Fiberglass pools prove to be most affordable, less leaky in the long run

Fiberglass pools prove to be most affordable, less leaky in the long run
Before you’re ready to hire a pool builder, there are many important decisions to consider, especially the cost and type of pool. The five most common types of swimming pools include above-ground, fiberglass, vinyl-lined, gunite and poured concrete.
Vinyl-lined pools are typically the most cost effective and popular, until you consider one thing- they leak more often than fiberglass pools.

According to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), the majority of pools can be expected to have leak problems at least once during their service life. On average, a swimming pool constructed over 10 years ago will leak once every six years. If constructed more than 20 years ago, this rate drops to every four years.

If you want to avoid pool leaks altogether, fiberglass is your best option. A sturdier material by nature, it will have less leakage issues throughout its lifetime, according to Jimmy Carter, senior director of corporate field services at American Leak Detection.

“Day-to-day, we see the most leaks in vinyl liners, by far,” Carter said. “Liners can be a hassle, especially because you’ll find yourself replacing it about every 10 years. Fiberglass pools are a great option to avoid leaks.”

Fiberglass pools also require less installation time, along with cheaper maintenance and operational costs.

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✅ Fiberglass pools are taking over New York City! 3 Spas at Red Bull Studios – Fiberglass pool in Rockefeller Center

✅ Fiberglass pools are taking over New York City! 3 Spas at Red Bull Studios – Fiberglass pool in Rockefeller Center. 

Photos: The Sideways Swimming Pool at Rockefeller Center, Van Gogh’s Ear

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When we were researching pools, it wasn’t too long before fiberglass was the first choice for several reasons

Choice of shapes, ease of installation, longevity, incredibly-reduced maintenance, never a liner replacement, and finally, never a scuffed knee or nose from a gunite surface. Almost infinite color schemes, too.
The long-time pool installers in the area had nothing good to say about Fiberglass Pools…until a few beers on the patio induced a salesman to offer up that pool companies thrive on Service and Repairs; not sales. Open a yellow pages or go online and see how many companies are Gunite and Vinyl Liner repair experts vs how many of them sell new pools. Once you pay for a fiberglass pool your not hit with expensive repairs over time.  

   Repairing gunite and concrete is big business; fiberglass is like your boat’s hull (transom excluded). They last forever barring impact damage. Sealants last, too.

I liked San Juan pools because their locations told me that they weren’t local or a lightly-funded operation. Seems they’ve added locations since then, and they DO have a dealer in the North East.

Frost line damage would be more severe on a hard object than on one that has some flex in it. However, you’re going to have the pool dropped into a hole in your yard by a crane, then surrounding fill will most likely be sand, so freezing won’t be an issue from the outside in. Check them out.

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Astronaut reunites with swimming pool after a year in space.

  Astronaut reunites with swimming pool after a year in space. Astronaut Scott Kelly just spent nearly year in space. While in orbit, Kelly and his fellow passengers, Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov, underwent nearly 400 experiments about how people react to time in space, from cognitive performance and sleep, to how space affects our brain structure. But Kelly was surprised by one of his “findings:” Just how much he missed his swimming pool:
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San Juan fiberglass pool’s pleasure island model 16’x40′ pool spa combination

San Juan fiberglass pool’s pleasure island model 16’x40′ pool spa combination designed with heated wet bar, automatic cover and fire pits. Installed by San Juan Pools of Pekin Illinois.


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Pool Heaters – Should I get One? What Kind Should I Get?

by Frank Kearney

Wilmington Pool builder

One thing about building Pools in Wilmington, we have enough sunny weather that a pool heater can often give you better use of your pool. There are a few questions that should be considered first though, before you decide to have a heater installed.
Usually when people discuss a heater, they have a vision of using the pool all year. That is certainly possible, but consider that when the outside temperature is 40 degrees, even though the pool water is 85 degrees, with the ambient temperature so cold, you won’t want to be in the pool. So why do you need a pool heater?
This past weekend the forecast for Sunday was sunny, but the pool water was still cool. We turned on the heater Saturday night and by Sunday moring the water was a warm 88 degrees and we had a wonderful time hanging out by the pool. Sunday night we turned off the heater, closed the cover and we will be ready for the next warm weekend.
In our case we have a heat pump, but with a gas heater the results would be the same. Pool heaters will help you use the pool in those early spring weekends and late fall weekends when the water is cool but the days are warm.
The important thing to note here is the pool cover. We have an automatic cover, but a good solar cover will work well also. Solar covers are inexpensive and very good at heating a pool and keeping a pool warm overnight. You will lose your heat overnight unless you have something keeping the heat in the water. A solar cover, or automatic cover, or a manually operated cover, will keep the heat in long enough for the heater to do its job.
Gas heaters, more so than heat pumps, will give you instant heat. The advantage to a gas heater is that it is very fast and heats the water quickly. Depending on the size of the heater and the amount of water, it should be no problem to raise the water temperature ten degrees without too much trouble. Gas heaters give instant heat and a lot of it, but they are expensive to operate as propane and natural gas prices can often be very high. As long as you aren’t heating the pool 24/7, a good gas heater will serve you well. If you just want to take the edge of the cold off your pool, nothing beats a good gas heater. Also the difference in price between a medium sized gas heater and the largest is usually not very much.
Heat pumps heat over time, and if you do not have a cover on your pool, your heat pump will be working very hard to keep the water warm. If you allot enough time, and if the air is warm, a heat pump will get you ready for the weekend, and at a lot less cost, but it will be working every minute to get the temperatures up. Again, a pool cover will increase the efficiency of the heater. Heat pumps cost more to buy, but their operating costs are a lot less. If you are able to cover your pool, a heat pump is very efficient and will last for many years.
Electric heaters, are very expensive to operate, and unless the pool is very small and covered, an electric heater will not be able to heat the water. I do not recommend an electric heater except in very unusual circumstances and with a very small pool.

Recently we have seen a big increase in demand for solar heaters. This will involve a professional solar heating installer, but if you have the right location for your pool, and room for the heating panels, this is a very effective way to heat your pool. Although the operational costs of a solar pool heater are certainly lower, the cost of the equipment and installation is comparable to most heat pumps.

Finally remember that a heater is something that can be installed after the fact. We have put heaters on pools that were over ten years old. We often recommend that if you are not certain you will need or use a heater, then just delay the job until you have had time to evaluate your needs. Very often a solar cover will heat your pool enough so that you can enjoy those warm spring weekends, especially if your needs for pool heat are not as high as others. If you need your water heated into the 90’s, a cover and a pool heater are a must.

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Fantasy fiberglass pools in Melbourne Florida now installing the Best of the Best San Juan Fiberglass Pools, Spools & Patio Spas!

Fantasy Pools  

this large Vancouver San Juan fiberglass spa is capable of seating over 10 people

another example of a fiberglass spa


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