Fiberglass vs. Concrete vs. Vinyl Pools: Pros and Cons

If you’ve made the exciting decision to install a pool but aren’t sure what material is best, you’re in the right place. Our knowledgeable experts here at Hilltop Pools put together this comprehensive comparison guide to pool materials.

Give it a read, and then give us a call if you still have questions or would like to schedule a consultation. We’re Atlanta’s best pool contractors. Whether you’re aiming for a relaxing spa environment or a lively pool party paradise, our pool builders can help you with everything from design through to post-installation clean-up.

Concrete Swimming Pools

Pros: If you are looking for a highly customizable material, concrete is the way to go. Due to the nature of concrete, you can create your desired shape and size and easily include special features.

In addition to its flexibility, concrete is exceptionally durable and can last for 15 years or more if properly maintained. This material is the best choice if you are looking to reflect your personality in your pool design.

Cons: While concrete lasts a long time, it also takes a long time to install. On average, it can take from 3-6 months to complete the construction of a concrete pool.

Concrete is also not the ideal material to use if you are concerned with cleanliness and maintenance. It not only requires periodic resurfacing but may also serve as a breeding ground for annoying algae and harmful bacteria.

Fiberglass Swimming Pools

Pros: For the more casual pool-enthusiast, fiberglass might be perfect. Fiberglass pools require less maintenance than concrete or vinyl due to their smooth surface, which prevents the growth of algae and bacteria.

If you want your pool built as soon as possible, fiberglass is also a good choice. Construction times are much shorter than many other pool types, taking a week on average from start to finish.

Cons: Fiberglass is created in a controlled environment, meaning it is pre-designed, and manufacturers have specific offerings available. You may have to shop around quite a bit to find the design that speaks to you.

Further limiting their versatility, fiberglass pools have size restrictions. They need to be shipped and cannot exceed 16 feet.

Vinyl Swimming Pools

Pros: If you want to install a pool but are concerned with costs, vinyl is the most affordable option.

Like fiberglass pools, vinyl pools are also made with a smooth material that does not promote the growth of algae and bacteria, and like concrete pools, vinyl can be customized to your desired length, width, and shape.

Cons: Though vinyl pool installation is cheaper than other options, vinyl is less durable than concrete or fiberglass. Your pool will have to be repaired or replaced every 5 to 10 years, leading to higher costs in the long term.

Need Help Deciding on the Right Pool Material?

Ready to build your pool and looking for the right swimming pool contractors in Atlanta to help you make that dream into a reality? Feel free to explore our site a bit more, request a free quote and consultation, or call 770-471-3889. Our friendly team is always happy to help.

We have had the privilege of being awarded more than 60 Design Awards in every award category, including custom residential concrete pools, commercial concrete pools, in-ground vinyl liner pools, and major renovations. Hilltop was named one of the “Top 50 Pool Builders in the USA” by Pool and Spa News in 2013-2017. Pool builders across the United States were evaluated in several areas, including the total number of pools built, customer service, certifications, industry involvement, employee retention, as well as advertising and social media presence. Our company was also nationally recognized for customer service and social media. We were the only Georgia company on the list in 2016 and 2017!

We would consider it a privilege to design and construct your project and have you as a member of our “Hilltop Family.”