Prospective pool buyers like you have more options than ever before, which can make your ultimate choice to install an inground pool in your yard more complex and challenging than ever. If you’ve come this far, you’ve probably looked at fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl liners, and you’re close to choosing a fiberglass inground pool.
Millions of people think about putting pools in their backyards every year. You’re undoubtedly one of them, if you’re reading this article -- but at this point, you’ve probably moved past thinking about buying a pool, and you’re well along the process of researching and evaluating specific options.
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Shopping around for an inground pool? If you’ve found this article, you’re most likely well into your research process on several of the nation’s top fiberglass pool manufacturers. At this point, you’re probably looking for honest answers to one simple, but essential question: which of these manufacturers can produce the best pool for your backyard?
If you’ve been researching fiberglass pools for your backyard, you’ve probably found this article because you’re already past the initial stages of your investigation, and you’re starting to look into specific options. Based on your searches – which is probably how you found this article --you might have already narrowed things down to one of the nation’s leading fiberglass pool manufacturers.
If you’ve been looking for the perfect fiberglass pool, you’ve probably come across quite a few options. These options will obviously include the size, shape, and any add-ons and accessories available to create the pool of your dreams.
We’ve covered fiberglass pools extensively in our previous guides and articles, but there’s something that's been missing from our content... We haven’t said much about resurfacing fiberglass pools. At River Pools, our fiberglass pools are made with high-quality materials, and they really don’t need to be refinished when cared for properly, even after several decades. However, we also acknowledge that not all fiberglass pools are made equal. Some fiberglass pool shells are made with lower quality materials that may be less durable over time.
A fiberglass pool installation is, relatively speaking, less messy than vinyl liner or concrete. However, note that I said less messy, rather than not messy. We're using giant machinery to rip out a ton of earth and put in your glittery new pool. It's not a clean, tidy process. There tends to be a rose-colored-glasses assumption that there won't be that many machines, and they won't make that much of a mess. In the past we've heard people say, "I didn't know my yard was gonna be such a mess. No one told me." Well, it's time someone told you—and that someone is River Pools.
The idea of building my own home (well, hiring someone to build it) is wild to me. That's some phenomenal cosmic power. You can include all your favorite things and leave out the details you hate. The only thing that would make building a new home even cooler? If you were putting in a pool with it. Talk about living the dream. So if you're building a new house, when should the pool be installed? The answer is... "It depends." (I know, I wish it were simpler too.) The ideal time: after power, before asphalt and landscaping. Of course, things aren't always so simple.
"Gelcoat" is a funky word to describe the surface of a fiberglass pool. Personally, it makes me think of the expensive nail polish option in a salon. Plus, "gel" sounds like it'll be soft and squishy—not the ideal texture for a pool. So what gives? What is a gelcoat, really? Here at River Pools, we specialize in fiberglass pools. Between manufacturing and installing them, we know them inside and out (literally). We want to share our knowledge so that you can be fully informed when you make that big pool decision for you and your family. Let's start at the beginning: the gelcoat surface.
You know something I think is cute about humans in general? Our love for small things. Think about it! Even if we like the thing itself, we love the tiny version. A pig? Kinda gross. A tiny pig? Awww! A teacup? Classy. A tiny teacup? I need it right now! A house? Fine. A tiny house? Perfect! A cat or dog? Beautiful. A kitten or puppy? I want to die of happiness!