Considering a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool? We’re here to help. Even though we specialize in fiberglass pools, our goal is for you to walk away satisfied, and part of how we achieve that is by providing information on all types of pools, not just the ones we sell.
If you’re planning to buy a concrete pool, have you ever wished you could time-travel to the future and see what the construction process is like? Time travel is, of course, the best solution to any question, but in this case we can provide answers without it.
Don't blindly wonder if a fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner pool is right for you. Our educational ebook does a deep-dive comparison of the 3 types, all while noting the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Ah yes, the relaxing rush of a waterfall. Such a beautiful, soothing noise…until you remember that you’re sitting by your pool and didn’t install a waterfall. Yikes.
If you decide to go with a vinyl liner pool, we won’t cry…much. (River Pools specializes in fiberglass pools, after all.) But that vinyl liner needs some special attention in order to live its life to the fullest. While the builders and installers are responsible for creating your pool according to specifications, you have the power to ensure that they do so and that your pool stays in good health for as long as possible. One way to do that is to understand how to prevent divots, dents, and bumps in the bottom of your vinyl liner pool.
Over the years we’ve helped answer millions of questions from potential pool buyers and found that when people understand the basic construction process, it empowers them to make a more confident decision regarding which type of inground pool is right for them. In this article we provide an overview of the basic construction phases of concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liner pools. For a more in-depth look comparison of these pool types, be sure to check out our free eBook “Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age”. Concrete Pool Construction Phase 1: Concrete Pool Excavation This phase is similar for all three types of inground pools. Earth is excavated and either hauled off-site or used on the property. This is not a decision to make the day excavation begins. Even if your builder does not address dirt removal, be sure to bring it up in advance as it often requires time to find a dump location plus there can be associated costs. Duration: Several hours to two days depending onthe pool size, equipment used, soil type, and the means of dirt removal. Project Time Frame: Day 1 Phase 2: Steel Placement Concrete has a very high compressive strength, meaning it is resistant to crushing forces. However, it has a relatively low tensile strength, meaning it doesn’t naturally flex or bend very well. Adding steel to concrete structures, such as swimming pools, increases the structure's ability to flex and move with it’s environment. A cage of steel bars, also called rebar, is tied together and eventually encased in the concrete shell creating a web of strength and help prevent structural failure.
Of the hundreds of questions we are asked on a daily basis, the most common is probably this:
We have written a blog on this subject a few years ago, and after visiting the Pool and Spa show in Atlantic City I felt that the topic needed to be revisited. I had heard that some fiberglass pool manufacturers who also have vested interest in vinyl liner pools manufacturing are requesting that their fiberglass pool dealers install vinyl liner pools also. I have no problem with that as long as the sales person keeps the customer's best interest in mind when working with them. I have installed vinyl liner pools myself and under the right conditions, I would do it now.
Although this photo might confuse you at first, it's showing a fiberglass display pool at our headquarters here in Warsaw Va. after some serious wind gusts that have been plaguing the state over the last couple of days. What normally is a pool shell on its side with the trailer as its base, mother nature decided to blow it over with some serious force behind it, causing the shell to slam to the ground. Even better though, the shell was unharmed. It's flexibility and tensile strength, as always, saved the day.