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    Help decide on type of pool

    We are located in Toronto and are hoping to get a pool built next spring once the grading of new home has been completed by the builder.

    In speaking with a few pool companies most recommend a vinyl pool and some recommend a fibreglass pool.

    What are the pros and cons for each and what would be best in the long term?

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    Re: Help decide on type of pool

    All of the types are going to be pretty close in longevity as long as you maintain them correctly.

    I like vinyl simply because some of the chems aren't quite so particular (CH for instance).
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    Re: Help decide on type of pool

    Is it true that there is a risk of a fibreglass pool "popping up" ouut of the ground?

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    Re: Help decide on type of pool

    That is true, but you can also have a vinyl liner float, just depends on ground water and frost line really! We have a vinyl pool and we love it! Fiberglass can be more costly but some people like the fiberglass for various reasons!
    Purposed new pool at home being built- 20x40 vinyl pool, 20ft vinyl covered steps, Automatic cover, 6 ft sheer decent, 4 lighted deck jets, lime stone coping, easy touch, heat pump, SPA- 8x8 fiberglass shell, limestone steps surrounding
    previous home- 16 x 32 IG Vinyl- Install- Mid June 2011. 3ft Shallow 8ft Deep/ Totally Hayward 1HP pump/ 250 pound Sand/ AquaPro800 Heat pump/ Blue Hampton Liner/ 2 Intellibrite LED Lights/ Polaris 360/ 4 Deckjet II's/ 3ft concrete Apron/ 800 sq ft Paver Patio

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    Re: Help decide on type of pool

    I read that Fiberglass pools floating out of the ground is an old wives tale. Makes sense to me that if it's filled with water and surrounded with a concrete deck it's not going to pop out of the ground. On the other hand any empty pool surrounded by interloc might float.
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    Re: Help decide on type of pool

    Any type pool can float if it's empty, sealed and the water table is high enough.

    The more a pool weighs the higher the water has to get before it floats. A fiberglass pool is more well sealed than a liner pool and much lighter than a concrete pool. Hence the propagation of the belief that a fiberglass pool will float. It's akin to a boat, except the water goes on the inside instead of the outside.
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