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Comprehensive Guide to Installing Your New Fiberglass Pool

Installing a fiberglass pool is a significant and exciting investment for your backyard. This guide provides an in-depth look at the entire process from planning to final inspection, ensuring you know what to expect every step of the way.

Pre-Construction Preparation

1. Initial Meeting and Design Planning

  • Consultation: Your journey begins with a meeting with a Solid Structures Outdoor Living Guide to discuss your vision, finalize the pool design, and determine the best elevation for proper drainage. This step ensures that your pool will blend seamlessly into your landscape.
  • Utility Marking: Before any digging begins, Virginia 811 and Solid Structures will mark the utilities on your property. This involves placing colored flags to indicate the location of various underground utilities like water, gas, and electricity, ensuring a safe excavation process.

2. Site Preparation

  • Excavation Marking: The area where your pool will be installed is clearly marked to guide the excavation process.
  • Material Delivery: Essential materials such as gravel and stone for the pool foundation and backfill are delivered to your site.


3. Digging the Pool Hole

  • Excavation: Heavy machinery will dig the precise shape and depth required for your pool. This process typically takes 1-2 days, during which the soil is carefully removed and transported off-site if necessary.

Pool Installation

4. Delivery and Placement of the Pool

  • Transporting the Pool: Your fiberglass pool arrives in one piece and may require an escort due to its size.
  • Craning the Pool: A crane or similar equipment carefully lifts and places the pool into the excavated hole, ensuring it fits perfectly.

Plumbing and Backfilling

5. Setting Up the Pool’s Circulation System

  • Plumbing Installation: Skimmer boxes, return fittings, and main drains are installed. These components are crucial for the pool’s circulation system, helping to keep the water clean and balanced.
  • Plumbing Connections: Using 2-inch rigid PVC pipes, all the necessary plumbing connections are made, ensuring a robust and efficient system.

6. Backfilling

  • Layering: The pool is stabilized using alternating layers of clean stone and water. This method prevents the pool from bowing or shifting, providing a stable foundation.

Finalizing the Installation

7. Concrete Ring and Coping

  • Pouring the Concrete Ring: A concrete ring is poured around the pool, serving as a base for the coping. This step is vital for both stability and aesthetics.
  • Coping and Patio: Choose from various options for your pool surround, such as paver patios, artificial turf, sod, or seed. These choices will enhance the beauty and functionality of your pool area.

Inspections and Finishing Touches

8. Safety and Compliance Inspections

  • Bonding Inspection: Ensures all metal components are properly bonded to prevent electrical hazards.
  • Trench Inspection: Confirms the integrity of the plumbing and electrical trenches.
  • Electrical and Gas Inspections: Verify that all electrical and gas connections comply with safety standards.

9. Final Pool Orientation

  • Pool Orientation: Once the installation is complete, you will receive a comprehensive orientation on pool maintenance, cleaning procedures, and how to use the iAquaLink app for controlling your pool equipment.
  • Final Inspection: A thorough final inspection ensures all safety features and city requirements are met, including proper fencing and pool alarms. This step is crucial for the safety and legality of your new pool.

Enjoying Your New Pool

After all these steps are completed, your pool is ready for use. This guide aims to provide you with a clear understanding of what to expect during the installation process, ensuring a smooth and successful project. For a more detailed visual explanation, watch our full video here.

5 Tips for a Clean and Clear Swimming Pool

Owning a swimming pool can provide endless enjoyment during the hot summer months. However, maintaining a pool to keep it clean and clear requires consistent effort and attention. Here are five essential tips to help you keep your swimming pool in pristine condition.

Solid Structures specializes in professionally designed and installed fiberglass swimming pools in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake/Coastal Virginia area. However, we also install the concrete precast plunge pools. For a professional design consultation, please Contact Us to get your project started.

1. Clear Debris Regularly

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your pool is by regularly clearing debris. Leaves, bugs, and other debris can quickly accumulate, making your pool look dirty and potentially clogging the filtration system. Use a pool skimmer to remove surface debris daily. Additionally, check and empty the skimmer baskets and pool pump baskets weekly to ensure optimal water flow and filtration.

2. Balance Pool Water

Balancing your pool water is crucial for both the health of the swimmers and the longevity of the pool itself. Test your pool water at least once a week using a reliable pool test kit. Always dial in the Total Alkalinity first. Then adjust the pH level between 7.2 and 7.6, and finally achieve chlorine levels between 1 and 3 ppm. Properly balanced water prevents issues such as algae growth, cloudy water, and skin irritation. For more information about balancing pool water, visit a related blog HERE.

Fiberglass Pool and Spa Combo Installed by Solid Structures

3. Maintain the Pool Filter

Here at Solid Structures, we primarily install Cartridge Filters, which are extremely easy to clean by removing the cartridge(s) and spraying out the debris with a regular garden hose. You don’t want to use a pressure washer because it could damage the pleats that filter the water. Your pool filter is essential for keeping the water clean by trapping dirt, debris, and other particles. It’s good practice to clean these cartridge filters at least twice per season to ensure contaminates are washed out and so that pressure does not exceed the recommended levels for pump efficiency. You are also going to want to ensure to run your filter pump enough to completely filter your pool’s volume at least once per day. With today’s variable speed pumps, it is common to run the pump 24 hours a day on a programmed schedule consisting of high speed, medium speed, and low speed to conserve energy and filter as much as possible. You can never over filter your pool but you can certainly under filtrate it.

Before and After Cartridge Filter Cleaning

4. Maintain Proper Water Level

Keeping the correct water level in your pool is more important than you might think. Water levels that are too low can damage the pump because you risk sucking air through the skimmer, while levels that are too high can affect the skimmer’s efficiency. Aim to keep the water level at the midpoint of the pool skimmer opening. Regularly check and adjust the water level, especially after heavy rain or during periods of frequent pool use when water loss through splashing and evaporation is higher. You also want to adjust your suction valve to be about 70 percent skimmer and 30 percent main drain. This ensures the skimmer has enough power to skim the surface debris before it has a chance to sink and break down on the bottom while also maintaining full circulation of the water in the deep end.

Proper Water Level Relative to Skimmer Opening

5. Shock After Heavy Usage or Rain

Shocking your pool involves adding a high dose of chlorine to eliminate bacteria, algae, and other contaminants. It’s particularly important to shock your pool after heavy usage, such as a pool party (hey, we all know people pee in pools!), or after heavy rainfall, which can introduce organic contaminants and dilute the pool chemicals. Generally, you should shock your pool once every one to two weeks, depending on usage. Solid Structures installs Saltwater Chlorine Generators and these have a “Boost/Shock” mode which will generate chlorine at 100% for a period of time and then return to normal operation.

Solid Structures Pool at 2023 East Coast Surfing Championship (ECSC)


By following these five tips, you can enjoy a sparkling clean swimming pool throughout the season. Regular maintenance and attention to detail will ensure that your pool remains a safe and inviting place for family and friends to relax and have fun.

If you are looking for a swimming pool in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, or larger Coastal Virginia area, please contact Solid Structures.

Tips for Balancing Saltwater Swimming Pool Water Chemistry

If you’re lucky enough to have a saltwater swimming pool in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake, you know the joys of a low-maintenance pool system. However, even with the benefits of a saltwater system, you still need to balance your pool’s water chemistry to keep it sparkling clean and not cloudy. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to properly balance saltwater swimming pool water. Even if you chose to hire a pool maintenance company, all pool owners should have foundational knowledge for pool water chemistry.

Solid Structures specializes in professionally designed and installed fiberglass swimming pools in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake/Coastal Virginia area. However, we also install the concrete precast plunge pools. For a professional design consultation, please Contact Us to get your project started.

Why Balance Your Saltwater Pool’s Water?

Balancing your pool’s water is essential for several reasons, including:

  1. Safety: When your pool’s water chemistry is unbalanced, it can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause illness.
  2. Comfort: Balanced pool water is essential for a comfortable swimming experience. If the water is too acidic or too alkaline, it can cause skin and eye irritation.
  3. Equipment Protection: An unbalanced pool can damage your pool equipment, such as your pool pump and filter, costing you unnecessary expenses.

Now that you know why it’s crucial to balance your pool’s water let’s dive into how to do it.

Fiberglass Pool and Spa Combo Installed by Solid Structures

Balancing Saltwater Pool Water

  1. Test Your Water: The first step to balancing your pool’s water is to test it regularly. You can use a test kit or take a sample to your local pool supply store to get it tested. You should test your water at least once a week and adjust accordingly.
  2. pH: The ideal pH level for a saltwater pool is between 7.4 and 7.6. If the pH is too high, add a pH decreaser. If the pH is too low, add a pH increaser.
  3. Alkalinity: The ideal total alkalinity level for a saltwater pool is between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm). If the alkalinity is too high, add an alkalinity decreaser. If the alkalinity is too low, add an alkalinity increaser.
  4. Calcium Hardness: The ideal calcium hardness level for a saltwater pool is between 200 and 400 ppm. If the calcium hardness is too high, add a calcium hardness decreaser. If the calcium hardness is too low, add a calcium hardness increaser.
  5. Pool Salt Level: Check your pool salt level regularly, and add salt as needed to maintain the recommended salinity range for your specific system. If there’s not enough salt for the correct salinity level , your saltwater chlorine generator or salt cell will not be able to produce chlorine to keep your swimming water clean and sanitized.
  6. Chlorine and Shock: Free chlorine involves the amount of chlorine that’s able to sanitize contaminants, while combined chlorine refers to chlorine that has combined directly with the contaminants. Total chlorine is basically the sum of free chlorine and combined chlorine. Test for these both and simple test strips give a pretty accurate ballpark value for the homeowner to ensure your system is operating properly. It’s also important to shock your pool regularly to mitigate cloudy water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the right amount to use based on the size of your pool. Shock is non-stabilized chlorine so it wears off quickly and does not stay in your pool for long periods of time.
  7. Cyanuric Acid (aka Chlorine Stabilizer): Chlorine Stabilizer is like sunscreen for your chlorine to prevent the sun from burning it out of the water. Adding the recommended amount will keep your chlorine salt cell generator working at its best and not working too hard to maintain proper chlorine levels. Be aware, adding too much can prevent your chlorine from working at all, so always add the correct amount at the beginning of the season and test. Less is more. You can always add more if needed but taking cyanuric acid away requires partially draining and filling your pool.
  8. Maintenance: Keep your pool clean by vacuuming, skimming, and brushing regularly. Also, clean your pool’s filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Be familiar with the pressure gauge when it is clean and when it rises 10-20psi, it may be time to give the filter a cleaning.
Fiberglass Pool and Spa Combo Installed by Solid Structures


Properly balancing saltwater pool water is crucial for a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable swimming experience. Regular testing and adjustments to pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, salt level, and shock treatment will help keep your pool water sparkling clean and healthy. Don’t forget to maintain your pool equipment and keep your pool clean with regular maintenance. With a little effort, you can enjoy your saltwater pool all season long!

If you are looking for a swimming pool in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, or larger Coastal Virginia area, please contact Solid Structures.

Do Fiberglass Pools Float Out The Ground?

First, a little fun fact from the Solid Structures team here in Virginia Beach. Fiberglass swimming pools float. In fact, we’ve floated one to a client’s house because there was absolutely no easier way to get the fiberglass pool shell into the waterfront backyard. When all other pool builders said “no” we said “yes.” If you are interested to see this effort in action, it can be viewed here on our YouTube Channel. While there, be sure to check out some of our client testimonials in regards to fiberglass pool installations.

Floating a fiberglass pool by boat
Fiberglass Pool Delivery by Solid Structures

Okay…So, will rising ground water make a fiberglass pool just float or pop out of the ground? Here’s the short answers…

  • Yes: If not installed properly and if the homeowner drains the pool
  • No: If installed properly and the pool is drained after evacuating all ground water

All Pool Types Float

With that said, all types of inground swimming pools can float, to include concrete pools and vinyl liner pools. Pool installers or pool builders who don’t have the means to install fiberglass pools may use this “fiberglass pools float” disinformation as a scare tactic to convince homeowners to buy a different pool type. If you are interested in fiberglass swimming pool design consultation and full installation, we’d be more than happy to go over the difference between pool types, longevity, and cost over time.

Overall, homeowners should not be concerned about fiberglass inground pools floating up. Let’s go over some supporting information for those answers.

1. Pools Can’t Float When Completely Filled with Water

When a fiberglass pool is filled with water, floating it out of the ground would break the rules of physics. There is no buoyancy of the fiberglass pool shell when filled to the correct water level. Fiberglass swimming pools should only be drained if there’s a required repair to be done by a certified pool professional. In other words, don’t drain significant amounts of water out of your pool to correct a water chemistry issue. The water level should always be around the middle of your skimmer opening.

Other pool types, such as concrete and vinyl liner pools must be drained for regular maintenance (resurface or vinyl liner replacement).

2. Proper Installation – Ground Water Standpipe

Fiberglass pools must be installed with a ground water standpipe. This pipe, typically at least 8 inches inside diameter and perforated, runs from the top of your pool deck all the way to the deepest part of the excavated hole for the fiberglass pool shell. When surrounded with the proper backfill (e.g., #57/¾”clean washed stone) it enables you to visually see the ground water level. If the pool must be drained for a repair, a pool professional would insert a sump pump to the bottom of the pipe and drain out all accumulated ground water prior to draining the fiberglass pool.

This pipe also serves as a hydrostatic pressure release to decrease the buoyant force of rising ground water from pushing up on the bottom of the pool.

3.  Proper Backfill Material – Clean Angular Shaped Stone

Clean/washed stone with angular shapes, ranging from ½” to 1” (typically referred to as #57 stone) has locking properties (does not shift position once in place) and allows for proper drainage to the ground water standpipe mentioned above. If the contractor chooses to use sand as a backfill material, it may shift position over time as ground water rises and falls. Additionally, the ground water standpipe will collect with sand. If the pipe is wrapped with a filter sock, that sock can clog. Using #57 stone allows pool owners to visually see ground water through the pipe and evacuate it, if needed.

Feel free to contact us at Solid Structures for a complete fiberglass pool design and installation consultation. Take a look at our fiberglass pool gallery showing a variety of pool shapes, sizes, and colors…all of which have never just floated out of the ground here in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk areas of Hampton Roads / Coastal Virginia.

Hiring a Landscaper for Your Swimming Pool Project

Solid Structures, your award-winning total backyard contractor, has been installing hardscapingdecking, and other landscaping features around pools since the company started. We’ve also worked with several landscaping partners who are extremely talented at what they do. Therefore, we can attest to the fact that many homeowners make the mistake of hiring a pool installation company with little to no thought from a final hardscape and landscape perspective.

Some swimming pool builders or pool installers may strongly recommend a specific location in the yard for the pool based on it being the easiest location for them to access. Unfortunately, this may place the pool in the least desirable location for the landscape designer or landscape contractor to deliver the best possible end-product. There are so many variables to consider in what goes into a professional design. As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail!” A well-thought out professional design includes some of the following considerations:

  • Pool size and location relative to daylight sun direction (for sun bathing as well as for organic growth of grass, trees, gardens, etc.)
  • Pool installation height relative to the final desired yard grading
  • Pool installation height relative to desired features and 3D aspects of the design (retaining walls, raised patios, bulkheads, etc.)
  • Drainage (yard drainage and directing roof runoff)
  • Irrigation system installation or rerouting
  • Accent lighting
  • Electricity outlet installation
  • Gas utility installation

Some, if not all of these things need to be planned out ahead of time or you may miss an opportunity to easily incorporate it into your final project.

With that said, let’s cover the most important point of this blog right up front…and that is…

DO NOT: Have a Pool Installed Until you have a Completed Landscape/Hardscape Plan

Before and After Image of 3d design
3D render of hardscape design provided by Solid Structures

Have an idea of what you want your outdoor living space to look like but don’t know how to bring it to life? The outdoor living design team at Solid Structures guides you through a planning questionnaire to identify what’s important to you. We bring it to life with our proven design process from over 15 years of experience. You get the outdoor living space you want without stressing the details. Learn more about our design services here.

If you decide to hire a pool installation company and landscape company separately, ensure they are communicating prior to contracts being signed. The decisions made by a landscaper can often affect the price of the pool installation. The decisions made by a pool builder may restrict a landscaper’s design. For example, perhaps the landscaper envisions the pool set at 1 foot above grade so that a retaining wall could work as a canvas for shrubbery and landscape lighting while resolving an existing yard draining problem. If the pool installer does not know this detail, the pool will be installed at a default grade level, leaving the design you approved with the landscaper unattainable.

Our strongest recommendation is to work with a company that operates with a single point of contact, such as a project manager, to ensure nothing is lost throughout the communication process.

DO: Hire a Landscaper with Previous Pool Experience

Installing hardscape and other features around a pool requires professional experience. You’ve invested a lot of money at this point and the last thing you want is someone ruining the part that everyone sees the most. Poorly installed concrete, uneven pavers, incorrect construction adhesive for pool copings/steps, and improper yard grading are some of the most expensive problems to correct after the fact, so have them installed professionally the first time!

Another scenario we’re seen in the past are pools being set too low relative to other areas of the backyard being much higher. A pool installer working in complete isolation from any landscape subject matter expert may not take the time to assess the entire property and only focus on the job of installing the pool so they can get to their next pool installation. The pool height is essentially “ground zero” and impacts the entire yard design.

You don’t want a landscaper installing whatever happens to be on clearance sale from the local nursery because many types of plants and trees don’t work well around pools. If you want your pool to remain crystal clear with minimal maintenance, ensure the plants do not shed too much “stuff” into the water, attract bees/insects, etc.

Again, working with one company that facilitates the design from start to finish is something you should strongly consider.

DO NOT: Forget to Factor in a Landscaping Budget into your Pool Project

Factor in Landscape into pool design

When that excavator and skidsteer break ground start driving over your front lawn, you’ll be thinking a lot more about the cost to renovate your landscaping if you did not already. When planning out pool features such as a pool heaterpool automation, lighting, water features like cascade waterfalls or laminar jets, make sure you will have enough dough to complete the required landscaping…because a pool installation will result in a lot of “collateral damage” even when the installers make every attempt to keep things as neat as possible. For example, maybe having a paver walkway built around the side of the house and some additional landscaping features would be more beneficial at this point than a pool heater that can be added later. Consider what the price of grass, sod, or artificial turf will be in addition to truck loads of fresh topsoil to have everything professional graded. Bottom line, the price you are quoted for a pool installation has other “hidden” fees, so it is best to work with a company that is quoting a final project cost with clearly a defined scope of work.

DO: Consider Sod Installation or Artificial Turf Installation

Turf with Pool Design

Often times, pools are not installed during the optimal time of the year to successfully grow grass. Even if they are, the process to establish a thick lawn from seed takes time and a lot of patience. The lawn may be very thin, muddy when it rains, and easily fill with weeds until it is thick enough to prohibit weed growth. Considering factoring in the price of fresh sod or an artificial turf. The instantaneous gratification will be worth it in the end.

DO NOT: Forget about Landscape Lighting and Fire Features

Fire Feature Image

Landscape lighting and fire features can completely transform the ambiance of your backyard oasis. The last thing you want is your backdoor spotlight completely illuminating your pool project. Have it softly lit in the necessary spots for an overall professional look. Fire features are another way to bring your landscape design to the next level. While these types of upgrades aren’t for everyone, it is worth noting that the plan for these should be set before any work is done. Depending on where the features are being installed (maybe in the middle of a patio), underground conduit needs to be set and inspected by the city to ensure the installation is as per local codes.

DO: Consider Privacy Screening Features

Poolside Pergola Installed by Solid Structures

Pavilions, pergolas, sheds, shrub hedges, shadesails, and other types of solid structures with a wall provide privacy screening for your new pool installation. The strategic placement of these structures may affect the overall location of your pool. This is yet another reason to have a complete plan up front that was done by a professional with requisite knowledge of local building codes. For example, in some areas of Virginia Beach and Cheasapeake, Virginia, structures have to have a specific offset (sometimes up to 8 feet!) from a fence or from an easement area. All these considerations are implemented into a professional design using your property survey. Can you image having a pool installation company install your pool in the worst possible location ever for your end result but the best possible location for them? Happens all the time!

DO NOT: Sign a Contract Until You are 100% Confident in the Terms and Conditions

In the end, THIS is why Solid Structures started installing Fiberglass Pools and Concrete Plunge Pools…because we wanted to hardscape and landscape them to their full potential. To do that, we had to design and install them ourselves with a creative and experienced mindset. Most homeowners want the best quality work as possible for the most competitive price from a pool builder, pool contractors, and from landscape companies. Try not to work with a pool installer and a landscaper in complete isolation. Communication is required for any successful project. If you would like to speak to a professional here at Solid Structures, we can surely get you on that path to success with a design consultation. If you are in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake areas of Virginia, feel free to setup an appointment to meet with us in person. In the meantime, check out our gallery of professionally designed and installed pool projects with landscaping factored in from the start!

When is the Best Time to Build Your Swimming Pool?

There are a lot of things to consider when planning the best time to build your swimming pool. Cost, time, weather, and your own schedule are all important factors to think about. Many people don’t realize there is the best time to build a pool. The pool installation may vary depending on the time of the year. Due to the unpredictable weather, it is very hard to know which is the right time for your pool installation.

Whether you are a homeowner who is thinking of building a swimming pool or an HOA that is considering adding one to your community, it’s important to know when the best time to do it. Depending on your location and climate, there may be different times of year that are better than others. Keep reading for more information on when to build your backyard swimming pool!

When to Build a Pool

When to Build a Pool: Things to consider

Your Location: Depending on where you live, the climate and weather conditions will be different. This is an important factor to consider when deciding when to start your pool construction. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, it’s important to make sure that the ground is stable enough to support a pool.

The Cost of Building a Pool: The cost of building a pool can vary depending on the time of year. Labor and materials may be more expensive during the summer months. You need to ascertain your financial situation before deciding the best time to build your pool.

Your Schedule: If you are working with a contractor to build your pool, it’s important to consider their schedule as well. Many contractors are booked up during the summer, so you may have to wait longer for your pool to be built.

The Weather: As we mentioned before, the weather is an important factor to consider when deciding when to build a pool. If you live in an area with extreme heat or cold, it’s important to make sure that the ground is stable enough to support a pool. The installation process is generally smooth when a pool contractor or pool companies are involved in the pool building process.

Now that you know some of the things to consider when deciding when to build a pool, let’s take a look at the best time to do it.

The perks and benefits of building your swimming pool in the spring.

If you live in an area with a temperate climate, spring is usually the popular time to build your swimming pool. The weather is warm enough that construction can take place, but it’s not so hot that the workers will be miserable. Plus, you’ll have the entire summer to enjoy your new pool!

Spring Swimming Pool

The benefits of building your swimming pool in the summer.

If you live in a cooler climate, you might want to consider building your dream pool in the summer months. The workers will appreciate the warmer temperatures, and you’ll be able to take advantage of the long days. Plus, if you have kids, they’ll be out of school and able to enjoy the pool right away!

Summer Swimming Pool

The benefits of building your swimming pool in the fall

If you live in an area with a hot climate, fall might be the best time to build your swimming pool. The weather is still warm enough for construction, but it will be cooler by the time the pool project is finished. Patio and accessory features can be completed throughout the winter so you are ready to swim in the spring.!

Autumn Swimming Pool

The benefits of building your swimming pool in the winter months

If you live in a climate where it is cold but the ground doesn’t freeze, winter is a great time to build a pool.  The workers will appreciate the opportunity to continue working year-round, and you won’t have a huge rush to finish since the weather is not good for swimming. Plus, it will be ready for spring and summer to enjoy it.

So, when is the best time to build your swimming pool? It all depends on your location and climate. But with a little planning, you can have a beautiful pool that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come!  Your pool builder can help discuss the pros and cons of each season for your region.

Winter Swimming Pool

When is the best time to build your swimming pool based on your needs and budget?

If you are looking to save money, then the best time of year to build your swimming pool would be during the off-season. This is usually from October to April, when demand is lower and prices are more relaxed.

If you have a specific date in mind or need the pool for an event, then you will need to schedule accordingly and plan ahead.

Building a pool is a big investment, so you will want to make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck. By taking the time to consider all the factors, you can be sure that you are making the best decision for your needs and budget. So, when is the best time to build your swimming pool? It all depends on you!

If you have any other questions about building a swimming pool, feel free to contact our office at 757359-9172. Our team would be happy to help answer any questions you may have!

Why You Should Consider Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass pools are an increasingly popular option for pool buyers who want their new pool installation sooner and with less long-term maintenance to worry about. In today’s post, we take a close look at this type of pool and the unique benefits it offers.

Fiberglass pools are made from a mold of the desired shape and then installed in your backyard. These pools are protected with coatings made from high-quality and long-lasting materials. The installation time is shorter than concrete and vinyl liner pools.   The installation process for fiberglass pools is quicker because the pool is manufactured in a factory and ready to install when it arrives on site.  Fiberglass is also a non-porous material, which means that it is less likely to harbor bacteria and algae growth than concrete pools. This can make maintenance a breeze and help you enjoy your pool all season long.

In addition, fiberglass swimming pools are available in a variety of colors, so you can customize the look of your pool to match your personal style. If you are considering adding a pool to your landscaping, consulting with your local pool builders will help.

Fiberglass Pools are Low Maintenance

Fiberglass pools are low maintenance for several reasons. One reason is that fiberglass is a non-porous material, so it doesn’t absorb dirt or debris the way other materials do. This means that you won’t have to scrub or clean your pool as often as you would with other types of pools.

Another reason fiberglass pools are lower maintenance is that they don’t require as many chemicals as other types of pools. This is because the smooth surface of a fiberglass pool makes it harder for algae to grow, so you’ll worry less about your pool turning green.  The non-porous surface does not leach other chemicals into the water like concrete pools can.  

Unlike concrete pools and vinyl liner pools, which require regular resurfacing and liner replacement, fiberglass pools are virtually maintenance-free. The smooth gelcoat surface of a fiberglass pool is long lasting and typically warrantied by fiberglass pool manufacturers. This means that you can spend less time performing maintenance on your pool and more time enjoying it!

Fiberglass Pool Maintenance

Fiberglass Pools are Durable

Fiberglass pools have many benefits that make them a great choice for swimmers of all levels. They are durable and can withstand even the most intense weather conditions. Fiberglass pools are also low maintenance, and they don’t require the same level of care as other types of pools. This makes them a great choice for busy homeowners who want to enjoy the pool without worrying about upkeep.

Fiberglass pools are also available in a variety of sizes and shapes, so you can find one that fits your specific needs.  Whether you’re looking for a small pool for lap swimming or a large pool for entertaining guests, there’s a fiberglass pool that’s perfect for you. Fiberglass pools installation is a great choice for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of owning a pool without the hassle of maintaining one.

Also, fiberglass pools are well known for their many benefits. They are strong and durable, easy to care for, and can last for many years with proper maintenance. Another great benefit of fiberglass pools is that they are extremely durable. Fiberglass can withstand heavy use without cracking or chipping. Fiberglass pools require less chemical treatment than other types of pools, making them a more environmentally friendly option. In addition, fiberglass pools are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to suit any backyard. Whether you’re looking for a small pool for cooling off on a hot day or a large pool for entertaining friends and family, there’s a fiberglass pool that’s perfect for you. Fiberglass pools provide all the benefits of traditional swimming pools without the drawbacks.  Manufacturers such as Imagine Pools offer Lifetime Structural Warranties and Lifetime Structural Osmosis Warranties for their fiberglass pools.

Fiberglass Pools are Durable


Fiberglass pools are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. Fiberglass is a strong, durable material that can withstand heavy use. Fiberglass pools also require little maintenance, making them ideal for busy families. In addition, fiberglass pools can be customized to fit your individual needs. Whether you’re looking for a pool that will be used for swimming, entertaining, or simply relaxing, a fiberglass pool can be built to meet your specific requirements. If you’re considering a pool for your home, a fiberglass pool is an excellent option. Fiberglass pools are strong, low-maintenance, and beautiful – everything you’re looking for in a pool!

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Fiberglass Pools vs Concrete Pools: Pros and Cons 2022 Guide

When it comes to deciding which type of pool to install in your backyard, there are a few factors you need to consider. Two of the most popular types of pools are fiberglass and concrete. Each has its own set of pros and cons, so it can be difficult to decide which is the best option for you. In this blog post, we will compare fiberglass pools vs concrete pools and help you decide which is the best choice for your home!

The Pros of installing a fiberglass pool vs concrete pool

Fiberglass pools are easier to maintain than concrete pools, as they are not susceptible to the same type of staining and scaling. Fiberglass pools have a smoother surface, making swimmers more comfortable and cleaning easier. Fiberglass pools can be installed in a fraction of the time that concrete pools can.  Fiberglass pools are typically less expensive than concrete pools.  Fiberglass pools have a warranty.

Fiberglass pools are easier to maintain than a concrete pool

Fiberglass pools are one of the most durable options for swimming, and they have low pool maintenance costs. The fiberglass pool has a gelcoat surface. The gel coatings are smooth, making it harder for algae growth (not that it can’t, but a smooth surface is better that a textured for algae avoidance)   The gelcoat finish does not need resurfacing like a concrete pool will. 

Fiberglass pools are more resistant to staining than a concrete pool

Fiberglass pools are also less likely to be affected by staining. This is because the gelcoat and vinyl ester resin used in a fiberglass pool are non-porous material, which means that it doesn’t absorb stains and colors. The gel coating also protects the pool from the sun’s damaging UV rays and provides a vibrant luster.  Without this protection, the pool may become discolored and fade over time. Fortunately, the gel coatings can help keep your pool looking new for years to come.

Fiberglass pools can be installed in a fraction of the time it takes to install a concrete pool

One of the best benefits of fiberglass pool installation is that they can be installed in a fraction of the time it takes to install a concrete pool. This is because fiberglass pools are pre-molded and only need to be set in place before being filled with pool water. Concrete pools, on the other hand, need to be built from scratch, which can take weeks or even months to complete.

Fiberglass pools are typically less expensive than concrete pools

Fiberglass pools are typically less expensive than concrete pools, both in terms of initial costs and lifetime cost for maintenance costs. Fiberglass pools also tend to last longer than concrete pools, so you’ll get more value for your money in the long run.

Fiberglass pools have a warranty from the manufacturer.

Most fiberglass pool shells carry a warranty from the manufacturer.  For example, Imagine Pools carry a lifetime structural warranty and a lifetime osmosis warranty on their pools shells.  Thursday Pools carry a lifetime structural warranty and a 15 year osmosis warranty.

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The Cons of installing a fiberglass pool vs concrete pool

Fiberglass pools do have some drawbacks.  Fiberglass pools have limited shapes, sizes, and colors.  

Fiberglass pools are limited in shapes and sizes.  

Due to the fact that pools have to be shipped from the factory most manufacturers do not make a pool larger than 40’x16’.  Shapes are limited to the molds that each manufacturer has.  

Fiberglass pools have limited colors

Fiberglass pools have limited colors as each manufacturer provides around 5-8 different colors.  This means that if you find a shape and size you like you will have to pick from the colors of that manufacturer.  

The Pros of installing concrete pool vs fiberglass pool

Concrete Pools offer more customization than fiberglass pools.  This is where a concrete pool really shines.

Concrete pools offer more design flexibility than fiberglass pools

Concrete pools offer more design flexibility than fiberglass pools. This means that concrete pools can be built in any shape or size, making them perfect for homeowners who want a truly unique pool.  

Concrete pools can be finished with any color

Concrete pools let you choose what color you want the inside of your new pool to be and are not limited by the manufacturer.  Each concrete pool is custom.

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The Cons of installing a concrete pool vs fiberglass pool

The downside of concrete pools is they are typically the most expensive pool and require the most maintenance.  

Concrete pools are expensive to install

The biggest downside of concrete pools is that they are expensive to install. This is because the process of building a concrete pool is very labor-intensive and time-consuming. 

Concrete pools require more maintenance and care

Concrete pools require more maintenance and care than a fiberglass pool.  The concrete surface is not as smooth, allowing algae to grow easier on its surface.   The concrete can be susceptible to cracking and staining over time. 

Concrete pools need to be resurfaced every 10-15 years

Concrete pools will need to be resurfaced every 10-15 years. This is because the concrete can start to wear down over time and lose its luster. Resurfacing a pool can be a costly and time-consuming process, so it’s something to keep in mind if you’re considering a concrete pool.

Concrete pools do not have a manufacturer warranty.

A concrete pool is completely custom and they do not have a manufacturer’s warranty.  Unlike a fiberglass pool that is built in a climate controlled factory, a concrete pool is built outdoors.  Being built outdoors, a concrete pool is susceptible to all of the elements during construction and can be difficult to have optimal conditions.  

How to choose the right pool for your home

Now that you know the pros and cons of fiberglass pools and concrete pools, it’s time to decide which type of pool is right for your home. The best way to make this decision is to consult with a professional who can help you weigh all the factors and make the best choice for your needs. With their expert guidance, you’ll be able to choose the perfect pool for your home and enjoy many years of swimming fun.

Fiberglass pools offer many benefits over concrete pools, but they’re not right for every home. If you’re trying to decide between the two types of pools, consult with a professional to get expert advice on which type of pool is best for your needs. With their help, you’ll be able to choose the perfect pool for your home.

Cost comparisons of fiberglass pools vs concrete pools

One of the main factors that homeowners consider when choosing between fiberglass and concrete pools is cost. Fiberglass pools are typically less expensive to install than concrete pools.  In general, fiberglass pools cost about $55,000 and $95,000, while concrete pools cost about $75,000 and $125,000.

Fiberglass pools also have lower maintenance costs than concrete pools. Because Fiberglass pools have a smooth non-porous surface which is less likely to develop stains and requires less chemicals.  As a result, you’ll save money on pool chemicals and you won’t need to clean your pool as often.

When it comes to long-term costs, fiberglass pools have a lower cost than concrete pools. Concrete pools will need to be resurfaced and a fiberglass pool will not, you’ll save money in the long run by choosing a fiberglass pool.

Maintenance and care tips for both types of pools

No matter which type of pool you choose, it’s important to properly maintain and care for your pool. Here are some tips to help you keep your pool in tip-top shape:

– Test the water regularly and add chemicals as needed.

– Vacuum the pool once a week to remove debris.

– Brush the walls and floor of the pool weekly.

– Empty the skimmer baskets regularly.

– Check the filter pressure and clean as required.

– A robotic pool cleaner is a great addition 

– Pool Automation, such as Jandy’s iAqualink, can help with controlling water quality and runtimes for equipment.  It also has many more capabilities.  Ask us if you would like to know more about automation.

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By following these tips, you can keep your pool clean and safe for swimming all summer long.

So, which is the best pool for your home- fiberglass or concrete? The answer depends on a variety of factors; budget, size, shape, color, and how much maintenance you’re willing to do. If you need help deciding which type of pool is right for you, contact us – we would be happy to assist. In the meantime, here are some final thoughts on both fiberglass and concrete pools. 

Fiberglass swimming pools are generally less expensive than concrete pools and can be installed quicker. They come in a large variety of shapes and sizes.  They are lower maintenance.  And they carry a warranty from the manufacturer.  However, they are not as customizable as concrete pools and are limited in size.

Concrete pools are more expensive to install, but the possibilities in design are endless. But, they will require more regular maintenance and have a higher lifetime cost than a fiberglass pool.  They do not carry a warranty from the manufacturer.  

At the end of the day, it’s important to choose a pool that fits your needs and lifestyle. We hope this article has helped make that decision a little bit easier!

Can I Install Above-Ground Fiberglass Pools? (2022 Guide)

Can I Install Above-Ground Fiberglass Pools?

The above-ground fiberglass pool is can be done, but can be tricky.  The pool shell must be supported to keep its shape and structure. When properly supported the material ensures that there will be no need to worry about cracks or other problems with the finish of your home, making this type ideal if you’re looking ahead at potential repairs in future years before they happen!

Most people think of an in-ground pool as the only option for a backyard swimming area, but that is not always the case. Fiberglass pools can be installed above ground.  If you are considering adding a pool to your yard, read on to learn more about above-ground fiberglass pools.

Fiberglass pools are made from a fiberglass shell mold of the desired pool shape, and then the mold is filled with fiberglass and resin. This results in a one-piece pool that is extremely strong and durable. Fiberglass pools are also non-porous, so they resist staining and fading. In addition, fiberglass pools are easy to maintain and keep clean.

If you are considering adding a pool to your home, check out above-ground fiberglass pools. They can be a great option for specialty above ground installations.

What is the difference between an in-ground and above-ground fiberglass pool?

There are a few key differences between in-ground and above-ground pools. An in-ground pool is built into the ground, while an above-ground pool is not. In-ground pools are usually larger and more expensive than above-ground pools.  The above-ground pool can be installed on top of an existing deck.  An above ground fiberglass pool will require additional structure to support the walls.  While and inground fiberglass pool is supported by the earth.

The benefits of having an above-ground fiberglass pool?

There are several benefits to having an above-ground pool.  They are great for specialty applications.  They can be placed onto decks (assuming they load capabilities of the deck meet the weight of the pool).   Above-ground pools are also a great option if you do not have a lot of space in your yard. Above-ground fiberglass pools are especially durable and easy to maintain. These fiberglass pools usually come with a warranty and are made of high-quality materials.

If you are considering adding a pool to your home that has a unique installation, check out above ground fiberglass pools. They offer many advantages over traditional in-ground pools, and they can be a great addition to any home.

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Conclusion Above-Ground Fiberglass Pools

So, what’s the verdict? Are you in the market for a swimming pool this year? If so, should you go with an above-ground or in-ground model? The answer to that question depends on your needs and budget. Above-ground vinyl linear pools are less expensive and cost-effective to install and maintain than their in-ground counterparts, but they also offer fewer options when it comes to shape and size. If you have the money to spend and want a new pool that will last for many years without requiring much upkeep, then an in-ground fiberglass pool may be the way to go. Give us a call today to get started on installing your very own fiberglass swimming pool!

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