Warranty of the pool shell and not so much on the structure warranty of the shell. In terms of structure warranty, both Viking and Trilogy boast a lifetime warranty on the structure. But where one will find a significant difference between manufacturers is with the finish warranty, especially now that all manufacturers are using colored finishes, and not just white, with their pools. Viking has a 7 year warranty on their finish, but if one actually reads the warranty (which as far as I can tell is not listed on their website) they will find that the warranty is only 3 years full and 4 years prorated.  Trilogy, on the other hand, displays their entire warranty on their webpage ( ), which shows a 10 year, non prorated surface warranty.

Advantage: Trilogy Pools

Category 4: Website

Both  and are great websites. As a huge proponent of consumer education, I always am pleased when I see other companies within the pool industry taking the time to inform consumers. Arguments could be made for the superiority of both sites, but I'm going to have to give the slight edge to Viking due to the fact that they have more photos and videos.

Advantage: Viking Pools

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As an engineer I really think you should compare the actual pool construction of both companies Viking and Trilogy. Once you compare the specifics of both pool manufactures it will be quite an easy decision for a consumer to mke thier best decision. This would be a great option to allow a consumer to then decide based on the process of both manufacturing techniques.
Posted @ Friday, February 26, 2010 3:58 PM by Dave Mathews
Hi Dave, and thanks for checking in. I'd like to delve into engineering on here, but the problem is that certain manufacturers 'claim' to build their pools one way but are actually producing them another, which makes discussing this point quite difficult. I will say this: I think 'ceramic core' technology in fiberglass pools is a joke. I've had employees from companies that use 'ceramic cores' say it's a marketing ploy and a joke....But beyond this, the best way to know the true quality of a manufacturer is to look at the amount of consumer and builder complaints they get. And with having so much contact among pool builders and pool owners across the US, Trilogy is clearly the superior company.
Posted @ Sunday, February 28, 2010 4:45 PM by Marcus Sheridan
When you analyze the amount of consumer and builder complaints do you take into consideration that companies like San Juan and Viking have produced and distributed pools in much greater numbers and for sustainably decades longer than Trilogy. My estimate on the number of pools produced for Trilogy in 2009 was less than 500 parts vs Viking and San Juan with well over 4500 pieces. So you need to figure that for each and every pool Trilogy produces Viking and San Juan are producing nine!! This makes the potential exposure to rreceive a complaint exponentially higher from these companies. I am not sure that builder and consumer complaints is the best way to figure out the actual structure and quality of the pool itself. Maybe there is a company out there that can actually provide information on the structure and quality of the materials utilized in the building of a pool. I think that both San Juan and Viking have the ICC Reports for their line of pools and maybe you could compare that with the ICC Report from Trilogy.
Posted @ Monday, March 01, 2010 6:42 AM by Dave Mathews
Dave, I can understand your drive to see the 'technicalities' of manufacturers, but if I may be honest, I think you're missing the mark here badly. I have installed both Trilogy and Viking. I receive emails (due to this blog and my ebook)from all over the country from pool builders and pool owners giving me real-time feedback on these 2 brands, as well as all other manufacturers. Such information is what's most important to me, not frivolous numbers that certain manufacturers put on an engineering paper to try and appear superior to another company. Leisure Pools has one of the most extensive and impressive ICC reports in the industry, but as you may have noticed, I don't even mention this as one of their major distinctions.  
To give you an example Dave, Viking Pools advertises that their pools are '1/3" Thicker than Their Competitors'. Notwithstanding, I have personally had to fix pools of theirs that were 1/8" thick. That is utterly embarrassing and Viking should be ashamed. Will such poor quality control show up on an ICC report? No, of course not, which is why it's frivolous to mention 'paper stats' when what really matters is the successes of the pool once it's in the ground....And btw Dave, Viking did not do over 4,000 pools last year. Nor did San Juan. Your information is inaccurate.
Posted @ Monday, March 01, 2010 8:14 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Nice write up on both of these manufactures. We are currently looking into installing a fiberglass pool and have the tough decision on what manufacture to choose from. We have to talked to 3 different installers and each buy from a different manufacture, San Juan, Viking and Trilogy. So the question for you is, overall who would you recommend and buy from?  
Posted @ Saturday, June 05, 2010 3:05 PM by Jerry Danish
Hi Jerry, and thanks for stopping by. My opinion, based on the mountain of feedback I've gotten on those 3 brands, are as follows: 
1. Trilogy 
2. San Juan 
3. Viking 
Hope that helps, but continue reading the blog because there is certainly more regarding these brands.
Posted @ Saturday, June 05, 2010 10:49 PM by Marcus Sheridan
In my area of NJ I have a high water table. Do you recommend a fiberglass pool or a different type of pool (concrete, liner, etc.)? If a fiberglass pool is recommended how does the water table affect the pool? Thanks
Posted @ Sunday, June 27, 2010 1:37 PM by Joe Lez
Hi Joe, and thanks for stopping by. We've installed fiberglass pools all over the east coast in Va and Md that were literally 'under water', and have not had an issue. The key is to keep the pool full of water at all times.
Posted @ Monday, June 28, 2010 9:46 AM by Marcus Sheridan
I heard Viking changed their surface warranty from 7-years to 20-years. With this taken into account, it seems they would rank over Trilogy in this area.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:38 AM by April
Until Viking actually shows what this new warranty is in writing, just by saying something has a '20 year warranty' has no value. Their old warranty was '7 years', but only 3 years were not prorated. In fact, I'd invite Viking to send me a PDF file of their new warranty, especially considering they haven't actually put this new warranty, IN WRITING, with exclaimers included, on their site.
Posted @ Friday, July 02, 2010 2:25 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Thanks for all the info. My husband and I are looking into all the different options for a pool and this site has been very helpful. One of our closest friends installed a Viking 3 years ago and woke up to a crack down the middle that could not be repaired. They just installed a San Juan pool; however, their brother just installed a Trilogy pool and both now highly recommend the Trilogy and said they thought it was the best on the market.
Posted @ Monday, July 05, 2010 7:30 AM by Ronda Schmidt
Hi Ronda, and thanks for stopping by. I believe your statement is very true of the trends I've seen across the country regarding quality in the fiberglass pool industry. Trilogy is now one of those companies that is perceived as one of the top-quality companies, as well they should be. When it comes down to it, they care, and what a difference caring can make in any field.
Posted @ Monday, July 05, 2010 9:01 AM by Marcus Sheridan
What are your thoughts on installing a fiberglass pool in Kansas. Does the temperature swing and ground freezing affect the integrity of the pools?
Posted @ Tuesday, August 24, 2010 1:02 AM by natalia perine
Not at all Natalia. In fact, the fastest growing pool type in Canada right now is fiberglass. If anyone says otherwise, they're simply not being honest with you. Good luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, August 24, 2010 11:00 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi, i am in the process of geting estimates for an inground pool. do you know the quality of crystal palace, leisure, or a local manufacture called waterworld. I live in the philadelphia, nj area. All say they are the best. thanks
Posted @ Saturday, September 11, 2010 8:02 PM by brian
Hi Brian. Crystal Palace is the same as Viking or Composite Pools, so I'll let you be the judge of that one. Water world typically is not a 'turn key' company, which can turn customers off (they usually just set the pool and will do the plumbing and partial backfill)....and as you've likely read on this blog, Leisure is top notch. Good luck!
Posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 9:11 AM by Marcus Sheridan
HELP! we are in the process of trying to decide about putting in a partial inground pool. A Triology fiberglass or Kafkaco. The cost of vinyl is a little less but not by much. Pool is 8x16' and is in an area where the ground water is always high. Everybody says there way is the best. Any input or suggestions will be greatly appreciated? 
Thanks, Denise
Posted @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 2:08 PM by Denise H.
Hi Denise, and thank for stopping by. To be honest with you, and please don't take offense by this, I'm confused as to why you'd even debate this decision. Why would you choose a shot-term solution to a long-term investment? 
Go fiberglass. Spend more now to save a lot later. It just makes so much more sense. 
Good luck!!
Posted @ Friday, October 29, 2010 11:17 PM by Marcus Sheridan
We are looking at putting an inground pool in and was only considering gunite pools. We were told about the Triology fiberglass pools. Which pool would be better long term as far as maintenance and durability. 
Posted @ Saturday, January 29, 2011 9:03 PM by Ken Antee
Hi Ken, and thanks for asking. Although I've addressed your question quite a bit in other articles, I'll give you some frank advice: 
Fiberglass, without question, will be much less maintenance and should last longer without major repairs like resurfacing.  
Notwithstanding, if you can't find a fiberglass pool that has a size that fits your needs, then you may want to go concrete. 
Good luck!!
Posted @ Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:21 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Marcus, I recently purchased a fixer-up home, which has a concrete pool. The condition of the pool horrible. Their is literally a small tree growing out of the pool. Need less to say I have major work to do. I have been reading up on Fiberglass pools and was wondering can I change from concrete to Fiberglass? I was told I can do the surface of a concrete pool with fiberglass, is that true. Thanks for your help
Posted @ Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:43 AM by Anna Sims
Hi Anna, and thanks for stopping by. The quick answer is 'Yes', it can be done. But it won't be cheap and there aren't a lot of companies that offer this service. Where do you live, I may be able to offer a suggestion. 
Good luck!
Posted @ Wednesday, February 02, 2011 12:57 AM by Marcus Sheridan
iwork for trilogy pools iknow we build one of the strongest pool shell in the market cause we use mill gauges and keep up with the amount of glass and resin used on each shell.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 7:27 PM by scott robinson
Marcus, i've been wanting to get a pool for the last several years. we have decided on a trilogy pool. we live in Calvin (southeastern okla) and would like any info on installers in our area. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:50 PM by debby rippee
Hi Debby. Congrats on your choice and thanks for stopping by our website. Honestly, I'm not real familiar with the Oklahoma market and your best bet would be to contact Trilogy directly ....Good luck!
Posted @ Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:03 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi - We are deciding on a fiberglass pool. We have info on Alaglass and note that they offer a lifetime warranty. What is your take on the pool in comparison to the Triolgy. Thanks for your help.
Posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 11:06 PM by Marie
Hi Marie, I'd say you're probably going to be fine with either one Marie, although I'm a big fan of Trilogy myself.
Posted @ Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:24 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I have done tons of research on fiberglass pools and the salt water systems. In the past 10yrs., the cost of fiberglass pools have almost doubled. Can you explain why? We live in North Texas and is considering a Leisure pool. The price quoted is over 30K, is this normal? No bells and whistles either, just a Rivera 30' with salt water system. HELP
Posted @ Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:59 PM by Damie
We are going to have a pool installed this year but unfortunately we are in a rural area and are limited to dealers. One dealer carries a brand named Liberty pools and has been installing pools for over 50 years. The other dealer can get Leisure Pools, which I like better, but is in concrete business and appears to do pools as secondary job. Where do I go from here? Should I call Leisure and see if they would sell the established dealer a pool? There is a Leisure distribution center less than 40 miles from the established dealer. Thanks for your time.
Posted @ Sunday, March 27, 2011 1:54 AM by Alex
Hi Alex. You've got a tough call to make, but ultimately, I would choose the dealer you felt most impressed and comfortable within, assuming you've done enough due diligence. 
Good luck!!
Posted @ Monday, March 28, 2011 12:22 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I am in the same boat as Damie (March 19th). I am in North Texas and hoping to install a fiberglass pool for this summer, but prices are so high and dealers are so limited.  
Can you recommend a dealer for the Trilogy line you give such rave reviews for? I have a Viking quote (ouch) and an American Fiberglass pool quote (ouch too).  
Like Damie, I am looking for something simple. Not a lot of 
bells and whistles, but I do want a salt water system. 
Any advice would be appreciated. 
Posted @ Tuesday, April 05, 2011 7:04 PM by Chris
chris n damie, 
last year i just installed a trilogy gemini, 16x32. i live in the philadelphia area. i spent just under 30k, i had mine installed at the end of the season and took advantage of major discounts, i had 400 sq ft of cantilivered concrete included and i also had them pay for all permits and topograpy cost which saved me 2k. i also had them exclude thier pump and filter and purchased my own pump filter and salt generator. hope this helps
Posted @ Tuesday, April 05, 2011 7:33 PM by brian stillman
@ James Bellor-- Hi James, and glad you've come by the site. A concrete pool is fine in terms of location, so that really wouldn't be a big factor in my decision. More so, it would be based on maintenance concerns, size shape concerns, etc...Also, salt, in my opinion, is the greatest thing that has happened to pools since water. Allow your concrete pool to get algae one time and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about here. As for propane, if you use it much at all, it will burn a hole in your wallet. Heat pumps are great, but for them to work it has to be 60 degrees or higher. 
@Chris-- The straight answer to your question is that fiberglass pools, at least initially, are not cheap. Brian's experience is a rare one, and personally I could not have installed the pool he spoke of at that price. But remember also that going fiberglass, although more initially, will likely save you quite a bit in the long run. Yes, it's a tough call, but like I said, these fiberglass guys have to charge enough to cover their expenses. It's not like they're making a killing, trust me.  
Good luck! 
Posted @ Wednesday, April 06, 2011 8:45 AM by Marcus Sheridan
marcus, the prices i recieved during the season were 35k plus i had to pay for a topography ($1400) and permits. I waited until the end of sept. and the contractor came back to me with the end of year offer. i also was interested in a leisure pool, however i did not get the discounts of the trilogy installer. my case is probably rare, but it can happen.the only downside is installing a pool in november and closing it. it sure makes for a long winter.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 06, 2011 8:53 AM by brian stillman
Good points Brian. It seems like you did a nice job getting your costs down as much as possible. But like you said, it was an exceptional price, no doubt, and the time of year played a huge role I'm sure.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 06, 2011 9:05 AM by Marcus Sheridan
RE: Viking Finish Warranty 
FYI, I'm considering a Viking pool and I was provided a detailed, written warranty on their finish which is now 20 years. You should be able to get a copy now to evaluate the language.
Posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 6:20 PM by Andre
Hi there...I've been told that because Composite Pools uses Kavlar, it was a notch above Viking pools, even though they are one in the same. Is this true?
Posted @ Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:28 AM by Mike
Hi Mike, I've written about Kevlar, Carbon Fiber, etc before and I feel they're all very gimmicky. If I was you, I'd find out exactly how much 'kevlar' is used in the product. How many pounds? Where are the engineering specs that talk about the added strength? 
Good luck getting these numbers.
Posted @ Sunday, May 29, 2011 10:02 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I am considering a Barrier Reef,Trilogy,Tallman and Viking ACP fiberglass pool.The Tallman dealer has given the best price and has included many features.Do you recommend a "Tallman" pool.Please recommend one of those pools as my head is about to burst with swimming pool information.Fiberglass here in NC also is going to cost ALOT more for the large size pool that we want.Is a fiberglass pool worth the price difference? I could have 4 or 5 new liners, therefore a new looking pool, for the price difference in the qoutes that I am getting. Help! Thanks...John
Posted @ Saturday, June 04, 2011 5:44 AM by John
I am looking for a smaller pool due to limited space in my backyard. I am in Atlanta and have contacted Trilogy, Tallman & Viking. Viking provided the best customer service answering my initial questions but Trilogy seems like they have more technical info. Two Questions: Who provides the best service / follow up if needed after the pool is installed? Viking or Trilogy. Second - what should I expect to pay for a pool that is fiberglass, approx. 10' x 18' complete installation and salt filter....seems like the quotes are between $20K and $31K - help!
Posted @ Monday, June 06, 2011 2:16 PM by Brian
Of the ones you mentioned Brian, I like Trilogy the most, by a long ways. But that's just my opinion. Look at the warranties and compare each, word for word, that should help you a little.  
Good luck!!! 
Posted @ Monday, June 06, 2011 5:05 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I am considering a fiberglass pool in the near future. It seems as though Leisure and Trilogy are the industry leaders in quality. Of the two which would you choose for your own back yard? Also, what are your feelings on San Juan? Thank you in advance for your time and advice.
Posted @ Friday, June 10, 2011 12:37 AM by Tonya VanHoose
Hi Tonya. Based on those two, I'd recommend you simply choose the builder you like the most. As for SJ, they're fine, I'm just more of a fan of Leisure and Trilogy. 
Good luck! 
Posted @ Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:40 PM by Marcus Sheridan
i am looking into a trilogy fiberglass pool. i live in va and found that because i live on a low lot the water table is high. i dug for a fence post an hit water at about 18 inches. plamor construction backfils with gravel and installs a sump pump under the pool. however i am still concerned i will encounter problems somewhere down the road and 40k is not chump change. could you give me some imput.
Posted @ Friday, July 08, 2011 5:07 PM by judy
i just put a trilogy pool in, and i have clay dirt, which holds water. i had the company install the pump under the pool, i have checked it and seen it full to the top, pump it out and its fine, from my understanding the pump is only to drain incase you need to expose the pool, when filled it will not float, if i needed to have my concrete deck replaced or my pool i will drain whats under it 
Posted @ Friday, July 08, 2011 5:27 PM by brian stillman
I had a Viking Pool installed 6 years ago. So far I have not had 1 single problem. After reading different comments regarding cracks and such, I am a little nervous now. does anyone know what causes a fiberglass pool to crack? I was told is was like 8 times stronger than concrete. I have heard of someone having a 20 ft crack along the bottom that is unrepairable. Does the warranty cover that? What about the cost of removal/re-installation/concrete etc...not to mention redoing the fence/yard/ etc. Is there anyone that can be done to prevent such a nightmare?
Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2011 8:27 AM by Theresa
A warratny is only as good as the company that backs it. That being said, I was a Viking Dealer and have one customer's pool that has been repaired three times for the same problem. It is still not right and they take forever to schedule much less respond to warranty repairs. I have another customer that they have not responded to for over three months a has cracks in the finish on every step and bench. The worst of it is that at least 60% of the pools that we had delivered were damaged upon delivery from Viking.
Posted @ Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:48 AM by Chris Varholick
I am going to have a pool installed at the beach in North Carolina. Is it worth the extra cost for a heat pump (long term).
Posted @ Sunday, August 07, 2011 12:20 PM by Nancy
@Chris Varholick: Great insight man. Really appreciate you sharing that. 
@Nancy: Yes, trust me, it's worth it.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 09, 2011 11:20 AM by Marcus Sheridan
wow, this is a lot to digest..marcus, are you a trilogy dealer? you seem to like this pool much more than the other top rated fiberglass pools..we are looking into the difference b'tween fiberglass and gunite...i live in TN; my buddy in Atlanta who has been in the pool businees for 20 years says NO to fiberglass because they can move/settle after installation and then the water is unlevel..we are on a limited budget and thought saltwater/fiberglass was the way to go...i am so confused...any advice??? 
Leigh Owens
Posted @ Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:11 AM by Leigh Owens
I'm looking at purchasing a fiberglass pool, Viking was what I thought I was going to have installed but now I'm looking at the Trilogy Utopia. The problem/question that I have with these pools is that they will be installed on compacted dirt. Compacted this fall and the pool would be installed in April 2012, will I have a problem with the pool shifting or cracking with either pools ?
Posted @ Monday, September 19, 2011 12:40 AM by Sandy Joyce
Sandy, here is the short answer to your question: NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! 
Use gravel, but never use dirt. Good luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:23 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I am in Montana and have heard that fiberglass pools can crack and/or bow in and out over the years because of our extreme and frequent weather changes
Posted @ Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:46 AM by Sue
Hi Marcus, 
I'm from Brantford,Ontario Canada and we are planning on installing a indoor pool.Wondering if you have heard of Dolphin or Elitepool fiberglass pools and if you have a opinion on thier quality?Would you know of a Trilogy dealer in our area?One last thing what is the advantage of a heatpump over a standard pool heater? Thanks David
Posted @ Saturday, January 07, 2012 7:01 PM by Dave Lout
Hi Dave, thanks so much for the question, but I'm sorry to say I don't have that much experience with Dolphin and Elite, as they are much smaller outfits in your neck of the woods. 
Regarding Heat Pumps, they are very, very efficient if you use them often compared to gas, but they don't work below 60 degrees, which may very well be a problem for you up North. 
Good luck Dave!
Posted @ Monday, January 09, 2012 1:31 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I am going to being putting a pool in my vacation home in Goodyear,AZ. I am considering fiberglass. Any thoughts on heat/sun fading in Az sun. Anyone aware of quality installer in Phoenix?
Posted @ Sunday, January 15, 2012 10:38 AM by Brian
Have there been any successful roof mounted fiberglass lap pools (7X40)? One installer told me he has installed roof mounted fiberglass pools with additional bracing in the fiberglass lay up, and surrounding roof structure. I was initially looking at stainless steel for this project. I'm leery about a fiberglass application, but curious if it has ever been engineered and pulled off successfully.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:13 AM by John
Hi Brian, and thanks for asking about fading. I can tell you that any colored finish on any type of pool can fade, but fiberglass tends to hold up very, very well. 
Regarding roof top pools John, it has been done, San Juan promotes a few on their website as a matter of fact. But it's not something we've ever done.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:41 AM by Marcus Sheridan
What do you know about Caribbean Bay Pools.
Posted @ Saturday, February 04, 2012 10:13 AM by S. Bryant
Scott, great point you make and thanks for bringing it up. 
As for Caribbean Bay Pools, sorry S.Bryant, but I have no idea who they are.
Posted @ Saturday, February 04, 2012 10:17 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi, thanks for an awesome blog! We are in Alabama and want to put a fiberglass (Trilogy?) pool with spa, tanning ledge, bubblers, waterfall, heater, etc. in our rocky backyard. Our house is built right next to a mountain. We're not sure if we found our builder yet but would love any recommendations if you happen to have them. The one builder we liked only does Leisure Pools and none of their models suit our needs/tastes. Any suggestions you might have would be so appreciated. Thank you so much! :)
Posted @ Saturday, March 10, 2012 11:42 PM by SuperMama
Hi Supermama and thanks for asking. To tell you the truth, far and away the best installer in the Alabama area is Earl's pools and spas. Yes, they currently do Leisure, but you may want to see if they might be able to offer another brand in this situation. But seriously, they are easily one of the best installers in the entire country. 
Good luck! 
Posted @ Monday, March 12, 2012 8:15 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi Marcus, thank you so much! After reading your helpful pool buying guide, we realized we did not actually want a deep-end pool, and we were then able to decide on the Leisure Riviera 34 model that had all the features we loved. Thank you so much! Thanks also for the recommendation for Earl's. They are the builder we have felt the most confident in so far and we are hoping we can work with them. I'll let you know how things go! :)
Posted @ Monday, March 12, 2012 11:58 AM by SuperMama
Marcus- We are looking for a quality pool builder in east TN. Interested in a fiberglass pool with spa. What is your opinion of the trilogy spas? Should we have the spa be seperate from the pool?
Posted @ Sunday, March 25, 2012 8:36 PM by Grammie kay
Hi Grammie Kay, and thanks for stopping by. I think Trilogy is a solid for the spa, I frankly feel above ground spas are much better if you're looking for something with lots of jets, power, and less maintenance. In inground spa is more for summer usage and also best as a water feature around the pool. Make sense? Good luck!
Posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 12:03 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi Marcus. Thanks for all the good information. What do you think about longevity, UV issues, etc. of a fiberglass pool in Phoenix, Arizona? We don't have flooding or a high water table here, so can a fiberglass pool be safely drained, and left empty during a few non-swimming winter months? Thanks!
Posted @ Friday, April 20, 2012 3:51 PM by J.L.
Hi Marcus, Really enjoyed reading ALL the information! We are in Northern CA and trying to decide which pool to buy. Of course, the closet pool manufacturer is Viking, but after reading your blog, I wonder what it would cost to get a Trilogy pool here?!?! Any advice? 
Posted @ Friday, April 27, 2012 7:07 PM by Julie
@JL: Fiberglass pools have gained quite a bit of popularity in your area and I wouldn't hesitate to put one in if I lived there. I honestly don't think you'll have any issues because of where you are. 
@Julie: You should contact Trilogy directly Julie and ask if they have any dealers there. 
Good luck!!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 01, 2012 12:14 AM by Marcus Sheridan
We are interested in putting a pool/spa combo in and I have been researching gunite vs. fiberglass. I have only just started the process. There is a company not too far from us that has Viking pools, I am really liking the Trinidad, which is a combination, what do you think of this style?
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 3:49 PM by Carmen
We are thinking of installing a fiberglass pool next year in an area where an old home place used to stand (it had no plumbing or electric run to it). We had it burned and removed last summer. The land there is very flat and there is a storage building with electric already run to it. Would you reccommend putting a pool in an area such as this? I'm concerned about the ground settling too much there. Also, could you reccommend a dealer that would service our area? We live in southwest VA, Patrick County to be exact. It's very rural and we're at least an hour away from any major cities. Thanks for the great info on your site!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 08, 2012 6:11 PM by Krista
Hi Krista, and thanks for the email. As long as the dirt on the site isn't fill dirt (the part that goes underneath the pool once it's dug), then you'll be fine. 
As for dealers in your area, I can't really say, although in certain occasions we'll travel out to such locations in Virginia. 
Good luck! 
Posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 2:29 PM by Marcus Sheridan
We have a dog leg pool. It seems like it is a inground vinyl that was then fiberglassed. Is that normally done? I hate that it has no drain at the bottom and only one water jet. There are surface problems as well as cracking around the edges. Is fiberglass an option? If not, what are my options to resurface? 
Thanks, Steve  
Fremont, CA
Posted @ Friday, June 01, 2012 9:18 PM by Steve Wilson
Looking into either Viking or Leisure. Viking Aruba fits perfect for the area. Tuscany 23 if Leisure. like the look much better on the Viking etc shape and extra ledges. Problem is finding a installer. We live in New York, Long Island. Found 1 local but not the sharpest tool in the shed.Any recommendation ? Installation is KEY . Found 1 in NJ but it is quite a hike for them.
Posted @ Sunday, June 03, 2012 9:13 AM by Original6
Viking purchased Trilogy. Do you think this will affect the Trilogy quality?
Posted @ Monday, June 04, 2012 1:22 PM by Bob Ault
@Orginal6: If you're referring to Mark Peditto's company out of Jersey who does Leisure, I'd personally go with him if I were you. 
@Bob: Good question. Honestly, I still think it's too early to tell. As long as Ted B. is in the plant there, I think the quality will be pretty high.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 05, 2012 5:26 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Thanks for all the great information on your website. I live in Fayetteville where Trilogy pools are manufactured. However, I really know nothing about builders and was wondering if you had any recommendations for me. Thanks so much.
Posted @ Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:28 AM by Mmmhf
I really think your best bet is to then contact trilogy direction and find out who their dealer is in your area. Good luck!!
Posted @ Friday, June 15, 2012 12:11 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Hi Marcus, 
I appreciate all of the info on your blog. I'm looking at fiberglass pools and have an installer that comes highly reccomended. He has recently switched from Leisure to a company named Aloha due to freight costs into our area. What do you know about Aloha Pools? Would you reccomend them?
Posted @ Friday, June 15, 2012 4:02 PM by cc
does anyone know anything about Composite pools is this the same as viking pools? That seems to be 3 on everyones list for fiberglass and composite pools? And is there a difference in Fiberglass and Composite?
Posted @ Saturday, June 30, 2012 2:45 PM by Jeff
Does anyone know the Royal Pools? We only have one dealer in the area. They offer only trilogy and royal. The trilogy is so nice, but do not offer the size royal pool offers? I just want to know if it's a good pool?
Posted @ Monday, July 02, 2012 10:19 AM by Karen
@Jeff: Composite Pools is essentially the same as Viking. They're made by the same employees in the same plant-- just two names which allows for more share of the marketplace in one area. 
@Karen: Royal is a much smaller company but the overall reviews I've heard from their customers is not in the top tier of the industry. Good luck!
Posted @ Monday, July 02, 2012 10:22 AM by Marcus Sheridan
just want to thank you for taking the time to answer all of these questions. This is a great blog. Very informative. Glad I found it. I think I will go for the Trilogy line, especially for the warranty.  
Thanks again. 
Posted @ Monday, July 02, 2012 10:51 AM by Karen
one more question, if you wouldn't mind! Since you seem to know so much about Trilogy pools, which one has the most usable area? We don't really want a deep pool. We don't feel we would use that part. We have a family of 6 and we would like to get the most pool for our money. I really love the way the Synergy looks. I just think you waste so much space with all the curves. Royal has a pool that has outside dimensions of 17'6" x 41'6". I can't find anything close to that in the Trilogy line.
Posted @ Monday, July 02, 2012 11:46 AM by Karen
Although it may not seem like it, the Cassini is a very large pool, not deep, tons of play space. My business partner Jim owns that model and it's plenty big for a family of 6 IMO.
Posted @ Monday, July 02, 2012 11:52 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Can't decide I live in the upstate (SC), dealers limited. I have a 30k budget, I am single and want little maintenance, saltwater for sure. I have a dog who loves water, too. So, with all that in mind. Is fiberglass ok for clay,rocky soil? My yard slopes downward--which one is best? One dealer told me to add 5k more to the budget and go gunite/with pebble tec--what do you advise?
Posted @ Monday, July 02, 2012 8:32 PM by Caroline
My wife and I just bought a home in Falls Church City, VA, that has an old in ground pool (an old survey indicates it was put in 1974), about 6'6" deep. We are considering having it torn out and replaced. First, I want something deep enough to dive. Obviously that makes for a bigger pool to deliver. Second, the current pool location is on the low side of the property - there is a runoff or gully area just below it. Does that limit us? There is no indication of any restriction on a new survey we got. Third, the streets to our home are kind of narrow and twisty for a tractor trailer - does that significantly limit our choices, or would they find a way to bring in whatever pool we like? Fourth, if we wanted to have a heated pool and/or glass enclosure for year round use, is that something that must be installed at the beginning, or can it be added later?
Posted @ Monday, July 09, 2012 3:40 PM by Donald
Wow Donald, that's a loaded question. 
To be honest, it sounds like you're going to need a smaller pool. If you wanting a diving pool, no matter the type, it's going to be at least 38' long...which likely won't fly at your place. Plus, if you're considering an enclosure, it would have to be massive to cover such a large unit. 
Also, because you're in Falls Church, I'd suggest contacting zoning now. Your county there stinks to work with--just being honest. So find out if you'll need a new site plan, grade plan, etc.---or not. 
Good luck! 
Posted @ Tuesday, July 10, 2012 5:54 PM by Marcus Sheridan
looking to install a fiberglass pool. Was looking at Trilogy Pools and also Leisure pools. Was wondering which way you would go?
Posted @ Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:28 PM by Richard Stoehr
Based on the fact that Viking owns Trilogy and doesn't warranty pools built on gravel, that's enough alone to make me go with Leisure Richard. 
Good luck to you.
Posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 10:00 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I just read your posts about Viking buying Trilogy and you said they won't warranty a pool on gravel? Aren't all fiberglass pools put down on some type of rock? Also, is there a danger to putting in a fiberglass pool in clay soil where there is a significant drought and the ground is dry? What will happen when the soil "swells" back up under normal rainfall?
Posted @ Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:03 PM by kathy
I have just begun looking into pools for my family and was wondering if there are any installers you would recommend in the Dallas, Fort Worth area? I have just begun researching manufacturers and am not tied to any one in particular. Thanks for hosting this blog.
Posted @ Sunday, August 12, 2012 6:32 AM by Robert
@Kathy: Unfortunately, sand is still used by some builders Kathy, which we at River Pools find quite disappointing. As for shrink, swell, because fiberglass is flexible, there is literally nothing better. 
@Robert. Hi Robert, good question. The dealer in Dallas is Phil Pasco @ Kanga Pools, phone # is 832-494-8070. Very good dealer with many successful installs. 
good luck to you both!!
Posted @ Monday, August 13, 2012 11:05 AM by Marcus Sheridan
I live in Alabama and am planning on installing a fiberglass pool (not turn key). I have contacted Tallman Pools and like what I've read in their info they sent me. Tallman has been mentioned a few times on your blog but I have not seen you comment on them yet. What do you know about their pools? What size gravel should I use to backfill the pool with?
Posted @ Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:03 PM by Bryan
I have been taking care of a Viking inground spa. It is about two years old, midnight blue with metal fleck, about 1,000gal. Recently has developed blotchy white stains all over shell. I drained and rinsed it with acid and polished it. Still looks the same. Can you advise what the problem could be?
Posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:48 PM by Terry
@Bryan: My question would be the following---how many of their installs over the past 2 years are on their reference list? Also, what is their workmanship warrant? Will they be doing the concrete decking as well? 
@Terry: Sorry, but it's tough to say. Have you sent a photo into Viking showing the blotches? Are the blotches getting worse? What chemicals do you use in the water?
Posted @ Friday, August 17, 2012 9:19 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Can a fiberglass pool be insatalled half in ground or above ground in areas where here is high water?
Posted @ Saturday, August 18, 2012 3:05 PM by joe
It can Joe, but it may need to be "bulked up" in the factory with extra thickness/braces to account for the lack of backfill.
Posted @ Saturday, August 18, 2012 4:01 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Live in Hudson FL - was looking to get a 12X26 fiberglass salt pool - know we want fiberglass. Have a Viking quote with a Hudson installer(Backyard Pools) but then saw Trilogy and like their Eclipe with tanning shelf which is 12x26 also. Found a dealer in Zephyrhills, FL (Schafer Construction) - leaning toward Trilogy due to shape and this blog. But now that viking purchased Trilogy - do you still feel there is a difference in 2 mfgs. Is one still better than the other? Is there any other installers in our area that would install a Trilogy?
Posted @ Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:44 PM by Judy
I live in Cleveland Ohio area and looking to put in fiberglass pool. Trying to decide between viking, trilogy, or the pleasure island san juan pool as we really want a swim up bar. Any thoughts on the best pool and do you know any good companies here as we have talked with a few.
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 9:38 PM by Tim
@Juday: I'd still feel good about Trilogy Judy, as they are very much the same company they were before the purchase. 
@Tim:Hi Tim, if I were you I'd base my decision first off of what dealer you felt best about. Second, I would compare the 3 written warranties of the pools, noting the disclaimers. And third, I would likely lean towards Trilogy if I were you, but again, it depends.
Posted @ Saturday, September 29, 2012 9:10 AM by Marcus Sheridan
Caroline in upstate South Carolina, 
We moved back to the upstate this year from the coast where we have been doing pools for 6 years. I will be happy to help. You can call me 843-325-4912 any time.
Posted @ Friday, October 05, 2012 10:29 AM by Vonni
I have found that cheap and quality do not go together. A quality builder with quality pool such as leisure pools or trilogy pools may cost a bit more but in the long run is well worth it. I find some people are willing to spend more on a car that they will keep for 4-5 years than a pool that they want to last 30 yrs. Just a thought.
Posted @ Sunday, December 02, 2012 7:57 PM by Chuck. Mattingly/Backyard Fun pools Nicholasville Ky.
What can you tell me about Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pools.  
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 5:45 PM by Brent
Is there a diff in surface vs finish when it comes to warranty? Trilogy claims a life time on the finish??
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:02 AM by brent
It all comes down to the fine print Brent. I think if you read the actual warranty, you'll see what I'm talking about.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:20 AM by Marcus Sheridan
We really like the Trilogy Genesis pool, but haven't been able to find a dealer/installer in CT. Do you know if there are any in our area? Ideally we would like a diving board (if insurance will allow it) so other larger pools that are deep may be an option. 
Thank you, 
Posted @ Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:55 PM by Fred
Looking at putting in a fiberglass pool and was wondering who in Omaha, NE does Trilogy. I am trying to trust someone but everyone tells us something different.
Posted @ Friday, February 15, 2013 8:53 PM by Cindi
We are looking into fiberglass pools and are having a difficult time finding information about installers in the Cartersville, GA area. Any recommendations? Also, any comments about Custom Fiberglass Pools? Might they be made by one of the better known manufacturers? The folks that install Leisure Pools in this area suggested them to get a lager selection of shapes and sizes.
Posted @ Sunday, March 03, 2013 4:54 PM by GA Buford
Hi GA Buford. You're not going to find a manufacturer that will do a "customized" pool for you beyond the shapes and sizes they currently offer. Ultimately, you're going to have to find something you like within the available options.
Posted @ Sunday, March 03, 2013 6:52 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Marcus, thanks for your response. "Custom Fiberglass Pools" is brand of pool that an installer suggested to us. We've seen their web site. They offer some good looking pools. Thought they might be an off brand built by one of the bigger names.
Posted @ Monday, March 04, 2013 8:09 AM by GA Buford
Well, I guess we'll see how good the Trilogy warranty is now. Woke up to a six inch structural crack in the deep end last week. Pool is 2.5 years old. Very disappointed but hopeful Trilogy will step up to the plate. Charleston SC.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:20 PM by Mark
oh my gosh Mark. SUPER SCARY!I'm so sorry to hear about this! I have a Viking fiberglass pool. I hope that never happens to me! Please keep us posted!
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:12 PM by Karen
We are about to build our house in Washington state and want to install an in-ground pool. We spoke with Aqua quip, local installer for Viking. However after reading your blog wonder if other manufacturers should be considered. Any advice appreciated.
Posted @ Saturday, April 20, 2013 9:18 PM by Harpreet
Hi Harpreet, and thanks for asking. 
Frankly, I wouldn't allow the name brand to drive my decision. Go with the best builder, and you'll likely end up very happy. Good luck!!
Posted @ Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:44 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Haven't seen much on here about Sun Pools? Any feedback on their quality?
Posted @ Monday, April 22, 2013 8:31 PM by John Stokes
Hi John. Sun Pools are a well built pool in my opinion. If you're happy with the builder, I wouldn't hesitate to use them.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:39 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Thanks so much Marcus for the response. Your sight has been the most informative I have seen!
Posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:00 PM by John Stokes
Hi, we're in northern California and just had a quote for a Viking 40 ft pool, salt water, at 65k. After some negotiation, we're down to 55k but it has no lights and no side tile. We're just having a hard time swallowing that big pill. Is there that much profit margin or does it really cost that much?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:36 PM by Paul
Truth be told Paul, yes, it does cost that much. And without seeing your job's details and what options you're getting, the price is likely very inline as to where it should be. You'd be very, very surprised to learn just how small the margins are for fiberglass pool builders.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:24 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Im in north MA, NH border. looking into getting a fiberglass pool, not a very big one. could you suggest a brand and installer in my area. Thank You Dan
Posted @ Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:46 AM by Dan
Can you recommend reputable dealer to speak with on both fiberglass and concrete pools in Las Vegas ?? Thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:44 AM by Ame
Marcus, thank you for this very informative blog. I am considering a fiberglass pool and live in Southern IL just across the river from St. Louis, MO. Any recommendations on installers in the area?
Posted @ Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:14 PM by Greg
Hi Greg, and thanks for the note. I only know of one dealer in Illinois, and they are Signature Pools out of the Chicago area, so I don't think they come down that far,but you may want to at least try, because they're exceptional. Good luck!
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 8:17 AM by Marcus Sheridan
We want to install our own pool, based on the comments in this blog we are leaning toward trilogy. Can home owners buy a trilogy direct or thru River Pools? Please advise.
Posted @ Saturday, June 08, 2013 8:52 PM by Tracy
Can you advise about a company called "Thursday Pools"?
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 8:19 AM by Brian
Have you heard of viking pools replica? I was sold a viking pool and it has no serial number and/or identification code.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:22 AM by Stella
I have not heard of such a thing Stella...The question is who did you buy the shell from??
Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:14 PM by Marcus Sheridan
Love this blog. I feel so educated now. I live in the Albany, NY area (upstate NY). There are a few optional dealers, can you recommend anyone specific?
Posted @ Tuesday, June 25, 2013 9:41 PM by nicole Schertzer
Hi Nicole, have you tried Albert Landscape group? If they are in your area, I'd absolutely use them if I were you. 
Posted @ Tuesday, June 25, 2013 11:42 PM by Marcus Sheridan
I live in indiana and am searching for a dealer of trilogy and Viking pools in my area (west central indiana). Talked to San Juan rep in Wolcott and was lied to about cost of a particular pool when I was ready to purchase. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, July 02, 2013 10:56 PM by Marcus
Hello we live in south west alabama. We have decided on a Triology Fiber glass pool. After 10 years of debate over the gunnite and fiber glass. 
Can you direct me to a builder and supplier I live in the 36451 area code, 75 miles due north of mobile. we are looking for a large pool, at least 40 foot long and width depends upon shipping as I am well aware of due to my long mechanical skills.
Posted @ Thursday, July 04, 2013 3:12 PM by Kevin
Looking for a pool builder in my area. Having a quote on both gunite and fiberglass, but can seem to find a fiberglass company. Could you help me out. I'm in Northern California. Great blog, btw! 
Thanks for your help.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10:20 AM by Rebecca
I am looking to have a fiberglass pool installed in Chesapeake Va. My choice is between aloha, blue Hawaiian(Viking), and trilogy. You have not mentioned anything about Aloha so I would love your opinion, and which overall you prefer. Can you recommend a quality builder in the Virginia Beach / Chesapeake area? Thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:53 AM by Greg
Hi there 
We live in the Dallas area and your blog has been very helpful in my research! I'm wondering if anyone has a Liberty pool or has heard of them? The installer/dealer is very reputable and in talking about Trilogy and Viking, Liberty came up. Any info is appreciated.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 13, 2013 3:49 PM by Sarah
I live on Long Island, NY on the Great South Bay. My pool needs to be above the ground. Can I use a fiberglass pool? Would I be able to put the pool 
on top of a concrete slab? Finally who would you recommend on Long Island for instillation and what 
manufacturer will be the best to add the extra support 
needed for the above ground fiberglass pool. Thanks
Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 9:45 PM by Michael
I had a Viking pool installed 11 years ago. It was to have their Permalight Fiberoptic perimeter lights installed. When all was complete, filled, etc., we were informed "Oops, we forgot to put in the required perimeter track to hold the light. So your fiber optic box only lights the tiny single underwater supplement light. Umm, how about some free accessories?" 
The tiny light is as powerful as a flashlight. Very unsatisfying.  
So we had some overhead spots installed in surrounding trees, and it does not look good at all. I'm jealous of the blue glow that every other in ground pool has in the dark. Grrr. 
So: Any suggestions? I guess I could just use those battery powered floating lights, but that's not very satisfying either. 
I appreciate whatever advice you have. I even thought there might be new products now available that were not on the market 11 years ago. Thanks!
Posted @ Saturday, September 07, 2013 5:23 PM by Randy Young
We have switched out many of these fiber optic lenses and have installed LED lighting which is much brighter! 
They will usually screw right into the same fittings
Posted @ Saturday, September 07, 2013 6:34 PM by Chris
I have a San Juan pool and had a serious problem with it this year. Found out in repairing it that the shell was very thin in places - less than 1/8" of an inch. San Juan Pools' customer service has been a joke - gave us a complete runaround and zero help. Spoke with someone named Marianne who seemed like she couldn't care less. I don't recommend San Juan Pools because of the thin pool shell we received and their terrible customer service.
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Which is a better fiberglass pool...Trilogy or BarrierReef?
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We have switched out many of these fiber optic lenses and have installed LED lighting which is much brighter!  
They will usually screw right into the same fittings
Posted @ Thursday, February 06, 2014 7:27 AM by Zonneboilers Antwerpen
I have been to the training class, sold and installed Trilogy pools, I have also done the same for Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pool Shells and I am the dealer/installer in NW Ohio, You dont talk about this line, why? Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass, Trilogy and Viking are owned by the same company and have to follow the same guild lines from start to finish. Also Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pool Shells offer more than the other two, shaps, depth, colors and you can also add tanning ledge, spill overs and hot tubs.  
Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Shells are the hidden gem!! 
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Posted @ Friday, February 07, 2014 7:28 AM by Speeddating Leuven
I live in Orlando Fl and want to buy a fiberglass pool. Has anyone had any dealings with any company that they would like to share with me before I buy a pool? The only pool company that I know that had a good reputations is out of business. That was Mermaid pools of Mt Dora.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:43 AM by kim cohen
Hi Marcus, we're having a home built in Las Vegas and thought we had a pool dealer picked out to install a Viking Pool, but after reading the horror stories from website reviews from this company we want to go in another direction.  
Do you know of a reputable dealer in the Las Vegas area for a good fiberglass pool?
Posted @ Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:16 AM by Steve
Marcus. First I want to thank you for your dedication in educating the public about fiberglass pools, and allowing us to share stories with each other and to become educated consumers. As you know, this is a HUGE purchase for most of us, and informed decisions are essential. Please know how much your time and dedication to this site has meant for all of us! 
My family is considering a Trilogy Atlas 16' x 40' pool through Paradise Pools in the Cleveland area. We have 6 in our family. We were sold on fiberglass after almost purchasing an 18' x 36' vinyl pool. My wife is concerned that the 16' width will be too narrow, especially on how it will look with a 40' length. Also, they want to sell me an ionizer and not do salt water because salt can corrode the $12000 auto cover. We would appreciate your input, and thanks in advance. Tim
Posted @ Thursday, April 03, 2014 6:48 PM by Tim B
I am looking at both Viking and Trilogy pools (large size 8' depth). If the hydrostone finish on the trilogy truly a better product and holds up better than the gel finish. Comparatively what about fading? What I don't want is a lot of cracks in gelcoat finish, will hydrostone do that? I would rather pay more now than in 15-20 years having to sand, paint and regel the pool (or is this still a problem with gelcoat?). Thanks for any advice!!!!
Posted @ Monday, May 19, 2014 12:40 PM by Ken Lyons
Hi Marcus, 
Any information on the quality of LoneStar Fiberglass Pools? I am in San Antonio and so far they are our top pick. 
Thanks so much!
Posted @ Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:09 PM by Shari
Unfortunately it looks like there has been no response from the blog owner (Marcus Sheridan) for a year, and that spammers are moving in, but I'll give it a try anyway… My question is, have you learned anything about a manufacturer called Caribbean Bay? In 2012 you had not heard of them. They manufacture in Honduras but their fiberglass construction appears to be better and stronger than the major U.S mfrs. I'd love to hear an educated opinion. 
I'm in central VA and looking for an installation. We Plan to hire the various companies independently to save $$; excavating, electrician, plumber, and concrete if anyone has recommendations. Thanks
Posted @ Saturday, June 28, 2014 6:18 PM by 4 Legs
4legs, I have experience with the pools you are speaking of. Don't believe it! No joke, junk. You get what you pay for. We've installed almost every fiberglass pool in the industry. Good luck! If you want a. Barrier Reef pool, I'll be happy to sell you one.
Posted @ Saturday, June 28, 2014 11:02 PM by Vonni Anderson
Thanks for the reply, Vonni. It seemed a bit too good to be true, but would make it (barely) affordable for us to own a fiberglass pool. I'll happily take a quote from you on a "real" pool, but with our limited budget I'm not getting my hopes up. How do I contact you?
Posted @ Sunday, June 29, 2014 6:56 AM by 4Legs
Email me your number and I'll give you a call and see if I can help you.
Posted @ Sunday, June 29, 2014 1:18 PM by Vonni
I am looking at both Viking and Trilogy pools (large size 8' depth). If the hydrostone finish on the trilogy truly a better product and holds up better than the gel finish. Comparatively what about fading? What I don't want is a lot of cracks in gelcoat finish, will hydrostone do that? I would rather pay more now than in 15-20 years having to sand, paint and regel the pool (or is this still a problem with gelcoat?). Thanks for any advice!!!!
Posted @ Monday, July 07, 2014 9:30 AM by PVC ramen en deuren Limburg
Finally someone I can help with all my research.... 
I was thinking the same thing with the Viking and Trilogy. They are actually both owned by the same company and you would think they are the same when it comes to things like warranty. Not so. When I called and asked about the hydrostone to the rep at the factory of Trilogy said finish they said it was just like a gel finish. Said it still had a gelcoat finish and the material under it is what gave it the hydrostone finish. So still worried about fading and cracking of the gelcoat (plus for the pool I was looking at it was about $3000 increase in price). Where things got really interesting was when I got both Viking and Trilogy Warranties and read them. While the both have lifetime on the shell, Trilogy had lifetime on the surface but when you dig deeper in the exclusions these were not covered “Fading, Staining, Discoloration, cracking or in any manner changing appearance of the surface finish”. So what does the lifetime finish warranty cover? The Viking which has a 20 year listed on the “finish coat or gelcoat is warranted against blistering, staining, excessive fading, discoloration and surface yellowing caused by material or manufacturing defects (ie not bad water chemistry). My problem is I wanted a tanning ledge that fit with the pool that Viking didn’t offer (Was looking at the Triligy Genesis deep and Viking has the “same” shell called Venice). My friend bought a blue Hawaiian (also a Latham owned company) and had a major issue with discoloration after 2 seasons (not due to chemical as he used salt and was closely monitored and automated) Blue Hawaiian also has 20 year warranty very similar to Viking, and factory repair persons came out and tried to recoat and it was not done right (rolled not sprayed) and how they are at least stepping up and they are going to tile the whole side all the way around for free. Story is yeah, there are still issues out there with surface issues. 
What I did was get the folks at Latham to agree to sell me a Triligy shell (the Venice and the Trilogy tanning ledge) with the Viking warranty as long as I picked a Viking finish for both. Going to be breaking ground in 2-3 weeks so I will let you know how it turns out. If they are mostly being produced at the some of the same plants with the same QA/QC shouldn’t the warranties all be the same? 
Posted @ Monday, July 07, 2014 10:19 AM by Ken Lyons
You should not notice fading if you do cantilever and perimeter tile. It will fade some over the years but not drastic. All those discolorations that Blue Hawaiian had, lots of other manufacturers had them too. Blue Hawaiian has made great efforts to repair them to homeowners satisfaction.
Posted @ Monday, July 07, 2014 11:15 AM by Vonni
We are looking at a fiberglass install as well. We are located in Kansas what is the deal with a heat pump comments about not working if temps are below 60degrees? Putting a pool in is information overload!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 08, 2014 3:08 AM by yvette hatfield
Can you help me compare Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pools and Riviera fiberglass pools? We are in early stages of deciding on putting in a pool. We know that we want fiberglass. We are located in central, PA.
Posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 7:07 AM by Rhonda Ternent
For those of you still researching which pool to buy, my research points me to Leisure Pools as having the best constructed pool ( vinyl ester construction on each layer, not polyester resin). They also have the best warranties in the industry! Lifetime structural warranty and lifetime Osmosis Warranty ( finish). I am not affiliated in any way with Leisure Pools. I too have been researching all the different pool companies and see none that compare in warranties and quality construction. Does anyone see something I don't see? Our host River Pools only installs Leisure and Barrier Reef pools. Barrier would be my second choice. This is based on my own research not anyone's opinions.
Posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:19 PM by Brian
I looked at Leasure Pools but the warranty that I looked at and that you describe says nothing about Surface/Gelcoat. The osmosis was only only structural in nature. So fading, cracking, staining, etc) was not listed as covered. Maybe you have info or a different warranty info than I got. Please share what info you might have and where you got it. Thanks!
Posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:33 PM by Ken Lyons
We sought bids to add a pool on the Easter Shore of MD. We inquired about fiberglass vs. concrete. We were told that fiberglass wouldn't work in this area by a few pool companies or that the pool delivery was too expensive. I have this nagging feeling that they were trying to up sell us. Thoughts?
Posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 12:40 PM by Elizabeth
Blue Hawaiian makes a great pool! Beautiful shapes! Riviera is Barrier Reef sold under a different name. Great pools as well! I feel that companies who say that it won't work in your area, are trying to steer customers in their direction. Fiberglass is stronger than concrete and will flex without cracking AND you will use about half the chemicals AND never resurface it replace a liner. Yes, I'm a fiberglass dealer but, before becoming one, I was a homeowner in search of a pool. I did the research. I started a company that worked! We have sold and installed almost every manufacturer out there and I know what I'm talking about. We aren't old school pool guys. We like new and great and cool stuff that's energy efficient and just plain awesome!
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