Fiberglass, Vinyl, or Concrete – Which Pool Material Last Longest?

If you’re in the process of swimming pool renovation, you’ve probably started to realize that there are three main types of pool interior materials. Fiberglass, vinyl lining, and concrete reign supreme as the three most commonly used and most reliable materials to create an amazing pool experience. But which of those three works best? That may depend on your definition, but when it comes to which lasts the longest, let’s take a closer look.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass pools are highly lauded, and for good reason. Because the finish on a fiberglass pool leaves the surface essentially nonporous, they are easy to maintain, extremely durable, and quick to install. However, the same thing that makes them quick to install (off-site manufacturing) makes them less customizable, and therefore may not be the best choice if you’re looking for a very specific aesthetic with your pool. That being said, fiberglass technology has come a long way, and while there is less flexibility in terms of shape and sometimes appearance, aesthetic options (like color, etc) have greatly expanded over the years.

Vinyl

Vinyl liners are the least durable of the three because, well, they’re liners. Vinyl is durable, but it is much more susceptible to scratches and tears at the hands of branches downed by a storm or a dog who hasn’t had their nails clipped in a little too long. They require frequent replacement. Though they are cheaper to install initially than a fiberglass or concrete pool, the costs add up over time with required regular pool maintenance. Above and beyond regular maintenance, some parts of vinyl liners can harbor algae growth which requires more cleaning and may lead to quicker deterioration.

Concrete

Concrete pools are extremely durable as well. The rough surface can be rough on feet, and concrete pools require more regular maintenance than fiberglass, but the durability is extremely similar. Concrete pools also offer a wide range of aesthetic options to fit your vision. When it comes to cost, however, concrete pools come at a premium. They are some of the most expensive installation.

If you’re looking at strictly durability, concrete and fiberglass are the clear winners, but fiberglass often beats out concrete by just a little. If you factor in additional maintenance costs and the level of work you have to put in as a pool owner weekly, monthly, and annually, fiberglass pools offer less hassle as well. Considering a complete pool makeover? We can help! Give us a call today.