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Fiberglass vs gunite pools

Fiberglass pool

Cristina Moreno-Garcia
(March 2022)

A custom gunite swimming pool is always unique.

Before I was in the pool business, my husband and I were thinking about building our own pool and when we were doing some research online we realized there were a big amount of companies promising fiberglass swimming pools were better quality and cheaper than gunite ones.

But the decision was not that simple. In the end we decided to spend a little bit more money than what we expected and get a gunite custom swimming pool with a spa and sun shelf, designed for our backyard, with the size we had in mind, the tile we loved, the coping we thought was right for us.

Now we are a happy family with a beautiful swimming pool and I wanted to share this experience in the company page because it doesn’t matter what kind of pool you add to your backyard. The most important part is to select the right builder who will advise what is best for you and your family.

Gunite pros

  • You get the shape you want and the size you want
  • Option to add water features like sun shelf, colorful LED jets, bubblers, waterfalls, special designs on the bottom of the pool
  • You can choose almost any kind of shape and color of tile for the waterline
  • You can choose different plaster textures, with more or less sparkle and the plaster comes in a lot of colors, from white to black
  • There are pools filled with salt water
  • The swimming pool will last a lifetime, with proper care and maintenance

Gunite cons

  • Initial investment is higher than with the other kind of pools
  • It needs renovations from time to time
  • It needs to be kept clean to avoid algae growth

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Fiberglass pros

  • Comes in different sizes and shapes
  • Easy to clean
  • It costs less than gunite pools
  • Construction will take less time
  • Hot tubs and water features available

Fiberglass cons

  • Companies offer some sizes or limited shapes
  • Some companies offer more durability than others, but it won’t last as long as gunite
  • Pools only come in certain colors
  • The level of customization is limited if you compare it with gunite pools.

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