In the early days of fiberglass there were some drawbacks to the material for pools. As the technology continues to improve, the possibilities for what you can do with a fiberglass pool have greatly increased. We are going to break down some of the pros and cons of using fiberglass for your pool and to see how some of these issues have changed.
When fiberglass pools first started to come onto the market there was a legitimate gripe against them that they tended to resemble bathtubs. Fortunately, many of the people in the industry have been doing their best to combat this image and produce beautiful pools even though some of those ugly bathtub styles still remain on the market. We work with Leisure Pools because of their quality and dedication to creating pools that look good.
It is important to know the manufacturer you are getting your pool from because they are not all created equal. We are not at the point where a fully custom fiberglass pool is going to be available at a reasonable cost so manufacturers are required to work from molds for their projects. This leaves you unable to have a pool that fits your exact needs, but the large variety of molds available will let you get very close.
Let’s talk a bit more about the molding for fiberglass pools. Right now, the industry standard is to use a wooden frame to support the mold of your pool once it is put into the ground. We feel like this is a mistake and an oversight by many manufacturers for one glaringly simple reason… water. By definition a pool is going to be exposed to water all the time which is not good for the life of the wood in your mold.
When wood is exposed to water it is going to warp which will then warp the structure of your pool. We feel like Leisure Pools is really setting the pace when it comes to how they frame their molds by using steel frames for every one of their molds. You won't have to worry about warping and can be assured your pool will always look the way it did when you first bought it.
The gel coat is the layer that goes on the inside of your pool that you actually feel. Fiberglass would normally be white but the gel coat can be dyed in a color of your choosing so you have even more control of how your pool is going to look. One draw back to the colored gel coat is that fading can become an issue. However, proper care and maintenance can hold off fading for some time.
The resin that your pool uses is integral to how well it functions. The resin covers the entirety of the pool mold except for the gel coat. Most pool companies will use various resins for each layer of their pools. The problem that arrises from this is that the different resins do not have the same properties and can lead to weaknesses in your pool. On the other hand, Leisure Pools uses only vinyl ester resin on each layer of their molds. A vinyl ester resin is impermeable to water so you will have another safeguard to prevent water damage from warping your pool.