A fiberglass pool’s gel coat is like any other glossy surface, but the finish is more resistant to scratches than the usual finish on a traditional painted surface. Because the gel coat is 7-8 times thicker than a standard coat of paint, the scratches are unlikely to go deeper than a few millimeters. If the gel coat at the water line becomes dull or faded, it can be restored by power or hand application of a heavy cut automotive polishing compound. If the pool is not painted, the perimeter tiles and grout should be installed using a silicone adhesive.
The exterior shell of a fiberglass pool is composed of three layers. The polyester layer, which is 20 percent more likely to break when wet, is sandwiched between a vinyl ester resin layer and a gel coat. The gelcoat is the outermost layer and starts out as a gel that hardens through polymerization. It is smooth and long-lasting, and prevents algae from growing. It also reduces the need for a plethora of chemicals to maintain water quality.
Filtering the water using Pooltak ( Pool roof )is another important part of caring for your fiberglass pool. Water level is very important as all pools require a certain level of water to stay balanced. The fiberglass fill level is 12 inches above the backfill, which helps maintain the shape of the pool. The water level must remain there in order to avoid sagging and cracks. In addition to cleaning, you should test the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness of the pool using a pH or alkalinity tester.
A fiberglass pool is delivered on a flatbed truck, lifted with a boom truck or a large trac-hoe. Installers must first level the ground and then raise the sides and end to level the surface. The entire installation should take less than 3 hours, including the time it takes to fill the pool. The water will naturally seek a level surface and will level itself as it fills. If you’re installing a fiberglass pool yourself, you may want to consider hiring a professional installation team.
The cost of a fiberglass pool is relatively affordable, but you must take into account its initial setup costs. The labor costs for pouring the concrete pool will cost approximately $2,500, while the cost of excavation and the initial build will cost at least $10,000. These upfront costs are still significantly lower than those of a fiberglass pool, but the price will increase if you add in custom features. It’s important to remember that the cost of a fiberglass pool will depend on the installer and the quality of the installation.
A fiberglass pool is a perfect choice for most backyards because of its versatility and affordability. The ability to customize a fiberglass pool to suit your needs is another great benefit. Fiberglass pools can come with steps and seats that make it easier to access. In addition to being affordable, they are also easy to maintain. If you are in the market for a fiberglass pool, contact Solid Structures to learn more about the many options available.