The Guide - Outdoors

Fibreglass Vs. Concrete


Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of the two most popular types of pools. We’ve kept it simple so we can guide you quickly through the most important considerations and give you a good understanding of each construction option.

From the speed and cost advantages of fibreglass, to the flexibility and custom options offered by concrete pools. There are options and it’s easy to find people who love both options. The important thing is to get an understanding and match your needs to the right type of pool.


Fibreglass pools - The good things

Here’s the down low on the upsides of a fibreglass pool.

Fast - They are quick to instal because most of the work is done in the factory so standard installations usually take 1 - 2 weeks.

Visual appeal - Fibreglass pools have a surface finish that looks lovely and enhances the overall effect of the pool.

Easier care - The gelcoat surface makes a fibreglass pool easier to clean and control algae and bacteria.

Ongoing care - Good quality fibreglass pools should not need to be resurfaced during their lifetime.

Warmer - Anecdotally, it seems that fibreglass pools heat faster and retain their warmth for longer.

Durable - Fibreglass is very durable so most fibreglass pool manufacturers make a reliable product and offer long warranties.

Fibreglass pools - The downsides

And now for the cons of fibreglass pools (there aren’t many!):

Shape limitations - You can only choose from existing shapes and sizes because they are built in the factory, and have to be transported to your home.

Concrete pools - The positives

And now for concrete pools and the advantages they offer.

Design flexibility - A concrete pool can be built to match any design you can dream up and then your pool builder can adjust your design to suit your site.

Aesthetics - New concrete pools do look very appealing, and offer a range of surface finishes like pebble and tiles.

Strength - Concrete pools are pretty much bombproof and offer exceptional longevity, reliability and strength.

Concrete pools - The negatives

Build time - It can take up to several months of onsite work to complete construction of a concrete pool.

Cost - Concrete pools do tend to be more expensive partly because of the length of the build and partly because of the custom shape and finishing options.

Rough - Often the popular surface finishes can be rough under foot and cause grazes and scrapes.

Running costs - They can cost more to run because they have an increased tendency to absorb water and breed bacteria.

Black algae - Concrete pools can be more vulnerable to black algae and because of the porosity of concrete, it will be harder to remove.