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Top 10 Benefits of Fiberglass Pools [Updated 2024]

An in-depth breakdown of the top 10 benefits of fiberglass pools.

Fiberglass pools are popping up in backyards across Canada. Their growing popularity among Canadians has made them the first option that you probably saw when starting your plan to build a backyard pool in your home.

But what are the benefits of fiberglass pools that have made them so popular? From faster installs, to less maintenance, fewer chemicals, and a lower heating bill, there is a lot to like about fiberglass pools. 

You can also get creative and have custom designs and eye-catching colors, so it’s easy to see why so many Canadians are choosing fiberglass pools over vinyl and concrete alternatives.

In this article, we are going to share with you our top five benefits for fiberglass pools so you can decide for yourself if it’s the right choice for your backyard.

1. Durability

Once you’ve splashed some cash on a backyard pool, you want it to stay in top shape for as long as possible. Concrete and vinyl pools demand eventual repairs and replacement. However, a fiberglass pool can last a lifetime.

In addition, fiberglass is a stronger material. Fiberglass is made of millions of interwoven glass threads that are then coated in a polyester resin. It has become a popular choice of material for products ranging from hot tubs and surfboards to multi-million dollar yachts and helicopters.

Did you know that fiberglass is actually stronger than many metals? It is also non-conductive and is resistant to most chemicals. These are just a few of the qualities of this material that make it so durable and a perfect choice for a backyard swimming pool. You can also add that it’s smooth to the list which prevents scratches and adds a nicer “feel” when you and your family are swimming inside it.

Fiberglass Pool showing step options with custom interlock patio by Boulder Design

2. Fiberglass Pool Logevity

They are not miracles and won’t stay in pristine shape in your backyard from the moment of install until the apocalypse. They do require some maintenance to keep that shiny and new feel, but it’s not a lot of work (more on this later).

In comparison, vinyl and concrete pools simply don’t last as long and require more care to get every extra year of life out of them as you can. Some of the reasons for this include the fact that the non-porous gel coat on a fiberglass pool requires less cleaning than its counterparts.

3. Use Less Energy to Heat

A common question we get about pools is “how much do fiberglass pools cost to heat?” Unfortunately here in Canada, a cold pool is not an appealing option so you are probably going to heat your pool even during the summer months if you want to use it.

The choice of material for your pool can impact how much energy you need to heat it, and in turn how much your energy bill comes to. While this typically is not a huge deal, with the current energy crisis, having a more energy-efficient pool could lead to some big savings.

A fiberglass pool retains more heat than concrete and vinyl pools because the material insulates the water, allowing less heat to escape. This means you spend less energy heating the pool and maintaining the temperature.

There is no point in installing a pool and then never using it because you don’t have the water at a temperature that is enjoyable to swim at. Before deciding on a pool, you should calculate the costs of heating it and compare it between options. Would you rather have a pool that is comfortable to swim in or a cold pool?

Pool Design and Construction Overhead Photo

4. Fiberglass Pools Are Low Maintenance

Fiberglass pools are almost maintenance-free. And they certainly require less maintenance than their concrete and vinyl counterparts.

With their solid durability, and ability to hold strong through freeze-thaw cycles and high temperatures, they make a great choice for a Canadian backyard where temperatures can quickly plummet in winter.

While fiberglass pools have lower maintenance, the tradeoff is that they will have a higher upfront cost than concrete or vinyl pools. This can be off-putting in the initial stages of exploring your pool options but you will quickly go on to discover that concrete requires resurfacing every ten to fifteen years, and vinyl liners must be replaced every six to twelve years.

Those costs will add up fast with vinyl liners setting you back upward of $1.4 – $4.8K, not to mention the long time you often have to wait to receive the liner and get it replaced.

In contrast, fiberglass pools require practically no upkeep. This not only evens out costs over its lifetime versus a concrete or vinyl pool but it also saves you a lot of time. A fiberglass pool is easy to clean yourself and most are backed by a lifetime warranty covering both the surface and the structure so you can rest assured that there will be no big payouts down the line.

5. Fewer Pool Chemicals

When used correctly pool chemicals help prevent potential health problems and keep your pool hygienic. However, when they are mishandled or not stored correctly they can become a problem.

Fiberglass pools come with a gel coat that doesn’t react with pool water the same way a concrete pool does. As such the pH of the water is not affected and fewer chemicals are needed to keep it clean.

In addition, fewer chemicals mean that your pool water will be easier to dispose of and likely have less environmental impact. This can be a huge plus as different areas of Canada and Ontario have different pool regulations that stipulate how chemical pool water must be disposed of (often based on the level of chemicals).

And if you’re exploring the idea of a saltwater pool that is gentler on the skin, eyes, and requires less maintenance than freshwater, a fiberglass pool is a perfect fit. Its durable yet smooth surface won’t be corroded by salt.

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6. Attractive Custom Designs

Fiberglass pools have evolved in the past years to allow for greater customization of design, features, and aesthetics. If you are looking to make your swimming pool a work of art, then fiberglass can offer you some of the greatest flexibility of the materials available.

You can also think about creating a design that will ensure the safety of your children such as a shallower depth at one end and seating and safety ledges around the perimeter. All these additional customizations are what make a fiberglass pool the best choice for a family home.

Boulder Design 3D rendering of fiberglass pool design

7. Built-in Features

Adding the latest features to your design such as tanning ledges at a depth that allows time lounging in a chair while being in the water, can ensure that you truly spend the most time enjoying your pool possible.

And it’s not just features for safety and enjoyment that you can add. You can build a pool that matches the aesthetic of your home and backyard. Gelcoat comes in a wide variety of colors which combined with accessories such as tiles and lighting will make your pool the centerpiece of your garden.

8. Quick Installation

Fiberglass pools are manufactured off-site in a controlled environment to your precise specifications, allowing for quick and efficient installation once delivered to your home! 

Concrete pools usually require lengthy construction periods and can disrupt the surrounding landscape of your property. Vinyl pools typically require more extensive excavation and construction work to build the pool structure before installing the vinyl liner. The additional construction time can delay the installation timeline for vinyl pools, depending on the size of the pool. 

With fiberglass pools, your pool measurements are predetermined (by you), which means that the pre-installation work typically involves preparing the excavation site with the correct measurements so that the durable shell of your fiberglass pool can be easily inserted upon delivery to your property. 

After being fit in place, the fiberglass pool is secured by backfilling the pool with soil or other suitable materials which will hold your pool in place to keep it from shifting or bowing, helps to prevent drainage issues, and also helps your pool blend in as a natural part of your yard.

Hamilton Fiberglass Pool Installed by Boulder Design Landscape Construction

9. Better drainage

Typically, fiberglass pools have an advantage over vinyl pools when it comes to drainage. Fiberglass pools have a smooth, non-porous surface that minimizes water absorption, which means there are fewer places for water to seep into the pool structure, reducing the risk of water buildup around the pool shell. 

Vinyl liners can sometimes develop leaks over time, leading to water seepage into the surrounding soil. 

Because fiberglass pools are usually installed as a single, pre-formed unit, there are fewer joints or seams where water can potentially leak out. The smooth shell of a fiberglass pool helps to maintain proper drainage around the pool area.

As mentioned above, the backfill process that helps to support a fiberglass pool in the ground also helps to prevent water from pooling around the shell. The soil surrounding the pool is compacted and graded to ensure proper drainage away from the pool.

10. Increased property value

Because fiberglass pools are low maintenance compared to other pool types and are well known for their longevity and durability, the addition of a fiberglass pool in your yard can definitely boost the property value if you ever intend to sell. 

The aesthetic appeal of a well-maintained fiberglass pool can enhance the overall value of a property, making it more attractive to potential future buyers. A professionally installed and landscaped fiberglass pool can create a focal point in the backyard, adding to the visual appeal of the outdoors space, as well as incentivising pool-lovers to bid on your home. 

And, in the meantime, you get to enjoy the pool yourself!

Fiberglass Pools FAQ

You’ve asked, and we’re answering! These are some of the most common questions we get about fiberglass pools.

This will depend on the size, the design, and the features you want installed with your pool. For the most accurate estimate, check out our cost guide.

This article gives a pretty good outline of the pros and cons of fiberglass pools vs vinyl pools. Ultimately, your choice should depend on your yard space, your budget, and your long-term plans for how you want to use your pool!

As mentioned above, fiberglass is a combination of resin and glass fibers which create a fiber reinforced plastic. It is made by adding resin to the glass fibers, which help make the material stronger and more durable.

Vinyl pools are usually made with concrete bottoms (sometimes sand) and a steel wall shell. The vinyl liner is made of vinyl – which is considered the world’s most versatile plastic, made out of chrlorine (salt) and ethylene (oil) which molds into a hard plastic.

If you’re looking for fiberglass pool installation, you’ve got options. Some hard-core DIYers like to do everything themselves, from researching pool bylaws in their area, to acquiring the correct permits, to hiring the construction teams and installation teams. You could try this – or you can hire a professional pool installation team who has the equipment and experience to help you through the process from start to finish. Your call!

Your Ontario Fiberglass Pool Contractor

Fiberglass pools are a top choice for backyard pools in Ontario right now. The durability and low maintenance remove much of the hassle of having a pool and the customizations mean that you can create the dream pool for your backyard.

If you’re looking for a fiberglass pool contractor that knows the ins and outs of designing and installing a fiberglass pool and who puts importance in keeping deliveries on time, look no further. We have built fiberglass pools across the province and are familiar with all of the local regulations your property will need to comply with.

Boulder Design is Greater Hamilton, Ontario’s leading pool contractor. As a team of pool specialists with over 13 years of experience in pool installation we are proud to offer top-quality, full-service backyard pool installs to the people of Southern Ontario.

Transform your backyard with a thoughtfully designed swimming pool that fits your outdoor space perfectly!

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