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Thread: Vinyl vs. Fiberglass

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    Columbia TN

    Vinyl vs. Fiberglass

    We are trying to decide between a vinyl liner pool or a fiberglass pool ...the quotes I have gotten on our area are within a few $100 of each other...what are everyones thoughts please...
    Thank you!

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    Re: Vinyl vs. Fiberglass

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    There are a lot of discussions about the pros/cons if you search.

    Fiberglass is limited in size and shape. Install requires VERY good prep work. There is no easy way to refurb it. There are a few horror stories of fiberglass installs gone bad.

    Vinyl allows for larger pools and more flexible with shape. Easier to do a DIY install. Easy to replace the liner as needed due to age.

    A lot depends on who is doing the install and what is "normal" in your area. For example. I have never seen an in ground vinyl pool down here and only know of one fiberglass pool ... they are all plaster pools.
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    Re: Vinyl vs. Fiberglass

    Where I am there seems to be a pretty even split between plaster and liner with fiberglass making some serious inroads. I have only had one pool and it is fiberglass. Despite the size limitations I am not sure I would have gone with anything else.

    Ultimately I think everyone likes what they have and since each has their pros and cons, you have to decide what your needs are.

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    Re: Vinyl vs. Fiberglass

    I would think the issue of gel coat problems and tendacy to stain would lead me away from fiberglass. My first choice would be shotcrete, with vinyl coming a close second.

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