Concrete vs. Fiberglass Swimming Pools

Ready to build a new swimming pool and torn between concrete and fiberglass? You are not alone! Both types of in-ground pools are popular among our customers here in Iowa. There are many similarities that make either a great option. They share the same need for excavating your yard, routine water chemistry, and a filtration system. Both can be beautified with your choice of lighting, water features, and decking. Where they differ is in design and maintenance. In this post, we’ll break down the differences between concrete vs. fiberglass swimming pools to help with your decision.

Concrete Pools

Most people are familiar with a custom concrete pool. This is the type you commonly find at city parks, hotels, and gyms. One of the biggest advantages of concrete is that it can be poured into virtually any size, shape, or depth. Want a large lap pool that’s deep enough for a diving board? No problem! Or maybe you envision a free-form pool for splashing and water aerobics? Equally feasible!

There are no limits on accessorizing your concrete pool. It is easy to add features like:

  • Swim-up bar
  • Sun shelves
  • Waterfall or deck jets
  • Integrated lighting

With our 25+ years building pools, we’ve seen it all. The possibilities with a custom concrete pool are truly endless! Not to mention they are built to stand the test of time.

Fiberglass Pools

A fiberglass pool uses the same manufactured sheets used to form boat hulls, car bodies, and shower surrounds. Because it is moldable, fiberglass can be pressed into different pool shapes, such as rectangles, kidneys, and curvy free-forms. We offer Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools – you can see their 19 available models here.

This brand also includes integrated entry stairs, stadium seating, and tanning ledges. You can customize the look of your fiberglass pool with lighting, waterfalls, and lounge ledges. Barrier Reef’s gel coats are available in seven colors that sparkle, ranging from light sandstone and arctic turquoise to aquamarine and midnight blue.

Some owners even prefer the feeling of fiberglass over concrete. Fiberglass isn’t nearly as rough – there’s no pebbly surface or pieces of aggregate that might be rough on skin. If you are concerned about safety and grip, Barrier Reef applies an anti-skid texture to stairs and the pool floor.

Fiberglass pools are also less maintenance intensive than a concrete shell. We honor all warranties offered from Barrier Reef including structural warranties and warranties on the finish of the pool. Their gel coating lasts for decades with little shell upkeep on your part. Can you use a salt generator with a fiberglass pool? Yes, absolutely!

Ready to Splash Up Your Life with a new pool? Fall is the BEST time to start the process (read our post on fall pool planning). This gives us time to design your pool, break ground, pour concrete or order the fiberglass shell, and coordinate all the trades needed to create your dream pool. Call 319-200-7665 to schedule!