If you are thinking of building a pool in your yard, there are several options to consider. You can have an above ground or inground pools as well as fiberglass, vinyl liner or concrete pool. You should know the pros and cons of all the types of pools before you make your decision and start building.

Different Types of Swimming Pools: The Pros and Cons

Fiberglass Pool

Fiberglass pools are a popular option. The pros of having a fiberglass pool include:

  • Low maintenance: The nonporous shell prevents algae growth so you do not need to clean or sanitize as often.
  • Durable structure: Most fiberglass pools come with a lifetime structural warranty.
  • Smooth surface: The surface of a fiberglass pool is very smooth and there is no abrasiveness.
  • Built-in steps and seats: Most fiberglass pools are designed with built-in seats and steps.
  • Easy to install: Installation can be done within 3 to 6 weeks time.

Aesthetically pleasing

The cons for fiberglass pools include:

  • Limited shape selection: Only a few shapes are possible
  • Size: Width no more than 16’
  • High initial cost: compared to a vinyl liner pool which is much lower initially

Vinyl Liner Pool

For those looking for an economical pool option, vinyl liner swimming pools are the top choice.  The benefits of a vinyl liner pool are:

  • The initial cost is low
  • No limitation of sizes of length, breadth or depth
  • Non-abrasive surface
  • No chance of algae due to the nonporous material

The downsides to having a vinyl liner pool include:

  • Higher lifetime cost as you need to replace these every 5 to 9 years.
  • The material is not very strong, so you need to use it carefully.
  • The resale value of your house will be lower.

Concrete Pools

Another aesthetically pleasing but expensive option is a concrete pool. There are several pros and cons for this style which are listed below:

  • Flexibility for size and design.
  • Aesthetically pleasing as you can create a work of art in the landscape.

The drawbacks include:

  • Higher lifetime cost as they need renovating every 10 to 15 years.
  • Higher maintenance costs as algae can grow easily on the material.
  • Longer installation time which is between 3 to 6 months of installation.

The Above-Ground Pool

These are by far the most affordable option and there are additional benefits to having an above-ground pool as well.

  • Easy installation.
  • No excavation is required and this is often what makes a pool installation costly.
  • These above-ground pools are not considered to be attractive and can be an eyesore.

This along with the reasons below may prevent you from getting one.

  • There is not really a way to fully ‘immerse’ the pool into the surrounding landscapes.
  • The metal framing has a short lifespan which leads to long term costs being high.


Now that you know the pros and cons of each type of pool, you can make the best decision for your needs, your budget, and your home. For any questions on pool installation, reach out to us today.


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