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By: Jason Hughes on April 11th, 2012

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Ultimate Fiberglass Pool vs Vinyl Liner Pool Video!

Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Patio and Coping

 

In the following video you’ll see an existing vinyl liner pool that we converted to fiberglass.  The most amazing aspect of this entire project is that the dilapidated vinyl pool your about to see is only 15 years old….and it’s already gone through three liners!  

For those of you debating whether vinyl or fiberglass is right for you, it can be difficult to overcome the appealing low initial cost of vinyl, but this video will demonstrate exactly why vinyl liner pools are not cheaper in the long run.  In fact, the owner of the pool your about to see had already invested well over $12,000 in liner replacements in only 15 short years.  He decided to cut his losses and install a gorgeous fiberglass pool with relatively no long term cost of ownership.    

But even if you remove the aspect of liner replacements from the equation, there are still significant differences between the look of fiberglass and vinyl liner pools, and this is the main focus of the following video.

You’ll see the differences between the look of a standard vinyl liner pool and a standard fiberglass pool. 

Two of the major differences that we demonstrate in the video are:

The Pool Coping

Vinyl liner pools traditionally come with what’s called a “C” channel aluminum coping.  This metal coping screws to the top of the wall panel and concrete is simply poured flush with the top.  This makes for an easy concrete job, but the look is less than appealing. 

In contrast, most fiberglass pool companies offer cantilevered concrete coping standard with their pool packages.  You’ll see in the video how with cantilevered coping, the concrete actually creates the bull-nosed edge at the fiberglass pool.  This is a much more difficult application, but as you’ll see it’s simply gorgeous as there’s no need for a white aluminum structure to retain the concrete.  To learn more about cantilevered concrete and how it’s formed and poured click here.    

Steps and Seats in the Pool

Standard vinyl liner pools come with white plastic steps that stand in stark contrast to the color and texture of the pool liner.  Also, the steps are not integrated into the pool, but protrude out from the pool wall making them even more conspicuous.  “Buddy” seats can be added to vinyl liner pools, but the same challenges apply as they are made and installed in exactly the same fashion as the steps.   

The steps and seats of fiberglass pools are integrated into the pool shell.  This changes the entire look of the pool and allows for very user friendly seat and step configurations….and anyone who uses a pool on a regular basis knows that the majority of the time in the pool is spent lounging around on the steps and seats.   

We discuss a few other differences in the following short video so take a minute and check it out.  If you’re considering which type of pool might be best for you and your family I promise it will be worth the time. 

Please feel free to share any questions or comments below.  Thanks and enjoy the video!