Just spent hours in "Pool School" and I'm really glad I found this website... We are going to hire a pool company to install an inground pool next spring. I want to start by deciding between the three common types (vinyl, fiberglass, or gunite). Some info below. Let me know what else you need.
- We live in southeast Michigan.
- Soil type is sand and rocks.
- Size we want is around 16x34 in an oval or slight kidney to fit our yard nicely.
- Budget is 40K, doing a bit of research, your basic apples to apples comparison in this area has vinyl around 30K, fiberglass around 35K, and gunite around 40K. This is for a basic, complete package.
- There appears to be about 5 local pool builders. 1 does vinyl, 3 do fiberglass, and 1 does gunite.
- Talking on the phone with some of them, they all bash each technology (and each other) and have tried to expose and focus on some of the flaws of each such as: Fiberglass will pop out of the ground, stain easier, and crack. Vinyl will tear easily and "your house is too nice for a vinyl pool", come on... Gunite is too rough and needs too many chemicals and will scrap your kid’s knees. Going through pool school I understand some of these claims are slightly true, but have been elaborated too much by the sales guys.
- This is not the house we will live in for the rest of our lives. Maybe 10-15 years max.
I really want unbiased opinions if possible. We will fork up the extra money if one of the other technologies is worth it. Try to be honest. Perhaps one of you chose one type and wish you went a different route.
After we decide on the type, I will do some detailed research on filter, pump, heater, etc. One step at a time. I want to know what I want and be educated before we setup appointments.
Here is a picture of our backyard with my horrible editing with our vision.
Thanks in advance,