An Overview Of Three Types Of Pool Construction Materials

Are you interested in building a pool in your yard, but not sure what the best material is to construct it? You'll want to know the differences between the following swimming pool construction materials before you make a decision. 

Vinyl Liner

A vinyl liner pool is going to be the most affordable of the three options available to you. Many people get a vinyl liner pool because you are able to customize the shape of the pool to be how you want it by using wall panels made out of plastic or metal. This allows the pool to fit in your backyard in a very specific shape, which may be a concern to you if you have a small backyard. 

Be aware that the vinyl liner will need to be replaced at some point, but you will get many years out of it before you need to do so. Leaking is the main reason that the liner needs to be replaced, with the initial signs being tearing and cracking across the surface. The liner can also become stained and faded in certain areas. Over time, that liner will also start to stretch in odd ways and cause the surface to be wrinkled. 


A concrete pool is going to have a more complicated construction process. The hole needs to be dug, the sides reinforced with rebar, and then the walls formed with concrete. That construction process can take many months to perform, especially when you consider that the concrete needs to cure so that it can support holding water inside it.

Concrete pools are completely customizable, which makes them a popular choice much like a vinyl liner pool. You pour the concrete on-site, so it can be formed however you want it. This allows for more intricate shapes than what you could make with a vinyl liner pool. However, all that concrete creates a lot more maintenance. Algae can stick to the rough surface, and you'll need to clean it to keep it looking good. 


Fiberglass pools come in set shapes without options for customization. While there are tons of different fiberglass pool shells available, you definitely need to pick one out of a catalog and may not get exactly what you want. However, the biggest advantage of a fiberglass pool is that it has a lot less maintenance than the other two materials. The surface is smooth and non-porous, so there is no way for algae to get easily stuck on the surface. The installation time for a fiberglass pool can only take a few short weeks from start to finish, meaning you'll get in your pool much faster than if you use concrete.