Before you’re ready to hire a pool builder, there are many important decisions to consider, especially the cost and type of pool. The five most common types of swimming pools include above-ground, fiberglass, vinyl-lined, gunite and poured concrete.
Vinyl-lined pools are typically the most cost effective and popular, until you consider one thing- they leak more often than fiberglass pools.
According to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), the majority of pools can be expected to have leak problems at least once during their service life. On average, a swimming pool constructed over 10 years ago will leak once every six years. If constructed more than 20 years ago, this rate drops to every four years.
If you want to avoid pool leaks altogether, fiberglass is your best option. A sturdier material by nature, it will have less leakage issues throughout its lifetime, according to Jimmy Carter, senior director of corporate field services at American Leak Detection.
“Day-to-day, we see the most leaks in vinyl liners, by far,” Carter said. “Liners can be a hassle, especially because you’ll find yourself replacing it about every 10 years. Fiberglass pools are a great option to avoid leaks.”
Fiberglass pools also require less installation time, along with cheaper maintenance and operational costs.