Vinyl, concrete or fiberglass pool? How to choose

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Town & Country Pool Builders, serving Maryland, Virginia & DC explain pool construction materials

Decisions. Decisions! One of the first decisions you will be asked to make when you’re shopping for a swimming pool for your backyard is what kind of building material you’d like. You can choose from vinyl, concrete or fiberglass. Each pool type has advantages and disadvantages and each brings with it a different price range, length of time of construction and care after construction requirements. Talk with the swimming pool contractors at Town & Country Pools so that you have a thorough understanding of each of the types so you can make an informed

Here is a breakdown of the various types of pool construction types so you can make an informed decision:


  1. Fiberglass pools are a one piece shell that is delivered to your home and placed in the excavated site. Electric work and plumbing need to be run before the shell is placed. Fiberglass is long wearing pool and comes in myriad colors and designs.
  2. Gunite is the most versatile of all swimming pool building materials but is also the most expensive. Gunite aka concrete pools can be constructed in almost any design you can imagine and this is the longest lasting of all the construction materials.
  3. Vinyl pools fit into the steel structure that is inside the excavated area in the yard. The liner fits over the steel, fiberglass or aluminum shell.

Explore all of your options before making any final decisions. Keep in mind that your budget may also be a determining factor on what pool construction material you ultimately choose, but there are other factors to consider as well.