Vinyl Lined / Steel Wall Pools Fiberglass Pools Concrete, Gunite and Plaster Pools
Warranty Limited lifetime on the panel structure, 20 years pro rated on the liner, 1-3 years by the contractor Limited lifetime on the shell, varies on the surface finish. 1 year by the contractor. 1-5 years by contractor.
Installation Time 3-10 days depending on weather. 5-20 days depending on delivery of shell and schedule of subcontractors 3-6 weeks based on many independent subcontractors.
Soil restrictions Extra attention required for expansive soil Extra attention required when installing in high water table areas, in very expansive soil, or in extreme cold climates. Extra attention required when installed in extreme cold climates
Shapes of Pools Unlimited Limited to number of molds at the manufacturer Unlimited
Sizes of Pools Limited to 1900 square feet of surface area, or about 34'x 55', for factory made liner. No depth limitations Limited to 16' wide, and few if any shapes over 6' deep Unlimited
Appearance choice Over 50 patterns to choose from Limited to 3-5 colors, tile choices very limited Unlimited colors and tile choices
Price of Pools Low - Medium Medium - High High
Estimated Chemical Usage Surface does not alter waters' chemical balance. Substantially fewer chemicals used. Surface does not alter waters' chemical balance. Substantially fewer chemicals used. Plaster reacts with water to raise pH levels. Uses substantially more acid & chlorine to counterbalance this chemical reaction.
Surface Texture Liner is soft and non abrasive. Can become slippery when algae is present. Surface is hard but non abrasive. Can become slippery when algae is present. Will become rough over time, causes skin abrasions to feet, hands and swim wear.
Algae Penetration Non pourous surface is excellent at resisting algae growth. Material is treated with an anti-microbial Non pourous surface is excellent at resisting algae growth Algae will grow easily if allowed to bloom. Difficult to scrub from surface.
Estimated Maintenance Time 1/2 - 1 hour per week when pool water is maintained correctly 1/2 - 1 hour per week when pool water is maintained correctly 1/2 - 1 hour per week when pool water is maintained correctly
Major Renovation Replace liner at 7-12 years Repair cracks, blisters, and settling at 6-12 years Re-marcite or re-plaster at 10-12 years.
Stairs and Seating Large number of options at an additional cost Limited options built inside the pool shell Unlimited options at an additional cost
Quality Control Panels and liners manufactured in ISO 9001 factory. Quality of on-site assembly varies by installer. The shell is manufactured in factory to company quality control standards. Quality of on-site work varies by installer Manufactured on-site. Quality of work varies by installer
Type of Coping Aluminum concrete receiver, brick, stone, concrete Built-in fiberglass, brick, stone, concrete Brick, stone, concrete
Loan Acceptance Fair to good Fair to good Good