Beach," a 12-foot by 24-foot in-ground pool with horseshoe
seating in shallow end, is available from San Juan Fiberglass
Pools of Lakeland, Fla.
A fiberglass pool is factory manufactured and then installed
in one piece in your back yard when your excavation
is completed. Basically, a fiberglass pool resembles
a giant bathtub.
Points to Ponder:
Fiberglass pools are generally more expensive to purchase
than concrete inground pools, but can save you money over
the life of the pool. This is because they typically will
require fewer chemicals than concrete pools. You also avoid
future replastering and liner replacement costs.
Unlike a plaster finish, a fiberglass shell does not change
the chemistry of the water, so you often will use less acid.
Because of the non-porous surface, you don't need to brush
the pool nearly as often as a plaster-finished concrete pool.
However, you typically do not need to brush a pebble-finish
concrete pool as often as a plaster-finish pool, so when discussing
this option with a dealer, be sure you are comparing apples
Once your yard has been excavated, the pool is delivered in
one piece and installed. Construction time is generally about
What happens if the earth moves? Fiberglass has a shock-absorbing
ability that allows it to flex up to 2 feet. However, there
also are new concrete construction techniques that allow concrete
to flex. So, it's important to remember that if you live in
an earthquake-prone area, be sure and have your dealer explain
the features and benefits of fiberglass and concrete construction.