Autumn is not the best time of year to swim in an in-ground pool – but it is the best time to install one. It guarantees that your beautiful patch of paradise will be all ready for splashing once the weather warms up!

Once summer arrives, you can decide whether you want pool floats shaped like donuts or unicorns. Right now, the most important decision you can make is which type of in-ground pool you would like: concrete, vinyl or fiberglass. Each has its relative pros and cons, but we would like to spend this article explaining why fiberglass is of especial value.


1. Low Lifetime Cost

Vinyl is the least expensive type of pool to install, but a vinyl pool’s liner typically requires costly replacement every 10 to 15 years. Although its installation costs more, a fiberglass pool’s lower maintenance costs mean that it can prove significantly more affordable over the course of its 20 to 25 year average lifespan.


2. Fast Installation

A fiberglass pool’s large shell is not created onsite. It is fabricated at a factory, trucked to the site of installation, and craned into the excavation all in one piece. A factory may create and deliver a fiberglass pool’s shell in as little time as one week. Because the excavation and concrete pouring phases of the project can be completed in under a week, that means it is possible to go from flat earth to brand new pool in only seven days.

Various factors such as manufacturer availability, inclement weather and difficult terrain may make fiberglass pool installation take longer than one week. Still, it is a relatively fast installation compared to the alternatives – and unlike vinyl or concrete, fiberglass pool installation can still be performed in light rain and under fluctuating temperatures.


3. High Durability

Fiberglass pools are outstandingly strong. Whereas a vinyl pool’s liner is notoriously susceptible to damage, fiberglass turns aside impact from toys, branches, pool poles, dog claws and other hard objects like a champion. That means you won’t have to spend nearly as much (if any) time repairing the surface of a fiberglass pool.


4. Low Maintenance

Unlike a vinyl pool, a fiberglass pool will not require relining every five to nine years (although it may require refinishing if its gelcoat is worn down by improper maintenance, such as the overapplication of harsh chemicals). And unlike a concrete pool, a fiberglass pool does not require regular acid washing and resurfacing every five to seven years. If it receives only light maintenance, it is possible for a fiberglass pool to last longer than half a century!

Fiberglass is also far less porous than vinyl, and it lacks the crevices of concrete – the reasons behind its exceptional resilience against algae growth. That is why you can spend considerably less time cleaning and less money on chemicals when you choose a fiberglass pool.


Would you like to add an affordable, durable and low-maintenance fiberglass pool to your home in the greater Sioux Falls, SD area? Contact Paradise Patio, Pool & Spa today! We offer the full catalog of fine in-ground fiberglass pools by Leisure Pools USA, and we’re available to break ground as soon as you give us the word.